Audio Book Publishing on Audible with ACX!

Jerry Banfield, Teaches 84 Skillshare Classes

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22 Videos (2h 37m)
    • Would you learn how to publish audio books on Audible with ACX?

      2:57
    • Introduction to Audible

      4:49
    • Audible is full of bestsellers and opportunities to make sales

      4:07
    • My Workflow from idea to audio book, Kindle book, and video class

      8:25
    • How to get the initial sales?

      9:55
    • Start with the shortest book or an easy throw away project

      7:11
    • Starting a new book project on Audible

      2:03
    • Writing the description and finishing the project creation process

      6:09
    • Exclusive versus non exclusive distribution

      8:44
    • ACX cover formatting requirements for audio books on Audible

      3:58
    • Audio file outline and retail audio sample explained

      5:34
    • ACX Audio quality guidelines

      10:31
    • Easier to start with high quality audio than to try and fix up medicore recordings

      5:50
    • In depth look at my audio recording equipment nAP

      13:43
    • Adobe Audition with the Adobe Creative Cloud for audio

      2:08
    • Adobe Audition tutorial for correcting loudness

      9:19
    • Basic editing functions such as adding silence and combing audio files

      7:57
    • Digital Audio Workstation alternatives to Adobe Audition

      9:01
    • Uploading finished audio one chapter at a time to Audible

      3:15
    • An honest and entertaining experience with less editing

      17:42
    • Asking for help with the first sales and receiving reviews

      12:00
    • How to ask me to buy your book by posting a class project!

      1:51

About This Class

Will you learn with me how to publish audio books on Audible, an Amazon company, using the Audiobook Creation Exchange or ACX?  Join me in a journey from start to finish in this class showing how to begin with a book idea and take it through to becoming an audio book!  Why take the time to publish on Audible?  My sales on Audible reached over $10,000 with me earning over $5,000 within the first year meaning this is one of the fastest ways I have ever made money online.  The best part is that I know Audible is here to stay because I have been a gold or platinum member for 6 years and I love listening to audio books!

The problem is that getting an audio book published on Audible was one of the most mysterious and challenging processes I have experienced as a video producer and author online.  I hope this class makes it much easier for you to get your first, second, and third audio books uploaded!

Figuring the whole process out for me has taken months including having several entire books returned to me and having to go back and reprocess all of the audio again which was really annoying. I hope this simple Audible ACX audio file tutorial using Adobe Audition is useful for you in having an easier time with it than I did! Would you like to continue learning with me? I am about to launch a complete class on Audible publishing using ACX and already have a class featuring how to publish Kindle books which allow for putting an audio version on Audible. View all of my classes at https://jerrybanfield.com/freecourses/ and read the steps below!

To begin, you need a recorded audio file ready to prepare for publishing on ACX. Open up Adobe Audition to repeat the steps exactly or use a similar program to find similar functions!

  1. Go to effects. Next, Noise Reduction/Restoration. Then select Adaptive Noise Reduction using the default settings or adjusting as needed. This removes remove background noise and prepares the audio to be matched directly on volume.
  2. Open the Loudness tab on the upper right in the Workspaces menu and drag the file into the match loudness settings area.
  3. Choose Total RMS and set it to -17. Then run Peak at -3.5. Doing each of these should position the volume directly where Audible wants it!
  4. To product an audio file ready for upload to ACX, visit Save As in the File menu. Choose an mp3 file with sample rate 44.1 kz in 16 bit depth using mono. For doing multiple files fast, make a preset to quickly change these all with two clicks.

After saving the file, you are ready to upload to ACX and get published on Audible at the right volume! You can verify you did it correctly by checking the loudness RMS and peaks in Audition in the Loudness workspace.

Where did I make this process from? I used the official ACX Audio Submission Requirements for Audiobooks as listed in Audible customer help at http://jerry.tips/acxfiles. Audible makes it clear the ACX Quality Assurance team may reject titles that do not meet these standards.

Here are the requirements for each audio file which using Adobe Audition as I show in this tutorial helps me to meet.

  • Consistent in overall sound and formatting.
  • All mono or all stereo files which MONO being HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for simplicity.
  • Opening and closing credits.
  • Retail sample that is between one and five minutes long.
  • Recorded by a human.
  • 192 kbps or higher MP3, constant bit rate (CBR) at 44.1 kHz.
  • One chapter/section that is shorter than 120 minutes and with the section header read aloud.
  • Half a second to one second of room tone at the head and a second to 2 seconds at the end.
  • Free of extraneous sounds such as noisy computers, traffic, etc.
  • Average RMS between -23dB and -18dB. Using what I show it should come out around -20dB.
  • -3dB peak values.
  • Maximum -60dB noise floor.

Thank you for reading this and I hope it is helpful!

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I found myself extremely motivated to produce an audio book as a result of this course. What I found most useful is the process, and producing the audio version first to allow for the full transcription to be written and published as a kindle book. I personally would not have thought of doing it this way, but it makes sense!
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In 2005 while I was in college at the University of South Carolina, I tried to start working online. I signed up for an MLM program and a survey website. A month later, I had refunds from both and figured working online was not possible because everything was a scam. The truth was I was afraid to fail again.

In 2011, I moved in with my wife and launched an online business focusing on video game addiction in an attempt to avoid dealing with any of my other problems. In a few months, I changed my business to selling shirts because I realized there was no money in video game addiction. A year after starting my business, I dropped out of my criminology PHD program at the University of South Florida to run my business full time which by then had changed to helping clients with Facebook and Google ads based on my experience failing to do them successfully for myself.

In 2013, I starting sharing everything I knew for free on YouTube because I hoped it would help me get more clients. By April 2014, I was nearly bankrupt after failing at 15+ different business models. I was also nearly dead from trying to drink the pain away and fortunately the fear of death motivated me to get into recovery. Being in recovery motivated me to focus more on being of true service to others and less on what I would get out of it. I started making courses online with Udemy which soon turned into my first real business. I partnered with as many talented instructors as I could and learned from top instructors how to get my courses the most sales.

In 2015, I tried making some inspirational videos sharing what I learned in recovery and got an amazing response on YouTube. To make the background on my videos more interesting, I started making the inspirational videos while playing video games. To make a more helpful website, I hired a freelancer to convert the videos into blog posts including this about page originally.

By 2016, the Udemy courses I was teaching had made nearly $2 million dollars in sales with me receiving over $600,000 of that before they banned me because of what they said were policy violations despite me literally praying to God to follow the rules and being obsessed with following the policies. To make that $600,000, Google, Facebook, and contractors billed around $400,000 leaving me with about $200,000. Then, the US government took over $60,000 and the companies I borrowed money from in 2014 to avoid going out of business took another $50,000. After five years in business and even with great fortune on Udemy which made up for 4 years of losses, I am still barely able to pay my bills and have none of the security of a “real job” despite working 10 times more than I have ever worked anywhere else.

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