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How to Record Your eBook for Audible Success

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12 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:02
    • 2. Who is This Course For?

      1:53
    • 3. Why Publish on Audible?

      6:02
    • 4. Equipment and Software You'll Need

      7:36
    • 5. Creating Your Audible Book Cover

      4:11
    • 6. Tips for Recording Your Book

      6:50
    • 7. How to Record Each Chapter

      7:46
    • 8. ACX Audio Submission Requirements

      10:44
    • 9. Uploading Files to ACX

      9:48
    • 10. Getting Audible Approval

      2:46
    • 11. Final Thoughts

      2:16
    • 12. Class Project

      3:20
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About This Class

Join author and YouTuber Kassandra Vaughn for a class that will teach you how to record your audiobook and publish it to Audible (ACX). 

My goal is to help you save time and money by narrating, post-producing and publishing your book to Audible on your own.

By the end of this class, you’ll be able to record, produce and post-produce your audios and submit them to Audible for publication.  

In this course, you’re going to learn:

  • why it's important to publish your book to Audible
  • the equipment and software you'll need to produce your Audible book
  • How to record and post-produce each audio
  • How to meet ACX's submission requirements and submit your audiobook to Audible
  • and much, much more! 

Remember that watching the video series is not enough.  To get your best results, you'll want to take action on everything you're learning in this course.  

Enroll now and let's get your book on Audible!

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Kassandra Vaughn-Worsley

Author. Speaker. Mindset Coach.

