How to create a link to your #freeaudiobook in Audible. Thanks to Patrick Jones(@PatrickJones56)

Hi all:

You’ve probably read some posts recommending audiobooks as the next big thing. And you probably know that if you live in the US or the UK you can use ACX to either upload your e-books and sell them (through Audible, Amazon, i-Tunes), or to find a producer/narrator (either by paying or by offering split royalties) and get your book made into an audiobook.

Patrick Jones, an author friend has also been working hard on his novels and audiobooks and he shared a very interesting post about an easy way to try and market your audiobooks. (He shared a post within ACX itself. Here is his link. And as you’ll be in his blog, check his fabulous stories and videos. Patrick and his wife Sandy are great.)

I had a go at it, and it works. But let me explain. If somebody is not an Audible client (it’s a  subscription service like Amazon Unlimited, or Oyster… Or quite a few others, but for Audiobooks. By paying around $15 you can get a new audiobook per month, cancel at any time…) they can get a free audiobook by signing for a 30 day free trial. (For the author, is somebody signs on via your book, you get an extra bonus)

The idea with this method is you can get a link to a page that offers your audiobook for free, and once you get the link to that page, you can use it to promote your audiobook.

If you read the above post, you’ll see it seemed to cause some confusion. So this is my easy version.

  • Get the ASIN for your audiobook. If you’re like me you’ll keep a list with links to all versions of your book, so you’ll probably know where to find the ASIN for your book in Audible.com. But if you don’t, here I show you a screen capture of one of mine, so you can see where to find the ASIN (If you put your title in the search box, remember to click the title once it comes up). You can click in the picture to see it bigger.

    Here where the 1 is and the red marker, the ASIN for the audiobook
    Here where the 1 is and the red marker, the ASIN for the audiobook

Note: A word of warning, this method does not work for Audible.co.uk (at least not yet or using the same method).

  • Add the ASIN to the end of this url:

http://www.audible.com/offers/30free?asin=

The equal sign must remain there. No need for spaces between it and the ASIN. These are the links to my 2 audios, so you see what I mean.

http://www.audible.com/offers/30free?asin=B0170IHKI4

http://www.audible.com/offers/30free?asin=B00L9D5GO2

Try with your own and you’ll see.

And if you want to shorten the link, use bit.ly or any other link-shortener you like. And Bob’s your uncle!

Thanks to Patrick for sharing this resource. Thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and click!

Olga Núñez Miret

@OlgaNM7

http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

http://www.OlgaNM.com

Can you Make and Sell an Audiobook if your Book is on KDP Select?

Yes you can. Short books and audiobooks are the in thing right now. Lots of Indies are working with ACX to have their books made into audio to sell with Amazon’s Audible. You can either pay a narrator and keep all your royalties, or you can opt to share the audiobook’s royalties with the narrator, in which case you pay nothing upfront. Unfortunately this service isn’t available to authors anywhere other than the United States and the United Kingdom. I would definitely use this service if it was available to me, and if any of you scribblers haven’t yet explored the possibilities of audio, it looks to be well worth the effort to have a look.

I have seen a few authors who refuse to have any part of Audible, because of their seven year exclusive distribution rights and insistence on the use of DRM though, so not everyone thinks that this is a great opportunity. Either way, the good thing to know when your book is published with Amazon KDP Select, is that while you may only distribute the digital eBook through them, this doesn’t apply to paper books or audiobooks, both of which you can sell and distribute anywhere you like. Only the eBook has to be Amazon exclusive, and even though the audio book is also digital, it’s not part of the deal. So if you can’t use ACX because of where you live, or if you don’t want to for some other reason, you could be losing potential readers – or listeners as the case may be – without having your book available in all possible formats. All is not lost though.

If you’re brave enough, you could narrate your own books. You could use an online service, such as Podiobooks who actually assist you through the whole process for free, as well as offering paid services, or you can go it totally alone, using free software such as Audacity. Another really fabulous freebie in the Indie author’s toolbox. In fact, I suggest downloading it purely for the fun of playing with it. It’s incredibly easy to use, and as with Calibre, there are loads of helpful tutorials available. It is recommended that you buy a decent USB microphone, but to begin with you’re going to need a lot of practice, so using your laptop to record will be good enough until you’re ready to begin reading your actual book.

As well as using it to make audiobooks, it’s perfect for creating your own podcasts. I’ve been preparing a few of my own, ready to share in a few weeks time when I release my next book. So scribblers, download it and see how you like the world of audio, and the possibility of a totally new format for your stories to reach the world. Once it’s installed simply hit the red record button and say something. Play around with it and look at their tutorials and forums. If you have any short stories or flash fiction lurking on your computer, they would be ideal to use to practise, and your readers will get to hear your words in your own gorgeous voice.

Microphone

March 18th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT to talk #audiobook #marketing #TalkingACX Twitter Chat @K8Tilton @ACX_com

Authors have a lot to juggle, from writing to publishing and everything in between. So how do you find the time to market your audiobooks?k8combined

ACX is teaming up with author assistant Kate Tilton this Wednesday, March 18th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT to talk audiobook marketing and other ways an assistant can help your career. Join us for a #TalkingACX Twitter Chat to get tips and advice for fitting marketing into your busy schedule.

How can you participate? It’s easy!

  1. Follow @ACX_com and @K8Tilton on Twitter.
  2. Join us on Wednesday, March 18th just before 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on Twitter, or follow along on Twubs.
  3. Bring your questions and comments, and tweet them at us using the hashtag #TalkingACX.

We look forward to chatting with you on Wednesday!

The ACX Team

 

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