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How to make your book an audiobook

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Creating an audiobook can seem like a daunting task, especially if it's your first time. But with the right tools and knowledge, it's a rewarding way to bring your book to life and reach new audiences. In this step-by-step guide, I'll walk you through the process of making your own audiobook, whether you're using a home studio or a professional studio.

Prepare Your Manuscript

Before you even think about recording, ensure your manuscript is ready. This means editing for clarity, pacing, and ensuring that the text flows well when spoken aloud. For non-fiction books, consider breaking down complex sections into simpler terms for better understanding.

Choose Your Narrator

Choosing the right narrator is crucial. You can narrate your book yourself or hire a professional narrator. Websites like ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) can connect you with professional audiobook narrators. Remember, the narrator’s voice should match the tone and style of your book.

In Speechify, choosing a narrator is more fun that it is easy. Choose your narrators voice from over 100s of options and bring your story to life.

Set Up Your Recording Space

A high-quality recording environment is essential for producing a professional-sounding audiobook. Whether you’re recording in a home studio or a professional studio, follow these tips:

  • Soundproofing: Use foam panels or heavy curtains to reduce background noise.
  • Equipment: Invest in a good quality condenser microphone, pop filter, and headphones.
  • Recording Software: Software like Audacity is great for beginners. It’s free and user-friendly.
  • Plugins: Use plugins to enhance your sound quality and reduce noise.

Recording Your Audiobook

Now, it's time to record:

  • Quiet Environment: Ensure your recording space is free from background noise.
  • Mic Placement: Keep the microphone at an appropriate distance to avoid distortion.
  • Consistent Tone: Maintain a consistent volume and tone throughout the recording.
  • Breaks: Take regular breaks to avoid voice strain.

Editing and Post-Production

Editing is where your audiobook starts to come together. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Audio Editing Software: Use software like Audacity or more advanced options if available.
  • Noise Reduction: Remove any background noise or unwanted sounds.
  • RMS Levels: Ensure your recording meets the RMS levels required by platforms like Audible.
  • Plugins and Effects: Use plugins to add effects and enhance sound quality.

Formatting and Exporting

After editing, format your audio files:

  • File Format: Most retailers, including Amazon and Audible, require MP3 files.
  • Bitrate: Ensure your files are in the correct bitrate (192 kbps is standard for audiobooks).
  • Chapter Markers: Include chapter markers for easier navigation.

Uploading to Retailers

Now that your audiobook is ready, it’s time to upload it to retailers:

  • ACX: ACX is a popular platform for self-publishing audiobooks. It distributes to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Metadata: Ensure your audiobook’s metadata is accurate and includes keywords for better discoverability.

  • Cover Art: Create a high-quality cover art that meets the retailer’s specifications.

Marketing Your Audiobook

Marketing is crucial to boost your audiobook sales:

  • Social Media: Use social media platforms to promote your audiobook.
  • Podcast Appearances: Appear on podcasts to talk about your book and audiobook version.
  • Cross-Promotion: Promote your audiobook alongside your Kindle or print versions.

Additional Tips for Beginners

  • Professional Help: Don’t hesitate to hire a sound engineer or audio editor if needed.
  • Voiceover Practice: Practice your voiceover skills if you’re narrating yourself.
  • Royalty Share: Consider a royalty share agreement if hiring a narrator via ACX.
  • Templates: Use templates for consistency in your recording and editing process.

Creating an audiobook is a detailed process, but with careful planning and execution, it can be a highly rewarding endeavor. Whether you choose to go the DIY route or hire professionals, remember that the key to a successful audiobook is high-quality production and effective marketing. Happy recording!

Remember, it’s easier with Speechify.

Your audiobook recording is a thing of the past. Simply upload your script, choose your voice actor, even add background music and bring your story to life. There are plenty of tutorials and yes, you can use Speechify Studio on a Mac, PC, or tablets.

You do not need an audio engineer or a recording studio fr high quality audiobook production. It’s as easy as step 1, step 2, and step 3 and you can download your high-quality audio thats ready for the audiobook market.

Next step, publishing it on Apple, Amazon, or even just share the audio version with your friends. You can download the audio format in MP3.

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Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.