This announcement comes about 9 months after Draft2Digital inked a similar deal.
From the Smashwords blog:
With a single click, you can instantly deliver your ebook and metadata into the Findaway Voices platform, at which point you’ll choose a password for your Findaway Voices account and begin the audio production process.
Your first step is selecting a professional narrator. You’ll answer a short questionnaire at Findaway Voices about your audiobook’s desired emotional tone; the accent, dialect or gender preference for your narrator; the voice style; the heat level of the book; and information about the book’s main characters.
The Findaway Voices casting team will then use this information to recommend a curated list of six to ten professional voice actors for your consideration. Recommendations will include audio samples and hourly rates for each narrator. From this list, you can request audition samples where narrators submit sample readings of your book.
There is no cost or obligation during the audition process.
Production begins after you select your narrator and sign off on the production contract. You will pay production fees directly to Findaway Voices.
To assist your budgeting, here are some rough guidelines: Fees are based on the number of hours and minutes of the finished production. Each hour of recorded content comprises roughly 9,000 words, which means a 26,000-word novella might run about three hours and a 100,000-word book would run about 11 hours. Narrators typically charge between $150 and $400 per finished hour.
Findaway Voices launched in 2016. It is open to all, so there is no need to go through either D2D or Smashwords if your books aren’t already with one distributor or the other.
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