How to Publish an Audio Book

IMG_1250There’s been a lot of talk lately about self-publishing. Authors now have amazing opportunities when it comes to getting their work into readers’ hands, and most of them know about these opportunities for ebooks and print-on-demand publications for paperback and hardback books. However, there’s another avenue for publication that you might not have thought of: audio books.

We live in the day of the podcast. People are listening to lectures and books more and more on their phones and mobile devices as they drive to work or when they workout. This is a serious market that you can really tap into if you do it right. So, how can you self-publish your audio book? The general process really only takes 2 steps.

  1. Choose Your Reader

First, you have to decide whether you’re going to read the book yourself, or whether you’re going to have a voice actor read it for you. If you want to do it yourself, you’ll still need to decide whether to record it on your laptop or desktop at home, or whether you need to rent some studio time with more professional equipment and guidance.

If you don’t have any experience with sound production, you may want to use a service such as Audio Creation Exchange (ACX). Their easy process allows you to find a narrator and get your book recorded and edited before you publish the content.

  1. Sell It On

The beauty of ACX (brought to you by Amazon, which has been a leader in the world of self-publishing through programs like their Kindle Direct Publishing platform) is that once your book has been recorded and produced, ACX publishes it through

Once your audio book starts selling, you can choose to have quarterly checks mailed to you or deposited directly into your bank account. Audio book self-publishing is really not hard, especially with such amazing tools at your disposal.


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