The prevalence of audio books has exploded over the last 15 years, mostly due to technology. It used to be that audiobooks were called “books on tape,” or, after that, “books on CD,” and that was the format on which you had to purchase and listen to them. Stephan still has a couple lying around. In fact, he has a version of Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” that he narrated on CD. Because he’s old skool like that.

If you’re curious about how to become an audiobook narrator, there’s never been a better time. Because of the many, many people publishing books across multiple formats, there are more opportunities than even before to become a working narrator.

There are numerous advantages to getting into audiobooks. For one, you’re your own boss, and you set your own rates and hours. The other is that this is one of the areas in which you can track down and negotiate fairly high-profile contracts without an agent, meaning that you won’t have to give up 10% (or more) of your hourly rate.

If you’re curious about some of the particulars, check out our interview with Audie Award-winning narrator Hillary Huber.

And, as always, hit us up on the site with any questions!