I want to
make my novel into an audiobook. Where do I start?
Award-Winning Audiobook Narrator and Producer - Hire B.J. Harrison
There are many reasons that B.J. Harrison is the
perfect choice in audiobook narration talent. Here are a few:
Solid background in Classic Literature - brings out
every ounce of drama without being over the top
Reputation for p, recision in pronunciation
"(He's) a perfect fit for Fantasy and Science
Fiction" - M. Charzuk, Executive at Audible.com
Makes non-fiction pieces more digestible for the
Solid fan base through his website and podcast,
reaching 20,000 weekly listeners
Solid reputation on Audible.com, Amazon.com and the
iTunes Music Store (B.J. Harrison has been one of their top 5 audio publishers)
Can create a full range of character voices,
including accents from around the world
Hundreds of audiobooks to his credit
No nonsense - no hidden fees or charges. He's the
best value for your money
you create an Audiobook?
It takes 8-11 hours
to create 1 hour of finished audiobook
Read the book -It's a
very good place to start.
Map out the character voices - Using
MindMapping software, I map out the character voices. This way I can keep the
voices strait when I'm recording them. Also, this way the work of character
voice creation is done, and I don't need to do it on the fly while recording.
Get pronunciation from Author - I
usually need some clarification of character names, or fictional proper nouns.
Record the book -
Following the character map and pronunciation guide, the recording of the book
is produced in the studio.
Edit the book - All of
the false starts and missteps are edited out of the recording.
Proof the book - The
text is checked against the recording, and any variations are noted down. Any
edits that made their way past the first editing pass are noted down.
Patch the book - Using
the notes from the Proofer, all of the anomalies are recorded anew, and patched
in the proper places
Mix the final audio - The
final audio is then mixed. This is a highly technical process of equalizing the
audio, dealing with the room tone, amplification, etc. I work with a consultant
from Sweetwater Studios. He is very experienced, and excels at optimizing the
audio to meet professional industry standards.
Final Proofing - The
entire audiobook is then listened to again, to check for any anomalies in the
final mixing, and to triple check for any editing glitches.
Delivery - The audiobook is
exported as mp3 files, created at 4100Khz, and 192kbps (CD quality). These
files can then be sold through The Classic Tales Distribution Network, or
wherever you choose!
does it cost?
It takes 8-11 hours to create 1
hour of finished audiobook!
I have my professional audiobook, what do I do now?
Now is the time to
make some money on your investment. Here are some options for you:
Sell it through www.thebestaudiobooks.com
Net sales are split 70/30 - with YOU receiving 70%
of the net sales through the website. This is the HIGHEST royalty from ANY
retail venue, digital or otherwise. This way you can take advantage of all of
the residual marketing efforts already underway to sell The Classic Tales
Sell it through the Audible
The basic royalty percentage for all digital
audiobook products sold through Audible.com, the iTunes Music
Store and Amazon.com
is 15% of all net sales go to the owner of the audiobook. This is industry
wide. Titles that are available EXCLUSIVELY through Audible get 20% royalty on
net sales. All audiobooks sold through the iTunes Music Store go through
Audible.com. The iTunes Music Store can change the suggested price of the title
arbitrarily. However, Audible compensates by paying the difference between the
iTunes price, and their price. If you select this option, you will receive 12%,
and The Classic Tales will receive 3%. This is just to take care of our
overhead. Checks are mailed quarterly, 60 days after the end of the calendar
Promote it through The Classic Tales Social
Network (These rates/options are ONLY for Audiobooks commissioned through
Facebook entry - We'll create a Facebook entry
through The Classic Tales Facebook Page, promoting your book! Cost
Twitter Tweet - We'll tweet your book, notifying
followers of your success! Cost - $5
Blog entry - We'll create a fantastic Blog entry
showcasing your audiobook at The
Classic Tales Blogsite. Cost - $35
Coming Soon! We'll
create a file of your first couple of chapters, and offer it as a free video at
our YouTube Channel! Cost $35
We can pitch your product through an ad at the
beginning of an episode of The Classic Tales Podcast! Cost $35
Create Album Artwork
If you like, we can create artwork for your
audiobook. 95% of all the artwork you see on my website is designed and created
in house (by B.J. Harrison).
Initial Cover Image - starting at $200 - It really
depends on what you want. The starting price reflects the amount of work
entailed in creating the majority of the cover artwork found on the website.
If you want a physical painting, or have something else in mind, we can talk
Redesign of Cover Artwork for iPad - $40
Redesign of Cover Artwork for iPhone - $40
Hire your favorite Graphic Designer to create your
Promote it yourself!
Tell your Facebook contacts
Promote it through LinkedIn -you are now a
published author! Have associates endorse you!
Host events where you can drive traffic to your
Have a placard with a QR barcode
handy for anyone with a smartphone!
Put a QR code to your book on the back of your
Take out ads in local papers, and show off your
Buy some GoogleAdWords to send traffic to your
Send out a press release! Tell the world about the next
big thing - YOU!
Call us at (800) 621-4889
or email us at
and make your dreams a reality today!
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