This has been the most exciting week yet! In short: IT IS DONE. The full version is below, but first…
New here? You can start following my audiobook experience from the beginning.
Want to catch up or remind yourself what happened last? Here’s last week’s entry.
Now, onto the excitement…
Proofing the Audio Files
My priority this week was to continue proofing the uploaded audio files. I made a good start last week, but I really wanted to wrap it up this week.
On Monday, I received this email from Findaway:
Since I had already been listening to the chapters as my narrator uploaded them, I was pretty much caught up.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to listen and provide feedback on your entire audiobook within ten days, I strongly recommend you do the same thing. Let’s be honest, chances are you won’t be able to wait anyway.
On Wednesday, I listened to the last chapter and provided the last two bits of feedback (one sentence read twice and one word misread, if you’re curious).
That same evening, my narrator uploaded the new file and told me that we were good to go.
So I did this:
Which resulted in this:
Wednesday evening was exciting, I tell you!
(I’m also super relieved to once again know for sure how much money I have in my account)
My audiobook is now being processed and checked to make sure everything is good to go and we didn’t miss any mistakes. Once it’s passed quality control, it’ll be uploaded to every online store known to listeners.
Which means the marketing can begin for real! *throws confetti*
Pricing Your Audiobook
Every author I know has struggled at least once with pricing their book. Fret not – FindawayVoices suggests three prices, and you simply pick the one you want:
This makes it really easy and hassle-free!
You can also set your own price, but let’s not forget that FindawayVoices knows what it’s doing. I went with the recommended price and thanked the gods of fiction that this option exists.
Once you’ve set your retail price, they also make suggestions for the library price/the price libraries pay to stock your audiobook. I went with the lower price here, because many libraries are struggling (I know mine is!) and I want my book to be easily accessible to people supporting libraries.
Your Complementary Social Marketing Toolkit
FindawayVoices emailed me a bunch of handy resources that explain how to market my audiobook, how royalties work, etc.
One of those resources is a social marketing toolkit I can use to, well, market my book on social media!
To be honest with you, this is the first time I’ve seen one *blushes*
I had no idea it was so simple o.o
I will use this as a template for all my books now, that’s for sure! I might also write a post on how to create your own *imagine that cute little thinking emoji here*
This was THE week, friends and Sparrows! It’s go time! I’ve submitted my book, and the quality team at FindawayVoices is making sure it’s good to go as you’re reading this post.
Once the quality checkers give the green light, Findaway will upload RISE OF THE SPARROWS to all online stores (I believe there are around 40 they work with), including Audible and wherever else you might prefer.
I’ll also get 100 download codes to hand out, so if you want to listen to this book for free… Let me know 😉
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