Frequently Asked Questions

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Audiobook Distribution

  • Which distributors/retailers will my book be available on?

    You can expect to see your title for sale on: Audiobooks.com, Audible, iTunes, Amazon, Scribd, Downpour, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Overdrive (libraries), Hoopla (libraries), 3M (libraries), Baker & Taylor (libraries), TuneIn, and AudiobookStore.com. 

    Currently, we distribute to over 50 retail platforms, library channels, and music streaming services. Check out Our Partners page to learn more.

    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 will carry, and have different processes and time frames for making new content available for sale.

  • Do you distribute eBooks?

    No.

  • I have a deep dislike of one or more of your distributor partners. Do I have to list my book with all of them?

    Nope!

    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.

  • Can you guarantee that my book will be accepted by every distributor?

    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.

  • How long will it take for my audiobook to become available through all the distributors/platforms?

    Once a book has moved through the Author’s Republic approval process, it needs to be approved by individual distributors and platforms with their own processes. Once it’s in the hands of our partners, it can be available for purchase as quickly as five business days or as long as sixty. Keep your eyes peeled for your audiobook on each platform!

  • I'm already selling audiobooks through Audible. Can I distribute my audiobooks with your other retail partners using Author's Republic?

    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.

     
  • If I need to push through a significant update to my project, is it possible to send this change to distributors?

    When it comes to content updates for your audiobook, we will be able to send new audio files / meta data / cover art etc. to our retailer partners if it is within reason and a significant change.

    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 much as possible.

  • I'm already selling audiobooks through a site like CDBaby, eJunkie, payhip, or gumroad. Can I still distribute my audiobooks through Author's Republic?

    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!

  • When will I know if my audiobook is listed for sale on all retailer websites?

    We are not notified when your audiobooks are listed on each retailer's website; we can only tell you when it was distributed to them. Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from five to sixty business days for our partners to list your audiobook. But this can vary between retailers.

    If you do not see your audiobook for sale on a specific retailer's website after sixty days, please contact us and we will follow up for you.

  • If I produce my book with Author’s Republic, how can I access distribution?

    Once your audiobook is completed through The Author’s Republic Studio, it will automatically be placed under the distribution tab (My Audiobooks>Distribution Audiobooks).

    From here you can review your cover art, audiobook description, and other metadata to ensure everything is perfect and submit your project for distribution.

Audiobook Narration

  • How do I join The Author’s Republic Studio roster?

    Register for your free account, complete your unique Author’s Republic audio sample, your narrator profile, and account information. We’ll review your profile once it has been submitted and get back to you within 3-5 business days.

    Narrators must have a proven track record for quality audio, access to a studio (at home or otherwise), and the ability to edit and master audio files to our retail-ready standards.

  • Do you handle SAG-AFTRA contracts?

    We will in the very near future. As soon as we have additional information, we’ll be sure to let you know.

  • How do auditions work?

    Rights holders can choose to make projects visible in the Studio Marketplace, and/or privately request custom auditions from their favourite narrators.

    As a narrator, you can explore the Studio Marketplace and audition for projects that suit your talents, or wait for an email from a rights holder.

  • I’ve been invited to audition for a project, but the listed budget doesn’t match my desired PFH rate, what should I do?

    If you’d like to audition for the role, you can submit your desired per finished hour rate with your audition. From there, you and the rights holder can negotiate an ideal rate via the messaging box.

    If you do not wish to audition for the role, you can decline the audition request under the “My Auditions” tab.

  • I’m an author and a narrator, can I distribute books through Author’s Republic?

    Absolutely! Within your account you can toggle between the author and narrator dashboard view (“Switch to Author” by using the drop down in the top right corner). If you decide you’d like to distribute audiobooks of your own through Author’s Republic you can use the same account.

  • As a narrator will I be responsible for providing retail-ready audio files?

    Yes, as the producer of the audiobook, narrators are responsible for uploading the retail-ready audio files. If you hire an audio editor, please work that fee into your PFH rate.

    Check out this blog post for detailed information on audio requirements

  • Do my personal samples have to meet retail-ready audio requirements?

    Your personal samples do not have to meet the retail-ready audio requirements.

    Personal sample tracks must be between 0:30-6:00 minutes long and in mp3 format.

  • Do I have to complete the ‘Little Women’ Sample track?

    The excerpt from Little Women is currently required for all narrators who apply to join The Author's Republic Studio roster. It won’t be included as a demo that authors can listen to (unless you select it as your featured sample).

    The purpose of this is to ensure that all narrators who sign up can produce audio that is up to our retailers specifications.

  • What should my per finished hour rate include? 

    Your per finished hour rate should include everything it takes to create retail-ready audio files. (studio fees if applicable, time spent recording, hiring an editor and/or proofer etc.)

Audiobook Production

  • What format does my ebook need to be in?

    In order to produce your audiobook through The Author’s Republic Studio, you’ll need an EPUB or PDF file of your ebook to upload for the narrator.

  • Can you help me find a narrator?

    Yes!

    We’ve curated a roster of professional audiobook narrators with beautiful voices. The Author’s Republic Studio allows you to effortlessly request auditions and hire a narrator to produce your audiobook.

    Register for your free account to discover the perfect voice for your work or check out the how it works page to learn more.

  • What is The Author’s Republic Studio?

    The Author’s Republic Studio is an audiobook creation platform with a curated narrator marketplace to enable self-published authors and publishers to effortlessly create, launch, and distribute their audiobooks to millions of listeners around the globe.

  • How much does it cost to produce an audiobook with The Author’s Republic Studio?

    The cost of a 6 hour audiobook produced by a professional audiobook narrator can range anywhere from $900 to $2,500 and beyond ($150 - $400 Per Finished Hour).

    The cost of production will depend on the length of your audiobook and the payment structure the author and narrator decide on. It is estimated that a narrator will read at an average rate of 9300 words per hour (155 words per minute). Based on that estimation a 50,000 word transcript will work out to about 5.4 hours of finished audio.

    Author’s Republic does not take any administration fees and there are no hidden percentage cuts. Your production budget goes directly to producing your audiobook.

  • How can I get my title made into an audiobook?

    We now offer virtual audiobook production through The Author’s Republic Studio!

    Register for your free account to explore our curated roster of professional audiobook narrators, or check out the how it works page to learn more.

  • What goes into a narrator’s per finished hour (PFH) rate? 

    Narrators are typically paid on a per finished hour basis. This will include everything it takes to create professional retail-ready audio files including:

    • Meticulous time spent researching and reading through your transcript before recording
    • Studio fees if applicable (though many narrators now record in a home studio)
    • Time spent recording
    • Pickups (Re-recording any mispronounced words or errors)
    • Hiring someone to edit, proof, and master the final files
    • Uploading the final retail-ready files

    Each finished hour of audio typically takes around 3+ hours of work. That means that a 10 hour audiobook may take 30+ hours of actual work to complete.

General

  • What is Author's Republic?

    Author’s Republic offers professional audiobook production and global distribution.

    The Author’s Republic Studio is an audiobook creation platform with a curated narrator marketplace for authors and publishers to effortlessly produce and distribute audiobooks that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

    Our extensive distribution portal delivers your audiobooks to over 50 retail channels, library platforms, and music streaming services. As the world’s widest audiobook distribution network, Author’s Republic ensures that the work of self-published authors is distributed everywhere great audiobooks are sold!

  • Is Author’s Republic a vanity publisher?

    Nope. You’ll never pay a listing fee, a submission fee, a review fee, or a referral fee.

  • Why did you call your company "Author’s Republic"?

    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.

  • Can I make changes to my audiobook once it’s been submitted?

    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.

  • I’m a publisher. Can I use Author’s Republic to distribute my catalogue?

    Yes! Get in touch with us at info@authorsrepublic.com and we’ll talk about special solutions for high-volume uploaders.

  • Will you promote my book for me?

    Sorry, the promotion is all up to you. Consider this an opportunity to add "Book Marketing Manager" to your resume.

    Check out The Author’s Republic Blog for our ‘Promote Yourself’ resources.

  • Are there minimum length requirements for audiobooks I submit to Author's Republic?

