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Introducing Enhanced Listener Navigation for Your Audiobook

Today, you may notice an update to how you create audiobooks on ACX: customizable Chapter Names!

Now, when you start a new project on ACX, you’ll be able to quickly and easily list the parts of the book you want included in your audiobook production as soon as you claim your title. Simply enter the Chapter Names in the new Table of Contents setup page as you want them to appear to your listener in their Audible app, using the “Import from Kindle” button (available for select titles), or copy and paste Chapter Names from your manuscript.

Authors, now you can easily present to your Producer which sections they should include when recording your audio edition, as well as making your final audiobook easy to navigate for your listener. Producers, this will make it easier for you to upload the corresponding audio to the Chapter Names you see in Production Manager.

So how do you make the most of this cool new feature?

Take the time to curate your chapter names. Now that listeners can use these chapter headings to navigate your audiobook in the app, you want to make sure your table of contents makes that navigation as easy and intuitive as possible. Designate the sections of your audiobook accurately, indicating specific sections like the introduction, prologue, or epilogue, and name your chapters for easy discovery. If you are able to import your table of contents directly from the Kindle version of your book, take a moment to carefully review the chapter headings to ensure all desired sections are present and that spelling, grammar, and formatting is consistent throughout. See below for example.

Poorly Formatted Chapter Names
Correctly Formatted Chapter Names

Remove sections that aren’t for audio. If you’ve ever wondered what sections of your book should (and shouldn’t!) be narrated for audio, this moment serves as an opportunity to remove any sections from the list that should not be narrated for the audio edition, such as the table of contents or index and other front or back matter. The chapter headings you provide will be automatically populated in the producer’s view of production manager so they can upload the appropriate audio for each section, so be sure your table of contents only includes the sections you want your narrator to record.

Pay attention to formatting. To make your audiobook appear consistent with other titles and to give the listener the best in-app navigation experience, take the time to attend to formatting. Review our formatting guidelines, and check your chapter names for consistency throughout your audiobook. Adhering to industry-standard styles for your chapter headings will give your audiobook a polished, professional appearance in the Audible app.

Optimizing your chapter names for enhanced navigation is a small way you can make a big difference to your listener’s experience, and we hope you’ll take advantage of it to help your audiobook succeed!

This Week in Links: January 12 – 16

In case you missed the news, we’ve teamed with Audible Studios once again to launch our latest open casting call, which opened this week and runs through January 29. Click here to get all the details on how to submit your audition for a chance to work with Audible’s Grammy award-winning studios and land a contract worth up to $2,700!

For Producers

The Formula for A Voiceover Career – via Rob Marley Voiceover – Rob has two equations that you can put into action to work toward your VO goals.

You Cannot Change The Wind – via vo2gogo – Some nice perspective on the things you can and can’t control in your voice over career.

The Four Voices of Non-Fiction Narration – via SPP Coaching – Narrating non-fiction is a great way to get into the audiobook game.

The Peanuts Kids… Where are They Now? – via Voice Over Herald – Catch up with the voice actors behind some of the most revered children’s cartoon characters.

For Rights Holders

Exclusive Titles Are Helping the Audiobook Business Boom – via Wired – Proof that the audiobook game is getting bigger and better in 2015.

Using Your Personality Type to Make You a Better Writer – via Marcy Kennedy – Advice for looking within to understand what type of writing and publishing will work best for you.

11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description – via Writer’s Digest – Keep these tips in mind as you “breathe life into your characters through description.”

Know Thy Story – via CreateSpace – Richard Ridley on the importance of If you’re  knowing your story and having faith in your plot.