One of the first questions that indie authors and small- to mid-size publishers ask me about audiobook production is, “How much does it cost?”
My answer is always, “It depends.”
Producing an audiobook is like building a house: your choices dictate your final cost. Each recording is custom-made rather than mass-produced. When people contact me about narrating and producing their audiobook for them, I always want to educate them about the time and skills necessary for a polished production. However, most people want me to simply cut to the chase and give them a firm number.
Before I can even give a ballpark estimate on a custom quote, though, I point out, “You can have the finished audiobook fast, good, or cheap. Pick any two.”
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DBW Conference Announces New Tracks, Conference Captains for 2017 (DBW)
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