    Nope! We accept books of all durations, from a 3-minute children's book to an epic 40-hour novel.

    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.

  • Can I get my audiobook enabled for Amazon's Whispersync?

    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.

  • Will you make my audiobook on CDs?

    We're the best in the biz at digital audiobook distribution, but because of the direction of market growth, we're not involved with CD audiobook production/distribution. So, you're free to make any arrangements you like to produce and distribute your audiobook on CD.

    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
    shane@aspenduplication.com

  • Can you send me the final audiobook file?

    We don’t actually assemble an “audiobook file”, we supply the MP3s, covers and metadata you provide us to the retailers and they upload them into their system in a way that makes them accessible to users. When a user listens to your title they are merely accessing the same files you provided off of that retailer’s servers, in some cases streaming them and in other cases downloading the files into the retailer’s application for playback.

  • Is Author’s Republic really free to use?

    Yes.

Money Talk

  • How much money will I make?

    You'll receive 70% of what your audiobook earns across over 50 channels, including all major distributors such as Audible, Audiobooks.com, and iTunes.

  • Can I set the price of my book?

    You can enter an MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price) when you submit your book, but not all distributors will take it into account. Some offer fixed pricing (like a flat price for a credit) or price books automatically based on length. Need more information about setting your MSRP? Check out the blog post.

  • How (and how often) will I get paid?

    We'll deposit any royalties we've collected for you into your PayPal account on a monthly basis once you've accumulated $10.00 or more in any given monthly pay period. Direct deposit is also available to US-based authors with 10 or more titles.

    Our distribution partners all have unique schedules for sending royalties to us. Some will pay us within 30 days of the previous month's end; some will pay us 30 days after the previous quarter. Regardless, every month, we'll send you any royalties we've collected in your name.

  • I don’t have a PayPal account.

    No problem! They’re free and easy to create.

    If you have a US bank account, direct deposit is also an option.

    Contact customer service at info@authorsrepublic.com, to get ACH payments set up.

  • What are the income tax implications of getting paid from Author's Republic?

    When you sign up for an account, in the payment information section, you'll be able to fill out a tax form and save it to your account.

    Depending on your country, we won't hold back any portion of your payment for income tax purposes. This means in some cases you are 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.

Technical Requirements

  • What are the audio requirements I need to meet to submit my audiobook?

    The requirements will change depending on which distributors you want to sell your book for you.

    If you are distributing through our full list of distribution partners, your audio files must meet the following criteria:

    1. Consistent in overall sound and formatting.
    2. Audiobook must be comprised of all mono, or all stereo files.
    3. Audiobook must include opening and closing credits, in separate tracks.
    4. Audiobook must be narrated by a human. Text-to-speech recordings are not allowed.
    5. Each uploaded file must contain only one chapter or section.
    6. Each uploaded file must be no longer than 80 minutes. Files longer than 80 minutes are not supported.
    7. Each uploaded file must contain a section or chapter announcement at the beginning of the audio file.
    8. Each uploaded file must have between 0.5 and 1 second of room tone at the head, and between 1 and 5 seconds of room tone at the tail of each track.
    9. Each uploaded file must be free of extraneous sounds such as plosives, mic pops, mouse clicks, excessive mouth noise, and outtakes.
    10. Each uploaded file must measure between -23dB and -18dB RMS.
    11. Each uploaded file must have peak values no higher than -3dB.
    12. Each uploaded file must have a noise floor no higher than -60dB RMS.
    13. Each uploaded file must be 192kbps.
    14. Each uploaded file must be 44.1 kHz.
    15. Each uploaded file must be in MP3 file format.
    16. Each uploaded file must be in Constant Bit Rate (CBR)
    17. Each uploaded file must be no larger than 170MB. Files larger than 170MB are not supported.
    18. Metadata, Cover Art and Opening Tracks must all contain the same information.

    Learn more information about audio requirements here.


    Don't worry - If you run into any trouble, we are a always a quick email away at info@authorsrepublic.com

  • What are the cover art requirements?

    We ask for the following image specifications so that your work will be accepted by all of our partners:

    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

    Learn more information about cover art requirements here.