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I’m an author, speaker, and transformation catalyst.  I've written 27+ books that you can find on Amazon at overcomingfearbooks.com.  I coach women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s on one thing that’s everything: rebuilding their minds so they can redesign their lives and re-establish their powerful sense of self worth.  When it comes to mindset (and how to level up yours), I’m both student and teacher, master and novice, devoted follower and rebellious skeptic. I firmly believe and teach that when you change your mind, you change your life… BUT… the key isn’t to change your mind once; it’s to do the persistent, consistent work of keeping your mind changed forever… and that’s where ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: high school. Sure community. Let me ask you a question. Are you a writer who's published a book and you know, you need to get the book on audible, but you have no clue where to get started. Have you thought to yourself, man, I wish I could learn how to narrate my own books and get them on Audible because you know that when you listen to audibles, you prefer for the author to be the person carrying the book I am. And I'm inaudible snob in that way, I do not listen to books where the author is not the one narrating the book. So if you are interested in putting your book inaudible, this is the course for you because in this course I'm going to walk you step by step through the process of exactly what you do with the software, the microphone, all of it that you dio from start to finish on how to get your book on honorable narration , software, everything. So if you're ready to finally get your book on audible well, this is the course for you. Join me for it and let's get started 2. Who is This Course For?: Hi, everybody. I'm Cassandra von of Cassandra von dot com. And I have written over 27 books that you can find on Amazon at overcoming Fear books dot com, most of which are now on audible, which is a totally different story because it took me years of writing and publishing those books before I finally decided to take a leap. And you figure out the audible process and to get my books on audible. So the question is, who is this course for? This course is for any writer, preferably You've got a published book. But even if you are writing your first book and you're thinking about narrating your own audiobook or audible, I prefer audible because audible then releases to everybody else. Bubble Talk about that in the course. This course is definitely for you. If you know at some point in your writing career, you are going to want to narrate your own books. Now, fiction is a little bit different because fiction involves multiple characters, and you know you've got a higher voice over talent because maybe you could do all the voices, but probably not. I'm really speaking in this course to those of us who are going Teoh as the author narrate the book, and it doesn't necessarily have a lot of characters. But even if your eviction writer and you've got a lot of characters and you want to know, how does this whole production process work? So you know what you're looking for in terms of hiring, whether it's an audible producer or voiceover actors. This is also a good course to give you a foundational understanding of what the process actually should look like when you are hiring people to do those things. So if you were interested in getting your book on audible at 80 point in the future and you want to understand how the process works, what you need for the process and how to actually do the process, that you are in the right place and this course is for you 3. Why Publish on Audible?: All right, So let's talk about why Published on Audible. You know, a lot of writers look at it and I did. For a long time I said to myself, I just like the idea of having much luck in e book, format and paper book. I want people to order it and be able to hold it in their hands. But I also want people to be on their smartphone or on their tablet or iPad and be able to read it. I was in the beginning when I was writing 27 plus books. I wasn't really thinking about Audible. And even though my writing mentors were like, you're missing a whole lot of revenue by not putting your books on audible. And even though I have a podcast, I still was like, This is gonna take a long time like audible todo to get it to the level that Amazon is gonna want for audible. It's gonna be so many hours and so much work and so much time that I am not writing a book , and I love to write books were writers, and the reason we're Peters is gonna be actually loved to write. We don't actually love all of the marketing sales audible kind of stuff, but and rather thing. But I'll say it and it's a part of the work, so you can't just right. If you're a writer and you're gonna make money being a writer, you have to be all of the other things. The entrepreneur, the marketer of the salesperson, all of it. So eventually listen to my mentors, and I started to figure out this process of publishing inaudible on. And I think, looking back, I wish somebody had explained to me maybe more clearly, more emphatically why it is so important to make sure that you are publishing your books to audible as an on your book. And I want to use this section, of course, to really give you the why, so that you can feel compelled to do it sooner than I actually did, Which for me took me reading 27 books before I finally said, Okay, I guess it's time, and it was a pain in the butt to put them on audible like having 27 to do so. Why should you publish on audible number one Audible is an Amazon own company it was not always an Amazon company. At first it was just audible, but right now it is. It was purchased by Amazon. It is an Amazon own company. It is always good to be associated with Amazon, and lots of writers complain about Amazon. But I've got to tell you nothing for writers leveled the playing field of getting your work out into the world and sharing it with people and building writers platform. Nothing has leveled that playing field more than Amazon. So number one the Y is It's an Amazon old company. So because it's an Amazon old company, audio books were published audible through a C X, which stands for audio book creation exchange. So why reason Number one is It's an Amazon company and you want to be on Amazon period. Distribution wise, Amazon is the number one online retailer across the globe, so it's a good family to be in number two. Why publisher on Amazon? So a C X gives you if you don't want to record your voice over and once again, I don't know if I've said this already, but let me to say it again. I am inaudible snob. I do not listen to books who have not been narrated by the authors. It's just I've tried. It's pointless. I believe that authors know what they intended with each word, and when they're the ones who narrate it, you feel it in a different way. But if you're somebody who doesn't want to do the narration, or if you're writing a fiction book for which you will probably not do all of that, because there many characters will. A C X is really good because it gives you access to talented voiceover artists. And if you actually don't want to do the producing of it that I'm teaching this course, they also give you access to really talented producers who can pull the whole project, including the police, over actors together for you for speed. So a C X for a fee will give you access to these talented voiceover actors, thes talented voiceover producers who can do what I'm teaching this course in case you decide you don't want to do it yourself. The other wife for publishing are audible is that you can earn up to 40% royalty like I really didn't believe my mentor when he was like, You make more money inaudible than you do through KDP, which in the beginning is very, very true. But that 40% even though when you publish your book through through KDP, which is the paper back in e book side of the house for Amazon you make likes up to 70% royalties. There's just something about a C Acts like that. Money is pretty darn consistent, so you can earn royalties of up to 40%. A sex also provides the distribution options to the leading retailers. So one of the biggest wise to publish inaudible is that a C axis is distributing their audible toe iTunes, and it's distributing your audible, you know, on audible dot column on amazon dot com. I cheered, but also to their global partners. So you're only submitting the audiobook once through easy acts, and then e. C X is distributing it through all of these other channels, which is amazing. You don't have to, you know, submit them to each and everyone. It's kind of awesome that way. So those are the reasons why. Now, if you've never signed up for a c X, you want to, you know site up for any sex account, which I will tell you if you have an Amazon account, they're gonna link them to like whatever you used to sign up with Amazon. When you make your purchases, that's what they're gonna use for STX. But be sure that