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jason donoghue

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audiobook pay
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 9:44 AM
 
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I have three books out and i want to get one of them done in an audiobook, so i can sell it on amazon. how much should i offer someone to do it?

short story 6000 words long???

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cdalebrittain

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Posted: Oct 4, 2017 12:58 PM   in response to: jason donoghue in response to: jason donoghue
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If you want it to be on Amazon, you really need to create it through ACX, Audible Creative Exchange. (They're owned by Amazon.)

You can't just hire a random person, but need somebody with experience as a voice artist and a lot of high-end sound and recording equipment.

A 100,000 word book would come in at about 12 hours long. Something your length would be a little under an hour. Note that ACX normally wants longer works, at least 5 times as long as yours.

A good voice artist/recording artist expects at least $30 or $40 an hour because they're professionals. ($30 an hour translates into about $60k a year for someone working full-time, a bit over the US median household income.) And you have to figure about 6 hours of work for each hour of finished audio. So you might be able to get someone to do it for about $200, though as I said ACX often rejects shorter works. (And I would guess that most voice artists want a minimum payment.)

Good luck!

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Emily Veinglory

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Re: audiobook pay
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 1:41 PM   in response to: jason donoghue in response to: jason donoghue
 
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To reinforce the point, I assure you that as a regular audiobook listener I know the difference between good voice talent and some random person reading a book. If a book is not properly read I will return it, every time. Voice talent is not a place to cut corners.
aerki

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Re: audiobook pay
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 11:28 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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cdalebrittain wrote:
You can't just hire a random person, but need somebody with experience as a voice artist and a lot of high-end sound and recording equipment.

Actually, that's what ACX is. You hire random people, some of which work for royalty share deals. They do auditions, you pick the one you want, that's how it works. Not all request pay up front, and if you can find a voice you like from a relative unknown, you can get an audiobook made for no cost to you.
aerki

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 11:32 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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cdalebrittain wrote:
though as I said ACX often rejects shorter works.

Not true. One narrator I use just told me she got another job on a poetry book that was 5,000 words long.
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