AudioBooks are Growing: Listen Up!

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Audiobook sales are on the rise, which implies indie or self-published generators need to pay attention.

Goodereader reports that audiobooks are the fastest growing digital segment of book publishing in 2017. 26% of the US population has be interested to hear an audiobook in the past year, creating a $2.5 billion marketplace. PW reports that audiobook auctions mounted 22.7% in 2017. Other reports say that the children’s book market is about 10% of the overall marketplace:

“# 11. Young adult and children’s audiobooks account for over 10% of manufacture auctions on the average year. In total, about 18% of youth in the United Mood will listen to an audiobook at least once over the course of a year.( Statista )”

It’s clear that audiobooks are on the rise. But how do you get YOUR audio to readers? Are your books available as AudioBooks? They should be! | Fiction Notes by DarcyPattison.com

Narrators for Audiobooks

The first hurdle is to get the audio recording. I’ve done it three different ways.

First, ACX.com is Amazon’s audiobook portal for self-publishers. There, you are eligible to placed a record for audition and listen to narrators read a sample. You have two selections on contracts with ACX. Option 1 is a 40% royalty, but you must give ACX a 7-year exclusive. Option 2 is 25% royalty for a non-exclusive contract, which means you can take the audio anywhere. See all the details now.

A second way I’ve attained audio is a private contract with a narrator. One was a regional identity, and another I found by listening to audiobooks and then contacting the narrator.

Finally, I’ve hired a company to do the audio. I’m not free to share that info, but look for companionships who deal with lots of audiobooks.

There’s a new lane to fee audio these days, and that’s Findaway Voices, either going there straight or through your relationship with the ebook distributor Draft2Digital. Findaway is similar to ACX in that you can listen to narrators auditioning for your narration. Read more about Findaway’s process here.

Distribution of Audiobooks

Since we’re discussing Findaway, let’s start with them as a distributor of your audiobooks. One interesting option from Findaway is their Authors Direct app which allows you to sell or giveaway audio immediately to the consumer. They must listen through this app, and can’t time download enters. It’s currently by request but you can email to ask for an invitation. It opens numerous options for advertising and selling audio.

Another nice thing about Findaway is their reach. ACX merely contacts Audible, Amazon and Apple. With Findaway, you have the freedom to choose any, all, or none of the following distribution options 😛 TAGEND


Audible, Amazon, Apple Google Play

Kobo, Walmart Barnes and Noble NOOK


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