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  1. Hi Matt – Good recap. I’m in the middle of this process now for FIRST TIME KILLER (in fact, today I got the 15 minute sample to approve). I’ll let you know how it goes. So far, I’m impressed!

    • Thanks, Phillippa. I’m getting some interesting info about the process from other writers. I sense a second post on ACX and the world of audio books coming soon…

    • Thanks, Karen, I’m glad it helped. So far, it’s gone swimmingly for me and I hope my next post will be about all the success I’ve had with Audible. ūüôā

  2. Amy

    Just stumbled upon your post, as I’m helping my husband navigate the process. As a 30 year radio voice in the Orlando market, he’s looking to break into the audio book voice-over business. Thanks for your insight.

    • Hi Amy – You’re very welcome. Best of luck to your husband. If I could offer a few tips (from the client/partner side):

      • Remember that the “narrator” is also assumed to be the producer of the audio book. Your husband will be expected to be able to engineer the final product or hand it off to someone who can.
      • When I did initial cut-offs for auditions, the first narrators to get scratched were the ones who submitted samples with poor sound quality. I know it seems like a no-brainer, but I’d say 20% or so who submitted were of terrible quality, never mind their voice or style. Make sure you listen to other narrator’s samples and make sure you’re posting samples and auditions of similar quality.
      • There’s a difference between reading a book and acting a book, and I was looking for someone who acted as well as they read. Other writers aren’t looking for that, so make sure you know which one they want.
      • Along those same lines, I found many men couldn’t do women’s voices. They did them in falsetto or held their nose or something equally obnoxious. Your husband might find it worthwhile practicing kid, women, and elderly voices.
      • I was leery of narrators with little audio book experience who didn’t want to take a chance with royalty split, or who listed their fee as “Call for details.”
      • One numbnuts asked how much I was paying for the job, when I had specifically listed my title as “royalty share only.” Make sure you understand how ACX works–YOU can list yourself as available for both straight payment and royalty, but a BOOK can’t…it’s either one or the other.

      Good luck!

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