Finally heard back from ACX. Two issues came up. I didn't leave enough "Room Tone" (silence) at beginning and end of every chapter. They want .5 to 1 second of silence before first word spoken, then 1-5 seconds of silence after last word spoken. Easy fix.
The other issue, I included the closing credits and the last chapter in one file. They wanted them separated, another easy fix.
Otherwise, they had no other problems with the files. Volume, clarity, technical requirements of the audios themselves, all of that was fine.
I will be making these corrections, if I haven't already dealt with them on my own. After that... still going to follow our own path at this point and make CD's and downloadable MP3's from our websites.
Because Audible has an "exclusive" clause that says only they get to produce the audios, and they do not make CD's. They only produce Audible versions, and as we've been told by others NOT everyone can afford the monthly Audible charges every month.
Will our path be an easy one? Not really. But we're hoping that people will spread the word once we have the audios up for sale. We'll have to promote ourselves, which would still be true if we went with Audible. Oh the books would be in their catalog along with 100's of others, so what would be the difference?
Reviews? Reviews can be left at our website under the comments section for each product.
A lot of people think that just because they got their book/audio on a big company's site that they are set and don't have to do anything else. But that's the BIGGEST mistake one can make. No matter where your works are for sale, YOU still have to do most if not all the promoting to get the word out. Or hire someone to do your marketing. In this day and age "If you build it they will come..." is seriously overrated. YOU have to put in the work to get people to find out about your work.
And that is exactly what I'm doing here and now. Letting people know the CD's and MP3's are coming. I'll be creating a "Store" button here on this site very soon and populate it with CD's, downloadable MP3 files, PDF's, and the option to order a signed print copy of any of our books.
ALSO... I will be continuing the "Adventures in Audio Recording" Series, in order that those who still wish to create audios can succeed in making Audible quality files ready for submission to ACX or other audiobook outlets.
Until next time, take care and keep writing and recording my friends.
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