Audiobooks & Narration: Paying Jobs!


Audiobooks & Narration: Paying Jobs!

This group is BUSINESS...where are the jobs today that pay narrators? Who has these jobs? What are the sources we might contact with a demo to get narration jobs? Sure, we can talk about narration techniques too...

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A thought from Bettye.... You are entering the PUBLISHING INDUSTRY. Learn about it!

You must have a killer audio book demo to get paying work in this field especially from PUBLISHERS. You also must separate jobs you do on your own in your home studio from voicing for publishers, often in their studios. When you read for publishers, the pay is better and you often don't do the audio engineering. Mostly, they prefer readers in their own studios. The audio book jobs advertised on the online pay to play sites are usually from vanity publishers or the authors themselves or for other reasons...not publishing house jobs. Know the difference. And get used to the fact that audio books usually pay for THE FINISHED AUDIO HOUR. How long will it take you to get one finished audio hour that is perfect? That depends....could be two studio hours could be twenty studio hours with you engineering and voicing it too! Be very cautious on your price bidding.
Bettye Zoller

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How do you get hired most often to narrate audio book type projects? Do not name names please.

Started by Bettye Zoller. Last reply by Karen Carson Apr 24, 2013. 5 Replies

Please speak "generically," i.e., say "my agent' or 'three publishers who use me' or 'one or two online sites.' Just explain how your jobs come to you mostly. How did you reach those job sources? By…Continue

The Search for the "Right" Talent Agent

Started by Jeff Hagedorn. Last reply by Bettye Zoller Oct 24, 2012. 2 Replies

Like most voice talent, I've currently got a handful of agents who keep me fairly busy on a weekly basis with auditions.  Most of these auditions are for commercial work.  While my goal is to build…Continue

Tags: Promo, Audiobooks, Narration

What are your experiences with Audiobook Creation Exchange, ACX?

Started by Bettye Zoller. Last reply by Bettye Zoller Oct 24, 2012. 2 Replies

Mine are excellent~let's hear about you!Continue

Adobe Audition and breath reduction

Started by Chuck Burke. Last reply by Kent Jones Aug 6, 2012. 8 Replies

Aloha! Does anyone have any suggestion on how to automate breath reduction in Adobe Audition?I'm working on my first audio book, and today I spent 8 hours on 15 pages....a lot of it on eliminating…Continue

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Comment by Bettye Zoller on November 6, 2015 at 12:44pm

Sometimes it's ok to hire someone to edit your book reads. It speeds things up as you can be narrating more books and paying someone to clean up files same time. Track expenditures and measure if this is paying off. For me, it often does.

Comment by Kent Jones on July 31, 2012 at 9:13pm

Just finished narrating the audiobook "Enduring Success - What We Can Learn From the History of Outstanding Corporations". Look for it on Amazon, iTunes, and  Eager to do the next one!

Comment by Dawn Harvey on January 28, 2012 at 9:32pm

Thanks everyone for all of your help and suggestions.  I will utilize them all!

Comment by Jennifer M.Dixon on January 25, 2012 at 2:57pm

Dawn it is one of the  'common dipthongs'. Wikipedia is a good source

Comment by Ann Richardson on January 25, 2012 at 1:52pm

Yep!  Bettye works hard to bring good information to her students.  It's what you (the student) DO with that information that makes the difference.  Do your homework!  Do your research!  MAKE your career happen, don't expect others to spoon-feed it to you.  And make the most of your learning opportunities when they arise... such as seminars with important people like the upcoming one.

Comment by Bettye Zoller on January 25, 2012 at 1:30pm

Ann is my student and I made her audio book demos and she has worked constantly ever since. So proud of her. Plus, we share our passion for dogs!

Comment by Ann Richardson on January 25, 2012 at 11:07am

Regarding pronunciations, I have had authors call my cellphone and leave the pronunciations on my voicemail.  Another option is to have the phone on speaker with you in the booth, and record the conversation (with their knowledge, of course). Both of these methods are conducive to replaying over and over again.  Works brilliantly for me.

Comment by Bettye Zoller on January 25, 2012 at 10:45am

If you're not auditioning on ACX you should be. It's free! Do it. Get hired to read audio books folks. My students are doing great things with ACX. Also, I got one email off an audition this week where publisher wants to send me other scripts to audition for. Likes my delivery for couple of his projects, so you see, you get heard. Just audition and forget it and see what happens. The site's owned by Audible.Com.

Comment by Bettye Zoller on January 25, 2012 at 10:43am

Remember: The only stupid question is the one you DON'T ask. I love that saying told to me long ago. And FYI, on recording sessions with a producer or client or author present, ask away! It shows you are serious and interested!

Comment by Gary MacFadden on January 25, 2012 at 1:35am

Dawn, Building on Xe Sands idea about calling the author: if you use Skype, you can get a simple recorder as an add-on. I got mine for $20; it's called Call Recorder. Just yesterday I needed help with surname pronunciations (Przybyla?, Czcerowsky?) for a nonfiction audiobook I'm narrating. The author was unavailable, but I called the library in the town where the book took place, and was able to quickly get a recording I can refer back to as often as necessary.


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