Every amazing audiobook is a collaboration between the author and the storyteller (that’s me!) with one goal in mind: creating the best audiobook possible. But before we can start on this exciting, one-of-a-kind journey, I like to confront the elephant in the room so he/she/they can leave and get on with his/her/their own life already. Who wants to be stuck in a room forever with people who just ignore you all day long? Right?
So what do you get when I narrate and produce your audiobook? You get an inciteful, creative and quality performance of your book. I thoroughly read through the book, making notes regarding characters, any accents needed, tone and tone changes, words to be researched for pronunciation and meaning, and any questions I might have for you. If I run into questions that are not obviously answered in the book text, I will contact you to make sure we’re on the same page for pronunciations and approach. You get fully edited, proofed and mastered professional quality publish-ready audio. It will conform to whatever the audio requirements are for you chosen distribution partners.
And, what do I get when I narrate and produce your audiobook? I get that not everyone has the same expectations, goals and resources. For this reason, I negotiate one of three different pricing tiers for each title/series. No matter which tier you choose, you get the same professional product. Each tier includes the book prep/research, narration, editing, proofing, pickups and mastering.
Royalty Share A pure royalty share option means there is no out-of-pocket for you. We share the royalties for sales 50/50 for the life of the audiobook. However, I will accept a royalty share contract only for books that have an Amazon Sales Rank under 50,000*. With a Royalty Share, there may be some restrictions as to how you can distribute the audiobook. The three entities that I work with who can accommodate payouts on a royalty split are ACX, Findaway and Spoken Realms.
*The higher the number, the lower the sales rank. For example a book with a sales rank of 87,000 has a LOWER sales rank than a book with a sales rank of $50,000.
Royalty Share + Reduced PFH Rate (Royalty Share Plus on ACX) If your book’s Amazon Sales Rank is below 50,000*, I request a reduced per-finished-hour (PFH) in addition to the royalty share split. This rate is currently $100 per finished hour. (PFH is the total runtime of the finished audiobook.)
*The higher the number, the lower the sales rank. For example a book with a sales rank of 87,000 has a LOWER sales rank than a book with a sales rank of $50,000
Flat Rate Production* (no royalty share) If you’d rather, you can pay for the production up front. With this option, you keep all royalties from the audiobook sales. My rate is $300 per-finished-hour of audio. Unless we are working through a portal such as ACX or Findaway (who will act as intermediaries regarding payment/approval of the work) I ask for a deposit of 50% after you have approved a 15 minute sample of the book, with the rest due once the audiobook is completed.
*You can calculate the approximate runtime of your book by dividing the total word count by 9,300. For example, a 50,000 novel would have a runtime of approximately 5.3 hours.
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"Karen Krause's buoyant tone and gentle pacing carry listeners serenely through an ever shifting universe in the maze of a young girl's subconscious mind." "Whether Krause is imbuing bizarre adversaries with throaty stubbornness, lending humor to talking sheep, or unfolding the details of each intricate challenge, listeners will be glad to have her graceful guidance throughout Annalise's voyage." - Audiofile Magazine