Audiobook Creation Exchange Review: ACX Pros and Cons

– Audiobook Creation
Exchange, also known as ACX, is one of the most visible
self-publishing platforms for audiobook distribution. I’ve mentioned ACX, and even
have an unlisted playlist on how to publish an
audiobook through them. But, I have yet to directly
address the pros and cons of Audiobook Creation Exchange. That’s why I’ll give you deeper insights on ACX in today’s video. Let’s go. Welcome to self-publishing with Dale, and if you want practical
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all my latest videos. I’d love to know if you
have published through ACX, and, if you have, what
are your thoughts on them? Also, if haven’t published
through them, why not? Leave your candid
thoughts in the comments. I’ve covered ACX ever so
briefly in this channel and for good reason. It is a viable option in self-publishing, but is it for everyone? Well … As of August 8, 2017, ACX
states this on their website: We have 1,674 titles open for auditions, 49,271 producers to choose from, and 90,962 audiobooks on sale at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Let’s get this straight. ACX has produced under 100,000 titles? But, what about the millions
of eBooks and paperbacks on the market today? Surely there must be some mistake! ACX has limited availability
since they only offer distribution to self-publishers
in the US and UK markets. This leaves many other
self-publishers outside those markets with few options. I know of a few publishers
outside ACX’s reach, who have set up stateside accounts, so they are able to use their services. However, I’m not entirely
sure if this is an acceptable practice or
endorsed by ACX or Amazon. How exactly does ACX work anyway? You have three options when
producing an audiobook on ACX. One, provide your own narrating. I wouldn’t recommend this
option if you are not a trained professional. However, if narrating your
own book is an interest, ACX provides tons of resources to aid you in getting the job done. Two, provide your own content. Let’s say you already know
a professional narrator, and you have the job complete. This is the step you could use. Three, hire an ACX approved narrator. This is the most popular
option that breaks down into three different types. One is the 50/50 Royalty Split. When a narrator accepts this option, he willingly takes all the risks, since he does a large amount of the work. The 50/50 split was one
of my preferred options. The next option is the
paid finish price per hour. As you can imagine,
producing quality audio work is no simple task and
requires a unique skillset. To explain it in simple
terms, you pay the narrator based on the time of
the complete audio file. You may experience sticker
shock when you first hear a narrator’s finished price per hour. However, I assure you if
you only knew how much time it takes to complete a project, then you would understand it’s not as sweet a deal as you think. The last option in hiring
an ACX approved narrator is the combination of both
the 50/50 royalty split and a finished price per
hour or a stipend of sorts. Last thing to note
about audiobooks on ACX. Here’s one of my favorite parts about ACX. The Bounty Program. If someone purchases your audiobook and signs up for an Audible membership, you get a $50 bonus known as a bounty. Not only do you get the
royalty for your audiobooks, but you get a kickback
for enticing a reader to the Audible membership program. Not bad. I’ve known a fair amount of
self-publishers who’ve made an insane living off the
Bounty Program alone. Now that you have a brief overview of ACX, let’s talk about the pros and cons. The pros of ACX include a simple upload and publish interface that even the least tech savvy people can figure out. Some of the best narrators on the market offering to take on the risk
of producing your project in exchange for 50% of all your royalties. And, the killer ACX Bounty Program. The cons of ACX include
the meager 40% royalty. Keep in mind if you do a
royalty split with a narrator, then you only get 20% of all purchases and bounties on a title. And if you don’t agree to
exclusivity through ACX, then your total royalty
rate drops to a mere 25%. Cut that in half and you are
merely fighting for scraps with your narrator split. The lack of availability to
markets outside the US and UK. Hey, I’m all for equal
treatments, all regions, so I’m not entirely sure why
other markets are excluded. In my opinion, ACX is a
good option for anyone in the US or UK. I highly recommend
looking into this option, but before you launch your
entire catalog on ACX, you may want to weigh out other options. In fact, Draft2Digital
recently announced a newfound partnership in the audiobook
distribution platform of Findaway Voices. Check out my thoughts on
it in a previous post. That’s all the time we have for today, and, remember, if you liked
what I shared with you, then share it with someone you
know who will enjoy it, too. Til later, this has been
Self-Publishing with Dale, and I’ll see you guys soon.

10 thoughts on “Audiobook Creation Exchange Review: ACX Pros and Cons”

  1. Does ACX require ISBN for audiobooks? says that it does, but someone say no. ( How about you?

  2. I'm new to ACX. I have one book for sale and one in production. Now, I need some input. My sales on ACX show 'zero' yet on Amazon, my book shows ranking due to being purchased. So how do I find out when those sales from Amazon get to ACX or do they go into another pot?

  3. Is it normally hard to recruit voice talent at ACX? I put a book project up and so far I've got no takers. It's a book with a modest sales history overall that's been especially quiet for the past year or so as I've focused on newer projects. I was hoping to rev it back up with an audiobook, but I can't get the talent. Maybe as an ACX newbie I scared them off with red flags?

  4. Hi bro can you explain what's is this giviing words count to publishers and if it isn't right he dismisses a contract what's thins can you explain ….thanks waiting

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