Findaway Voices. This may be the current second largest market for audiobook recording; it certainly has its advantages. The narrator sets a price per finished hour (PFH), that isn’t subjected to negotiations for lower rates with each application. And it attempts to distribute to quite a few more outlets than ACX – Amazon is the reigning king of book and audiobook sales, but Findaway distributes to library outlets like Hoopla, OverDrive and Bibliotecha in addition to Apple and Amazon with competitive rates and royalty shares.
Website maintained by VO Artist Karen Commins. Audiobook-centric. Well-organized site with warm advice and free content as well as subscription based content (Not sampled by myself).
Audiobookscout is a P2P site (2 tiers: $5.00/month or Pro at $10.00/month). Similar to ACX except that it does offer access (for free – no registration required) for a tool called AuthorSnoop here https://www.audiobookscout.com/author-snoop/. The tool is pretty straightforward: It has a bot of code to take you to a RH’s Author page, where you can see previous projects, and any profile details the RH has shared. If you’re concerned that there may be doubts about whether this person rights over the property (and you should be concerned – at present ACX doesn’t check Right’s Holder credentials when the project is posted for a narrator, only when it’s being submitted for release. As far as the P2P aspect, I don’t have any feedback yet as to whether the auditions being offered are worth it yet. There aren’t very many followers on FaceBook, and the latest post from them is 10 months old.
Audible Books is the premier audiobook outlet for paid narration work. ACX.com is the website for the people who make them. It’s for authors looking for Audiobooks of their creations, Voice Over artists looking to record them, and audio engineers looking to produce them. Professional equipment and results are a must. Submitting substandard auditions or finished recordings may get you a bad reputation or end your career in the recorded book field. It does not pay well for beginning narrators in particular, in many cases only earning you royalty shares for a recorded book that may not sell. It is also by far the most time consuming of any VO project: From re-recording take after take, hour after hour, to editing the results. But it can provide the on the job training needed to either go on from there, or becoming an A-list audiobook reader.
Audiofile highlights audiobook narrators. They do have a full magazine that readers can (and should) subscribe to. In addition, however is a free monthly newsletter, and they have now two Podcasts (Audiobook Break – Playing 1 book at a time, one chapter a time, and Behind the Mic – One narrator at a time, 5 days a week). The website has many articles and archived audiobook reviews. A good resource.
Audiobook narrator, Steven Jay Cohen, gets rather technical. So much so that he’s written and released a free utility called 2nd Opinion that you can run on your newly mastered masterpiece you’ve recorded. Among other things it checks for the standard lengths of silence before and after, the avg RMS and DBs levels. A double check does no harm, nor does getting a second opinion. Get the man a cup of coffee if you like it, and check out his impressive collection of samples, credits, and posts when you visit the web site.
Please note that any comments are my own, and are opinions only, liable to change.