Can you self-publish audiobooks with ACX and Findaway Voices? | Self-Publishing Questions and Tips

The easy answer here is, yes! You can (as of the time I am recording this.) So the reason why authors will want to go with both is that while ACX can get your audiobook to Amazon, Audible, and Apple, arguably the largest audiobook platforms out there, they can’t get you everywhere. Through Findaway Voices you can get your audiobook out to overdrive and other library services, audiobooks.com, Google Play, Scribd, Chirp, and so many other networks.

To be able to add your book to both platforms you need to be in an non-exclusive deal with ACX which you will need to select when you start the project and claim your title. Same with Findaway Voices, you need to deselect Audible and Amazon from their services since you’ll already have that covered with ACX.

Because the deal will be non-exclusive, I highly recommend that you bring your own files and either record and edit yourself or work directly with a voice actor and compensate them upfront for their work. When you do a royalty deal with a narrator through ACX you lock into the exclusive contract. Makes sense, right? If you just took the files and uploaded them somewhere else, you would need to make sure that voice actor got their royalty cut and most good people would do that but some people are jerks, so they don’t let you do a non-exclusive royalty share deal with a narrator. Protects everyone.

So, you CAN publish your audiobook with ACX AND Findaway Voices. I hope these considerations have helped you to start to get a plan together for self-publishing your audiobook. Let me know what other audiobook related questions you have below.
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