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Getting started as an Author on ACX:
  1. Confirm you have the audio rights for your book by checking your print book contract
  2. Create a Profile
  3. Find a Producer - Post your book so Producers can audition
  4. Review Auditions from interested Producers
  5. Make a Deal by sending the Producer a Production Offer Page
  6. Get Started - Your Producer will record and upload a 15-minute checkpoint of the audiobook for your review and feedback
  7. Approve the Final Product
  8. Distribute - ACX distributes your audiobook through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes
  9. Promote using the Promote Yourself section
  10. Earn Royalties - You'll receive a monthly digital royalty statement and payment via direct deposit
For more information about getting started as an author, please visit the ACX Education Center
Getting started as an author who narrates:
  1. Make sure your audiobook is ready for upload. Check that your book follows the Audiobook Submission Requirements.
  2. Upload your file. Login to your ACX account and click "Add your title" in the upper right-hand side of the website.
  3. Start promoting! You can check the marketing section of the ACX website for advice on how to start promoting to your fans.
For more information on getting started as an author who narrates, please visit the ACX Education Center.
Getting started as an Agent on ACX:
  1. Confirm that you have the audio rights to the book by checking the contracts.
  2. Create a Profile on ACX
  3. Find Narrators - Post your book so Producers can audition
  4. Review auditions from interested Producers
  5. Make a Deal by sending an offer to a Producer using the Production Offer Page
  6. Check-in after your Producer uploads the 15-minute checkpoint
  7. Approve the final product
  8. Distribute - ACX distributes your audiobook through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes
  9. Promote your title
  10. Earn royalties. You'll receive a monthly digital royalty statement and payment from Audible via direct deposit
For more information on getting started as an agent, please visit our ACX Education Center.
Getting started as a Narrator on ACX:
  1. Create a Profile - sign up on ACX
  2. Upload samples of your work
  3. Choose how you want to get paid - Per-finished-hour rate, 50% share, or both
  4. Audition by searching for books you are interested in and recording a few minutes of the manuscript
  5. Accept the offer
  6. Start recording - record, edit, and upload the 15-minute checkpoint of the audiobook
  7. Work with other studio professionals
  8. Finish the recording. Upload each completed chapter of the audiobook to meet our Audio Submission Requirements and Production Standard Terms.
  9. Get Paid
For more information on getting started as a narrator, please visit our ACX Education Center.
Getting started as a Publisher on ACX:
  1. Confirm that you have the audio rights to the book by checking the book contract
  2. Create a Profile - sign up on ACX
  3. Find Narrators - Post your book so Producers can audition
  4. Review auditions from interested Producers
  5. Make a deal by sending an offer to a Producer via the Producer Offer Page
  6. Check-in after your Producer uploads the 15-minute checkpoint
  7. Approve the final product
  8. Distribute - ACX distributes your audiobook through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes
  9. Promote your title
  10. Earn royalties. You'll receive a monthly digital royalty statement and payment from Audible via direct deposit
For more information on getting started as a publisher, please visit our ACX Education Center.
Getting started as a Studio Pro on ACX:
  1. Create a Profile - sign up on ACX
  2. Upload samples to show off work that you've done
  3. Assess jobs that Narrators or other Studio Professionals contact you about.
  4. Do the work - Complete the project per your agreement with the Narrator or Rights Holder
  5. Get Paid
For more information on getting started as a Studio Pro, please visit our ACX Education Center.
Audiobooks uploaded to ACX must adhere to the following requirements
The ACX Quality Assurance team may reject titles that do not meet these standards, and their retail release may be delayed. The following requirements help ensure customers get a great listen.
To receive monthly payments from Audible, we require that you submit valid local taxpayer identification from the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland, as well as banking information for a bank in one of these countries.
Visit the link below to update your bank information:
Creating a profile on ACX is simple and free! Please go to ACX.com and click "Sign Up Now" to get started, or click the link below to create your account:
For more information, please visit our Help Center
To receive monthly payments from Audible, we require that you submit valid local taxpayer identification from the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland, as well as banking information for a bank in one of these countries.
Payments for your Audiobook earnings will be provided monthly by Audible.com, with a statement of royalties, and will be delivered by direct deposit or a check in the US, or by direct deposit only in the UK, Canada, or Ireland.
Visit the link below update your tax information:
For more information on completing the tax interview, please visit our Help Center
We ask the Producer to provide the first 15 minutes because we want all parties to agree on the project's direction. This is the opportunity to make sure both parties agree on major character voices, accents, pacing, tone, and pitch. The 15-minute upload offers a key check-in point, as this sample should be a representation of the final audio you will upload for the full production.
For more on the first 15 minutes checkpoint, please visit our Help Center.
After an audiobook is submitted as complete, the project will be reviewed by our Audio team who will check to ensure the book meets ACX Audio Submission Requirements.
The team of Quality Assurance Engineers tests each title; if they find any errors they will reach out to request changes. This review process is typically 5-7 business days. In total, it can take 10-14 business days for an audiobook to be released.
