On March 14, audiobook narrators and producers Andi Arndt, Ron Butler, Paul Heitsch, and Karen White presented an overview of the range of audiobook publishing options available to authors in the current landscape, whether independently or traditionally published in print. Moderated by Michele Cobb, publisher of AudioFile magazine, the participants will discuss audio rights, production costs and various models of payment, and tips on casting, with time for questions. The participants have years of experience producing and narrating hundreds of books.
This event was presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.
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Watch the recording of this event:
- Getting Started: Resources from Audio Publishers Association
- Findaway Voices resources for creating, narrating, selling, and more
- ACX audiobook resources
- Information about libraries and buying via the Panorama Project
- A great free resource to find narrators: https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/referenceguide
- The Audies (the Oscars of audio publishing) are free and virtual on March 22, 2021!
- Storyblocks.com has royalty-free audio loops that can be used in audiobook credits.
- Narrators Roadmap for narrators of all levels
- Independent Audiobook Awards
- To submit your audiobook for review consideration in Audiofile Magazine, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Booklist and Library Journal also review audiobooks
- Chirp is the audiobook part of BookBub
- BONUS PRO TIP: To calculate audiobook production price, divide your number of words by 9,200 to get a ballpark of how many hours. Cost per finished hour ranges.
Thanks to the Randolph College MFA program for hosting this event.