How to Turn Your Novel into an Audiobook

An easy to follow ten step guide by Author Ailison Potoma


by Alison Potoma

ACX_LogoInspired by my many hours of listening to audiobooks on my daily commute (see Audiobooks as Leisure Time Part 1 and Part 2), I decided to turn The Smith Family Secret Book 1, one of my own self published chapter books, into an audiobook.

ACX is Amazon’s audiobook platform. ACX stands for Audiobook Creation Exchange. Once published, your audiobook will be available on

case-study-gaimanNeil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline, and Fortunately, the Milk, uses ACX to record his own novels, and has even created his own audiobook label called, “Neil Gaiman Presents“.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but, as I discovered, the process is easy and fun. There’s nothing quite like hearing your story come to life through the interpretation of an actor.

If you are interested in turning one of…

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2 thoughts on “How to Turn Your Novel into an Audiobook

  1. Something to know is that voice talent is not cheap. If a book is not already selling steadily and very well, actors are unlikely to accept a 50/50 royalty offer (remember, Amazon will be taking its cut first, so that royalty split will be 50 percent of net), and instead they will want a per-hour rate. Many publish their fees, so do the math and figure out what they’re likely to charge you. If you don’t know how long it takes to read your book, find your longest chapter and time yourself reading it aloud (or put it through a text-to-speech generator, to get a precise measurement). Multiply that time by the number of chapters, and divide the minutes into hours. If you don’t write novellas or novelettes, or if you have a series you want to record, you may not be able to afford to sign a contract. As always, caveat emptor.

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