- How can I make a sound decision when hiring a producer?
- What types of books usually do not make great audiobooks?
- How long will my narrated audiobook be?
- How should I decide between a male or female narrator?
- How many auditions should I expect to receive for my project?
- How can I create a Title Profile to get lots of auditions?
- How do I choose my audiobook category?
- How do I edit my Title Profile?
- What should I write in the "About the Book" section of my book's Title Profile?
- What should I write in the "Comments from the Rights Holder" section of my book’s Title Profile?
- What is the Audition Script I'm asked to upload to my Title Profile?
- How can I edit the name of my title or the author name?
- Can I include extra text in parentheses in my audiobook title?
- How do I relist l my project for auditions?
- Can I stop cancel a project that I have not made an offer for?
- How can I restart my project after cancelling it?
- My book is listed on Amazon.co.uk, but I can't find it when I search for it on ACX. Help!
Request an audition. You want to hear real narrators reading your actual words, not just a generic passage. ACX advises against making an offer to a producer until you hear them (or the narrator they subcontract) read a page or two of the actual book you want them to record. Then, go with your gut feeling: Is there the right level of emotion and expression? Does the narrator sound the right age for the part? Finally, would a customer enjoy hearing the voice?
Tip for rights holders hiring producers:If you’re still unsure, take a casual poll of friends and family and find out what they think about the narrators you’re considering.
ACX is the online marketplace where professionals connect to make audiobooks. Audiobooks are created by professional narrators that follow the Audio Submission Requirements. 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:
On average, most performers narrate about 9,300 words per hour. Divide the total number of words in your book (see above FAQ) by 9,300 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.
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.
You may get dozens of auditions. You may not get any. It will depend not only on the ability for your title profile to get potential producers interested in the book, but also on what you’re offering to pay for the audiobook production. (Many producers will be eager to earn $275+ per-finished-hour, for example, while others have higher—or occasionally lower—minimum rates). You can choose to pay nothing up front for the production and instead share royalties with the producer, as part of a royalty share deal. However, this does limit the pool of potentially interested producers right off the bat.
Tip for Rights Holders about auditions: Be proactive and take the lead by searching for producers on ACX. When you find an intriguing one, request that they send in an audition for your audiobook.
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:
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).
To edit your project's Title Profile, follow these steps:
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:
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To relist your title for auditions:
To remove a title from your projects, you must first stop it from receiving auditions. To do this:
After confirming that you no longer wish to receive auditions, your book will be moved to your "Rights Not Posted" tab. Then, to complete the removal process:
Upon confirming, your book will no longer be listed in your projects. Additionally, any auditions received for this book will no longer be available.
To add this project on ACX:
Currently, you can only start the audiobook creation process if your print or eBook is listed on Amazon.com. If you still can't find your title, or it is available only on Amazon sites outside the US, please contact us at email@example.com, and we will do our best to assist you.