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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Oct 22, 2019

On Oct 17, 2019, Mark Lefebvre and Kevin Tumlinson from Draft2Digital hosted a live webinar "Ask Us Anything" Q&A about audiobooks, relaying questions from authors to Will Dages, head of Findaway Voices.

This is a slightly abridged version of the audio track from this video, which you can see on YouTube.

Discussion includes the following topics:

  • Findaway Voices Giveaway Codes, how they work, how authors can request them and track their use
  • StoryOrigin promotion site for audiobook giveaway codes
  • How to get started with setting up an audiobook via Findaway Voices
  • Standard calculation for determing finished audiobook hours (9300 words = 1 finished hour - or, for easier math, assume that 10,000 words = 1 hour)
  • Typical studio production hours based on word count of the original manuscript (Most audio producers work on a 3 to 1 or 4 to 1 ratio - it, if the manuscript is 100,000 words, that'd be 10 finished hours and would most likely take 30 to 40 hours of production time
  • The Voices Share royalty share program and how it works (50% up front payment for production hours and a 60/20/20 split for author/narrator/Findaway) - and how the buyout works if you want to get out early
  • The recent Audible text transcription controversy
  • Whether or not an author can narrator their own books (spoiler alert: YES, you can, with the right setup/equipment/software)
  • The origin of Findway Voices and the back story about the company Findaway, that has been around alot longer in the audiobook industry
  • The built in pricing suggestion tool in Findaway Voices
  • How easy/difficult it is to update your audiobook (both metadata and audio files)
  • The cost and benefit of using Findaway Voices for distribution VS going direct (spoiler: Findaway keeps 20% of your royalties)
  • A little bit about how exclusivity with ACX to Audible works
  • Thoughts about loading audio samples to YouTube or other ways of promoting their audiobooks
  • And more...


You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at


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The music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0