Audiobook production is a great way to turn your written book into a recorded narrated audiobook.
With audiobook production you have a couple of options to consider, you can either record the audiobook yourself and give it a more personal voice, or have the production recorded with your chosen voice over or actor.
Either way, regardless of what anybody tells you, you will want the recording done in a professional studio by people who have made audiobooks many times before.
Why? Well, too often people go to studios that have never recorded an audiobook before, but assume that because they’re a studio they’ll know how to record a voice for spoken word.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case, recording a voice for spoken word is a very specific discipline.
Here’s a few examples of what many studios get wrong.
Loud background noise in between sentences, microphone bangs, clicks and pops, words being wrongly pronounced, errors on the script being recorded.
So, whoever you choose to record your audiobook, make sure they have a good track record. In regards to deciding on reading the book yourself or employing a professional narrator or actor.
Ultimately, it all comes down to your budget and what you personally want the audiobook to sound like.
Listed below is some of the frequently asked questions people have when producing an audiobook with an independent producer like ourselves. See below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why use us for your Audiobook production?
If you’re looking for an audiobook production recording, then you’ve come to the right place. We have over 20 years experience in working for the biggest brands and broadcasters in radio and have produced thousands of hours of audio for independent clients as well as programmes for the BBC.
What STUDIO FACILITIES DO YOU HAVE?
We have a professional recording studio with an independent (sound proofed) voice-over booth. Our studio includes ISDN, Skype, Source Connect Pro and a Telephone Patch for recording voice overs and actors at other locations across the globe. This is ideal for when a voice we recorded locally needs to re-read bits but is no longer in our area.
Do you help with distribution?
Yes, but even self-published authors use their own distribution channels now. The main one is ACX which is owned and ran by Audible who have around a 40% share of the marketplace. If you don’t know where to start, we will point you in the right direction.
How long does A book take to record?
An audiobook that has around 80,000 words takes between 3/4 days to record in full. These are intensive reading days from 9am till 5pm each day. Once the book has been recorded. Post production work takes between 3/4 weeks to finalise.
As an author, can I read my own book?
Yes, but it’s important to remember that reading a book for audio delivery is a lot different than reading a book at your own leisure. It’s a structured discipline that requires intense concentration for very long hours, whilst keeping very still, focused and enthusiastic.
How is the audiobook provided?
Whether you require the audio in just its raw form only, or fully edited and produced, we can deliver the audio in any file format you require and provide a full download link with all downloadable files.
What voice overs/Actors are available?
We have a good working relationship with many of the UK’s top voice agents and can source any actor to read your book, be it male or female. Plus, if you’ve had your book translated into another language, we can source world voices too. But, if you’re self-publishing and have a much smaller budget, we can help you too.
What is the cost of this service?
Audiobook costs vary depending on the number of words that need reading. So, if you’re looking for a costing, you need to consider two things. How many words will need to be read, and will the book be read by the author, a professional narrator or a specific actor that you may have in mind.