If you've written a book and are self-publishing, you may be thinking about how you want to distribute it. However, when it comes to creating an audiobook, you will have additional considerations, like choosing a narrator and the right audiobook distributors. Below you'll find tips for making your own audiobook.
Consider the Genre of Your Audiobook
The way that your book translates from being written to being read will necessitate different changes when it comes to the way you go about creating, producing, and marketing your audiobook. For example, if you've written a YA book and your target audience is part of the 57% of people under the age of 45 who frequently listen to audiobooks, you will have different marketing techniques than if you were trying to sell a biography. In addition, you may want to opt for a narrator with a different tone depending on the tone of the story and the style of narration that you want.
Prioritize High-Quality Audio
The most important part of your audiobook is the audio itself. This means that you need to make sure that you're recording high-quality audio with minimal background noise. People who listen to a large number of audiobooks will be able to pick up on the background noise and other small audio issues and may stop listening because of them. Recording your audiobook in a quality studio can help eliminate these issues and give you a final product for your audio that really pops.
Research Audiobook Distributors Policies
One of the key parts of creating an audiobook is distributing that audiobook so that it can reach the maximum number of interested listeners. Audiobook distribution can be done through a number of different platforms, so make sure that you're doing your research on each of the audiobook distributors you're considering. Make sure you know all of their policies for things like advertising and payouts and be smart about which ones you choose to move forward with.
When you're working on publishing your own book and audiobook, you may have many factors to take into consideration. At the end of the day, as the creator of your audiobook, you know what tone you want the production to have, so follow your instinct and make sure you're prioritizing what's important, like high-quality audio, during the process.