If you ever wanted to get paid anywhere from an estimated $40-$170/hour to read books at home, here's your chance.
You can use the Amazon-owned website ACX.com to get paid to be an audiobook narrator!
Here's how to do it:
How you get paid:
There are two ways to get paid:
- Your own per-finished-hour rate, paid upon successful completion of the audiobook.
- Share royalties from sales with the Rights Holder. (50% royalties on book sales)
Get paid monthly.
“Payments are usually sent in the last week of the month following the end of the billing period.
Please keep in mind that Audible will only send payment if the earnings for a given month are greater than $10.00.
In the event that less than $10.00 is earned, the balance will carry over to the following month.
If you continue to earn less than $10.00 in an individual month, the balance will carry over until you have earned $50.00; then payment will be sent for the cumulative balance.”
How much can you get paid from ACX?
According to estimates by ZipRecruiter and Glassdoor, you can make around $40 per hour on average as a voice actor/narrator.
On the other hand, according to Rat Race Rebellion and DreamShala.com, you can make an estimated $100-$170/hour.
How it works:
Here's How It Works:
Step 1. Create a Profile
Sign up on ACX and create a profile that details your acting and audiobook experience.
Step 2. Upload Samples
Tag an unlimited number of samples in your Profile, based on accents, genre, and style.
Step 3. How do you want to get paid?
Choose a per-finished-hour rate, or choose to share 50% of royalties. If you're unsure, choose both.
Step 4. Audition
Search for books you're interested in narrating and producing, and record a few minutes of the manuscript. If you're the Rights Holder's top choice, you'll receive an Offer.
Step 5. Accept the Offer
When a Rights Holder makes you an Offer, agree on delivery dates for the first 15 minutes of audio and the final audiobook, and payment terms.
Step 6. Start Recording
Record, edit, and upload the a 15 minute checkpoint of the audiobook, which the Rights Holder will approve or provide feedback. When the sample is approved, record the remainder of the project.
Step 7. Work with Other Studio Professionals
To create a professional audiobook, you may want the guidance of other audiobook experts. If you need to hire one, or more, we have Independent Contractor Agreements you may use.
Step 8. Finish the Recording
Upload each completed chapter of the audiobook to meet our Audio Submission Requirements and Production Standard Terms. Before payment, the Rights Holder must approve the full audiobook, and has the right to request changes.
Step 9. Get Paid
If you and the Rights Holder agreed on a Pay for Production fee, you will be paid directly by the Rights Holder. If you produced the audiobook as a Royalty Share deal, then you'll be paid based on 50% of the royalties on sales.
Step 10. Come back for more
ACX has tons of books waiting to be turned into audiobooks, so keep auditioning! If you're highly experienced narrator with at least 25 audiobook credits, apply to be an Audible Approved Producer.
What you need to narrate with ACX:
Use the YouTube playlist below to go through the steps of getting equipment, setting up and recording your voiceovers:
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