[This is Part 1 of a 4-Part Series on Finding Work as a Freelance Audiobook Narrator]
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Do you know what the second most common question is that I get about being an audiobook creator? (The first question is always “how much money can you make recording audiobooks”
But the second question is always, “How do you find good paying audiobook jobs in the first place?”
I think this is such a funny question because there are literally UNLIMITED opportunities for narrators and audiobook producers right now. I’ll tell you where all the books deals are in a minute. But first, you must realize that opportunities that are available in the audiobook industry for both authors and narrators right now are bigger than most people realize…
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. Throughout history, the people who jumped on opportunities before everyone else are the ones who usually made fortunes.
Having this skill literally gives you the ability to make money whenever you want or need to.
For example, last week I received an unexpected bill. Instead of worrying about where the money was going to come from to pay for it, I spent a few minutes sending out emails and recording a few auditions. The next day I had an audiobook deal that more than covered the amount of the bill.
Knowing that you have the ability to earn extra income whenever you need it is an incredibly freeing feeling. And all it takes is a computer, a microphone, and a free software program called Audacity. That’s it.
“But Krystal, if it was really that easy, why isn’t everyone already doing it?’
The biggest reason is because most people get confused when it comes to the technical process of recording and editing audiobooks. If that’s what is holding you back right now, grab a copy of my audiobook guide, Narration: A Beginner's Guide to Creating Audiobooks for Audible & iTunes.
Now let’s talk about the unlimited opportunities that are available to you right now and where you can find them.
If you are in the US, UK, Canada or Ireland, using ACX.com to find and audition for books is a great place to start.
If you’re nervous about auditioning or if the thought of creating a professional narrator profile brings up feelings of stress and anxiety, join my free 5-day Audiobook Audition Challenge and I’ll walk you through the entire process with a series of video lessons and step-by-step instructions.
But ACX is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to narration work. Right now there are 4,770,658 titles in the Amazon Kindle Store. That number does not include paper backs, privately published ebooks, or ebooks that are sold through other major book retailers like Barnes and Noble, iBooks, or Smashwords.
Right now Audible.com, the largest audiobook seller in the world, has around 180,000 audiobook titles available. This means that the number of audiobooks that are available to listeners is less than 4% of the number of ebooks that are available on Amazon.
Are you following me?
This means that more than 96% of the ebooks available on Amazon right now do not have an audiobook version available.
Authors are quickly beginning to understand that by not having an audiobook version of their book available on Audible and iTunes, they are losing out on massive amounts of royalties. So, if you were to send an email to an author offering to turn their book into an audiobook so that they could make more money in royalties each month, what do you think their response would be?
In my experience, the overwhelming majority of authors that I contact say, “yes, please!”
Tomorrow, I’ll share the EXACT process that I use for researching the best books, finding an author’s contact information, and sending out cold emails to authors.
Want to learn even more about creating audiobooks?
If you’d like to learn how to break into this growing industry, I’d love to help you get started. I went ahead and put together a free course that covers all the basics of audiobook recording. Click the button below to enroll.