You decide how your audiobook is produced, who narrates it, and whether you sell exclusively through ACX, or through ACX and other distribution channels.
Not only will every audiobook you make on ACX be available to the world at Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes, but also if you grant Audible exclusive distribution rights then (based on the generous ACX Escalator Royalty Rates) you’ll earn royalties of up to 90 percent.
Narrators, audiobook studios, and other Producers will find your book on ACX and proactively audition to record your book. OR
You’ll search ACX’s database to find the perfect Producer to record your book. OR
An Audio Publisher searching ACX will message you about buying the audio rights directly from you.
In addition to the royalties on sales (up to 90 percent as part of ACX’s Escalator Royalty system, depending on whether you grant Audible exclusive distribution rights and if you enter into a Royalty Share Deal with a Producer), we’ll give you a special Bounty Payment.Every time your audiobook is among the first three purchased by an AudibleListener member at Audible.com, then ACX will pay you an extra twenty-five dollars! That means if four hundred AudibleListener members download your audiobook in their first three purchases, you’ll have an extra ten thousand dollars in your pocket. That’s in addition to your base royalty!
Confirm you have audio rights for your book by checking your print book contract. If you have the audio rights, then for purposes of ACX, you are a Rights Holder.
Step 2. Create a Profile
Create a Title Profile on ACX. Describe your book and the type of narrator best suited for it. You’ll also post a short (one or two page) excerpt from your book. This will serve as the Audition Script so you can hear potential narrators. (Or, if you want to narrate it yourself, go here instead. The Title Profile is basically an ad for your book on ACX, to get Producers—which includes narrators—excited about producing your book as an audiobook.
Step 3. Find a Producer
Post your book so Producers (narrators and studio professional) and audiobook publishers can contact you. Or do your own casting call—listen to sample narrations already posted by actors and then invite a handful to audition for your book.
As an author, you may receive a message from an audiobook publisher who wants to buy the audio rights for your book directly from you, instead of working through ACX. That’s fine with us. Just be sure to compare your potential revenue from that audio publisher to what you’d earn if you produced it using ACX. With a publisher, usually you’ll have less creative control and receive less money per unit (since you get a percent of their percent), whereas with ACX you’re “going direct” to key audiobook retailers (Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes). However, on the plus side, the publisher may pay you a significant advance on future royalties so you’d have money in your pocket before the audiobook production work even begins. If you decide to work with an audiobook publisher outside of ACX, you must remove the book from ACX by deleting the Title Profile. See the Book Posting Agreement for complete terms
Step 6. Check-In
The audiobook production process begins. This will last about 3–8 weeks. The Producer will let you know, through ACX, when the first fifteen minutes of your audiobook is complete. Take this opportunity to listen to the narrator’s performance, the quality of the recording and editing, and offer guidance.
Step 7. Approve the Final Product
If you aren’t satisfied the first time you listen to your completed audiobook, you can ask the Publisher to make up to two rounds of corrections, or edits. When you’re happy (after your first listen, or following the first or second round of edits), the Producer is paid. (Unless, of course, the Producer has agreed to forego payment for a Royalty Share deal.) If—despite the checkpoints along the way—you are still unhappy with the final project after two editorial rounds, you can cancel the production. However, please note, that a “kill fee” may apply. See the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms.
Step 8. Distribute
ACX distributes your audiobook through Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes. If you grant us exclusive distribution rights, we alone will oversee distribution of your audiobook. If you choose to grant non-exclusive distribution rights, then you can distribute the audiobook through additional channels, however, any outlets outside of ACX will have to be arranged by the author independent of ACX. (Note: the royalty you earn is higher if you agree to distribute it only through ACX.)
Step 9. Promote
Promote the availability of your audiobook to your fans. Feel free to use our great marketing advice and tools in the Promote Yourself section.
Step 10. Earn royalties
You will receive a monthly royalty statement and payment from Audible. Payments are calculated per book (based on the ACX Escalator Royalty Rates), so the more audiobooks you sell, the more money you earn.
For more information, please read our FAQ. If you don’t find the answers you need there, email us with your questions.