I’ve recently become active in the author community on Twitter and every time I talk about my audiobook (which was completed on the same day I’m writing this post!) the response I get is either audiobooks are too expensive to make or not important. Both of those assumptions are wrong. Here’s why:
My audiobook was made with zero money given by me. Audible (who is not paying me for this post, but they really should lol) has a program called Royalty Share where instead of putting the money upfront for your audiobook, you share what royalties you make with the narrator you hire. You can hold auditions until you find someone you feel will do your book justice. You have the opportunity to talk to your narrator and be involved in every step of the recording process. When it’s finished your audiobook will be available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. If you’re as lucky as I was, you’ll find the perfect narrator quickly and they’ll agree to do your entire series for you.
Now, why are audiobooks important? Because not only are they convenient for anyone who doesn’t have the time to sit down and read, they are the only way a lot of vision impaired people experience books at all.
This is why my books will always have a large print version (which took me all of ten minutes to create and cost me nothing) and an audiobook on top of a kindle version and a regular print version. I want as many people as possible to be able to experience my work and, whenever possible, I will make the accommodations that need to be made to do that and you should too. After all, more sales equal more money in your pocket, even if you are sharing it with your narrator. Isn’t getting your book in the hands of as many people as possible the point?
These kinds of accommodations cost you nothing and open the world you created to an entirely new group of people you wouldn’t otherwise reach. Why wouldn’t you want that?