​​​WHY AUDIOBOOKS?

 

​​Audiobooks are the fastest growing area of the book industry. This is a fact. If you are a serious writer who actively markets your books and you want a second income from your writing, audiobooks can be the perfect solution if done correctly. Plus, a great narrator can really make your story come alive. Audiobook listeners are hungry and often talk loud and proud about audiobooks and narrators they love.  This is great exposure for your work and your brand.

The easiest way to produce an audiobook is through Amazon's ACX, but there are pros and cons depending on what's right for you. ​However, producing an audiobook can also come with challenges that many authors don't know how to overcome. For a new author who doesn't know where to look, information on the process can be hard to find. For the more seasoned authors who know the process but are on a budget, finding a good narrator can be a difficult since not many tenured narrators audition for royalty share jobs on ACX. More often than not, we hear about authors who have had their books on ACX for months, but have not received a single audition. That's where we can help. 

Audio Bookfly has partnered with Tove Productions to bring authors and narrators together. To submit your book to us, please fill out our submission questionnaire at the bottom of this page. All work is pre-screened by our team. If selected, we will work with you on all aspects of your project, from production to marketing needs. We will also provide you with a step-by-step guide on everything you need to do during the process. To read more about the narrators we work with, our marketing strategies, or to submit your book to us, click through the links on the top left side of this page. 

Note: Please read through the "Before You Get Started" section below before filling out the submission form.

 

 

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

 

Audiobooks are an investment, one that will pay off if you market your book correctly and hire a high quality narrator. In order to have a better understanding about the audiobook process, there are a few things to think about.

 

When you produce an audiobook through ACX, you have 4 different options to choose from. You can choose to do Royalty Share or Paid Per Finished Hour. Here is a more in depth look at the options:

 

  • Pay Per Finished Hour, Audible/ACX Exclusive
    • Author (the rights holder) pays for audiobook production costs up front. This cost varies depending on the narrator rate.
    • Once the audiobook is released, 40% of the audiobook revenue from Audible.com goes to the​ rights holder.
    • ACX exclusive distribution through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes via ACX, as well as wherever else Audible chooses. Under this model, Audible has the exclusive right to distribute the audiobook. If you choose this option, the audiobook cannot be distributed by any entity except ACX in any market or format.
    • *NOTE: This option is recommended by Audio Bookfly because you have a higher probability of getting a quality narrator.
  • Pay Per Finished Hour, Audible/ACX Non-Exclusive
    • ​Author (the rights holder) pays for audiobook production costs up front. This cost varies depending on the narrator rate. 
    • Once the audiobook is released, 25% of the audiobook revenue from Audible.com goes to the​ rights holder.
    • ​Non-exclusive distribution through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes via ACX, as well as wherever else Rights Holder chooses. Under this model, Rights Holder can grant distribution rights to parties other than Audible in any market or any format.
  • Royalty Share
    • This is the most affordable and easiest way for an author to produce an audiobook, as there are no up front costs from the author for the audio production and the narrator does most of the work.
    • A narrator will record their own audio and upload it to ACX in exchange for royalty split (the narrator gets 20% and the author gets 20%).​
    • *NOTE: Audio Bookfly is not accepting Royalty Share deals at this time.
  • ​​Hybrid Royalty Share
    • This is an option of having a Royalty Share contract with ACX with an addendum that pays royalty share through ACX, as well as a payment of $100 per finished hour of audio for proofing, editing, and mastering services.   
    • This is a great way to pay for a quality narrator who will not take on a full Royalty Share contract.

 

If you choose to go with one of the Paid Per Finished Hour options, below is a chart for the estimated cost of producing an audiobook. For a complete breakdown of what comes with a Paid Per Finished Hour (PFH) rate, click HERE.

 

*Note: The $300 Production Rate is an example ONLY, as every narrator charges a different rate.  

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How do I choose the right price for my audiobook?

​We hate to break it to you, but you don't get to choose. Your price based on the length of the book and is determined by the retailer. Each retailer independently prices your audiobook at their sole discretion. While not always the case, the regular price on Audible for an audiobook is generally set as follows:

  • Under 1 hour: under $7
  • 1 – 3 hours: $7 - $10
  • 3 – 5 hours: $10 - $20 
  • 5–10 hours: $15 - $25 
  • 10–20 hours: $20 - $30 
  • Over 20 hours: $25 - $35 


Although the above represents general guidelines of audiobooks sold on Audible, Audible retains the sole discretion to set the price of the audiobooks it sells. Additionally, consumers can buy your audiobook "a la carte" for the above price, but many Audible customers are Audible Listener members who can purchase the audiobook with an Audible "credit" that they get as part of their membership. These credits are generally for about $15 per month. This means that even if your book is priced at $24.95, your royalty will be based on the $15 membership. Note: Audible does not control how iTunes prices an audiobook in their store. However, no matter how they price it, you will be paid the same amount as you are for Audible "a la carte" sales.


What factors does Audio Bookfly look at during the submission process?

  • Content of the Book
    • A best selling print book will likely be a best selling audiobook if the narration is good. Likewise, a book that does not sell well will likely have low sales for audiobooks. This does not determine whether or not we take on your audiobook project, it does factor into the equation when considering a royalty share deal.
  • Genre
    • Some genres are more popular than others. Authors who write in the “hot” genres will sell more audiobooks than authors who write in less popular genres. For example, in romance, the reverse harem sub-genre is currently selling like hot cakes. 
  • Marketing
    • More marketing will results in better sales. If you want to make money on an audiobook, authors should also be willing to market their audiobook along side their ebook.  
    • Audio Bookfly requires our authors to work with us on promoting new audiobooks.
  • ​Social Media
    • ​We like to see authors with a strong online presence. The number of followers an author has is important, but the level of activity is more important. For example, an author that has 10k Facebook followers may never engage with readers on social media. Whereas, an author with 2k followers may be extremely active. More activity is better.
  • Series vs Individual Books
    • Authors who have a series often say they sell more series audiobooks than singles titles. Just like all of the above, this alone is not a determining factor. However, it will be looked at when determining a Paid Per Finished Hour rate or Royalty Share agreement.
  • ​Audible Romance Package
    • At this time, Audio Bookfly will NOT take on a Royalty Share agreement with any author who plans to enroll his or her book in the Audible Romance Package. 
  • ​Dual or Duet Narration
    • ​If your book is written from a dual (male and female) point of view and you would like two different narrators, there are additional charges to consider. ACX will not allow Royalty Share payments to be split between two different narrators. Because of this, these projects will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 

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What does it cost to submit my book to Audio Bookfly?

  • NOTHING. Narrators need work, you need an audiobook. It's that simple. Dragonfly Ink Publishing's main goal is to simplify the publishing process by being a one-stop shop for authors - that includes helping authors connect with narrators for their audiobook needs.


READY TO SUBMIT?

Return to the top and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page. Note: if you are on a mobile device, the form is only accessible on a computer. Please allow up to two weeks for a response. If selected, a narrator will be in touch with you about the next steps for your project. Thank you for considering Audio Bookfly for your audiobook needs! 

SUBMISSIONS

Please read through all of the information on this page before filling out this form.


*At this time, Audio Bookfly is not accepting Royalty Share deals. Hybrid Royalty will be determined by narrator availability and interest. 


**Audio Bookfly does not produce your audiobook. We work with Tove Audiobooks to help authors navigate the audiobook process and help find the best way to bring your book to audio.