I started the process by listening to an author speak on the subject at a local Mystery Writers of America luncheon. I took careful notes, spoke to a few authors who had been through the process, and checked out a recommended company,acx.com.The first step was to “claim my books” on the dashboard. To produce an audio book, you must own the rights to your book and upload a square cover.
Once the book is listed, the author has choices to make. First, you must either upload an audio version you have already created, or select a narrator. I needed a narrator, in fact, I needed several narrators, in order to accomplish my goal. This was a fun part of the process. I uploaded a few pages from the book I wanted to produce as an audition script noting what type and style of voice I had in mind.
Then, the fun begins. I received between 12 and 20 auditions for each book that I posted. The first time through, I weeded out the voices that weren’t a good fit; then listened multiple times to those that were. It was difficult to choose. Some narrators made me laugh with their quirky portrayals; others simply had beautiful voices. I wound up choosing both styles.
After selecting a narrator, the producer makes an offer to the narrator. Narrators are either paid per hour, or royalties are shared. Then, it goes to the company for approval.
I am well on track to having all books available on audio by the end of the year. Check them out on audible.com or choose audio format on the amazon.com product page.