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Audiobook Creation Costs Simplified

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   2027 views

Audiobook Creation Costs Simplified Share Authors and Audiobook Narrators don’t speak the same language when it comes to pricing production costs. When I wrote my book “The Author’s Guide to Audiobook Creation,” my editors and proofers quoted me prices for their services based on length – per 1,000 words. Audiobook…

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How to Choose the Best Audible Audiobook Categories

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1884 views

How to Choose the Best Audible Audiobook Categories Share It is critical to the success of your audiobook to have it listed in your best categories/genres on Audible. Many authors and narrators don’t realize that you have the power to choose the top 3 categories for your audiobook from over…

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Welcome to the Golden Age of Audiobooks

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1868 views

Welcome to the Golden Age of Audiobooks Share Audiobooks are the fastest growing medium in publishing. How far have audiobooks come? The first audiobooks were called “Talking Books” and were created in the 1930s for people with visual disabilities in America and Britain. This group included war-blinded soldiers and blind…

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Audiobook Mistakes Authors Make

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   2034 views

Audiobook Mistakes Authors Make You wonder if an audio version of your book is a good idea. Maybe you listen to audiobooks – perhaps a Harry Potter book with Jim Dale doing over 150 different voices – and you think, it’s probably way too complicated and expensive. Not necessarily! Share…

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Bring Your Book Back to Life - in Audio!

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1899 views

Bring Your Book Back to Life – in Audio! Perhaps the book you wrote several years ago with sales slowing to a trickle is only “mostly dead.” Share As Billy Crystal’s character said in Princess Bride, “mostly dead is slightly alive.” You can breathe new life into your older books…

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Share Your Audiobook!

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   2170 views

Share Your Audiobook! Share Audible has just introduced a way that authors can share their audiobook with friends, family and colleagues and make money doing it! This new feature is called “Send this Book” and you will find it at the bottom of an audiobook description on Audible. It’s highlighted…

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The Gateway Drug for Audiobooks

May 15, 2016

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1871 views

The Gateway Drug for Audiobooks Share “Podcasts are the gateway drug for audiobooks” – the words of Tom Webster, Vice President of Strategy at Edison Research. at the 2016 Audio Publisher’s Association Conference in Chicago. Webster pointed to an explosion in podcast listening as a major reason why audiobook listening…

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10 Crazy (but True) Things about Audiobooks

April 24, 2016

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1906 views

10 Crazy (but True) Things about Audiobooks Share For a while, Audiobooks were illegal…and more: The first audiobooks were called “Talking Books” and were created in the 1930s for people with visual disabilities in America and Britain. This group included war-blinded soldiers and blind civilians who couldn’t read braille.The first…

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The Audiobook Revolution is Real!

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1901 views

The Audiobook Revolution is Real! Audiobooks are replacing eBooks as the digital download of choice for readers. Every indicator is showing audiobooks on the upswing this past year: Audible listening up 38%Audiobook sales growth up 20% worldwideListening on smartphones is the fastest growing way people are getting audiobooksBecause of the…

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When Your Book Has a Voice, But No One Hears

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1904 views

When Your Book Has a Voice, But No One Hears Share It’s great that you produced an audiobook, but if it falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Your audiobook needs to be shouted out to your fans and the listener/reader world that you have already identified. It…

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Authors: Should Your Audiobook Be Free?

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1878 views

Authors: Should Your Audiobook Be Free? Share Giving Your Audiobooks Away*Authors have the option to use audiobooks as a lead generator rather than as a separate source of income. Posting audio for free is one way to steer potential readers to purchase print and e-book versions.Australian science fiction and fantasy…

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The 10 WORST Ways to Find and Audiobook Narrator

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1867 views

The 10 WORST Ways to Find an Audiobook Narrator Share I covered the 10 Best Ways to Find a Narrator here, so now here is what NOT to do. Jeffrey Kafer at JeffreyKafer.com and I agree: DON’T Have a Poor Cover You CAN judge a book by its cover. If…

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The 10 Best Ways to Find the Right Audiobook Narrator

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1887 views

The 10 Best Ways to Find the Right Audiobook Narrator Share Teri Schnaubelt at TeriSchnaubelt.com, narrator extraordinaire, believes these are the best ways to give your book a voice. Here are Teri’s Top Ten Tips* for finding the perfect voice for you: Listen to samples on Amazon’s ACX, then investigate…

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Narrate Your Own Audiobook?

March 3, 2016

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   2021 views

Narrate Your Own Audiobook? Share DIY Audiobooks? There are a few good reasons to narrate you own book, and many more why you shouldn’t. Why you should: It’s your book and your words, so you can tell your story best.You know your characters, your story or subject, and the thinking…

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Authors Should Write with Audiobooks in Mind

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1898 views

Authors Should Write with Audiobooks in Mind Share Do you hear a voice in your head while writing? While you write your book, do you read it out loud to yourself? The late, great author and writing coach Gary Provost in 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing says reading your…

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Audiobook Narration Pricing Simplified

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   2058 views

Audiobook Narration Pricing Simplified Share Audiobook Narrators — What do you tell authors when they ask how much you would charge to produce their audiobook? Do you quote…? Royalty Share SplitRoyalty Share HybridPay for ProductionPer Finished Hour (PFH)SAG-AFTRA MinimumRoyalty Plus StipendWhatever You Can Get Away WithI polled my fellow authors…

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New Audiobook Option for Authors

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1871 views

New Audiobook Option for Authors Share I’ve written previously about Author’s Republic from the narrators point of view, but this is for authors looking for audiobook publishing options.What Amazon and Kindle are to book publishing, Amazon’s ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) and Audible subsidiaries are to audiobooks. Amazon has control over…

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An Audiobook Narrator's Guide to Author's Republic

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1889 views

An Audiobook Narrator’s Guide to Author’s Republic Share “ACX is doing some great work, but there are a lot of issues there that our service was built to address.” Sanjay Singhal, CEO of Author’s RepublicAuthor’s Republic (AR) has just been created to make it easier for authors to sell audiobooks…

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When ACX Isn't Enough - Finding Books to Narrate

The Audio Book Wizard, Richard Rieman
April 2019   1857 views

When ACX Isn’t Enough – Finding Books to Narrate Share Are you tired of visiting ACX’s “Titles Accepting Auditions” section and seeing: Roddy and Roxy Ride Rough and dozens of other erotica titlesRoyalty titles 10+ hours long that even friends and family will never buy$100 Per Finished Hour “books” that…

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