From long-time Passive Voice visitor, author Gerard de Marigny:
I can illustrate why I’m bubbling over by telling you my journey to my 1st audiobook, _THE WATCHMAN OF EPHRAIM_. It started with a re-posting of a piece from Neil Gaiman’s Journal that my friend Passive Guy shared on his awesome “The Passive Voice” blog. Gaiman wrote about “ACX” – the Audiobook Creation Exchange.
Now, I confess, I would not even have known about ACX if it weren’t for Gaiman’s piece and I wouldn’t have known about Gaiman’s piece if it weren’t for Passive Guy’s re-posting. See what I mean about the indie community? It’s simply awesome – people sharing news, ideas, and suggestions. I have never felt one iota of competition within the indie publishing family … only the greatest forms of cooperation and even collaboration!
My story doesn’t end there though. I went to ACX and followed their simple directions. Within a few hours I had posted my first two novels to the exchange. Next, I had to be approved – probably just a authenticity check performed by the ACX team, but I was still excited to be accepted. I began receiving auditions from some wonderfully talented actors and production companies.
Yet, I had my heart set on one particular actor – Elijah Alexander. I contacted the production company that Elijah used for previous audiobooks he narrated, but they weren’t interested in royalty-share deals. Then, in a MOST BLESSED act of kindness and support for a neo-pro writer like me – Amazon/ACX offered a stipend for the production of my audiobooks! What that means is – on top of my royalty-share deal with the narrator/production company of my choice, Amazon was willing to PAY a stipend to the narrator/producer as an incentive to get the audiobooks made! Amazon/ACX wrote to me that, because they felt my novels would be popular in audiobook form, they were willing to pay for their production.
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The stipend allowed me to contact Elijah and offer him a direct r-s deal. The stipend allowed him to record it outside of the big production house he normally utilized. The end result … just over a month later, my first audiobook has been published!
Link to the rest at Gerard de Marigny
PG usually doesn’t include parts of blog posts that mention him, but he couldn’t effectively excerpt Gerard’s post without doing that.
Here’s a link to the original post Gerard described.