you action started a sex account even before you dive into what I'm gonna teach you throughout this course. So in order to do that and you sign up for free on a sea axe, goto ccx dot com in the upper right hand corner. Click that side of now button and then you will be good to go. You'll have an A C X account. It will walk you through all the things that you need to put in place in order to do that. So that's super important. Now, in the next video, we're gonna talk about equipment and software you're gonna need once again I'm gonna tell you what I recommend for equipment and software. But feel free, Teoh. You know, Google it look for things, but yeah, let's talk about the equipment and the software that you're gonna need 4. Equipment and Software You'll Need: all right, so let's talk about equipment and software that you're gonna need to record your book on audible terrible things. Uh, this is by far have ability, Mike Factor. They just have to get a new mike. That's a blue yeti. There are lots of Mike's that you can get to you record voice over to record your books for audible. Many of them are very, very expensive When I say very, very expensive talking like $500.900 dollars $1500.3000 dollars. I would never recommend that you make that kind of investment in a piece of equipment that you are not fully making enough money off of via whatever you produce with that equipment to substantiate that cost. I am financially conservative, so I'm never gonna tell you to go out and buy $2000 like it's just not worth it in the beginning. What I will say, though, is that this movie any might, for I think it's currently about 129. When I bought it years ago, it was $99 high quality. So many podcasters on top podcast used the blue yeti. It is for the price of $129. It is the best, highest quality Mike that you're going to get in. There are so many tutorials on YouTube that will sure you what every piece of the Blue Yeti means how to change the game. One thing I will say inaudible if he tries to get a blue getting Micah's, there is this little thing. There are these little knobs on the back about game. Make sure your gain is kind of low, but not, you know, all the way at the bottom, like 25% of the way scrolled up in that little circle thing. But this is the mike that I absolutely recommend. You can get on Amazon for about 100.8 bucks. It is the blue yet USB mic it it will work for podcasting. It will work for recording YouTube videos. It will give you high quality sound. So absolutely by far I want to say for recruiting YouTube videos If you use your webcam on your laptop. If you don't use your road coming your laptop, you from using like a really fancy canon camera to record YouTube videos and obviously you need like a road mike. But for what we're doing with Audible putting your book on audible, the blue Yeti is by far the cheapest on the best at that price range. So that's the first thing you need. Second thing you need, because there is the headphones jack in the Blue Yeti mike that you can play your headphones into. Not everybody uses noise canceling headphones. I like it because I don't want to hear the nice around me when I'm recording my books for Audible. So I highly recommend also getting some noise canceling headphones that Amazon. There are so many different clients. They're typically about 40 bucks for really decent noise canceling headphones. That's another thing that I recommend that you get to use with your blue Yeti mike. The next thing that I'm gonna recommend for you to use in terms of being able to record your books and put them on Audible is audio critic software. Now look there. There are so many audio recording software systems out there. Adobe Audition is probably the most top notch version of it, but Adobe Audition is also one. It's expensive to It's really freaking hard to use like you're gonna need to spend weeks just learning how to use Adobe Audition if you're not checked Sappy. So I am not a fan of Adobe Audition. I do not use a adobe edition. I know a lot of people also use audacity. So audacity is free audio recording software, so it's completely free. And if you go to Google and you just type in audacity, it will take you to I think it's audacity team dot com or dot org's. I think it might be dot work, and you can download audacity and use it for free. So lots of people in the beginning you something like audacity, I personally recommend and I use and ch wave pad. It is an Australian company, and they are amazing. You can actually download wave pad for a free. I think it's a two week trial. I have used Wave pad for everything my podcast, humans, the show, all of my audibles. I used way Pat. I love it. It is so easy to use, and I am a really tech savvy person, but I do not need to spend time learning another software system, so I love wave pad because it is for people who are not tech savvy, it is super, super easy to use and they're always doing upgrades and making good changes and software. So my recommendation is for all of your audio recording needs, including your audible book. Be sure that you use something that is E. Z to use. I would highly recommend NCH wave pad for that particular thing. The other piece of software that you're gonna use an Amazon actually recommends this on a C X audible will recommend this to you. It is a free software. It is a part of when your post producing the audio's two up mode to to audible or too easy X, You must use this free audio converter. It's like part of the process, and I'm gonna show you later the course, all of the steps, including this. So what you want to do is Google free coal and a C free audio converter. Because this is a critical component to post producing and actually getting a six to approve your audible book. How, like I don't know how to describe this software other than I've used it so many times. It just cleans up the audio's to fit the requirements of audible audible has very stringent requirements. And this software just cleans them up a little bit. Mawr even more so than what you're gonna do. Wave Pat. So that's a point of that software from now what? We're gonna Okay, So the other piece that you need I was about to sidestep Campbell. You carry signs that I am a of the other piece that you need in terms of, you know, equipment and software is and but so I did a whole course, then scale share about how to create your e book covers, meaning your e book, your paperback and your audible cover in can run using can by walking through every single step of that in another sculpture course. To be sure, you look for that course if you haven't taken it already. But I'm going to give you a tutorial on just how to create the audible can but cover in Camba and this course. But again, that's another piece of software that you'll need. I think it's 13 or 14. Maybe it's 15 by now. 16 bucks a month. You can also do a free trial for a couple of weeks of camera so I would say can vote to create that audible cover is super important. Now can you create inaudible cover in some? Been like Power point. Yes, Japan. Is it trickier? Yes, it ISS So it's a the easiest, most efficient way to create credible cover, which I will show you later on in this course is to use something like Campbell with just 13 to 15 bucks a month. Uh, now let's get on. So now we're gonna actually dive in. Next, we're gonna talk about how to create your audible cover again. I don't want you to look at us like, Oh, my goodness. There are so many moving pieces and there are so many like, Oh, I'm overwhelmed. When you first do this, I would say the 1st 2 to 3 times you create up, you narrate your book for audible. You submit it, you go through the process is the 1st 2 to 3 books? Yes, it feels overwhelming. You know why? Because there are lots of little steps. There are lots of things that you could miss. I'm gonna walk you through everything. It is overwhelming in the beginning, but the more that you practice this that easier? It's gonna get. So if you're feeling overwhelmed, that's normal. But just know you can come back to this course every single time. Walk through these steps and it will get easier as you do this more. So next we're gonna talk about Cree eating their audible cover. Let's get to it. 5. Creating Your Audible Book Cover: All right, so let's talk about creating your audible cover. And if you join me for my sculpture, of course, that is all about creating book covers. So I covered in how to create a book cover in that school shirt. Where's that cover? How to create an even cover, how to create a paperback cover and how to create an audible cover. And I use this actual cover in that course, but I want to walk you through. Let's say you've already read that you book and you are you in the paper back? This is a paperback cover that you're looking at here. How do you make it an audible cover? And I want to show you quickly how to do that using canvas. So again, when I make book covers, I use Canberra. It is Canada dot com. It's awesome, but we've got to get this book cover because if you're if you're gonna put your book on Audible, chances