Please welcome David Moss as our guest today. David is a freelance advertising copywriter whose debut mystery novel This isn’t a Game (Poisoned Pen Press) came out last year. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
I have a lot of experience producing audio voice tracks for commercials, and I think many writers who want to create audiobooks would benefit from learning about the relatively simple audio production process.
Audiobooks: Finding the Best Narrator for Your Book
Audiobook downloads increased by 38.1% in 2015. According to the Audiobook Publisher’s Association, audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry. But you don’t need stats in industry trade journals to tell you about the explosive growth of audiobooks. You just have to look around at people with smart phones listening to books at the gym, on walks, at the car wash.
With more people listening to audiobooks, more authors are creating them. Some have publishers who handle the production. On the other end of the spectrum, writers with a DIY ethos and good voice record the book themselves. For many, the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), a service of Audible, is ideal. They find the appropriate narrator, handle production, and distribute the audiobook through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. But ACX lowered royalty rates, leaving many authors looking for another way.