How to publish my book as an audiobook?
Dear friends, today I want to give you some practical steps on how to publish your book as an audiobook. There are only a few steps to take and basically it boils down to finding a publisher (unless you’d like to publish it yourself) and finding a narrator that you like. Audiobooks have become a popular choice for readers who prefer to listen to books while cycling, bathing, washing dishes..haha or like me whilst doing all the above and more.
Audiobooks have opened up a whole new market for authors who want to reach a broader audience and there are loads of benefits to making an audiobook. If you’re an author and you want to know how to publish an audiobook, here are some steps you can take.
Find an audiobook publisher
The first step in getting your book published as an audiobook is finding an audiobook publisher. Or you can choose to publish it yourself on the popular audiobook platforms available. Feel free to message me if you don’t have a publisher. There are several companies out there that specialize in publishing audiobooks. Do some research and find a company that is a good fit for your book.
The narrator of your audiobook is critical in bringing your book to life. When selecting a narrator, consider the tone and style of your book as well as your budget. Choose someone who can convey the mood and emotion of your story in a compelling way.
Record the audiobook and pay your narrator
Once you’ve selected a publisher and narrator, it’s time to record the audiobook. This process can take several days or even weeks, depending on the length of your book. Work with your publisher to ensure that the recording process goes smoothly. Some narrators who have their own team for mastering and editing, such as myself, are able to deliver projects in a much shorter amount of time. For example, I usually complete one hour of finished product (around 9000 words) in one day and charge $100-$200 per finished hour of project, depending on how long the project is and whether there are any more books in the pipeline. So if your book is 2 hours long (around 18 000 words) then it will cost $200 to narrate, edit, master and produce.
Editing and post-production
After the audiobook has been recorded, it’s time to edit and post-produce the final product. This process involves removing any mistakes, ensuring that the audio quality is good, and adding any necessary sound effects or music. This is called the editing and mastering which I mentioned in the previous step.
Distribute the audiobook
Once the audiobook is complete, it’s time to distribute it. Your publisher will typically handle this process for you. They will make the audiobook available on various platforms such as Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. You can do this yourself with just a few clicks as well.
Promote your audiobook
Once your audiobook is available for purchase, it’s time to start promoting it. You can use social media, book signings, and other marketing strategies to help get the word out. Encourage your readers to leave reviews and ratings on the platform where the audiobook is sold.
After your audiobook has been released, monitor your sales regularly. This will help you understand how your book is performing and identify areas for improvement. Work with your publisher to optimize your marketing strategy and increase sales.
In conclusion, getting your book published as an audiobook can be a great way to reach a broader audience and expand your readership. Now you know how to publish an audiobook and by following the steps outlined above, you can turn your book into a successful audiobook that people will love. Just remember to choose a good narrator, work with a reputable publisher, and promote your audiobook to the best of your ability.
Please fill out the form in the contact page if you’d like more information or if you’re thinking about maybe turning your manuscript into an audiobook. I’ll be more than happy to hold your hand and walk you through the process step by step. It’s very easy. As I always say..
…you’ll never know if you don’t try!!