are you already have it in e book and paperback format. But we've got to get this book cover into inaudible format, and so we've got to resize it because right now the paperback size is 2400 by 3200 pixels. That does not meet the audible cover pixel requirements. The audible cover with pixel requirements are actually a perfect square. They're 2400 by 2400 pixels. So when we change this in Canada, we need to be able Teoh number one, go to resize and then make sure that it was 2400 by 2400. And you don't want to resize your paperback cover because you want to keep that you want a copy and resize it so that now notice things have changed. I gotta fix a few things because it's a perfect square. Now it is now inaudible cover. So now I'm gonna call it Audible. You always want to rename it first. You know what? When you're dealing with Psagot Audible cover test one, I'll make it different. So now I gotta fix some things because now that it's a perfect square, it certainly doesn't look as good as it did in the paperback version. So the first thing I'm going to do with this one is I'm gonna extend this out, and then I'm probably going to say, Well, maybe I want this a little bit bigger. I'm gonna play with the font. Size is a little bit. Maybe I'll make it 64. Yeah, maybe I'll extended out. But I don't want to change your too much Like Audible is also very picky. It should look kind of like this looks. So if an friends is at the bottom, then I certainly want to make sure and friends is still here at the bottom. So again, I'm gonna keep it virtually the same in terms of what words Aaron. What lions. But I may make it a little bit bigger. I might even make my name just a little bit bigger because the perfect square. But again, I don't want my name on two lines. Went on the paper back. It's one. I still have to keep the image consistent to what is in my e book and my papers recover. I'm just making things maybe a little bit bigger. I might even make this, you know, 1 75 because I can. Although that looks a little funky, so I might bring it back down to 1 68 That's better. So then you go by feel, but the whole point of this is you have to resize it to 2400 by 2400 pixels and then copy and resize in Canberra. Rename it immediately. So you know, this is actually the honorable cover to your book. And then what you're gonna do is you're gonna make sure that you say that and then to download it. So remember, if you took my school shirt person how to create any book cover, you know that the e book is a Jay pek file and you know that the paper back in the audible cover our PNG files definitely say this is a PNG file. It's a high quality images PNG and then click download, and then it will download it to your computer. So that is how you create your honorable cover, which again is a requirement to submit in a cxt for audible. You need to have that cover. So if I wanted to open it up, I could actually look at the cover. Um, it's gonna open for me on this separate screen. So now there there's my Jay Pek file. Done, done and done. I can say that to my computer. So that is how you do that? And, um, really simple, Really straightforward. Just make sure it's 2400 by 2400 pixels. There you go. 6. Tips for Recording Your Book: All right, let's talk about tips for recording your book, and I've got quite a few tips for you. So number one make sure that the heat they see any sort of ceiling fans and sort of fans they're off. There is no removing the sound of a furnace, the sound of a Hueter. This under the EEC silicon that is super, super hard to remove as background noise in post production on an audio. So turn everything off, which also means you need to think about when you're recording. If you live in Alaska and it's negative 30 degrees, you've got to figure out what's going to be the right time of day, the right temperature right season to where you can actually turn off the heat or the A C or what have you. So if you live in Arizona and it's 115 degrees once again, you have to choose the right times of year, depending on where you live, so that you cannot. She turned up the heat and the A C when you're recording, so that's number one. Number two. Kennel up your pets and keep them far away. I I know of no way. Teoh. Edit out the sounds of dogs barking or cats curry. So I hope you have the candles, your pets. I hope you can put them far, far away from wherever you're recording. Or if you can't do that. I hope you have the money to create a voiceover booth that soundproof somewhere in your office or somewhere in your home so you don't have to worry about that, even if they're barking like crazy. But dog noises, cat noises. They're super, super challenging to edit out in post production, so kennel them up. Next thing, work in a soundproof room or flee summer boat. So I've lived in New York City, and if you live someplace like Manhattan, you know the sound of sirens, the sound of ambulances, a sound of fire engine like all of that is nonstop, and so that is extremely hard to edit out in post production. And if you live in a place like L. A or you work where you do have access for relatively cheap, you can go into a studio and book studio time and being a Samper from do it because it's super hard to figure out in those major urban areas. How you're gonna work around all the sounds that you literally cannot control because it's the city. So definitely work in a soundproof room or a voice. I would have preferred Lee if you can afford to do so. Next. Tip of blade heavy breathing So we all have to breathe. I am a mouth breather I've never really been a nose reader spends. I have to work on that so literally I don't wanna record my audio book and just dio that doesn't do that. This isn't that, you know, saying the words and then you hear all this heavy breathing Now you can edit out in postproduction a lot of the heavy breathing that is pretty simple to dio. But once again, that's more time to you actually post producing the audio's. So if you can avoid the heavy breathing if you could learn. So I just took a breath without necessarily hearing up. If you can learn to use pauses, to breathe through your nose intentionally and to not breathe loud, it saves you time in the postproduction arena, but you can edit out heavy breathing. Other thing. This is something I really had to work on speak slower than you think Sounds normal. So the way that you read your book, she you may sound like it's a normal speed, but if you listen to the audio, you're gonna find that what sounds normal as you recording it is actually super super fast . So I would say slow you're speaking, range down, slow it so that when you were actually recording the audio, you do feel like it's going super, super slow. And when you listen to it, then it will sound normal. The other thing is, put your manuscript on a second monitor. That way, you're not doing mouse clicking a lot you're not doing, you know Audible will send you back. Your audios is there to Minnie Mouse quicks, if really there any mouse clicks. So you've got to get used to having the book up in Microsoft Word on a second screen, using the page up page down buttons on your keyboard, the up and down arrow. Sometimes they use the screw early button in the middle of the mouse, but again, mouse clicks will get those audio sent back to you. And once again, they are super hard to edit out using the audio software in post production. So other tips for recording your book correct minor audio issues here. The post correction process. So if you have a little bit like you moved in your chair, I don't know if I could make my chair making always like like that. If you do a little bit of that, I wouldn't worry about starting all over reporting because a lot of that can actually edit out in using the audio recording software in post production. So don't worry about minor audio issues, even with the breathing. Yes, it will take more time. You can edit out the heavy breathing. The other thing I would suggestive, You know, make sure that when you're recording the audible, I like to look at it like I am talking to one of my close friends. I write self help personal development books, so I really want to record it. Not like somebody who is a professor, but I've been a professor for many years, not like somebody who's a professor teaching at a podium in front of students. I'd like to record my audibles like this is my best friend. I'm sitting down having a conversation with her. I'm speaking into her life because I really want her to look her best life. And then that's the mindset that I used to record my my audibles. Really speak like you're talking to a close friend when you're when you're recording an audio book. That's fiction, and you've got all of these characters and you're not doing any of the voiceover. You really want to find voiceover actors who can bring the character toe life. However you envision that character to be, you want to be sure. Cheers voiceover actors who sound the way you imagine that character with sound when you wrote those. So just some things to keep in mind. And then here's every piece. Whenever you mess up, don't start. Don't redo the audio all over again. Get good at when you mess up because you will, depending on how long your chapters are. Take a long pause. I mean long enough that when you post produce that, you can see that you know, flatline. So you know that that's a mess up area, and then start again. Start again. You know, a little bit before you messed up, so you can sort of cut things out and put them together Well, but take long pauses and then redo the last piece for Don't redo the whole thing. You could just go silence, which will indicate to you when you post produce that it was a mess up, and then you can start again right on the same audio. So that's another thing to consider. Now, next, we're going to talk about a C X admission requirements, and I'm gonna walk you through a C X is actual PDFs emission requirements. So, you know, straight from a C axe what they actually require to successfully submit and get published on Audible. 