Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you do rush jobs?

Short of speeding up our recording software to sound like a chipmunk, we will do everything in our power to accommodate a deadline. Please let us know this in your initial inquiry.

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How much is this going to cost me?

It all depends on the length of your book, and the type of distribution you’re interested in. For example, if your book is 50,000 words long and you want to distribute this audiobook yourself, production costs will be $400 per finished hour. Your 50,000 word book equals about 5 hours of finished audio, so $400 X 5 = $2000. If, on the other hand, you want us to distribute your audiobook for you, production costs will be $200 per finished hour, so you’ll pay $1000 upfront, and you’ll receive 50% of all money we are paid for the sale of your audiobook! If you want world-wide distribution as a digital download and as an MP3 CD, available through such reputable sites as iTunes, Amazon and Chapters, you’ll want our best distribution package, so add another $400 to your tab, and you’ll have an audiobook that’s available around the world!

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What about artwork?

It’s included! Often, audiobook artwork matches the printed publication, but if you need original artwork, we will provide it at no extra cost!

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How much can I make by selling my audiobooks through West Voice Audioworks?

If you choose to have us distribute your audiobook, our on-line store will sell it for a suggested retail price, based on the length of your audiobook. We will give you 50% of all the money we are paid for sales of your audiobook. So if we sell your book for, say, $24, we will give you 50%, or $12, of every sale of your audiobook. If you choose to distribute your audiobook through our more than 40 on-line affiliates, like iTunes and PureTracks, we will give you 50% of all money we are paid for the sale of your audiobook through these sites.

For example, if iTunes retails your audiobook for $24, they will take a commission for every audiobook they sell, and then they will give us the rest of the revenue. We will give you 50% of whatever that dollar amount is they give us. Each affiliate charges slightly different commissions, so we won’t be able to give you an accurate dollar amount until our distribution contracts are setup for your audiobook. The wider the distribution net you cast, the greater the number of audiobooks you have the potential to sell.

Here at West Voice Audioworks, we are in the business of audiobook production, not marketing. How well you can get the word out there about your audiobook will be a big factor in helping drive sales of your audiobook.

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Who owns the rights to my audiobook?

West Voice Audioworks retains only the rights to the audiobook recordings that we make. You keep all other rights to your work.

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So are you a “vanity press” then?

We provide a service to authors and publishers who believe they have a manuscript or book that is worthy of being listened to as well as read. If we disagree, we will let you know. Our audiobook team is qualified in the world of literature as well as voice work, so we feel quite confident that all the audiobooks we produce deserve to be listened to!

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How did you get involved in audiobook production?

Our team at West Voice Audioworks is made up of an English Literature major, a qualified teacher, a former member of the book publishing world, and a voice actor. We couldn’t really think of anything else we could do together.

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How will my finished audiobook be available for sale?

There are two formats your audiobook could be sold as: MP3 download, and MP3 CD.

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What is MP3?

MP3 is a form of compression. It allows the storage of greater amounts of audio in smaller files. MP3 compression recognizes that the human ear cannot hear all the audio frequencies of a recording. MP3 files are CD quality compressed recordings that occupy roughly one tenth to one twelfth less file space than the equivalent CD format WAV/AIFF file. This is achieved by filtering out frequencies not detected by the human ear. When encoding a file into MP3 format, a variety of compression levels can be set. For instance, an MP3 created with 128 Kbit compression will be of a greater quality and larger file size than that of a 56 Kbit compression, thus the more the compression level decreases, the lesser the sound quality. MP3 files can be burned onto CDs or played from computer hard drives and MP3 players such as the iPod.

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What are the advantages of MP3 downloads?

Downloading MP3 files directly from the internet is quicker than waiting for the CD to come in the mail. It is also cheaper! If you use a portable MP3 player such as the iPod, you can transfer files downloaded to your computer directly from your computer to your player without the need of CDs. Alternatively, you can also burn the files to a regular CD to play in a CD player.

Audiobook titles are much longer than most music titles. The size of files for downloading are therefore also much larger. Patience is required for downloading MP3 audiobook titles and a broadband internet connection is advised.

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What are the advantages of MP3 CDs?

MP3 CDs are a dramatic improvement over audio CDs for the spoken word and audiobook listener. MP3 CDs can hold many more hours of listening on a single CD than the traditional audio CD. The increased storage capacity of MP3 CDs mean reduced storage requirements and ease of use while driving. You can take more hours of listening in the car or in your suitcase and use less storage space at the same time. But you must have an MP3 compatible device to play them on. MP3 compatible devices include CD players that are labeled as MP3 compatible, most computers and most DVD players.

For those using portable MP3 players such as the iPod, MP3 CDs are the perfect way to archive their listening. MP3 CDs as archives allow you to make space for other files on your player without losing access to the deleted files in the future.

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Can I read my own book?

We believe you’ll be happier with your finished audiobook if you let one of our trained readers narrate it for you. However, if you’re a professional voice actor and live on Vancouver Island, we’ll talk about it!

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What if I want to publish my manuscript as a regular book too?

We can help you there too! We are partnered with an established independent book publisher who will take your manuscript through the process of publishing a traditional book. Then you will be published in both print and audio! Ask us for more details.

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So what exactly is it you do?

At West Voice Audioworks, we produce high quality audiobooks from fully edited books or manuscripts, published or not, provided by authors or book publishers. We distribute these audiobooks worldwide as digital downloads and MP3-CDs.

How does the process work?

Well, first, you need to get in touch with us. Let us know the length of your book, and we can quickly give you an estimated cost, with or without distribution. Once we have your book or manuscript, we will record a sample of your work for you to listen to and approve. If you’re not happy with something - the voice we’re using, the style of the read - we’ll be happy to accommodate your suggestions or concerns. Once you’re completely satisfied with the sample, we’ll require a 15% deposit, and we’ll get started on your audiobook!

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How long will it take?

Once you’ve approved our sample of your work, it should be completed within 4-8 weeks.