AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS BUSINESS SURVEY 2015
Respondents' Comments To Question #10:
How Are You Compensated For Your Audiobook Narrations?
Respondents to the VoiceOverXtra Audiobook Narrators Business Survey - 2015 made the following comments to Question 10. For the accompanying article, please click here.
- Each deal is different.
I was supposed to have received a flat
fee for the one audiobook I finished for the client through Voice123 but
never received payment.
- Royalty share sucks. Be sure the author
is sold on promoting his book before committing to read.
- voluntarily read during a radio
broadcast for experience - no $$ comp
- Royalty share but it hasn't paid
much. For the time I put in to it, it
isn't even minimum wage.
- I have done Royalty Share when I began
via ACX in order to build my portfolio. No longer prepared to do this ... so
PFH or Stipend is all I will consider now.
- Unpaid volunteer
A mixture of the above
- No, was doing voluntary audiobooks for
I have done all that I checked.
- However, will no longer agree to only a royalty share.
The only one I haven't had experience
with is stipends.
I started out doing only royalty share
and some stipend and have started to migrate to mostly pfh.
- I've recorded books for Books Aloud, a
charitable organization providing audiobooks at no charge to blind and
disabled. My work was a donation and no cash compensation.
- Through ACX, mainly Royalty Share and
some Stipend plus Royalty. Outside of
- When Library of Congress books, fee
includes self monitoring and corrections
Please note that union rates DO NOT
INCLUDE doing one's own post production.
I would not do audiobooks for a flat fee
only, unless it was over $400/pfh
I want fee per finished hour or stipend
plus royalty, but only royalty share so far.
- While I still receive some payments from
royalty-only books, I no longer accept them.
- PLEASE NOTE for questions 9 and 10: I do not record via ACX. I record (less and
less!) for established companies, and they handle all the post
production. HOWEVER, if I did do ACX,
I would outsource, and would NOT ever do a project for only royalty
share. As a community, OUR ART and our
WORK are being degraded, and we are part of the problem.
- I think the royalty share option on ACX
for many titles is an absolute joke. Some of the self-published authors have
inflated ratings and reviews from their fandom on Amazon, but it does not
translate to units sold. I did a project on royalty share and we've sold 16
- I haven't even sold enough to warrant a check from ACX. The amount of
time I spend recording and editing was surely a net loss for this project.
- I would never ever work for just
royalty. Never again. It is simply too much work.
I did a few ACX titles, but don't do
them anymore because I'm continually cast from a publisher PFH.
- Mostly royalty share, but it certainly
helps if there is a stipend as well.
- Most have been royalty share
- Still trying to "win" pfh
and/or stipend through ACX (where I have so far obtained most of my work).
50/50 split with author on audiobook
- Plus AFTRA P&H.
- On #9 I didn't answer because for both
of my audiobooks the producer who hired me did the editing, and I was not
- SO far I have only done work for royalty
share, but I hope to do work for fees in the future as well.
- Of over 100 books, I have done 2 books
for stipend plus royalty share. All others are pfh.
- +12.5% for health/pension
- Or via the SAGAFTRA Sound Recording
contract, fee per STUDIO hour. At this stage, royalty share is minimal, a pipe
dream. Residual contracts via a Union must be negotiated.
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