7. How to Record Each Chapter : Okay, So I'm gonna throw in here how I record my audios using on ch Wave pageant again. If you're gonna use audacity If you're gonna use Adobe Audition, they're all a little bit different. They're a little bit quirky, but I use weight pad. So I'm gonna give you an example of how I actually record my audios and wave pad and what I will actually dio. So this is what you're seeing here. Let me just make sure that I've got that. What you're seeing here is wait pad. So the first thing I'm gonna do we have pat is I'm gonna click New and new is going to open up a new file for me. The next thing that I'm gonna do is is you know, number one. I want to make sure. Let me see if I can open up a couple things and they go to tools and I'm gonna goto options and I want to make sure not for recording, You know, said since default default sound intra device, I don't want that actually want the yeti. So I'm gonna make sure that I choose Yeti stereo as my device input and then click OK, now, I'm not gonna click the yeti right now because they don't want it to move it from what I'm using to record this video. But again, the first thing you do a pad is you go to tools, options. You make sure your device is you're getting microphone. So you're gonna do that first? That's the first thing I do. I go to tools, I goto options. I make sure that the right devices what's recording? Because I've had it happen before with it where we've pad will use as a default. The sent the microphone in the laptop and it sounds horrible. So you first want to start by making sure that you've got the right device. OK, so you go Teoh, where are recording? You make sure you got the right device and then you click. OK, but I'm not gonna do that. I don't want to miss it. This sound that I'm using right now with my colleague getting so that's the first thing. The second then you're gonna do is once again when you're recording in each audio. Each on he was a separate file. Such after one is one audiophile Jeff PCI was another audio file. The next thing you're gonna dio and I highly recommend it is Teoh. Um, start recording now. You will save it when you finish recording. So the thing I want to keep in mind, as there should always be when you post produce this you're going Teoh, um, have at least half a second to one second of silence in the beginning. Onda at least one second to five seconds of silence. In the end, I typically have a very long silence on both spots, and I post produce it down to that 50.5 to 1 and 125 at the end. That's how I post produce it. So I'm gonna give an example of starting to record leaving the silence. Is that so? I just gave it five seconds of silence. You see below here's the counter where you can see how many seconds and silence are going into that. So typically I'll start recording my audio. Obviously, I have this way pad on my laptop screen. I have the word document of my manuscript on my second monitor. So I'm looking at my second monitor. Well, we've Pat is going on in the background, and I'm recording my audio book. And let's just say that this is Chapter one when I am done with Chapter one. If I mess up, what will typically do is let's say I say something. Oh, that's roving sheep. Then I'll stick a pause for among break like this and then I'll start again. So right here have taken a long enough pause that when I actually post produced this, I will see that there was a message there and I will fix it and then I'll keep talking. And then when I'm done with the end of the audio, what I will then do is take a very long pause, which is gonna be end. You want anywhere from 1 to 5 seconds of space, but I'll usually do about 10 seconds. So now I'm gonna take that pause. So now I've taken that pause. I'm going to stop my recording. Typically, what I dio I mean, I think for most people you can save it as a raw file, so you don't lose anything. So if I go to home and I saved the file as and once again, you always want to get the habit of saving it as a way file. So I'm going to save it under music. I'm gonna put it under, Let's just say Audible Books one. And I'm just gonna say, um, we'll call this opening my cancel the opening credits. Let's just say I'll call that opening credits. So I'm going to save that so that at least it saved where it is. I don't lose anything. The first thing I'm gonna do, though, is I'm gonna make sure that I have my 1 to 5 seconds at the end of the audio. So let me to first, I want to five seconds because I'm still talking. How this money. Okay, so I'm gonna make sure my 1 to 5 seconds at the end of the audio. The first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna just cut out. I'm just gonna delete some things to see how many seconds of audio actually have. So the first thing I'm gonna dio and this is under edit is I'm gonna delete, and then I'm actually going Teoh, start playing it. Mississippi two Mississippi, three Mississippi. Former city stuff. I usually count one Mississippi, two Mississippi dreams to before Mississippi and at four Mississippi. Then I delete the rest that lets we know that it's four seconds. I might go back and check it just to make sure that it is no longer than five seconds. At the end of you leave any longer than five seconds, CCX will send it back to you. Which is why I typically do four seconds of silence of the end at the beginning. It's easier. I typically just start cutting stuff. I've gotten to the point where I just cut it. And then I started at the first spot of talking and I look at how many seconds. So I'm still a two seconds, which is too much. In the beginning, you could only have, um, 20.5 to 1 second of space. So what I'll do is make this a little bit bigger. So I have more room, but scrolling it and then once again, I'll check it. I'm at 1.4 seconds. Not cool. So then I know I've got a lot more I've got to take out. So then I'll delete this. And now I met 0.7 seconds. I typically like to be in about 0.7 point eight so that fits within the range because again , you have no silence of 0.5 up to one second. I typically like to be a 10.7. So now I know I've got that The other piece of the audio and this is kind of post producing stuff is remember, we had that silence, that big silence right here. So typically, you're gonna listen to it, and I'm not gonna listen to it here, but you're gonna listen to it when you notice the big silence and you're just gonna delete out the silence and make sure that it all sounds good. Listen to it again. Make sure effects. And that's how you would post produce. That's how you would also take out heavy breathing. So, for example, if this was heavy greeting, I would just to lead a little of that, take up the heavy breathing. So that is how you actually record your audio using something like wave pad. That is how you actually make sure you cut the silences to reading it to be at the beginning in the end. And that is also how you cut out the heavy breathing or you fixed any of the issues in between. But again, you gotta listen to the whole thing and make sure it all sounds good once you've done all your cutting out stuff. So that is how you actually produce each audio for each chapter using wave pat specifically . And audacity and Jimmy Edition are very similar as well. So there you go. 8. ACX Audio Submission Requirements: All right, So let's talk about the A sex admission guidelines. So the document that I'm about to walking through is too rapidly through a sea axe. This is what they give to tell you exactly what they require in terms of you submitting. So let's let's walk through it. But once again, I'm giving you that as a PdF download. So I would say, you know, download it yourself printed out and walk through it yourself as well. So I don't think you need to understand that like the mumbo jumbo of the technical specs at the end of the day. Of the whole point of this, Pdf is for a sex to tell you that they need each of your audio files each of your MP MP four files to be encoded to Well, it says MP three, but now we're up to him before, but they need them to be encoded to 1 