Why did you even ask?
Of course I’m going to make an audiobook out of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. Which now has 50 reviews on Amazon (in less than one month).
By the way, I did my first book signing. Sold five books, handed out a lot of bookmarks, candy, and I’ve got another one on Friday.
THAT’S BESIDES THE POINT.
Let’s talk about my thoughts on ACX. And/or Amazon’s audiobook-creating-website that I just chained myself to. ACX stands for Audiobook Creation Exchange.
1st thought- One of my plans from the beginning was to make Miss Mabel’s available in every single avenue I could. Why not, right? Amazon makes it TOO easy. (I have my own suspicions regarding that.) Plus, husband is quite busy and won’t read Miss Mabel’s until the movie rights are bought, so maybe this way I can convince him to at least listen to it. It’s a good thing he’s so handsome and supportive . . .
The big question comes in here: do people use and listen to audiobooks? I think they do. I do. It certainly makes chores more interesting.
2nd thought- I thought it was a pretty easy sign up process because Miss Mabel’s is already listed on Amazon. Basically, I just had to fill out a page like this and try to pimp my book out. Day in the life, really . . .
I chose sarcastic for vocal style because we all know (and if you don’t, you should buy it here so you can find out) that Bianca’s a witty little brat sometimes. Now I’m not so sure that I want sarcasm as the tone, but we’ll see what the
narrators Producers come up with.
3rd thought- This page tells you how it works pretty well. Basically, you try to convince a ‘producer’ (narrator) that your book is totally worth their time and effort. If they believe it would be worthwhile, they’ll give you a sample read from your book. If you like it, you sign a deal.
The only thing I can see that may be bad about this whole process is waiting for a Producer to come along that is interested in the story. Since, you know, I’m not exactly Dean Koontz. And then liking what they give. That’s the other thing. If you know anything, you know I’m picky . . .
4th thought- Royalties. Here’s where it got a bit odd. They supply a couple of options: pay per hour of reading. Miss Mabel’s will be about 10 hours long, so if I paid on a 0-50 scale, I’d owe the Producer $500 on finishing. THEN I KEEP ALL ROYALTIES TO MYSELF.
I could do a 50/50 split. HOWEVER: I would be doing a 50/50 split of 40% royalties. Do the math: I’d only get 20% royalties on each book. WTF?! That’s traditional publishing numbers. PUH-LEEZ. I went into self publishing to make money, you know?
ON THAT THOUGHT- if I didn’t have as much faith in Miss Mabel’s as I do now to earn back the $500 it will cost, I could see paying the narrator on a book to book basis. But then if Miss Mabel’s goes crazy and I’m selling books like it’s going out of style? That narrator is going to make bank off my book for a long time, and I’ll only be getting half that.
Side note of importance: Lest you think I’m only going into writing for the money, you’re partially correct. I write because I love to write. It brings me joy. But I spend a lot of time and put ALOT of effort into writing, I better be getting back something from the work so I can keep going.
5th and final thought- I like the process so far because I still have total control. I can still back out and say, ‘Actually, never mind.’ Plus, I get to pick the narrator. Bonus.
THIS IS THE BIG QUESTION: Do you listen to audibooks? As a self publisher, do you think it’s a smart option to offer people when you are trying to sell?
Or, as a reader, would you buy an audiobook to listen to but not the book to read?
Leave. Your. Thoughts.