The retail audio sample used on Audible and Amazon is a short preview of your Audiobook. A great sample will show off your material and attract paying customers!
To pick a strong sample, follow these guidelines:
  • The sample must start with narration, not credits or music.
  • The sample must not contain any explicit material.
  • Select a compelling excerpt that you feel will do a good job of selling the book.
  • The sample should be anywhere from one to five minutes long.
  • Consider using the beginning of the book as your sample. It's often the best set-up and might be the simplest, most effective way to intrigue a listener.
  • If the book is erotic, please do your best to choose a clean but romantic excerpt.
The sample is chosen by the Rights Holder but uploaded by the Producer, so it is beneficial to work together on the selection.
Note: iTunes automatically uses the first five minutes of the book as their sample.
There are many factors that go into the audiobook approval process; but it usually takes around 10-14 business days, assuming that all audio, technical, and artwork meets our submission requirements.
Once an audiobook is approved by a Rights Holder it is sent to our QA Team who checks the complete audio for the technical specifications like; noise floor, volume, spacing, etc. This process usually takes 3-5 business days. If they find any concerns or missing items in the audio, the project will be unlocked and sent back to the Rights Holder and Producer to make the necessary changes and submit the title again once completed.
If the audio checks out with no issues, the QA Team will approve it and it will move along to be prepared for retail. The Metadata Team prepares the title for each retailer and sends the audio to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes for release. This last piece of the process usually takes around 7 business days.
The key to the speediest review and release? Ensure that all of your audio and artwork meets our specifications before submitting the title. If a title is unlocked for changes, the review process starts from the beginning upon re-approval.
To upload audio to ACX:
  1. Click Projects at the top of ACX.com. You may be asked to log in.
  2. Select the In Production tab.
  3. Locate the title you are working on and click the name of the title in blue.
  4. From the Produce Audiobook tab, you will see the options to upload the audio files.
To upload the manuscript on ACX:
  1. Click Projects at the top of ACX.com. You may be asked to log in.
  2. Select the In Production tab.
  3. Locate the title you are working on and click the name of the title in blue.
  4. From the Produce Audiobook tab, you will see the option to upload the manuscript.
By default, Audible.com will automatically show Amazon reviews on the Audible profile of each audiobook. In addition to that, you can also add up to 3 critic reviews to your product description. Please make sure that the reviews come from critics, not customers, and that they are for the audiobook.
If you would like to add the critic reviews, please send them using the email channel below.
By default, Audible.com will automatically show Amazon reviews on the Audible profile of each audiobook. In addition to that, you can also add up to 3 critic reviews to your product description. Please make sure that the reviews come from critics, not customers, and that they are for the audiobook.
If you would like to add or remove any critic reviews, please send them using the email channel below.
Please email us to request edits to your series view. If you need to add an audiobook to an existing series page, please provide the title along with its number in the series. We will have our Metadata team add the title. You can request that we remove or edit a series using the same process
At this time, we only change categories for the Audible website. Typically a title will be listed in the same category on the Amazon website if it is offered.
If the Audible category is not available on the Amazon website, then it will be placed in a similar category at the retailer's discretion. To check the categories available for Audible, please click here.
Please indicate in your email which categories from the list above you would like to add/remove.
We can add a single PDF to accompany your audiobook. At this time we are only able to accept PDF files that are 10 MB or under.
If you'd like to include a PDF that meets the size requirement, please send it as an attachment using the email channel below. At that time please confirm if you'd like the PDF to be available on the publisher's summary before purchase or in a customer's library after purchase.
While you can create bundles of individual audiobooks, there are certain rules that must be followed.
For more information on bundling content, click here.
Both the title and author(s) data listed on ACX is automatically pulled from the existing Amazon listing. If the data is off when you look at ACX, it is because that is how it read when you claimed it from Amazon. These can only be edited by the ACX team after an audiobook is submitted as complete. When the title is completed, please email the new name to request the change using the email channel below.
Both the title and author(s) data listed on ACX is automatically pulled from the existing Amazon listing. If the data is off when you look at ACX, it is because that is how it read when you claimed it from Amazon. These can only be edited by the ACX team after an audiobook is submitted as complete.
When the title is completed, please send the new name to request the change using the email channel below.
If the book is live we will need to have our Metadata team make this change for you. Please send us the details about the change using the email channel below.
Please send your new cover to us using the email channel below. Changes to the cover on a live audiobook can take up to three weeks to complete.
Note: Please ensure the cover art meets the following requirements listed in the Official Audible Cover Art Requirements PDF.
Additionally, we ask that you attach the updated cover art to the email form below.
If the book is live we will need to have our Metadata team make this change for you. Please send us the details about the change using the email channel below.
If the book is live we will need to have our Metadata team make this change for you. Please send us the details about the change using the email channel below.
