It’s your book, so your voice tells it best. You know your characters, your story or subject, and your words better than anyone else. Narrating is a creative way of expressing your thoughts to listeners, just like articulating them on paper is a way to express yourself to readers.
You keep more revenue. If your book is produced through ACX, you’ll likely share royalties with a narrator or pay a narrator upfront to perform your audiobook. When you narrate your own book, all of your audiobook’s revenue goes to you.
You just might enjoy it! Narrating your own book can be a rewarding, satisfying way to bring the creative process full circle.
The process for authors narrating their own audiobook on ACX is simple.
Step 1. Make sure your audiobook is ready for upload
If you haven’t recorded your book yet (or even if you have), make sure it follows our Rules for Audiobook Production. As far as recording is concerned, you can use a professional studio or, if you’re willing to put in a little more effort, you can produce your audiobook yourself using your computer and some basic recording equipment. Need help? Watch the short video above for tips, and go here for advice on creating your own home studio.
Step 2. Upload your file
Your audiobook must be fully finished and ready for retail before uploading. If you’re ready to upload, log into your ACX account. Under the “My Projects” section of the site, click the “Add Title” link. (Please make sure that you—not your print publisher—control the audio rights to your book.) You will then add the metadata for your audiobook (i.e. it will be listed on your product detail page) and begin the upload process. Once you’ve started that process, you can come back and finish it at any time.
Step 3. Start promoting!
Once the upload of your audiobook is complete, your audiobook will be readied for distribution. You’ll want to check out our marketing section for advice on how to begin promoting it to your fans.
You’ll receive a monthly royalty statement and payment from Audible, and you can track your audiobook’s sales on ACX once it’s in the store. (Be sure to learn all about how to take advantage of our special Twenty-Five Dollar Bounty Payment!)
Here are some great examples of popular authors that have had success in reading their own works.