Flat rate per finished hour
If you would like to retain all rights and royalties to your audiobook production, then you'll want a flat rate that covers script markup, narration, editing, and possibly also custom vocal effect development. For every finished hour of audio, there is anywhere between four and eight hours of production time. We estimate each finished hour of audio at 10,000 written words, so if your book is 65,000 words, you can expect the audiobook to end up at about 6.5 hours in length, with some minor variance depending on the content. If there's a lot of dialogue, for instance, that tends to slowly add to the finished hour count over the course of the project.
(All rates are for English productions only)
|Non-Fiction with many names, non-English quotations, lists, etc.||Request quote|
|Speculative Fiction (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror)||$450 PFH (includes vocal effects)|
|General Fiction (Romance, Thriller, etc.) <10 hours, <10 characters, up to two accents||$400 PFH|
|General Fiction >10 hours, >10 character voices, multiple accents||$600 PFH|
|Change fee (significant change requests that have previously passed review, or significant new material such as a rewritten chapter, new chapter, or other content that adds substantially to production time that was not accounted for in the initial agreement)||$50 plus additional pay-for-production time at the project's rate|
These rates assume that your manuscript has been professionally proofread and copyedited. It's probably cheaper to outsource this to professional book editors than to have us do it as we go through the production process.
Non-fiction projects that contain many names (especially American names, few of which have predictable pronunciations) and/or foreign language quotations will have to be estimated on a per-case basis. Non-fiction books that rely on a lot of graphics, tables, and lists will have to be abridged.