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DIY AUDIOBOOK PRODUCTION vs. HIRING A PRO:

What’s the Right Choice?

If you’re contemplating creating an audiobook to boost discoverability, generate income, or expand your following, you’re in the right place.

However, the decision to enlist a professional audiobook producer or handle production yourself hinges on your goals, budget, and resources. Here are some things to think about before hiring a pro.

HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTION

Professional producers have the expertise, experience, and specialized equipment to ensure high audio quality. They understand how to capture and edit audio to meet industry standards, resulting in a polished and professional product.  All audiobook platforms and distributors have specific requirements for the technical specifications and quality of audiobooks they will accept.  Professionals are familiar with these requirements and can help you meet them, increasing the likelihood of successful distribution.

NARRATION SKILLS

Professional audiobook producers possess the skills to help bring your story to life. A well coached narration can enhance the listener’s experience, conveying emotions and character nuances effectively.

TIME AND EFFICIENCY

Producing an audiobook involves numerous tasks, from recording and editing to proofing and mastering. Professionals can efficiently manage these tasks, saving you time and allowing you to focus on your strengths, such as writing or promoting your work.

LEGAL AND LICENSING CONSIDERATIONS

Professionals understand the legal aspects of audiobook production, including rights and licensing. They can guide you through the process of obtaining necessary permissions and licenses for any copyrighted material, ensuring that your audiobook complies with intellectual property laws.

MARKETABILITY AND SALES

A professionally produced audiobook is more likely to be well-received by listeners, leading to positive reviews and increased sales.  The marketability of your audiobook can benefit from the enhanced quality that professionals bring to the production process.

CUSTOMIZATION AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION

Professional producers can work with you to understand the artistic direction you envision for your audiobook. They can provide valuable input, suggest improvements, and collaborate to create a product that aligns with your vision.

AUDIOBOOK INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Professionals are often well-connected in the audiobook industry and can provide insights into market trends, distribution strategies, and promotional opportunities, helping you navigate the audiobook landscape more effectively.

IN SUMMARY

While it may be tempting to produce an audiobook on your own, especially with the availability of recording equipment and software, the benefits of hiring a professional extend beyond technical expertise to encompass overall quality, marketability, and efficiency.  Phase 3 Studios has been producing professional audiobooks for over 20 years.  We have the experience and know what it takes to create a quality audiobook that will engage the listener and meet and exceed the Quality Control specifications of all major audiobook distributors.  Keep in mind, if not done correctly, the distributors will reject the audiobook making it unsuitable for distribution and sales.

Ready to get started?  Contact our Phase 3 Studios Audiobook professionals to get your audiobook started today.

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Let us walk you through the process and bring your book to life.

 

Welcome to Phase 3 Studios, the leading destination for crafting high quality audiobooks for self-publishers. With over fifteen years of experience, our nationwide network of studios provides an inspiring and comfortable atmosphere for nurturing a creative performance.

At Phase 3 Studios, we take the reins of the entire process, seamlessly guiding your audiobook journey from discovering exceptional voice talent, recording, editing, mastering and ultimately, distribution. Our distribution capability includes platforms like Audible, Apple Books, Spotify, Google and many others.

We’ve had the honor of working with multiple New York Times best-selling authors, affirming the trust they place in Phase 3 Studios—a testament to the quality of our services. The opportunity is yours to get started—reach out to us and let’s start the realization of your audiobook dream today!

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How long does it take to create an audiobook?

When we produce an audiobook, we work as efficiently as possible to ensure both a smooth and timely production.  For an average six-hour audiobook, production time is typically between 6 and 8 weeks from first day of record.  This would include recording, editing, proofing, mastering, QC approvals and submission to distributor platforms.  The timeline can also be affected by factors such as casting, talent availability, studio availability and any other unforeseen delays.

I don’t have the funds to do this at the moment. Is there another way or payment options?

As with all business ventures, an initial investment is required and producing an audiobook is no different.  Standard payment terms are 50% at the start and the balance due prior to distribution.  We do accept credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard, and other payment types including Venmo and PayPal.

Plus, the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be able to recoup your investment and start making money with your audiobook.

PRO SOUND RECORDING STUDIO

We provide top quality talent and gear to make your project the best it can be.

NATIONWIDE STUDIO NETWORK

We have studios located across the country for easy access to professional recording.

PUBLISHER APPROVED STUDIO

Top publishers trust us to deliver a quality experience for the author and quality book delivered on-time.

Endless Possibilities. Guaranteed Smoothness.

Three decade’s experience working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, over hundreds of projects. Meticulous attention to detail and an artisan-like approach to our craft set Phase 3 Studios apart. We bring all of that to your audiobook project, no matter how large or small, executed with our signature “guaranteed smoothness”, for award-winning results on your project.

Whatever your audiobook needs may be, Phase 3 Studios has got you covered. We are committed to delivering excellence and exceeding your expectations. Don’t hesitate – give us a call today to embark on your audiobook journey with us!