Saturday, November 2, 2013


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It's been a while since I wrote my first article about how to get your book made into an audio book via ACX. I now have fifteen books that have gone through the process, and I've learned a great deal as I've blundered through. ;o)

As a listener, I've also been an Audible member for a while now. I love Audible - I get one book per month for $14.99, but it's not enough so I end up buying more credits. I need to upgrade my membership to a higher plan.

Here is a collection of tips I've thrown together that might help you get started and have a successful audio book project. Please also consider reading these previous related articles to help give you perspective:

Read this first for the nuts and bolts of how to start:

And here are some more articles that deal with the subject. Dora Machado's piece is wonderful, I highly recommend it.

Here are a few tips, and thanks to Christine Amsden for tip 8! Please feel free to add to the list in the comments.

Tip #1: your book must be available on Amazon as an eBook for you to be eligible to sign up with, which is owned by Audible, which is owned by Amazon.

Tip #2: listen to a series of professionally done audio books before you select your narrator. I did not do this - and I wish I had. My first few books were recorded by a a wonderful guy with a great voice, but he was a novice, and I realize in hindsight it was a mistake. Now I can't undo it. Fortunately now I have great narrators I adore. But it takes time to learn, so be patient.

Tip #3: listen closely to all preliminary chapter recordings, listen twice or three times if you need to. Don't be afraid to suggest changes in how words are emphasized or pronounced.

Tip #4: Go through the book in advance for names or places that might be hard to pronounce. Record a voice memo with all the pronunciations up front so your narrator doesn't have to struggle or wonder about them!

Tip #5: Don't be afraid to listen to narrators and ask them to audition. There is a search in both directions, and you may find a perfect guy/gal for your book by being assertive and not sitting back to wait for auditions to pour in!

Tip #6: If you sign up for royalty share, you won't have to pay any money up front. You will forever split your profits with your narrator, however. That's how I do it. Unless you have big bucks and want to hire them by the hour, I suggest this method.

Tip #7: You need a square image for the cover - it must be 2400x2400 pixels and you must have rights (or gain permission to use) the original art. Your book cover as is is NOT an acceptable size for the audio book cover.

Tip #8 from Christine Amsden: Make sure to include some dialog in your audition script. I didn't do this originally, and had to go back and edit later because I wanted to know what the female narrators would sound like doing a male voice. (note from Aaron: Sometimes male narrators go too high with the female characters. I didn't want falsetto - I wanted a "softer" tone for the ladies.)

So, authors, go out there and try this! You'll find another new platform to share your work with the public, and have loads of fun at the same time!


Aaron Paul Lazar

Twilight Times Books by multi-award winning author, Aaron Lazar:

DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)  
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
VIRTUOSO (~2014)

HEALEY'S CAVE (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)



WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3 (ebooks and audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times Books releases, SANCTUARY (2014), and VIRTUOSO (2014).


Double Forté 
  • 2012 ForeWord BOTYA, Mystery, FINALIST

Tremolo: cry of the loon
  • 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List
  • 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction
  • 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary
  • 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place Mystery
  • 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books
  • 2008 MYSHELF Top Ten Reads

For the Birds
  • 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery
  • 2012 Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads

Essentially Yours
  • 2013 EPIC Book Awards, FINALIST in Suspense
  • 2013 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

Healey’s Cave
  • 2012 EPIC Book Awards WINNER Best Paranormal
  • 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, WINNER Best Book in Commercial Fiction
  • 2011 Finalist for Allbooks Review Editor's Choice
  • 2011 Winner of Carolyn Howard Johnson's 9th Annual Noble (not Noble!) Prize for Literature
  • 2011 Finalists for Global EBook Awards

 Terror Comes Knocking
  • 2013 Global Ebook Awards, Paranormal – Bronze

For Keeps
  • 2013 Semi Finalist in Kindle Book Review Book Awards, Mystery Category


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1 comment:

Dora Machado said...

Wonderful post, Aaron! A perfect summary for anyone who might be considering making their book into an audio-book. Thanks!