Audiobook Narration by Beth

From the beginning, I’ve narrated my own novels. Now that I have eight books (over one hundred hours of audio, over a thousand estimated hours of production time) under my belt, I’ve decided it’s time to use that experience to help other authors get their books into audio format too!

Got questions? See if the answers are below. If not, email me at carolbethanderson@gmail.com.

What kinds of books will you consider narrating?

Fiction including fantasy, sci-fi, romance (including those with fully consensual steamy scenes), thrillers, mysteries, literary fiction, and more. I’ll also consider story-driven non-fiction. I‘m open to books written for children, teens, or adults.

Most importantly, I want to connect to your book in a way that will make it enjoyable for me to narrate. If I narrate for you, I’ll be spending a lot of time with your words. We’ll both benefit if I’m enthusiastic! That’s why I always read/skim books before I decide whether or not to take on a narration job.

What kinds of books do you prefer not to narrate?

Nonfiction that isn’t story driven, horror, erotica, highly violent books (especially those including lots of detailed torture or detailed sexual abuse or child abuse), books with steamy or romantic content that’s not fully consensual, and first-person narration if the main character is male. (If you have a book with both female and male first-person narration, please feel free to reach out. We can talk about dual narration, and I may even be able to bring in a male narrator to partner up on the project.)

If you’re unsure whether your book is a good fit, just reach out. My email address is carolbethanderson@gmail.com.

What accent do you have?

I’m American, and I grew up in Arizona. I’ve lived in Texas for most of my adulthood, but I don’t have any strong regional accent.

Your book may include characters with accents. I have an acting background and have already done various accents for that. I’m open to learning more. However, I don’t want to do an entire book in an accent. Just dialogue, please.

Where can I listen to your narration?

My audiobooks are all on Audible.com under Carol Beth Anderson. You can listen to samples of each book there. I suggest listening to more recent ones, as my narration has improved through the years!

How long will it take to narrate my book?

Generally anywhere between a few weeks and a few months, depending how long it is. However, I do already have projects in my production queue, so likely most of your time will be spent waiting for your turn! Please feel free to reach out early (even while you’re still writing a book) so we can discuss adding you to my schedule.

What if I need a rush job?

Please reach out to me if you need your book done quickly. I may be able to squeeze you in early instead of adding you to the end of the queue. If so, there will be a nonrefundable rush charge, payable in advance, in addition to my normal fee.

How much does it cost?

My current rate (as of July 2022, subject to change) is $150 per finished hour of audio. Please be aware that every finished hour of audio takes several hours to produce, but you’re paying based on the length of the final audiobook. Payment is due when you’ve approved the audio files (minus any deposit already paid).

My narration speed is approximately 9,000 words per hour. That means an 90,000-word book will turn into an approximately 10-hour audiobook.

You may have heard of royalty share, which allows authors to have an audiobook produced at no upfront cost. Instead, they split royalties with the narrator. I’m only open to this in very specific situations. (I’ll need to be confident your audiobook will sell well, since royalty share ties my profits directly to your audio sales.) Reach out if you’d like to discuss.

When I add your book to my production queue, I’ll guarantee you that the price won’t change (even if I’ve raised my prices by the time I get to your book). However, this is only the case for one book. If we schedule future books in the series, for instance, they could end up being at a higher rate. My price is currently on the low end for professional, experienced narrators.

If your book includes anything extra, such as dual narration, we may need to negotiate a different price.

What do I do if I’m interested in getting my audiobook narrated by you?

Email me at carolbethanderson@gmail.com telling me about your book (word count, genre, any content issues I may find objectionable based on lists above). Please also attach an ePub of your book for my review, or, if the book is in Kindle Unlimited, let me know so I can borrow it there.

Whether or not you’re interested in my narration, if you live in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or Ireland, please claim all your published books (including those that are on pre-order on Amazon) on ACX. This prevents unsavory folks from claiming they have the rights to produce your audiobook without your permission, and it’s an important step for authors to take even if they don’t want to produce audiobooks. (One exception: if a publisher or audiobook-production company is handling the production of your audiobook, I’m not sure what the process is. Contact ACX to find out.)

Here’s how you claim a book on ACX:

  • Go to ACX.com (or the appropriate ACX site for your country) and click “Sign Up Now.” Use your Amazon account (the same one you use for KDP if you have an account there) to sign in. Sign up for a Rights Holder (author) account. Finish the account set-up process.
  • Click “Add Your Title” at the top right of the page. Search for your book (title plus your last name is a good start), and when you find it, click, “This is My Book”.
  • On the next screen, click “Continue” next to “I’m looking for someone to narrate and produce my audiobook” (or the other option if it applies or will someday apply).
  • Agree to the ACX terms.
  • When you see this next screen, you don’t need to do anything unless you’re ready to start producing the book. You can close the window or go back up to “Add Your Title” (to add another book). ACX has now assigned your book to you so no one can produce it as an audiobook without your permission. (You’ll find it under “Projects” next to your name at the top of the page.)

Now you’ve reserved your book under your name, so if and when you do decide to self-publish it as an audiobook through ACX, you’ll be able to! Please note there are sometimes multiple versions of a book listed, so I suggest looking up your author name and scrolling through ALL the ones you find. Go through this process with every one of them.

Okay, back to the process of working with me as your potential narrator.

After I skim through your book to determine if it’s a good fit for me or not, I’ll contact you. If it’s a good fit, and we both agree to move forward, you’ll go on my production schedule.

While you’re waiting, there’s one thing you can work on: you’ll need a square image to use for your audiobook cover. If you don’t have one yet, now is the time! Check out this link for ACX’s requirements for audio covers.

Once I’m ready to start producing your book, we’ll move on to the next phase. Click here to read the steps you’ll need to take to hire me as your narrator.

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