My first two audiobooks were narrated by voice actors and I used ACX.
My reasoning at the time was that if Audible, Amazon, and Apple Books were the lionshare of the marketplace then that was good enough for me. I was testing audio to see if my audience would even respond.
The ACX platform was very easy to use. For the first audiobooks, the narrator sent me the files and I uploaded them as they came in, for the second the narrator and I have a 50/50 royalty split so her account is linked to my book as well. She was able to upload the audio files and then I could listen to them to provide feedback through the system.
I was initially intrigued by the opportunity to earn bounties on ACX, but I have had very limited success with those.
I’m going to make sure my audiobooks are published wide moving forward. I like ACX and now that I see that audiobooks are something that my audience is asking for, I want to give them options. I have also been a huge advocate for the library and I want to make sure my audiobooks are available there as well.
Also, I’ve noticed lately that a few of my audiobooks have been returned. I joined an independent audiobook producer and narrator group and apparently this is a thing with Audible. Members get two credits per month. So if they listened to a book, finished it, and decide they want to use the credit again, they can return the book, no questions asked from Audible, and then it is a negative credit for the author and narrator. I’m sure more people are kind natured and wouldn’t think to cheat the system, but if there is a loophole, people are going to exploit it. I would recommend that Audible audits who these repeat offenders are who are consistently listening to entire books and then returning them. It hurts the authors and narrators who are the only reason that Audible even have audiobooks to sell.
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