This group is BUSINESS...where are the jobs today that pay narrators? Who has these jobs? What are the sources we might contact with a demo to get narration jobs? Sure, we can talk about narration techniques too...
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A thought from Bettye.... You are entering the PUBLISHING INDUSTRY. Learn about it!

You must have a killer audio book demo to get paying work in this field especially from PUBLISHERS. You also must separate jobs you do on your own in your home studio from voicing for publishers, often in their studios. When you read for publishers, the pay is better and you often don't do the audio engineering. Mostly, they prefer readers in their own studios. The audio book jobs advertised on the online pay to play sites are usually from vanity publishers or the authors themselves or for other reasons...not publishing house jobs. Know the difference. And get used to the fact that audio books usually pay for THE FINISHED AUDIO HOUR. How long will it take you to get one finished audio hour that is perfect? That depends....could be two studio hours could be twenty studio hours with you engineering and voicing it too! Be very cautious on your price bidding.
Bettye Zoller

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  • Jennifer- when you cold called the Publishers Catalogue contacts did you begin the call by asking if they have an audiobook division? Thank you for the tip and congrats on the booking with Brilliance btw.
  • Good morning everyone...I just met a publisher in the last couple of weeks and i have even discussed creating a section in the magazine devoted to audio books this is a magazine publisher with an strong online presence....Bettye the publisher is all ears wanting to know what i offer and i am not quite sure of what do next in the negotiation process HELP......
  • I found the Publishers Catalogue on line.You can break it down to states,which I did, because I decided to stay in my area to begin with, then I went through each publisher and did some cold calling and sending of my materials. I enjoy listening to audiobooks too--you can pick up a lot by listening to other styles and voices.
  • I am interested in this category and just completed my first audio book for a self-publisher. I heard another smart way to research the category and learn about the VO aspects is to listen to the audio books themselves. I suppose this is decent advice, but is it the best way to focus? Seems Bettye's information is more purposeful. Curious what you all think.... ;0)
  • Join the Audio Publishers Association. Attend their annual conference.Surf the web for audio related topics and publishing info. Read Audiofile magazine and visit their site constantly. Listen to narrators online. Get into audio books.
  • It's a good idea to hang around with writers and screenwriters etc. Start moving in writer circles, publisher circles. Attend publishing conferences and events. Mix with those doing what you want to do. That's a good idea no matter what your field of endeavor! Remember that you're entering a new world...the book world, the publishing industry. Start learning about it and start thinking like a publisher.
  • A friend of mine has an audio book on parachuting. He sells it to stores that stock supplies used by those who engage in that sport. This is called a 'niche market.' Another vo friend did an audio book on fly fishing. Same thing. Christian topic? Historical topic? A book on a particular national park could be stocked by that park in the store. See how niche markets work? Think about this for yourself.
  • Bravo to Jennifer here and to everyone who is reporting great progress and winning. Congrats to you all and keep on keeping on!!
  • Hey everybody...several have asked here about the audio book BUSINESS, how one distributes an audio title, etc. I think some of you may know that I owned, with partners, an audio book publishing house for nine years until we dissolved it upon the deaths of two of the partners and other things. It was successful company however.I learned to audio book business from the ground up and I now consult.
  • I am so excited! Brilliance audiobooks are interested in using my voice! Just sent them my demo 5 days ago and they called right back .I was really happily surprised. Let's hope they continue to want to use my voice. ;-)
    I just put up my demo on VU too. Comments and thoughts are always welcome.
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