How It Works

Narrators

Take More Control of Your Audiobook Destiny.

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 to the world on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes (and possibly more, depending on the Rights Holder's distribution choice).

Choose the hourly rate you want. Choose from two ways of setting your preferences in your profile for how you'd like to get paid for your narration work:

  1. Choose your own per-finished-hour rate and you'll be paid upon successful completion of the audiobook (meaning the Rights Holder accepts and approves the finished audiobook).
  2. Forego upfront payment and instead share royalties from sales with the Rights Holder.

(Please note that while narrators—Producers—are able to list their payment preferences in their profile, only Rights Holders can make Offers on ACX.)

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

At ACX, we've been helping great audiobook narrators become great audiobook producers for years. We'll show you how to set up a home studio then edit and master your audiobook before it goes up for sale. Or you can engage a studio professional to help out with the recording, editing, and mastering. (To do this, you must use the right ACX Independent Contractor Agreement to engage the studio professional.) Either way, it's all up to you.

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. The more information you include, the easier it is for authors and other Rights Holders to find you on ACX. (If you're a highly experienced narrator with at least 25 audiobook credits being sold on Audible, then apply to be an Audible Approved Producer.

Step 2. Upload Samples

Include an unlimited number of samples in your Narrator Profile. If you don't have many audiobook credits to your name, create some samples from scratch and upload those. You should also “tag” each sample-based skill (accents, genre, and other adjectives describing your performance). The more samples and tagged descriptions you include, the better you'll be matched with perfect narrating opportunities.

Step 3. How do you want to get paid?

You can choose a per-finished-hour rate, or also express a willingness to take a 50% share of royalties (i.e. a Royalty Share deal). If you're unsure, you don't have to commit to a payment option immediately. This will mean that you may get Offers for Royalty Share deals in addition to Pay For Production deals.

Step 4. Audition

Search for books you're interested in narrating and producing.

Then Audition by recording a few minutes of the manuscript (from the pages included in each Title Profile). You can upload your Audition directly to the Rights Holder—usually the book's author, the author's agent, or the print publisher—right on ACX.com.

If you're the Rights Holder's top choice, he or she will make you an Offer.

Step 5. Accept the Offer

When a Rights Holder makes you an Offer, it comes with required delivery dates for the first 15 minutes of audio and the final audiobook, payment terms, and (based on the ACX Audio Submission Requirements) an assumption about your production's high quality.

Step 6. Start Recording

You'll begin with the a 15 minute checkpoint of the audiobook. Narrate, record, compile, and edit it as perfectly as you can, then upload it to ACX. The Rights Holder will be asked for his or her approval of your narration and production. If the 15 minute checkpoint is approved, you can proceed recording the remainder of the project. If he or she does not approve it, you'll determine together whether or not you'd like to proceed with 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.

However, we applaud any narrator who wants to go it alone. If you feel up to it, we recommend applying to be an Audible Approved Narrator. This will help you stand out from the crowd.

Step 8. Finish the Recording

Upload each completed chapter of the audiobook to our secure website. Before payment, the Rights Holder has to approve the full audiobook, and has the right to make requested changes. Please consider the Rights Holder's suggestions in good faith, and make any requested changes, or come to an agreement about what needs to be redone. If a Rights Holder has rejected two or more revisions, and the parties can't agree on the finished product, either party may contact Audible for help. The ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms set forth in greater detail the process for obtaining a Rights Holder's approval of the finished audiobook. Click here to see the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms.

Step 9. Get Paid

If you and the Rights Holder have agreed on a Pay for Production fee, you will be paid directly by the Rights Holder for the finished audiobook. However, 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. US and UK producers receive monthly statements and payments from Audible in this case.

Step 10. Come back for more

ACX has tons of books waiting to be turned into audiobooks, so keep auditioning! The more active you are as a narrator and Producer, the more visible you'll be in the Rights Holder's search results. Eventually, we hope you become an Audible Approved Producer. In fact, many narrators are so busy, that they set up entrepreneurial publishing operations, outsourcing everything except the narration. This is easy to do with ACX's access to many qualified studio professionals, all with engineering, editing, and mastering expertise.

We're here for actors, Producers, and other studio professionals! We want to help you perfect your craft and apply it to the world of audiobooks. Our goal is to get more great audiobooks to the millions of listeners around the world!

For more information, please read our FAQ. If you don't find the answers you need there, email us with your questions. The ACX team welcomes your ideas and suggestions.