The ACX requirements are a list of technical rules or specifications that your audio files must meet if you want to sell audiobooks, or create audiobooks for authors that they can sell, on sites like Audible, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audiobooks.com, etc. then your audio MUST meet the ACX Submission Requirements.
If you've done any research into the most popular ways for stay-at-home moms to earn extra income without having to go out and get a traditional job, you've probably seen some generic options like:
- Freelance writing
- Create an online course
- Start a day care service
- Virtual assistant
- Sell handmade crafts on Etsy
- and so forth...
All of these options are legitimate ways to earn extra income from home, but most of these suggestions are very general and the path to getting started and earning a sustainable income isn't always clear.
But there is another option for making extra income from home that no one ever talks about...
Today, I want to bring this series full circle by showing you exactly how I send effective cold pitches to authors and publishers. The biggest reason I want to share this with you is because it works.
This is how I get the majority of my jobs as a narrator. It’s how I make my living. One of the things that I love so much about this business is that you don’t need to pay for advertising or have a large audience to make a good living as a narrator.
The one thing that you do need if you want to be successful, is the confidence to reach out to prospective authors and publishers and offer your services.
When people ask me what I do for a living, they are usually surprised. My standard answer is that, “I get paid to read books out loud.” In other words, I’m a full time audiobook narrator.
The question that usually follows is, “How much can you make doing THAT?”
Most people are shocked when I tell them how much I usually make per book. But before start showing you blunt numbers, let me tell you a little more about how audiobook narrators get paid.
You’ve probably heard me talk about how much money you can earn as an audiobook narrator plenty of times before, but you might be thinking — “That sounds interesting, but how do I actually find work as a narrator? What are the steps, exactly?“
There is a major demand for new audiobook titles from listeners, but not a lot of narrators recording audiobooks, at least not yet.
If you learn how to record audiobooks now, you will be part of a very small, elite group of people who are able to offer this service to authors and publishers. But if you wait around too long the opportunities might not be as plentiful as they are right now. That’s how opportunities usually work.