What I Have Learned From Producing Audio Books (plus some tips and tricks)

Adam Rothstein
3 min readJun 3, 2021
A microphone in front of a computer screen

Over the past year, I have produced several audiobooks. There is just something intriguing to me about telling a story and recording my voice. Writing a script and recording the audio for it can be difficult. You will run into issues when you are producing your first audiobook.

Once you are knowledgeable enough in the production of audiobooks, it’s time to market and sell. The best place that I recommend you go to sell your audiobooks is Findaway Voices. Findaway Voices is a distribution platform that helps you distribute your audiobook across 41 different audiobook players. On Findaway Voices, you can collect royalties, decide which outlets you want to distribute your audiobook on and how much you want to charge.

The editing process takes the most amount of time. If there is too much background noise, I will have to reread that portion of the script and delete the previous segment. Once everything sounds correct, the next step is getting the decibel rate up to par. Depending on where you are distributing your audiobook, it may be different from some of the others. Also, you will need to keep the audio levels consistent, unless you have a shocking moment, quiet moment, or the audiobook requires those spikes to draw in the listener.

Be sure to divide your audiobook into sections, especially if it’s a chapter book. Most distributors only allow up to two hours of an audio segment per file. If your audiobook is longer than this, you will need to divide your s. You will also need to provide an opening segment and a closing segment regardless of how long your audiobook is.

Some tips before you read your script:

1) Stay Hydrated:

A glass of water before recording is crucial if you want to avoid the ‘Tongue Ticks’. The tongue ticks are pronunciations of ‘T’ words when your mouth is dry. These can also be words that require you to put your lips together. Drink at least one full glass before you read your script.

2) Positioning of your microphone:

Keep your microphone 3 to 5 inches away from your mouth. That will help keep your audio levels consistent, and it will also help prevent you from rubbing up against the microphone.

3) Preset your studio:

Unless you are recording in a studio, you will need to set up a place to record at home. When you record in a closet with carpet is the optimal type of room for recording your audiobook. It helps reduce background noise and insulate the sound.

Leave the door slightly ajar. You want to let some airflow into your closet. Turn off your fans to reduce background noise. Also, get an iPad. You do not want the sound of pages turning in your audio segments. By having an iPad, you can scroll through the book with no background noise.

The most important takeaway that I have learned from all of this is that I have found a new way to get my message out. My goal now is to teach other people how to do this. If you would like some assistance on how to do this, then I would like to help. Just click this link to get started.