Indie Authors often choose to hire a production studio to create their audiobook because they want a high quality finished product. They also want to retain their audio rights, and to choose where their audiobook is distributed.
Audiobook production studios like ListenUp, offer full-service production, meaning the cost should include casting and hiring a narrator, engineering, editing, quality control, and mastering. Authors keep all their rights and are included in major decision-making, both on the creative side of things and the business side of things. Creatively, authors are included in the casting process, working with Casting to find the ideal narrator and discussing pronunciation, accents, and voice characteristics.
Authors are sent a selection of Narrators to choose from. When they’ve selected the ones they’re are interested in, we then have these Narrators audition by reading a few pages from your first chapter. Once you’ve picked your narrator, recording begins. Once the recording is finished, authors are provided with the completed audio files to sell as they please. There is usually a 4-6 week turnaround for the whole process.