I wrote a post a while back about getting an audio book approved by ACX, but the story doesn’t stop there.
When I wrote my little guide on making audio books in a down-and-dirty fashion, I noted that the book was approved almost immediately. There was one hang-up on the cover art, and one of the files had a dog barking in the background or something, but for the most part, everything was pretty easy. Everything was approved and set to go, and I was waiting for the book to show up on Audible.
I have this thing that I probably picked up while reading about Zen stuff, where I have an extraordinary amount of patience for some things. Apparently, waiting on my audio-book to go live is one of them. I waited 3 months, wondering if Amazon was going through some kind of involved process before putting the book in the store. Turns out, they simply forgot about me.
I called ACX customer service, and Taj answered (sorry if I spelled your name wrong, dude). He’s the same guy that answered the phone last time I called, and he’s a great guy to talk to. I asked him to check up on the status for me, and he let me know that it got lost in the system somehow, but since it was already approved that it shouldn’t take long to get it live. He sent my information to the approval people, and they wrote me an email.
Somehow, one of my original files came up missing. No idea where it went, but it was a pretty easy fix. They had me upload the whole audio-book to a special drop-box, and got it in the system.
I think I mentioned in the other article that I skipped the “the end” chapter, and the guy who was working on it sent me a message letting me know that the file was missing, and what it needed to say. It’s been a while to record it, because I’ve been out in the woods, but I finally got it done and sent it in over the weekend. I’m not sure if it really mattered, because according to audible the book went live on the 11th. I didn’t see it till this morning.
Sorry for all the spammy social media stuff, btw. I get excited about stuff like this.
Anyway, that last chapter is basically “This has been Finish the Damn Book! Written and narrated by Martin McConnell.” That’s it. Pretty easy compared to the 30 hours or so of audio time I spent recording and processing 2 hours of actual book. My mic cable was broken to, so there might be some skippy parts, but it’s way at the end, and I don’t think anyone cares about that part anyway.
Anyway. I’m super excited, but I also wanted to give a tidbit of advice about making sure that your book actually gets in the store after it’s approved. After discussing the matter with Taj, I decided that the best course of action, once you get the approval confirmation, is to wait about 2 weeks, and if you don’t see your book on Audible, then definitely call ACX. Don’t wait 3 months like I did, hoping it will resolve itself, or you will make some extra headaches. For most people, getting the approval is the hard part, which is why I wrote that other post (so you don’t have to spend 30 hours to produce 2 hours of audio like I did). But once you have it, stay on top of where your book is, so people can access it as soon as it’s ready to go.
If you don’t have an audible account, you can get it free when you sign up for one, and save yourself about 7 bucks 🙂 (Yep, I made it cheap, because the message is important, not the money)
So, this 2 part story is finally complete, the book is now available to anyone with a cellphone smartphone gadget thing, and there are no more excuses for you to not finish your damn book 😛 So stop reading blog posts and get crackin’!