Audiobook FAQs

Audiobook FAQs 2017-03-02T11:45:01+00:00

If you have more questions that are not answered here, do let us know. We’re here to help!

DOES PRO AUDIO VOICES OFFER AUDIOBOOK CREATION SERVICES IN OTHER LANGUAGES? 2017-03-02T11:43:03+00:00

Yes. Let us know what language/s and give us time to find a couple excellent narrators for you to select from. We have business associates who offer a special rate on their translation services, so we can handle that for you as well.

DOES PRO AUDIO VOICES OFFER TRANSLATION SERVICES? 2017-03-02T11:42:43+00:00

We have business associates who specialize in translation and offer us a special rate on their translation services, so we can handle that for you as well.

DOES PRO AUDIO VOICES HAVE MALE VOICES ALSO? 2017-03-02T11:42:22+00:00

Yes. We have a growing team of narrators.

WHO RETAINS THE COPYRIGHT? 2017-03-02T11:41:49+00:00

Whoever holds the rights to the book retains those rights. A contract with Pro Audio Voices does not impact the rights. We do not receive any rights by producing the audiobook edition of your book.

DOES PRODUCING AN AUDIOBOOK IMPACT MY COPYRIGHT? 2017-03-02T11:41:07+00:00

No. Contracting with Pro Audio Voices to create an audiobook does not impact the rights held by the book’s Copyright Holder. The Client (whoever holds the rights and enters into the contract with PAV) designates who will hold the Production Copyright. Typically, the author retains the audiobook rights, unless they have sold or released them to their publisher.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING MY TEXT (PRINT OR EBOOK) INTO AN AUDIOBOOK? 2017-03-02T11:40:32+00:00

If you’ve never been through the audiobook creation process, Pro Audio Services (“PAV”) makes it easy and accessible. Here’s the process (CLIENT could be the author, publisher, or any other legal rights holder):

  1. Send the Text: CLIENT provides PAV with full digital manuscript in pdf format (preferably) and the word count of the text to be narrated. This allows us to provide a quote, to estimate the length of finished audio, and to look for any particular challenges in the text, etc.
  2. Discuss Agreement: We discuss the project with you by phone and/or email and sort out how to best proceed based on your goals, and will provide a written proposal for the project.
  3. Listen to the Sample: PAV will provide a sample read of approximately 15 minutes in length from one or more narrators. CLIENT may: 1) approve the audition sample; 2) request changes in the read; 3) request a different narrator; 4) choose to not move forward with PAV. We respectfully request that CLIENT make one of these choices within one week after audition is provided so we can better manage our studio schedule and projects.
  4. Enter Contract: PAV will provide a contract proposal, so we are all clear on what we’re agreeing to. This may be an agreement to a set project cost, a Per Finished Minute agreement (dollar amount calculated on the total time of finished audio files), or a Royalty Share agreement (usually with some royalty advance paid up front), or some combination. The royalty share agreement, with negotiable percentage royalty share, reduces the CLIENT’s upfront cost and gives us a great incentive to help your audiobook keep selling strong.
CAN I GET MY AUDIOBOOK CREATED AS A CD SET? 2017-03-02T11:39:19+00:00

Yes. There are a few different approaches to this. If you think you may have just a few customers wanting your audio book as a CD set, then you may be best off suggesting they download and burn it to a CD. If you think you have enough of a following that will really want the CD version, your best option is to have us put in a request on your behalf at Authors Republic. They will cover the cost of the production, do the graphic design, and get your CD sets up on Amazon MarketPlace. But you are best positioned to get accepted for this if you can either demonstrate that you have folks planning to buy OR offer to buy at least 10-20 yourself at cost (which is very reasonable and leaves you plenty of room to sell at a profit). These you can use in any way you like – sell them*, give them away, use to get reviews, etc. Another option, if you just want a few sets, is to burn CD sets yourself and get CD binders, sleeves, and print labels and inserts. We don’t know how much longer CD technology will be around, but lots of folks, especially baby boomers, are still using it. They are surprisingly holding their own in the market share of audiobook sales. Also, it can be a lovely gift for folks who have no interest in newer technology or just want to listen to books in their cars or CD players. *Be sure to make sure when you are selling any editions of your books (print or audio or any other products), that you are complying with the law regarding sales tax.

SHOULD I PROVIDE A LIST OF MY CHARACTERS? 2017-03-02T11:38:53+00:00

Yes. Especially the main characters and any characters that have an accent or dialect and what that is. This is very valuable to the narrator to convey the characters most accurately to your vision. It will help you get the end result you are hoping for. You can describe your characters in whatever way is easiest for you. For example, you could say a character reminds you of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, when played by Matthew Macfadyen; or that this character has a mousy voice. Anything helps. You do not need to list every walk-on character who appears briefly, although if you have strong ideas about any characters, but to let your narrator know at the beginning. Another helpful aspect of this list would be if a character shows up in the beginning, goes away, and then returns later.