92 U K me ps, which I like to call convince I'd gone to this so again the last step. So you're going to record all of your audios using whatever suffering is whether that's audacity or wave pad or do be a vision and you're going to post produce them in that software, whatever you're using. But then the very last step is you've got to be able. Teoh, prepare your files to me E. C. Exes encoding requirements and their file format that's required is 1 92 Convict's is what I call it, so there are lots of tools that can allow you to do that. But what a sex recommends is that you use something that they call free rack, right? So free AC. I don't even know it's react, but it's very cool and easy so you can get it through and download dot com. Seen that Sigh it, but you can google it. It just Google free free AC, and it should give you plenty of places that you condemn. Let it so you're gonna download it's free software once you download it. So again, the free software is what is going to get you to the one than you to kick in commits. So once you download free colon A C, then you're going to see an empty playlist which you've got to do is follow these directions to the letter and love the fact that he six included Screenshots. It helped me the first few times. Now I don't even need this because they know exactly what to do. It's that easy. You're gonna have an empty playlist. You are then going to drag or put all of your wave files into the playlist. Now, I'm gonna tell you something you gotta do before you notice how it says you will see the files listed in Alfa numeric order. You need your naming convention to be right. So I'm gonna show you an example of what I mean by naming convention. Just to give you an example, I don't even if I have it, I don't think I have those computer. Okay, so I'm gonna describe it does not happen on this laptop. So, essentially, when you first record all of your audios for number one, you should record all of your audios as a wave bio format. Not as an mp three and MP four. You should actually should actually don't wave file stop W a v Feltz. That's number one. As you reporting whether it's on gas in your way of bad, make sure we're saving your files as dot w e v Typically, when I record my audios, I will save them. You know, I will create a follow sooner. That is the name of my book. And then I will, you know, let me actually show. I'm gonna demo how I actually do it even though I've never really done it on this laptop. But I'm gonna Demel out for you cause I think it's I think it's a report. Okay, let's start. Let's move back for a second because I think this is super important, and I want you to know how to do this. So typically, when I'm gonna record an audiobook, I'm getting how I'm going to go to my music section. Then I'm gonna have a new folder, which I'm gonna call Audible. Okay, So I'm gonna have inaudible soldier within my music solder then within the audible folder. That's where I'm going to do the name of each books. All Just call this book one. Um And I'm just gonna do a future folder so you can see what cheer. And this is all just just show you how to do it in book three. Right? So each of my three books that I'm gonna put on Audible. They are a within music under audible under the name of the books. Let's say I'm currently gonna record book ones audibles. What I typically do when I set this up before I even start recording is I open up the book One solder and what I do is I will put a couple of things I will dio a folder called Wave Files because that's where I'm gonna put my renamed Wave files. And then I'm gonna put a folder called Submission One. Now, Submission One folder is where the finished 1 90 to convince Fuck off audiophiles. You're gonna go Once I've done the process, I'm about to walk you through and free AC. Then I'm gonna put all those files and submission one. But originally when I record the audio's I'm going to save them here as whatever I'm naming them at first. And then when I make sure I make them wave files and I need them appropriately, I'm to put them in a way. Files. So I know this sounds confusing, but let me just go back to basics Birthday. When I am recording my audios in wave pattern or an audacity, I am not naming them according to and let me move this other way. According to you, the naming convention suggested here yet. Do you notice how in order for you to encode the files using free AC Audible wants you took to put them zero one dash intro zero to dash Chapter one. For me, that's a little bit confusing. So when I first record the audio's before I post produced them, I will call them Introduction, Chapter one, Chapter two, Chapter Curie checked. Ursula, I will just do it that way at first because that lets me know that those air the audios that have not been encoded using this final submission part that we're about to talk about . And I saved them outside of my so and when I'm originally recording them, I'm saving them in this white space. I'm not even putting them in the way files folder. Yet when I finished recording all my audios, then I'm going to save each of those audios as a dot wave file and I am going to name them according to this name convention. So now I'm going to say zero one dash introduction dot way file zero to dash character chew . And then once I've renamed all of them, then I'm gonna put them in this wave files folder. So now I know there way files, but we're not done yet. Which is why you have a way of files folder and you have a submission. One folder. Your submission. One folder is where the free act is gonna put the final brother the way files his Justin zero one dash, whatever that is in trouble. So once you've got that all set up and you have saved them the using the naming convention that a C X needs And you all of these files now that they're renamed their way files there in the way files boulder within your on your computer, then this is when you're gonna do the free act stuff. This is when you're gonna open up free AC. You're gonna upload all of those wave files into free access. Now they're in alphanumeric borders. Your ones who are choose 03 then what, you're gonna dio right? Using that naming convention, cause now they're all in orders. Your ones, your 203 Then what you need to do is you need to change some of your MP three, including preferences to that it meets a C s requirements. And this is where these screenshots become super important because you're gonna do things like select general settings from a drop down menu. You're gonna make sure that once you do that, the general settings opens up and then you make sure you select lame MP three encoder, then you click configure and co owner and then you just make sure that it meets all of these screenshot requirements. CBR no CVR. Look, I have no idea what that means. I just select it cause that's what they said to do separate rate it, make sure it's 1 92 ca VIPs and then you're gonna make sure that you also navigate to the MISC tab, and then you just want to make sure that you force the stereo mono hysteria mode to mono like right here. This should say mano every single time, every single time. So you just want to make sure that the Force Joy stereo is not checked. So it should say mano right, make sure that there's no check next force joint stereo. So at that point, then what you're gonna do. And this is one thing I love. Once you do, this warrants free. AC will always remember you're setting for your next project. So you set this up once. It pretty much states of ST. Now I always check with every single audible book. I go back to these screens and make sure that they still, you know, say these things, you know? But it does save it, and it you don't have to do it after you do it the first time. So now, once you've got all of your files in there, you make sure that settings air Okay, What you're gonna do is click the play, but okay, so before you click the play button, let me just throw in one of those it before you click the play button to upload it, cause it's gonna save it in some random place before you click that play button, click, browse and then browse is going to bring you back to our little friend. So you can decide where these files should actually stored. And this is where you want to make sure their story in these submission One folder that you created for the final audio products, so make sure before you click play you actually quit. Browse and save them in your submission one folder, then you click Play. What's gonna happen? Is there going to disappear from here when all the files disappear that tells you they're finished, they're ready for upload. Teoh A C X and you want to go to your submission one folder just to make sure that those files are actually there, which I don't have any in there, so they will be there. So that's how you do that and literally. Once again, you want to make sure a couple of things for a C X. I'll just point the seventh bottom. Ensure that all files are smaller than 170 megabytes and are no longer than two hours and, like I'm not sure why somebody would have a two hour chapter. But