The ACX website is free to use for all. If you hold the rights to your audiobook, per your contract, AND if your print or e-book is up for sale or pre-sale on Amazon.com, you can start the audiobook process.
ACX is the online marketplace where professionals connect to make audiobooks. Audiobooks are created by professional narrators that follow the Rules for Audiobook Production. That being said, not every type of book may be appropriate as an audiobook. Some categories of books rely too heavily on graphics or visual elements. So we recommend that you stay away from creating audiobooks out of the following:
If you have a version of your book in Microsoft Word (or similar software), the program can quickly give you a word count—it’s easy and automatic. If this isn’t an option, we recommend that you try these steps:
On average, most performers narrate about 9,400 words per hour. Divide the total number of words in your book (see above FAQ) by 9,400 to find out approximately how long your finished audiobook will be. When you create a Title Profile on ACX, the length it is automatically calculated for you, based on the word count you provide.
This section is important, and it’s required on ACX. The information here will flow directly into your product’s detail page at Audible.com for all consumers to see once your audiobook is complete and available for sale on Audible.com (and Amazon.com and iTunes). That’s why this is a required field. So you should describe your book carefully, your words will help encourage Producers to produce it, and potential audiobook buyers to buy it! ACX automatically pulls in the book’s description from its Amazon product detail page, but please feel free to edit it. (Note: any changes you make to the text on ACX will not change it on Amazon.com.)
When you write or edit About the Book, keep in mind:
Use this space for two things:
We can only recommend that you pick the category that seems like the best fit for your book. Whether your book is a romance, a thriller, or falls into another genre, you must choose the category for your book because this information will determine how your book is merchandised on Audible.com. The information you include here will flow directly into your product’s detail page when the audiobook is complete and available for sale on Audible.com (and Amazon.com and iTunes).
Your best bet is to choose a narrator that's the same gender as your book's main character. If you have many characters rather than an obvious leading one, think about what voice you heard in your head when you wrote or read the book. Was it a man, or a woman? Try sticking with that. If it could go either way, you’re allowed to choose "either" in your Title Profile.
The audition script should be a page or two from your book. It should be a passage that you want a potential Producer (or the narrator they work with) to record so you can hear how they would perform it. In fact, we advise against making an Offer to a Producer until you hear them (or the narrator they are subcontracting) read an excerpt from the actual book you want them to record.
Tip for Rights Holders about Posting Audio Rights:Do you only want to post your audio rights on ACX in order to sell them outright to a publisher? If you’re sure that’s what you’re here for, and that you don’t want to consider hiring a Producer on ACX, then you can skip the audition script (just type a space in that field). That said, we suggest you include one anyway. Because who knows? You may be pleasantly surprised by the auditions and offers that roll in.
You can edit your Title Profile at any time prior to making an Offer to a Producer. Simply find your book on your dashboard (to get there click "Project Status") and click the link to "Edit your Profile." You will start at step one again, with all the existing available for you to change, and can "Save and Continue" throughout the steps.
Both the name of your title, and that of you the author(s) are automatically pulled from the existing Amazon listing. These cannot be edited over ACX. When the title is completed and sent to the ACX team for packaging and review, you can send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
From time to time, Audible editors will make revisions to the title of your audiobook to ensure it's properly presented on retail pages. This is often done when a title contains information within parenthesis.
Should you have any questions related to this topic, please contact us via email@example.com.
Creating a robust, specific, and accurate Title Profile is important. A book description that’s highly descriptive and compelling helps Producers get excited about working on your project.
Overall, we have two pieces of advice: