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Indie Authors

How it works

Below is a framework for how your book becomes an audiobook. For a more in-depth guide, see the bottom of the page for a step-by-step PDF. 


Find a Narrator

  • Decide on the kind of narrator the book needs.

  • Choose an audition piece

  • Evaluate auditions and choose a narrator

  • Sign a contract

  • Send the narrator the final manuscript


The Book gets recorded

The narrator will:

  • Prep the book

  • Record the book

The narrator/ audio engineer/ proofer will:

  • Edit the audio

  • Proof the audio

  • Master the audio


and Promotion

  • Choose your book’s distribution platforms

  • Make a marketing plan 

  • Promote your audiobook

  • Use the audio to build your community

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This guide is for an independent author looking to turn their work into an audiobook by hiring a narrator. If you have a publisher or you are working with an audiobook producer, much of the following may not apply. 


This guide is pulled from my own experience, opinions, and things I have picked up along the way. This guide in no way encompasses everything about audiobook narration. It is not a complete or absolute explanation of the audiobook process or industry. This guide is, however, my best attempt to share knowledge about a medium I love so dearly. 

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