HOW DO I DISTRIBUTE MY AUDIOBOOK AFTER IT IS CREATED? 2017-03-02T11:37:36+00:00

The market share of audiobook sales and distribution is held by ACX (division of Amazon – surprise! not). ACX is the production side of Audible and iTunes. However, in 2015 another company stepped up to provide not only another option for distribution, but a wider distribution network internationally and a higher royalty payout rate (except those sold through Audible and iTunes). Audiobooks.com, an audio book retailer since 2003, opened AuthorsRepublic.com in 2015 to accept audio books for distribution. This was extremely exciting news and Pro Audio Voices has been partnering with AuthorsRepublic since late 2015. They are thrilled with the quality of audiobooks we deliver and we’re thrilled with the better royalty rates! There is one other retailer of audiobooks for specifically educational materials: Scholastic’s Learn Out Loud. To distribute through all the largest channels and with the widest distribution possible, the best option is to go through AuthorsRepublic.com. That will get you into Audible and iTunes as well as a very wide distribution network. You’ll need to open a free account on AuthorsRepublic, claim your published book, and then we will be able to upload the finished audio files that we provide for them to approve prior to distribution. It typically takes them a few days for the approval process of AuthorsRepublic, and a few weeks to complete the approval process for distribution through Audible and iTunes. We usually upload the files for you, but if you prefer you can do it yourself. You also have the option of distributing it yourself, selling direct from your own website.

CAN I SELL CD SETS OF MY AUDIOBOOK? 2017-03-02T11:37:17+00:00

Yes. If you also want to distribute through ACX with downloadable books through Audible and iTunes, then you’ll need to select the non-exclusive contract option. You can then sell CD sets through your own website or through Amazon, eBay, local stores, door-to-door and anywhere else you can find buyers. It is ironic, since ACX and Amazon are just part of the same company, that selling through Amazon is considered non-exclusive, but that’s the way it goes. We can’t control that. Be sure to check the other FAQ about manufacturing CD sets.

CAN I GET MY AUDIOBOOK CREATED AS A CD SET? 2017-03-02T11:36:56+00:00

Yes. There are a few different approaches to this. If you think you may have just a few customers wanting your audio book as a CD set, then you may be best off suggesting they download and burn it to a CD. If you think you have enough of a following that will really want the CD version, your best option is to have us put in a request on your behalf at Authors Republic. They will cover the cost of the production, do the graphic design, and get your CD sets up on Amazon MarketPlace. But you are best positioned to get accepted for this if you can either demonstrate that you have folks planning to buy OR offer to buy at least 10-20 yourself at cost (which is very reasonable and leaves you plenty of room to sell at a profit). These you can use in any way you like – sell them*, give them away, use to get reviews, etc. Another option, if you just want a few sets, is to burn CD sets yourself and get CD binders, sleeves, and print labels and inserts. We don’t know how much longer CD technology will be around, but lots of folks, especially baby boomers, are still using it. They are surprisingly holding their own in the market share of audiobook sales. Also, it can be a lovely gift for folks who have no interest in newer technology or just want to listen to books in their cars or CD players. *Be sure to make sure when you are selling any editions of your books (print or audio or any other products), that you are complying with the law regarding sales tax.

DO YOU HELP MARKET MY AUDIOBOOK? 2017-03-02T11:44:21+00:00

YES. We are committed to helping authors and publishers succeed with their audiobooks. Becky Parker Geist serves as President of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (www.BAIPA.org) and understands the challenges facing independently published authors and small publishers. Here are some of the actions we take to help market the audiobooks we produce:

  1. Featured Author slider on PAV homepage: all the CLIENT needs to do is provide a brief testimonial about the experience of working with us to be included on our home page slider for a minimum of two weeks (usually longer).
  2. Blog post about audiobook launch (sometimes we will also do some pre-launch blog posts.
  3. Comment/like/retweet posts you make if you let us know where to find them.
  4. Post about launch on FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, and often LinkedIn.
  5. Sometimes we’ll also post on GoodReads (especially if the author is actively promoting there) and/or Pinterest.
  6. Follow the author/publisher on social media and comment/like/retweet on posts that are building author platform.
  7. Submit post about launch to BAIPA blog.
  8. Use word of mouth and BNI referral network to encourage sales.

The more we work together, the better this works. The more active you are on social media and blogging, the better this works.

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS? 2017-03-02T11:35:23+00:00

Pro Audio Voices offers payment plans with a minimum payment of $500/month over a maximum of nine months.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO GET AN AUDIOBOOK PRODUCED? 2017-03-02T11:34:59+00:00

Each contract is negotiable, so there is no fixed answer to this. An agreement may be a set project cost, a Per Finished Minute agreement (dollar amount calculated on the total time of finished audio files), or a Royalty Share agreement (with some royalty advance paid up front), or some combination of these. The royalty share agreement, with negotiable percentage royalty share, reduces the CLIENT’s upfront cost and gives us a great incentive to help your audiobook keep selling strong.   If an author has a strong author platform with strong book sales in print or ebook and a strong social media following, it is more likely we will be able to offer a more favorable deal to the author to produce the audiobook. Remember, any royalty share agreement means that we’re taking on risk. It takes many hours of studio and post-production time to produce an audiobook. In a royalty share agreement, that means we’re counting on your audiobook selling in order to get paid for all that work. If you are actively promoting your book, and you’ve demonstrated that your efforts are paying off, that gives us more confidence that producing your audiobook based on an expectation of future sales as part of our compensation, will pay off in the long run.