If you’re thinking of becoming a published author, or already won over the publishers, then consider expanding your market reach. Make the most out of the years and months you spent pressing your fingers down onto the keyboard. I happen to know a few people who have limited eyesight or just have problems reading those tiny fonts on our mobile devices. I have to admit I’m addicted to listening to podcasts in the car. I like to make the most of my time when I’m on the move. There is another audience waiting for your book. If you visit the large publisher sites then you see they noticed all the changes in the market. If you have a contract, then I would suggest you speak to your agent before you consider this option. I recently witnessed one author get their project pulled from Kickstarter because of an argument over copyright ownership. So, do your research before considering any option. For those wanting to research the visually challenged audience or those sitting in traffic on the highways, creating a professional audio book would be a great benefit.
Where do you go from here? Take a look at Amazon’s audio platform for books. ACX is a place that invites authors, agents, and publishers to upload their audiobooks onto their website and make money. As far as I can tell, it’s the same concept as uploading your ebook onto Amazon but there are differences. You have the option of pitching your audio book to a producer and making a deal, or you can work with a non-ACX publisher. Working with an non-ACX publisher may give you less control of the percentage you’ll receive but it make give more life to your book. There are also other online publishers that are willing to help promote and create your audiobook. Many other sites that try to help authors self-publish offer free resources and advice on how to create your own audiobook without having to giver over your first-born. When the time comes to create your audio files the only time you may want to consider handing over your money is hiring a professional sounding voice to read your book. You can visit places like Fivver.com to find a cost-effective professional. They may be more willing to negotiate a reasonable price for recording your book per page. While it might be called Fivver, a 250 plus page recording is going to cost more than $5. I know other entrepreneurs and professionals constantly find reliable people on this site but be sure to screen the person your going to hire. I hope these resources help you during your journey as a writer. Continue typing away!
Resources and Links:
Amazon guide and help for audio: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3CISEMGMV9KR5
ACX for audio publishing: http://www.acx.com/help/about-acx/200484860
Lulu Blog (how to for audiobooks): http://www.lulu.com/blog/2012/11/audiobooks/