You may just write a book and hope the readers only read but also listen to it, or you just hope to find some audio recording jobs and earn money from it. This guide is the all-in-one solution for you to record audiobooks for money, and it’s also helpful if you hope to record other audio works. There are a lot of people having the habit to listen to audiobooks or podcasts while they are driving. So if you just wrote a nice book and hope to get more readers, it’s a nice idea to record an audiobook. You can record it all by yourself, or you can pay someone else to record it for you on Fiverr.com. No matter you are a writer who hopes to record audiobooks for more audiences or you are a freelancer on Fiverr and hope to record audiobooks for money, this guide will help you from scratch.
To record audiobooks for money, you need all the following. 1. Things to prepare for recording an audiobook 2. Quick start to record audiobook 3. Edit and export the audiobooks 4. Upload the audiobooks for money FAQ about recording an audiobook – Tips to record outstanding audiobooks – Where you can find narration jobs? – The salary of an audio book narrator – How to listen to yourself while recording?
2.1. Download and install RecMaster, the audiobook recorder.
2.2. Go to Other Modes>> Audio Only. 2.3. Choose the right device to record. Note: If you only hope to record your voice, it’s highly recommended to turn off System Sound in RecMaster, or there might be echoes or noises in the recording. 2.4. Set the audio parameters in Settings. (Optional) Note: If you hope your voice to be clearer with less noises, you can check the Enable Microphone Noise Reduction option. 2.5. Press on the REC button to record. And after the recording, you can find the recorded files in the recording list. Note: Currently you can’t edit audios in RecMaster, but you can edit it in the freeware, Audacity.
There are a bunch of websites where you can upload your audiobooks and earn money, while the most popular one is acx.com. You can record your own introduction, and record the book in chapters. About a week after you upload your narration work for reviewing, ACX will package your files (chapters) and distribute your audiobooks through Amazon, Apple iBooks, and Audible. And when listeners choose to listen to your audiobook, you will get paid.
ACX is a marketplace where authors, literary agents, publishers, and other Rights Holders can connect with narrators, engineers, recording studios, and other Producers capable of producing a finished audiobook. The result: More audiobooks will be made. ACX is owned and operated by Audible Inc., an Amazon company. All titles produced through ACX are made available for sale on Audible.com, Amazon.com and iTunes. On ACX, the customer signs in as either a producer of an audiobook or as someone who owns the rights to create an audiobook.
Other than ACX, you can also record a sample audiobook and create an account on Fiverr.com. And then you can get hired to record audiobooks or narrations.
There are several websites where you can signup and earn money from audiobook narration. The best and most popular ones are listed as follows.
According to the investigation of sapling.com. For beginners, you will likely be hired by hours. The salary ranges from zero to $50 per hour for small publishers, $100 to 350 for medium-sized and large-sized publishers. For standard rates on voice.com, the salary is about $125 per hour for recording time and $500 per finished hour, or $125 and 1 to 5 cents per word.
If you are a new narrator and a member of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), the union for audiobook narrators, you will be paid $139.25 per hour. Thus, for a finished audio book of eight hours, you would earn $1,114. Veteran or experienced narrators can expect to earn $168.25 per hour or $1,346 for a finished audio book of eight hours. Conversely, non-union narrators with experience may earn between $90 and $250 per finished hour. However, it is more typical for the ceiling to be $150 per hour for a non-union narrator.
Averagely, you can earn an average of $43,000 and $39,000 respectively in cities like New York and LA (the two most prominent cities for audio book work), and $35,000 and $37,000 respectively in smaller cities like Hartford, Connecticut, and Phoenix, Arizona.
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