The first annual Record a Classic Audiobook Contest is the only competition that we know of where everyone is actually a winner. In addition to the cash prizes (totalling $1000) all qualifying applicants will receive royalties on their audiobook, published to Audible, iTunes, and Amazon, quarter after quarter.
Since this contest is about publishing new recordings of Public Domain works, the narrator receives the entire royalty payment instead of splitting it with an author. After all, Mary Shelley and Mark Twain don’t tend to show up for their share of the profits, so you — the narrator — might as well pocket the cash!
And, since the classics are read, re-read, and discovered by new readers, on a regular basis, they tend to sell consistently over a long stretch of time. They can be valuable additions to your bottom line and body of work.
Over the coming weeks, we will be posting helpful hints about finding public domain titles that suit you as a narrator and are likely to sell well. If you’re looking for advice, engage with us on social media, we’re happy to help.
All projects need to be completed by midnight Eastern Time on February 29, 2016.