How to Self Publish an Audio Book
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- Understand how to use Amazon's ACX site to get your audio book on Audible, Amazon and Apple Books (iTunes)
- Know how to convert and self publish your existing print or eBook content into audio format… yourself!
- Understand how to use basic functions of the free, open source Audacity audio editing software
- Comfortable with using basic computer software programs
- Windows PC or Apple Mac computer
- USB microphone and earphones (course will discuss how to select)
Audio content is growing in popularity every year! That's why self published authors need to consider offering audio editions of their existing books and eBooks. And it can be done more inexpensively and efficiently than ever before... even for free!
We will be focusing specifically on self publishing audio books through Amazon and Audible's ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) platform. Here are some of the major topics we'll discuss:
Using the FREE Audacity, open source software to record, edit, and export your audio book.
How to use the ACX platform to get your audio book on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
Selecting a good, but inexpensive, microphone for recording yourself reading your book.
Tips for controlling your voice when narrating your book.
I'm Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA, a nonfiction book editor and author of over 20 self published print books and eBooks on the topics of business, marketing, and self publishing. PLUS, I already have 4 audio books available for sale on Audible, Amazon and iTunes, with more in development. And I did them all myself!
Coming soon! The course is primarily designed for PC users. However, special lectures for Mac users are going to be added shortly.
Of course, I have to disclose that while I will be sharing what I've learned from working with the Amazon/Audible ACX platform, I am not affiliated with, hired, endorsed, or approved by Amazon, ACX, Audible, or Apple/Apple Books. However, I do receive associate advertising compensation and/or royalties from Amazon, Audible, ACX and Apple/Apple Books as part of my normal course of business. Also, any products or services mentioned or featured in the course are there because I have personally used them in preparing my audio books; I am not compensated for including them.
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- Self published authors who already have a print book or eBook completed and want to publish it as an audio book
Audio content is growing in popularity. This lecture will discuss trends that make audio books a viable book content format for the future. Also discussed are benefits to self published authors who choose to produce audio books by themselves.
Traditional book publishers and some self publishing platforms may prohibit their authors from self publishing their audio editions. The question deals with exclusivity. Popular platforms such as Kindle Direct Publishing are non-exclusive, but others may not be. You need to check!
Understanding how the Audible audio book listening program works is key to understanding your audio book sales on ACX. I explain the numbers you'll see on your ACX Sales Dashboard, how pricing of audio books works, and why you shouldn't be overly concerned if you see audio book returns.
An introduction to the free, open source Audacity audio editing software, as well as an important free Audacity plugin to facilitate in the audio book production process. Links to the software and plugin downloads are provided in Resources.
As an author, you likely want to direct your readers to your website to learn more about you and your books. But how you handle web addresses in audio books is very different than print books or eBooks. Here are some audio-friendly tips for web addresses.
Print books and eBooks have a LOT of extra material that would not be reader friendly in an audio edition, particularly front and back matter. I explain what front and back matter are and offer some suggestions for handling it in an audio book.
In this demo video, I explain the basics for using the Audacity software to record your voice reading your book.
Though this course is geared for self published authors who are doing their audio DIY (do it yourself), if you ever get to a point where you feel you're incapable of doing it, you may consider hiring help. But you need to do it right so you don't lose your rights and royalties. Here are some cautions to be aware of.
Background noise can be very distracting for audio book listeners... and it can cause your files to be rejected by ACX. In this demo video, I explain techniques for reducing background noise from your computer, as well as how to add necessary silence at the beginning and end of each of your files.
This demo will explain some of the final audio quality edits that will be necessary to make your audio files ready for submission to ACX. Doing a pre-submission file check using the Nyquist ACX Check plugin for Audacity will be reviewed, as well as dealing with challenges you may encounter during this phase.
Though this is really a marketing question, you'll be asked to choose between exclusive and non-exclusive distribution for your audio book that you self publish on ACX. I explain what each means so you choose which one is right for you.
ACX offers a couple of tools that help authors spread the word on their audio books and make some additional money. However, the promotional terminology used on ACX is different than for other online marketing. The differences and opportunities are explained in this video.