In order to update your description, please send the new description to us using the email channel below. Once received, we will forward it to our Metadata team for processing. When you send the description, please ensure it's no greater than 2,000 characters and spaces.
If the book is live we will need to have our Metadata team make this change for you. Please send us the details about the change using the email channel below.
ACX is introducing a new way to distribute audiobooks through the Audible Romance Package - a binge-worthy selection of Romance books that will include the following benefits:
  • Subscribers can choose from thousands of titles in the Romance Package, no credits needed.
  • You earn from the first minute your audiobook is listened to and get paid for your share of total minutes listened.
  • Enrollment automatically makes your audiobook eligible for consideration in the Romance Package and similar distribution opportunities.
  • Your audiobook will appear in hand-curated romance categories alongside best-selling and original audiobooks from Robyn Carr, Kristin Ashley, Sawyer Bennett and more!
For answers to all your questions about the Romance Package, please click here.
Through the new Bounty Referral Program, earn up to $75 each time a new Audible listener becomes a member using your referral link, in addition to any royalties earned from the sale of your audiobook. Customize your referral links to refer traffic from your marketing campaigns to Audible.com, Audible.co.uk, Audible.fr, and Audible.de, and there are no limits to the number of bounties you can earn through the Bounty Referral Program. Plus, you can track usage of your referral links through an enhanced Bounty Dashboard to see which promotion works best.
Changing the distribution rights to your Audiobook depends on the payment and distribution options you selected. If the Audiobook was completed as a Pay-for-Production deal or a DIY project, the distribution rights can be changed from Exclusive to Non-exclusive after it has been on sale in stores for one year.
Email us using the channel below to request changes to your distribution agreement.
In order to transition the title, we will need the new Rights Holder to have an ACX account registered as a Rights Holder (author, publisher, or agent), with tax information validated on the account. Submit the information below via the form on the next page, from the email addresses associated with your accounts.
If you have a rights reversion notice that you can provide, that would be ideal as well. The email will need to include the following information from both parties:
  • Title of Book(s):
  • Original Rights Holder Name:
  • Original Rights Holder Email Address for ACX Account:
  • New Rights Holder Name:
  • New Rights Holder Email Address for ACX Account:
  • Request:
Once received by both parties, our teams will begin the process of moving the titles to the new account. Please understand that this change requires significant work on our end. Although we don't have an estimated timeline available for its resolution, we will work to make the changes as quickly as possible.
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.
For more information on payments, please click here.
Promo codes are available to ACX users in good standing upon request. Codes will only be sent to the Rights Holder of the audiobook who select exclusive distribution, and the narrator if the book was done through a Royalty Share deal.
Narrators who produce an Audiobook through ACX can have AFTRA H&R contributions made on their earnings. However, not all projects will qualify.
To qualify for contributions, the project must be either a Pay For Production deal that pays $250 per finished hour or more.
If your project qualifies, and you want AFTRA H&R contributions made on your behalf on your earnings, simply click the button Accept with AFTRA H&R when you accept an Offer to produce an Audiobook. Contributions based on your earnings will then be sent to the AFTRA H&R Funds. If there is a stipend associated with the project, you will need to select that contributions should be made for that stipend payment within the invoice.
Please see the ACX Payment Conditions for Certain Producers for complete terms.
If you need to dissolve a contract before the audiobook has been published for sale, this can be done if all parties mutually agree to the end the agreement. Each party would have to send a request to end production to info@acx.com.
For more information, please click here.
To remove your Audiobook from the ACX website, follow the steps below:
  1. While logged into your ACX account click on Projects.
  2. Go to the Open for Auditions tab and click on the name of your book in blue.
  3. Select the Auditions tab.
  4. At the bottom, please click on Stop receiving auditions.
  5. When prompted, select Yes to remove the book.
  6. This will put your title into Rights Not Posted and will no longer be publicly viewable.
If you wish to completely remove it from your account, or if your audiobook is not open for auditions, proceed through these next steps:
  1. Please click on Projects at the top of the page.
  2. Find the book in the Title Not Posted tab.
  3. To the right of your book, please click on Remove this book from ACX.
Audible attempts to apply the Whispersync for Voice feature to all eligible books as they become available. Usually, this is approximately 30 business days after the title releases. Normal processing times vary, and titles that fail to pass our sync quality standards experience longer processing times while we investigate the issue.
Once your eligible title goes live it will be added to the queue of titles awaiting processing, in which we sync the matching Kindle book to your Audiobook. There are a number of reasons why your title may not already be enabled, including but not limited to technical challenges and discrepancies between the Kindle and Audiobook content.
Note: At this time, audiobooks purchased through Amazon.ca are not eligible for the Whispersync for Voice program.
While we cannot guarantee that your book will be enabled for Whispersync for Voice, you may send a request to our processing team for more information by emailing info@acx.com.
For more information on Whispersync for Voice, please visit our Help Center.
For any other questions or for more information, please visit our Help Center or contact us using the channels below.

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