When Choosing Genres/ Audio Book Production/ Turning Books into Audiobooks
Please let me put this out there first and foremost that you should always write in the genre that you enjoy the most. This is just my own thoughts that I would like to share from my own experience. With that said, here are a few things that I have learned and noticed with my own books. Please do remember that other authors may have a different experience and better luck in opposite or even the same areas as I have. Again, this is only from my own experience in publishing. You should always experiment to find what works best for you.
Awhile back I decided to remove all of my ebooks from all sites except for Amazon. I wanted to see if the KDP program was as favorable as the reviews I had read from other authors that had previously done so. My experience was that the first month was good for me but then sales really began to slow down. Do I still believe the program is a good one? Yes, I do. But... I believe that it is a good program for authors that have a large back log of books. At the moment, I only have 8. Would I use it again? In the future when I get a larger back log of books, I may consider it. But I truly believe that Lulu gives me a much better reach when it comes to my ebooks, and my sales are much, much better with Lulu's reach. So after my 3 month time is up with KDP, I will be sticking to Lulu when it comes to my ebooks. That still allows me to place them on Amazon, but everywhere else as well which means better ebook sales.
Another thing I would like to mention would be that anyone who has an ebook or even a print book should definitely seek out ACX and have it made into an audio book. It does not matter where the book/ebook was published because as long as it is listed on Amazon then you can assert your audio book rights on ACX. Below you will find instructions on how to do this on ACX.
As stated in the opening of this post; you should always write in the genre that you enjoy the most. As far as genres go though, you may find that you have better sales in one genre compared to another. My experience has been that Fiction does well. The genre's that I have better success in would be Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, and New Adult. This is not to say that another author wouldn't do better or not as well in those genres or others. Remember that this is only from my own experience. Yours may be different.
When it comes to audio, remember that some genres that you do well in on print and ebook may have a different sales outcome. Romance and especially Paranormal romance, erotic, and Urban Fantasy do well. Again, only from my experience. As a side note, please make sure that your ebook and print are linked together on any listings you may have on Amazon. These include books also published through Lulu as long as they are listed on Amazon. If they are not linked this can be remedied by contacting Amazon and they will be happy to link them to make it easier for customers to find all formats of your work. If you have series, (Must have the second book in series out before they will do this) you can have them build a series page for you... this is free at no cost to you. This makes it easier for customers to find all of the books in a series. And do remember that this also applies to those authors who have published through Lulu and have their book listed on Amazon. When the search for your books are easier for the customer, this benefits you, the author.
I hope this may help a few and you did not mind me sharing a little of my writing adventure with you. Thank you.
Link for posting on ACX Tutorial/Help. I found this on Youtube.
For uploading cover art
How to listen to production
How to upload your book to ACX so you can assert your rights (Remember that even though the author of the video states that the number of words is not important, that it IS important to give a close as possible number of words.) Not to do so would be deceiving to the narrator. remember that this is the narrator's time they are putting into your book. So be fair and honest to the narrator. Also, although the author of the video does not care to put much effort into his project, you should!
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