please don't do that because it will get rejected from a C X. So there is how you do the final submission process and the submission requirements into a C x r 9. Uploading Files to ACX: Okay, so let's let's talk about uploading it into a C X now. Because I have so many of my books in a Z axis, it's It's challenging to show you exactly how it looks when you first begin this process. But a lot of this is the same, no matter how many books you have on audible or a sea axe. So couple of things to really think about also, one thing to keep in mind about this is that Amazon is constantly innovating and changing its processes. So if you're taking this course you know, a long time from now, this whole look may look completely differently. But as of the recording of this, this is how it looks. So a couple of things to think about Number one, you have to be ableto edit. You have to be able to upload your cover, our image. So when that's one of the first things it's gonna ask you to do, it's gonna ask you a couple of things to you to keep in mind and that I didn't think about this. But now I'm thinking about so number one. You want to make sure that you have signed up for Katie P and that you have your e book in your paper back already on Amazon because it makes this a C X process that much easier. I would highly recommend that you not put Anonima look on a C x on audible before you've done the paper back in the E book. So tip number one is definitely sign up for Katie P. Let's see if I can pull it. Katie P. It's called Katie Pita amazon dot com Pull that up and make sure you have an author account on KP first. And then you actually upload the e book in the paper back version of your book to that first, and it's published on Amazon first. So that's sort of the prerequisite. Once you already got that up there, then you're going to get to this part where you're gonna add your title, and one of the first things it's gonna ask you to do is to actually put your cover art up there uploaded. So to upload your cover, our remember we worked in Canada and I showed you how to create that 2400 by 2400 pixels image. Now you're gonna browse your computer. You're gonna go to pictures you're gonna go to wherever your your books are and you're going. Teoh, pull that image right. So I would have just pulled that image. I'm not gonna pull it cause it's already there, But again, you're going to. That's one of the first things you're going to do when you upload a C X is you're gonna put the cover art in there. Then what you're gonna do is one by one, it's going toe ask you to upload your audios, and you both have to make sure that you name each audio appropriately. But you also want to make sure that you're gonna upload it. So it's gonna ask you to do that, and you're gonna see that it's uploaded. Now, if you upload the wrong audio and you need to re uploaded or it's it's not the right thing or something went wrong or you to redo the audio because typically there will be a new audio analysis chart that will tell you whether or something's wrong with the audio, and they will give you error messages and tell you what defects. Let's say you need to fix something. When you come back to this a C X upload screen, you're gonna click action, you're gonna click, replace, and then it's gonna give you the opportunity to upload it again. I don't want to mess with this book because it's already upon audible and I don't want to change anything. But once again, it's gonna ask you for your opening credits, which is pretty standard. That's where you upload the opening credits. You don't need to put in the names of each of your chapters and upload those files, and at the end it's gonna ask you to do your retail audio sample. So that is one thing I will say. You do need to record a separate retail audio sample that is no longer than five minutes and late. What, and as a reference, just give me an idea when you post your book to audible it. Also posed to iTunes. ITunes will use your introduction whenever your introduction of your book is as your previews. So that's typically what I dio. I record a retail audio sample, which is a record a portion of my introduction to make sure it's no longer than five minutes as the retail audio sample. And I will say that as retail audio simple dot way file. And so you want to make sure that in addition to recording your opening credits, your introduction, all of your chapters, everything of the book you also record a separate retail audio sample. Typically, I make mine the introduction. You don't have to make yours introduction. It could be five minutes in the book that you found really, really interesting and you think will draw people in. But if you're going to show it on iTunes again, iTunes is going to use your introduction. They're not gonna use whatever you customize for this. So the bottom line of this is it's very simple to follow. You just want to make sure that you are uploading each of the files. If you don't like them, you can replace them. You can also download them from here in case you ever lose your audio files, which I always say, save everything to the cloud. I save all of my audio files to the cloud. Make sure that not only do you have you're audible files on your computer, but please put it on a what do you call those things you're sticking Computer can't believe I just forgot it like an external drive of some sort. But then you also need to put in the cloud somewhere. So to give you a final glimpse of this and again, this is really easy. Once you set up your A c X account, which, by the way, you go to a CS dot com. You click. Sign up now in the upper right hand corner. If you're gonna add a title, you would click. Add your title again. The purpose of having your books already on Katie P and E book and paperback format is now you have to do is just pull them. So typically, I could say from any of these that are not currently inaudible, I could say this is my book and it's gonna ask you, Are you looking for someone to narrate your book? Or do you already have audio files for this book and you want to sell it? You're narrating your own book so you would click continue next to I already have audio files for this book and I want to sell it and then you would click continue then it would start to ask you all of these questions. Like, Do you have the worldwide rights to this? Do you want to do an exclusive deal with Amazon where you get 40% royalty? Or do you want to do a non exclusive deal where you get 25% royalty where they sell it through audible iTunes, Amazon, that kind of thing. So you look at that, Um and then it's gonna ask you Okay, what languages? Your audiobook. And you're gonna put that? Then you're gonna click Continue. Then it's going to say OK by clicking, agree and continued, You agree toe audiobook license. And in the district, you agree to the audiobook license and distribution agreement. You click. Yes. And then you click. Agree and continue. Now, the reason why I said you want to make sure you produce your book on as a e book and paper book on Katie P First is because it actually pulls the description of the book from your Katie piece. You're not doing double work on top of that. You're then gonna enter your full name as the copyright owner. It's also gonna pull. I'm pretty sure what usually pulls the year, but I'm pretty sure it was like 2018. Then you need to put your name as the audio copyright owner. And then the year, obviously 2020 you're gonna put that okay, Whether it's a fiction or nonfiction book, you're gonna find your actual category. Then, of course, you are the narrator. So once again, you're gonna put in your name. Um and then you're gonna put in your publishing company. You're gonna put any reviews and awards if you want to. You can leave that blank, and then you're gonna click. Continue. Now, this is where it's gonna kind of do some funny things that wants to sort of imported. I always skipped this thing I was saving. Continue. Now, this is where I'm gonna upload my e book art. So I would browse for it like I showed you before I would go to, and I haven't yet put this one on Audible. It's actually on my list of things to Dio and so I don't have the the actual image for it. But once again, I would look for it. Wherever I found it, I would browse it, I would upload it and make sure it works on Ben. I would, one by one, browse to find going to music. Goto audible. I would look for something. I look for my file, and one by one, I would actually add chapters and sections until I have everything uploaded. Now the beautiful new tool that Amazon has, as you see here, is audio analysis. And what that means is, every time you upload a different file, Amazon automatically will say a C X because it's an Amazon company. A sex will automatically run it through audio analysis, and it will send you a message here telling you something's wrong with it. And then all you have to do is click that audio analysis button. It will tell you exactly what needs to be fixed. It will also link you out teddy tutorials on how to actually fix that. Typically in