For those of you who have created audio books with Amazon’s audio division ACX (or are thinking of doing so), you may have heard that ACX made a rather unwelcome announcement today: royalty rates–which had been a generous 50% of sales with a potential to escalate up to 90% based on unit sales–will be reduced to a flat, non-escalating, 40% as of March 12, 2014. [Read more…]
The audiobook of A Reason to Live is a wrap and, to celebrate, I’m giving a free digital copy of the audiobook away. No purchase necessary and, since I’m doing this through Rafflecopter, there are multiple ways to enter to win, like Tweeting about the giveaway, Liking my Facebook page, reviewing one of my books, and so on.
The project is now out of our hands and in its final validation phase with audio book producer ACX, which is checking for sound quality and consistency. Once ARTL passes this quality control phase, it will be available on Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes. There will no doubt be a part III to this series upon my muddling through promoting the audio book, which is going to be a very different animal from ebook or print promotion.
In the meantime, however, I wanted to give you a few highlights of my experiences working with Lloyd and submitting our project to ACX. There were a few bumps along the way–hopefully, these warning signs will help you when you take your own plunge into the audio book market.
If you read this blog, you probably know I’m in the process of making my first book, A Reason to Live, into an audio book through the Amazon site ACX.com. I’ve gotten several fantastic auditions from voice actors, and am a little stuck on how to proceed.
Got ten minutes? Listen to these voice samples from A Reason to Live, vote for your favorite and, if you want, give me a couple comments at the bottom of the page. It would be a huge help for me in making my decision (which I need to do before May 15 or so).