Well that's great, but what does that even mean?
It means that we accept books from many different sources and publish them as one entity. So, we can use our size to get favorable royalty rates and get books from low-volume authors onto big platforms.
We named our publishing company “Author’s Republic” because we felt the current popular audiobook distribution methods were rigid and unfair to authors and we wanted to build an alternative for anyone who wanted it.
We made flexibility, fairness and freedom the three pillars of our business model, and let them guide the direction of our company.
However, keep in mind that shorter books will sell differently than longer audiobooks. Because so much of the audiobook market uses subscription models (where listeners purchase flat-rate credits that can be applied to any book on offer), it can be hard for shorter books to compete against full-length titles at the same price through those distributors.
For maximum success, we encourage bundling titles together into an audiobook collection to offer a more competitive value. You can then submit BOTH the individual titles and the bundle as separate works, allowing you to take advantage of all the different business models our retailers use to sell audiobooks.
In all cases, for Amazon to automatically enable Whispersync on your title, the audio and eBook version must be an almost-perfect word-for-word match. This process can take up to 6 months for the feature to go live.
Amazon won't let us know whether your book has been accepted for Whispersync; however, you can check your book's Amazon page to see if it shows up. If you don't see WhisperSync enabled after 6 months, then it's likely that your book was not approved.
Ultimately, it's Amazon's decision whether they choose to add Whispersync to your book.
Please note that even if you don't request Whispersync, your title may still become Whispersync-enabled if it meets Amazon's criteria. Currently, this cannot be disabled.
There are many options available to you for how to go about producing and selling your audiobook CDs. If you'd like to have CD audiobooks produced to sell in person or online (sell at events, sell to your readers through your website, sell them on Amazon, etc.), we'd recommend working with a preferred partner of ours, Aspen Duplication. They're happy to offer special pricing to all Author's Republic users! Just reference "Author's Republic" to our friend Shane. Below is his contact info:
Aspen Duplication, LLC
Shane Griffin, owner
801-558-2164 or 801-444-2794
At this time, we currently only work with completed audiobooks.
If you haven’t yet created your audiobook, consider checking out our audiobook creation section for some great ideas on how to get started!
Our distributors are divided into groups. Allowing you to have more choice in your distribution.
One group consisting of Amazon, Audible and iTunes and the other being the rest of our retail partners
Each of our partners has unique criteria for the kinds of books they accept, and sometimes, your book won't fit the bill.
If a book is rejected by a distributor, we'll let you know.
It’s possible, but it’s a long and laborious process and we can’t guarantee that all the distributors will be able to adjust your file in a timely manner.
It’s best if you make sure your files, cover and other metadata are correct before uploading.
A) We think you shouldn't be so hard on yourself.
B) We've put some great resources together you might find helpful at our hiring a narrator page.
Sorry, the promotion is all up to you.
Consider this an opportunity to add "Book Marketing Manager" to your resume.
Check out our Promote Yourself section to find some resources on how to do it best.
Yes, but it depends on whether your books are being distributed with a non-exclusive or exclusive agreement with Audible.
If you've got a non-exclusive agreement, you’re all set!
When you add your book onto our platform, all you need to do is make sure the “Amazon/Audible/iTunes” check mark box is unselected.
This will allow you to keep selling your audiobooks through Audible, Amazon and iTunes independently, and we'll sell it everywhere else.
If you've got an exclusive agreement with Audible, you can get in touch with them and ask that your books be distributed under a non-exclusive agreement instead.
Be aware that this may change things like your royalty terms with Audible, so make sure you know what's up. Then, proceed as above. (Note: If you've done a royalty-share agreement when producing your audiobook through Audible, you may not be eligible to change the terms of the agreement.
Ultimately, it will be up to the distributors as to when that change can be pushed live, and it is possible that multiple versions of your book will be available for sale at the same time until everyone has caught up. We recommend avoiding this as best as possible to be sure you know what is on sale and where.
Yes! We will still be able to distribute your audiobook for you.
During the course of our agreement, you won't be able to enter any other distribution agreements (other than your own personal channel of course!).
However, CDBaby, eJunkie, payhip, and gumroad are actually unique from the type of distribution agreement that we have, and are classified as "shopping cart sites", or posting / payment processing sites. So, absolutely yes - you'll be able to sell through them AND Author's Republic!
Your audiobook cover must:
• Include author name and title
• No references to physical (CD) or other media editions
• No CD jewel case, promo stickers, or cellophane
• No offensive material
• No colored borders on the side
• 2400 x 2400 (H x W) minimum
• Must be a perfect square
• File size should be less than 8MB
• 24-bit minimum
• 72 dpi minimum
• RGB (Not CMYK)
• JPG Format
• File name alphanumeric only
We're talking to new distributors all the time and are working on some exciting new relationships in foreign markets that were previously inaccessible to most authors. Score!
Each of our distribution partners reserves the right to decide which titles they'll carry, and have different processes and time frames for making new content available for sale.
When we pay you, we don't hold back any portion of your payment for income tax purposes. This means you're responsible for paying income tax on your earnings to the government of your home country--and we're responsible for proving that you're going to do it. This is the only reason we collect a tax form from you.