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9 books eager to begin production — please audition now


Many of you only want to audition for projects that you know are going to begin soon, so here goes…

The titles below are all Pay For Production deals, and the Rights Holders alerted us they are eager to make offers in the next week or so.  If you’re a good candidate, we encourage you to submit an audition.

First Kisses 1: Trust Me (No Longer Available)

A Poisoned Season (No Longer Available)

The Double-Daring Book for Girls (No Longer Available)

The Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson (No Longer Available)

Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay (No Longer Available)

Evil Without a Face

No One Lives Forever                                                                                                                   

A Disgraceful Affair: Stories (Harper Perennial Classic Stories)

Dawnbreaker (Dark Days, Book 3)

We know that many audiobook projects are just sitting there, and you want to know if and when the project is going to be cast.  We are actively working with Rights Holders to get more visibility into when they plan to make offers on their projects.  Stay tuned.

Digital Book World covers ACX

We wanted to alert you about some good coverage for ACX in an article in Digital Book World about Audible and the overall audiobook marketplace.   Check it out here.

The section about ACX is pasted below; it really provides a good summary of what ACX is all about:

“ACX is a marketplace that connects audio rights holders and audio producers. But it’s not just a rights bazaar—it’s a full online production platform that connects remote professionals, allowing them to negotiate upfront payment or royalty share partnerships. Aggressive escalator royalties and new customer bounties give publishers, authors, and producers plenty of incentive to promote their finished audiobook. With ACX marketplace connections and support, more authors will have their books produced, more studios will create audiobooks, and more recordings will be available to a growing audience.

With fewer first serial and book club deals, it’s harder for writers to live on secondary rights. ACX gives entrepreneurial authors a platform to make sure their audio rights are generating revenue. We believe secondary rights to books are held in moral trust, and they are designed to be exploited rather than buried in file cabinets.

We want publishers and authors to unearth hundreds of rights, and we encourage authors to revert unused audio rights so they can post those rights on ACX. Building the overall market of audiobook listeners will benefit everyone—authors, agents, publishers, and book lovers of all stripes.”

Some great ACX titles for you

Here’s a post for all ACX Producers…

Having over a thousand titles listed on ACX can be overwhelming to a lot of you.  Which ones do I audition for?  Where do I start?  To help, below we’re highlighting 21 great titles for you to focus on over the next few days.  The list is divided between Pay For Production and Royalty Share deals.  The Royalty Share titles were handpicked by some folks at Audible for their sales potential, based on a combination of each book’s subject matter, length, and print sales history, as well as the author’s notoriety.

If you (or someone from your stable of narrators, if you’re a studio) would be a good match for the voice needed, please submit an audition.  Some of these Rights Holders will be ready to make offers in the next two weeks, so don’t delay.  Remember that you can only submit one audition per title so please put your best voice forward. Note: based on your helpful feedback, we’ll be improving the audition process soon, allowing narrators to revise their audition and studios to submit multiple auditions.

Pay For Production

Title Author
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life Martin, James
Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation Brown, Tim
How the States Got Their Shapes Stein, Mark
Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One Douglas, Ian
Be Mine Tonight (The Brotherhood of Blood, Book 1) Smith, Kathryn
Semper Human: Book Three of the Inheritance Trilogy Douglas, Ian
Center of Gravity: Star Carrier: Book Two Douglas, Ian
Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences Long, Jeffrey
The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System Gasparino, Charles
Death’s Sweet Embrace: A Dark Brethren Novel O’hara, Tracey



Royalty Share

Title Author
Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind Dispenza, Joe
May Day (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 1) Jess Lourey
Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today (Ft Press Science Series) Clark, David P.
Teaching As Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap Teach For America
Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America Isaac, William M.
Don’t Count on It!: Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism, “Mutual” Funds, Indexing, Entrepreneurship, Idealism, and Heroes Bogle, John C.
Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) James B. South
The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse: A Nancy Clue and Cherry Aimless Mystery (Maney, Mabel) Maney, Mabel
The Essential Laws of Fearless Living: Find the Power to Never Feel Powerless Again Finley, Guy
The Halo Effect (MIRA) Rose, M. J.
Neverland Clegg, Douglas

More lists like this will come, to help you sift through the ever-growing title list on ACX.  Good luck, and happy producing!

Yours truly,

The ACX Team

Online coverage of the ACX launch

Wow… some great coverage of ACX on our first day of launch.  Here are a few select quotes:

“An ambitious new platform designed to both significantly expand the number of published books available in audio and to give rightsholders and audiobook talent a bigger stake in the process. The extensive ACX platform not only facilitates the matchmaking of rightsholders and audiobook talent, it also manages the audiobook creation process online, from auditions files forward.”  –Publishers Marketplace

“ACX is a fairly simple form and plan that seemed to take mere minutes to fill out and yet would provide audiobooks and a new revenue stream for authors of all stripes whose books might not have seemed viable for audio publication previously. For publishing as a whole…it’s a good opportunity.”  –Publishing Perspectives

“This is more than simply an audiobook publication platform. It’s designed to bring together authors (who want to release their books as audiobooks) with the actors, studios and publishers that are needed to make it happen. And it really is designed to recruit all the participants. To manage and protect your business use enterprise cloud solutions:

“Anything which increases the number of audiobooks for those who need or prefer the format is a very good thing, particularly if it allows authors who hold their audio rights to exercise them for fun and profit. [ACX] forces everyone to take a look at how audio rights exist now.”  –Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“I’ve been advocating for a vision of the entire industry as a two-sided marketplace and this is the first comprehensive step in that direction.”  —Richard Nash