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095 – 7 Reasons Why Your Book Should Also Be An Audiobook

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This episode is based on this blog post at Author Media.

Reason #1: The Size of the Audiobook Industry is Nearly a Billion-Dollar Industry.

Reason #2: Book Mavens Listen to Audiobooks.

Reason #3: Audiobooks Protect You From the Oprah Effect.

Reason #4: Audiobooks Boost Paper & eBook Sales.

Reason #5: Audiobooks Give You Access to Non-Readers.

Reason #6: Having an Audiobook Makes You Easier to Find.

Reason #7: Audiobooks Are Not that Expensive & Easy to Make.

 

2 Responses to 095 – 7 Reasons Why Your Book Should Also Be An Audiobook

  1. Brennan McPherson May 2, 2017 at 5:35 am #

    Congrats on getting married soon, Thomas! Been wondering why the episodes have been so sporadic lately. 🙂

  2. Darren Sapp May 2, 2017 at 9:04 am #

    I’ve listened to over 800 audiobooks since the early 1990’s and currently have three of my own books on Audible. So, I’d like to add to the conversation for those considering creating an audiobook.

    Everything you do an author should be mobile-friendly.

    You’ll find the process of creating the audiobook with a narrator will be your best proofread because one person is carefully speaking each word and you’re carefully listening to each word.

    If you don’t have the funds, a royalty split means you’ll pay nothing.

    There are now services, like Audiobook Boom, that will help promote your book similar to BookBub.

    Unfortunately, Audible has done away with the “Gift a Book,” but they’ll still give you 25 free credits to give away your audiobook. If you ask, they’ll send your 25 more. They’ll even send you 25 UK credits.

    You can earn bounties of $50 every time someone downloads your book as their initial membership offering ($25 if a royalty split).

    Audible’s model is subscriptions so they don’t mind paying you a royalty on those free credit giveaways or bounty offerings. They want members.

    Most authors should not read their own books. Like editors, there are professional narrators who will do a much better job than you. There are certainly exceptions so I’d suggested recording a sample have beta listeners provide feedback.

    You might consider recording a special introduction or author’s note that you read. Many listeners will enjoy hearing the author’s voice for a short intro.

    Through ACX, you’ll be able to audition narrators, check their other work, and find the one that’s right for you.

    For example, you can request a female, young, southern voice. There are multiple combinations.
    Compromise is important. Your narrator cannot read your mind and sometimes you’ll simply need to let it go. If you nitpick every spoken word, you’ll frustrate them and never get it done.

    Free fun facts:

    I listened to this podcast at double speed. If I hear Thomas or James speak at regular speed I wonder what’s wrong with them. 😉

    Like Thomas, I’ve trained my listening and my average listening speed is 2.5x. That means a 350-page book (10 hours of content) can be listened to in 4 hours.

    Most Americans will find they cannot understand a British speaker if they listen at faster speeds.

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