your audio software in post production. So all of those air really, really great tools, and when you are done, uploading all of these audios and you are ready to submit it for review, you would just click. I'm done, and then that's when you'll get a message that it has been submitted and once again it could take up to 30 business days for you to hear back from Amazon on whether it's good or whether there are some changes that you need to make. So that, in a nutshell, is how you do That s e X process. This really isn't easy process. The actual recording of the audio's like I showed you a wave. PAB actual post production that is the longer process. This is super simple. If you already created your animal cover, if already have the book on Katie P as an e book and paperback, this is simple. The rest is you know that the hardest part really is making sure that you're recording high quality audio so that you don't get a lot of rejection either under audio analysis or they actually send it back to you after 30 business days needing you to redo it. So that is how you upload your files to a C X so that you can get your book on audible 10. Getting Audible Approval: All right, so let's talk about getting audible approval so audible. I don't know if there's a nice way to say Audible can can move very fast in terms of getting your your approval, but it could also move extremely, extremely slow. And so the thing that I want you to remember about audible approval is number one to be patient because the review and response out of a little review and responders submission within 14 to 30 Business Day is, That means Monday through Friday does not include major holidays. So one of the things that I like to do when I have submitted something audible as I literally look at my calendar, my Google calendar and I will charge about 30 business days removing all holidays from the day that I actually submitted it. And I will put in red a little calendar payment on that 40th day. That says, did name of book Is it on a C X? And if it's not on a C X on that very day, I wait till the 31st Business Day and then I'll usually send them a message. I will say they have seasons where there really fast and they have seasons where it is taken up to 90 business days for me to get inaudible, even setback requiring some changes, let alone approved. So be patient because, yeah, they're not exactly great at this. Next thing to really think about once you once you do, get your audible approved. So what ends up happening is audible will send you an email, A screenshot, an example of what you'll see in the email So audible send you an email. You were sleeping enough. Macy Axe. They will say congratulations. Your book is now on sale audible. It will soon be available on iTunes and Amazon within the next 48 hours. And then they will give you all of these things that that you can look at or that you could do something with the bounty referral program is a link that you use where if somebody does not have inaudible accounts, um, and they purchase your book with a new member share, you get an extra $75 so that's a bounty referral program. They also have promo codes that you can use to send a free copy. So individual promo codes to people. So you can generate some buzz for your book. And then, of course, the sales dashboard is everything. So the sales dashboard will actually show you what? Which of your audible books are doing really well, which are not like, how much you're making. It just gives you all that information and a C. It's a super good at providing a lot of educational resource is so block posts and video tutorials and lots of different things, so definitely take full advantage of all the educational resource is that s e X offers, cause that's a big deal. Now we're gonna go to my final thoughts, and then we'll talk about the class project. 11. Final Thoughts: so final thoughts. I hope that you've taken away from this. How doable. What's so easy? Because it's not necessarily easy, but how doable it is for you to narrate your own books and to get them inaudible. I hope that you take away from this course the fact that your voice is the most powerful voice to narrate your books. Your voice alone has the power to convey every emotion, every idea, every energetic feeling that you have and had when you wrote the book. No one else. I don't care how great they are is a voiceover actor. No one else can replicate the power of your own voice when you match them to the words of your book. So that's number one. Number two Final thought. This does take time. I'm I wrote 27 books before I even put one of those books on Audible, And it has been I'm not completely done yet with getting everything on audible. It has been a pain in the butt. It has taken hours and hours and hours. So I want you to also understand that this truly is an investment in your writing empire. An investment in your writers platform and each book that you're gonna put on audible in total production time, depending on your word count for your book is going to take you anywhere from two hours for a book that's about 18,000 words to 10 plus hours. If you're writing a book, that's 300,000 plus words. So I want you to know that the time investment is serious. It's a lot of time. It takes you away from writing, but it is so worth it. Audible revenue is a revenue you do not want to miss out on. Let me be clear. People still love their paperbacks. It's not that he books there forever. People love their paperbacks. People love their e books, but people adore their audible. They adore it. So do not skip out on getting audible revenue because you think of all the hours it's gonna take to produce your audible book. Do it. Just get it done. Just do it. And at the end of the day, the class project is gonna be coming up. So let's talk about what you're gonna put in audio format in one of your books 12. Class Project: All right, let's talk about the class project. So for this class project, let's just talk about what I'd like you to. Dio, I would like you to report the opening credits of your audiobook and submitted in the community, you know, upload it into the community as an MP four file. So, essentially, I mean, you could even recorded as a way file if you want to lose weight is probably a better format, but really, I want you to submit the audio file, whether isn't before a wave in, you know, submitted upload it and cement to community. Now, what are the opening credits of your audio book? So that is the shortest thing. Make sure you choose to news recording software. Obviously, in order to complete the class project your communities reporting software. Like I said before, audacity is free so you can download audacity and audacity. Team got ward on CH is what I use wave pad and you can get a free trial at n c h dot com, ford slash and you for it slash week Pat, You could get it there. You can use Adobe audition if you've already got that. But I want to give an example of what the opening credits are. So the opening credits are the shortest audio that you're gonna recorded in your whole audiobook. And basically, it is the name of your book by your name narrated by your name, and a six is really specific. If you were to say, OK, let me just say the book. I have one book that's called conceiving by Faith, so I'm gonna record the opening credits. I'm going to say Conceiving by Faith by Cassandra VON Narrated by Cassandra Von That's the opening credits. Now there've been times where I forgot to say, narrated by Cassandra von and a sex and mapping that to me because they're like You didn't do it right? So the opening credits consistent you recording on audio where you say Conceiving by Faith by Cassandra VON. Narrated by Cassandra. That is the only thing I want you to record an upload. The MP four file Now, couple couple requirements to that number. One. Make sure it's either way file or an MP four file. Number two a. C X is really specific that each audio has to have half a second up to one second of silence at the beginning of the audio and 1 to 4 seconds of silence of the end of the audio . They will return it to you if you don't need those silence in the beginning and end timelines. So I also want you to make sure that when you record your opening credits, lead 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning. Before you say Conceiving My Faith by Cassandra VON Narrated by Cassandra VON, then leave 1 to 4 seconds of silence. The end Just so you get the practice of incorporating those requirements because they see X requires, um, so whenever your book is even if you haven't written a book, even if you're thinking about writing a book, make up a name of a book. Just you could get the practice of same name of the book by your name, narrated by your name, 0.5 to 1 second of silence in the beginning of the audio, 1 to 4 seconds of silence at the end of the audio. All right, there is the class project that can't wait to hear your opening credits. And for sure, be sure that ask would be back in the community who want it and thank you for during the late of course