For A Good First Impression With Audiobook
Producers, Share Your Audible 'Customer Rating'
April 7, 2015
By Karen Commins
Voice Actor & Audiobook Narrator/Publisher
Audiobook publishers and producers look for and listen to a narrator's work on Audible.com.
Here's a tip about controlling the presentation of your work to ensure you make a good first impression.
Share the link to your Audible titles sorted by Customer Rating, not the Audible default option of Relevance.
I link to my Audible titles everywhere I can and include it in my email sig line. If I just send people to Audible, my titles will be shown in order of Relevance.
"Relevance" is actually showing the order of the books in terms of those most recently purchased. When you sort by Relevance, the first book that shows up is the current hottest seller.
In my case, my hottest seller these days is one that is associated with a permafree ebook. It's one of my earliest audiobooks. It's not my best-rated book, and it has the most negative (both in numbers and vitriol) listener comments of all of my books.
In short, this book is not a true reflection of my current skills or listener enjoyment. Why would I want prospects to click on it first and perhaps form the wrong impression of me?
Instead, if I change the sort to Customer Rating, my highest rated books will show up first. My hottest seller will change. My new releases will change. Even my ratings will change.
However, linked this way, I know that people will always see my best-rated books FIRST.
Karen Commins is a voice actor based in Atlanta specializing in narrations, e-learning modules and audiobooks. With over two decades of experience as an information technology professional, she is a subject matter expert in performing technical scripts about computer-related topics. She records in a soundproof studio and writes A VOICE Above The Crowd, an insightful and entertaining blog about working and marketing oneself in the voice over profession.
Web & Blog: www.KarenCommins.com
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