How It Works


Start Your Audiobook Career.

Choose the books you want to audition for! Through ACX, you can find an unlimited number of potential acting gigs, and the audiobooks you produce will be available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Choose how you'd like to get paid for your narration work:

  1. Your own per-finished-hour rate, paid upon successful completion of the audiobook.
  2. Share royalties from sales with the Rights Holder.

On ACX, an Audiobook Narrator is Also an Audiobook Producer.

Follow our Video Lessons and Resources to learn how to set up a home studio then edit and master your audiobook before it goes up for sale. Or find a studio professional to help out with the recording, editing, and mastering.

Here's How It Works:

Step 1. Create a Profile

Sign up on ACX and create a profile that details your acting and audiobook experience.

Step 2. Upload Samples

Tag an unlimited number of samples in your Profile, based on accents, genre, and style. The more audio samples you include, the easier it is for authors to find you.

Step 3. How do you want to get paid?

Choose a per-finished-hour rate, or choose to share 50% of royalties. If you're unsure, choose both.

Step 4. Audition

Search for books you're interested in narrating and producing, and record a few minutes of the manuscript. If you're the Rights Holder's top choice, you'll receive an Offer.

Step 5. Accept the Offer

When a Rights Holder makes you an Offer, agree on delivery dates for the first 15 minutes of audio and the final audiobook, and payment terms.

Step 6. Start Recording

Record, edit, and upload the a 15 minute checkpoint of the audiobook, which the Rights Holder will approve or provide feedback. When the sample is approved, record the remainder of the project.

Step 7. Work with Other Studio Professionals

To create a professional audiobook, you may want the guidance of other audiobook experts. If you need to hire one, or more, we have Independent Contractor Agreements you may use.

Step 8. Finish the Recording

Upload each completed chapter of the audiobook to meet our Audio Submission Requirements and Production Standard Terms. Before payment, the Rights Holder must approve the full audiobook, and has the right to request changes.

Step 9. Get Paid

If you and the Rights Holder agreed on a Pay for Production fee, you will be paid directly by the Rights Holder. If you produced the audiobook as a Royalty Share deal, then you'll be paid based on 50% of the royalties on sales and 50% of the $50 Bounty Payments.

Step 10. Come back for more

ACX has tons of books waiting to be turned into audiobooks, so keep auditioning! If you're highly experienced narrator with at least 25 audiobook credits, apply to be an Audible Approved Producer.

For more information, please read our FAQ.