One of my twitter followers asked me about what happens during the audiobook creation process. So, for this post I thought I’d share my limited experience.
ACX, Audio Creation Exchange, is the audio book making arm of Amazon. Once a title is published by Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), an author can then ask ACX to pull the book information (author, title, publication date, blurb) over to its platform for audio publication. So from ebook to audiobook is seamless with Amazon. If the author has not published on Amazon, click ACX to see what’s required.
I wanted someone, an actress or voice-over artist, to produce my book. I uploaded a part of the story for an audition. Artists “read” for me, then I chose the voice that lent the most authenticity to my character, The Chef.
The talented Rachael Messer is the voice of The Chef. You can read about her here. With a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance, Rachael is particularly well-suited for audio “acting.” She’s acted in theatre, film and the video gaming industry. I was surprised that she agreed to work with me, an unknown writer.
With Rachael, the process was smooth and professional. We went thru several takes, after which we approved her reading for publication.
For ACX, you need a square, 2400 x 2400 pixels cover for the marketing display. Getting the cover that precise was the hardest part for me.
A week later, ACX placed the audio book on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.com.
At first, I was a little unsure about the audiobook creation process. But in the end, it was relatively straight forward. I learned a few things and met some truly wonderful people who are producing more titles for me at ACX.