From author Elizabeth Spann Craig:
If you’re not familiar with ACX, it’s basically the audiobook option for self-published authors. And it can be free if you opt for the royalty-share option.
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I’ve found that good narrators are happy to take on a royalty-share arrangement with successful self-published authors. A few tips I’ve discovered for being attractive to narrators/producers for royalty share:
1) It’s much better to list your book as available for audition when you’re selling well and have lots of great reviews. For most of us, this isn’t the first week or two after release, even though we might be eager to have the book available on audio format. Try a month or more in…when our readers have discovered, bought, and reviewed the book.
2) Pitch your project in the “additional notes” section when we list the book for audition. This is where you want to mention the sales for your other books and the size of your social media platform and mailing list.
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Once our audiobooks are up for sale, ACX (who loves introducing avid readers to audio), will email us free download codes to giveaway as we see fit.
1) We can use them for newsletter signup freebies. Or we can use them to increase our followers on social media. By using a free giveaway program like Rafflecopter (and I do use the free version), we give the widget certain parameters: when the giveaway will start and stop, what readers will have to do to enter the contest (follow us on Facebook, tweet a link, comment on a post), and what we’re giving away. Then the widget gives us the email addresses and the names of the people who entered so that we can randomly select winners. The free code can be embedded on social media or our blog or website.
I decided that giving away 25 audiobooks of my most recent release would serve as an unexpected surprise to my newsletter list…so I sent it only to them.
Link to the rest at Elizabeth Spann Craig and thanks to Deb for the tip.
Here’s a link to Elizabeth Spann Craig’s books