Are Audiobooks In Your Future?

by Molly Greene, @mollygreene

Fairytale_ACXI’d often considered recording my Gen Delacourt Mystery Series, but the project never progressed beyond a place on my list of goals. Then, in November, 2015, I received an unexpected email from a producer who wrote, Hi Molly, I am an ACX- approved audiobook producer and want to see if you are interested in getting your books into audio format.

Yowza!! “Of course,” I quickly replied.

Then I asked him a ton of questions, checked him out, listened to his recommended narrator’s work, and researched ACX. ACX stands for Audiobook Creation Exchange, which is an Amazon-owned platform created to bring together producers, narrators, and authors for the express purpose of creating and distributing audiobooks.

I won’t spell out the step-by-step here, because all the information you need is available on the website. Start with ACX’s overview of the process. There is no cost to post a book and give it a whirl.

Depending on the royalty split you choose, there may be no cost to you at all. My producer offered a Royalty Share Deal, which means he shoulders the entire cost of the production and shares in the sale proceeds.

ACX will make your audio titles available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible. (If you’re not an Audible subscriber, register for a FREE 30-day trial here.)

Create an ACX account and get set up

Since I hadn’t had to wait for auditions to come in or approach producers or narrators, I was fortunate in that I could bypass the toughest part of the process and go straight to setting up an ACX account.

I reviewed The ACX Rights Holder’s Audiobook Checklist, chose the royalty split, and “claimed” the title of my first book, our initial audiobook project. (Enter your name in the search box, and ACX will return a list of your published books.)

When a project is posted, the rights holder (that’s you) is required to provide basic info about things such as copyright, the word count of the book, payment and tax information, plus sample chapters for an audition (first couple are fine).

I did hit a glitch on my end and had to call ACX Customer Service to clear it up. The conversation was an absolutely delightful experience, so much so that I stayed on the line and asked the guy about five million questions. Takeaway: don’t hesitate to call them.

Sample, anyone?

My producer is experienced and knowledgeable, so he and I navigated this process quickly and casually, meaning we went through the steps as required by ACX but exchanged emails and the mss offline. Within a week or so, I had an audio sample of Book #1 in my Gen Delacourt Series. You can hear this sample on LOON’s audiobook page; the link is right below the cover image.

Or, you can listen to Book #1, Mark of the Loon, here …

And Book #2, The Last Fairytale, here …

Narrate & produce your own

ACX provides guidance for authors who narrate their own books here. is an alternative; you can narrate and record your own titles, then self-publish through their portal. I have absolutely no experience with this process, but authors can contact them for more info here.

Marketing Audiobooks? Gah!

I just love the audio versions of my books, narrated by the fabulous Martha Harmon Pardee. At this writing, only the first two of my titles are available in audio, Mark of the Loon and The Last Fairytale. Understandably, my producer wants to monitor sales prior to producing the rest of the series – and that leads to marketing, which is my responsibility. I’m diving in, and will report my efforts in another post.

Authors, have you published an audiobook and if so, have any tips? Readers, do you listen to audiobooks and if so, care to share your favorite books and/or narrators?

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For Additional Resources, check out Audiobooks, Tips For Distribution With ACX, How to Create Audiobooks via ACX, Debuts Self-Publishing Tool, and Finding a Narrator on ACX.


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22 Responses to Are Audiobooks In Your Future?

  1. Lorilyn Roberts March 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi, Molly,

    I’m am also making my books into audiobooks. I have posted two articles on my experience, one written by myself and the other written by my audio-producer. Here is the link for your readers. Getting as much information as possible can help authors to make good decisions about what path they choose. There are many options. Blessings.

    • Molly Greene March 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

      Thanks Lorilyn, and best of luck on your audio projects.

  2. Steve Vernon March 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m a Canadian – which means that I am going to have to wait a while for ACX – but I do have a couple of audiobooks that are out through an American small press and they definitely are worth getting into.

    • Molly Greene March 14, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

      You’re ahead of the curve, Steve! I’m not sure if is open to authors outside the U.S., but it might be worth looking into. Good luck with your books!

      • Steve Vernon March 14, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

        So far as I know ACX is open to writers in the USA and the UK – but definitely NOT Canada.

        • Molly Greene March 15, 2016 at 10:47 am #

          Yes, that’s what you mentioned. seems to be a completely different entity from ACX & Audible. I included a link to contact them in the post. When you click that link, you’ll see the verbiage, “f you’re an author or publisher and are interested in having your titles added to our library, you can contact our acquisitions and publisher relations department [email protected]. We look forward to working with you!”

  3. Aya Walksfar March 14, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    Good for you, Molly!
    I have several books from my Special Crimes Team series on ACX and it has proven to be good for me.
    There are so many people who commute and enjoy audiobooks during what can be a frustrating time.
    Good luck with your new endeavor!

    • Molly Greene March 15, 2016 at 10:43 am #

      Thanks Aya, congrats on YOUR audiobooks, and I’d love to hear how you’re marketing them!

  4. Clint Hollingsworth March 14, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

    Hi Molly,

    I almost produced an audio of my first book, The Sage Wind Blows Cold. I found a young narrator who sounded perfect, unfortunately, the job was too much for him and he didn’t deliver. Kinda decided to shelve it for now, even though my wife’s audio book often pay more than ebooks.

    • Molly Greene March 15, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      The recording and editing process does take hours and hours … hope you try again someday, Clint!

      • Clint Hollingsworth March 15, 2016 at 11:19 am #

        I will, just decided at this time to write the next book. I’m glad ACX is working for you!

  5. Sue Coletta March 15, 2016 at 4:09 am #

    Her voice is perfect for audio. Loved the samples!

  6. Maureen Grenier March 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    This is a really interesting topic. I think there might be an market for books for children, which I write. I’m going to look into it.
    Thank you, Molly!

    • Molly Greene March 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

      My pleasure, Maureen, best of luck!

  7. Rob March 17, 2016 at 4:32 am #


    Thanks for keeping the writing experience so much more interesting and fun! You never fail to find great topics!!

    • Molly Greene March 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

      Thanks Rob, and fingers crossed that stays true!

  8. Sahara Foley March 20, 2016 at 5:13 am #

    I currently have two of my books in audio book format. Unfortunately, there just aren’t that many places to market audio books, not like ebooks. But the places I have found are well worth the investment. Hopefully, more book marketing sites will jump on board. Good luck on your books.

    • Molly Greene March 20, 2016 at 7:43 am #

      Thanks, Sarah, would love it if you’d share the places you’ve found to market your audiobooks!

  9. Deb Atwood March 20, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Hi Molly,

    I always listen to audiobooks on my commute. I’ve found that mysteries work best to keep my attention while driving and generally leave literary tomes for bedtime. Don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel!

    My faves are generally mysteries with literary leanings like Robert Galbraith (a recent discovery) and Laura Lippman.

    I did have an audiobook made of my novel with mixed results–mostly because of a few Korean words in the text. I had spent hours searching for narrators who had some exposure to Korean. At that time (I don’t know about now), ACX definitely lacked narrators familiar with Asian languages. Other than that, ACX made the process very easy, and I would use them again in future novels as long as there was no difficulty with foreign words.

    • Molly Greene March 20, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Deb, I think a lot of commuters are turning to audiobooks now, which is great … and my Book #1 has Gaelic in it – I found the correct pronunciations on Youtube and gave it to my producer, lol!


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