Audiobooks…. how much!

Okay, so people don’t like talking money, but when someone offers to do you a service, they must have some idea of costs involved. Especially if they have spent out to have their books made into audiobooks, or they run a company that records audiobooks.

All I wanted to know is what sort of prices are they talking about?

For the second time in a week someone has said to me about audiobooks. And for the second time ( to two different people) I have asked the same questions, how much are you talking about to turn a novel into an audiobook?

All I wanted to know is the sort of costs are involved so I have a idea on whether I could afford to do it, or not. It’s tough selling and marketing your novel without the expense of trying to sell and market an expensive audiobook, especially if it is of poor quality.

There must be the basis cost-
Or a mid-range to luxury audiobooks read by someone famous etc.
Are we talking about a few hundred pounds or a few thousand pounds?🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️ What about quality etc… like in all things, there’s always a way of making money out of writers. Yet, it’s us writers who can’t make our work pay for itself.

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  1. I understand it takes several weeks for a book to be turned into an audiobook, involving preparation, rehearsing, recording, and editing. Let’s assume two reasonably skilled people work on it for four weeks – one is the recording engineer, the other is the reader (not a famous name). They will want to be paid around £200-300/day, minimum, I would expect. That comes to £4000-6000, just for their time, and doesn’t include studio fees, which could be on top of that.

    If someone famous were to do the reading, I imagine the cost would be astronomical.

    There’s an interesting article on the Penguin website about how books get turned into audiobooks: https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/company/getting-published/how-a-book-is-turned-into-an-audiobook.html

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    1. That’s just what I thought, Brian. If you’re book isn’t selling super well investing a huge sum of money into having it made into an audiobook still isn’t going to made a good return.
      Some of these companies are just going to take money for nothing if the quality isn’t of a high standard. I just feel it is another area where writers will lose out if they are not careful.

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  2. If you use the services offered by ACX.com you can have an audiobook produced with NO upfront costs. I have 12 novels produced as audiobooks. I took the option of Royalty Share. The Narrator agreed. Any Royalty earned from sales is shared between the narrator, author, and ACX.com – Full details can be seen here https://www.acx.com/help/what-s-the-deal/200497690

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  3. It seems to me this is an area where a lot of scammers could prowl. I guess you’d need the guidance of a multi-book experienced author, right down to is your genre the kind of book that people listen to, or do they prefer to read Gothic why-dunnits?

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    1. There’s no question of signing away your rights. You are still the Rights Owner. all that you are doing is reaching an agreement with a Narrator. You could if you so desired merely pay the Narrator for their services, in the same way you might pay someone for a book cover, or for editing. Check out the ACX website.

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    2. Priscilla – Certainly there could be an opportunity for scammers, as there is in every aspect of life. With that in mind certainly I would seek comment from people who have experience of audiobooks,. i would also stress that sites such as Audible.co.uk, audible.com, and ACX.com be looked at. check their conditions; check their FAQ’s. Best wishes

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    3. Priscilla – Certainly there could be an opportunity for scammers, as there is in every aspect of life. With that in mind certainly I would seek comment from people who have experience of audiobooks,. i would also stress that sites such as Audible.co.uk, audible.com, and ACX.com be looked at. check their conditions; check their FAQ’s.

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