My voice over specialist was James Blackburn a UK voice over artist, who was fast and an absolute pleasure to work with. For any voice over work you might need, I would highly recommend James. Here is a sample audio on Soundcloud, where I have also made use of the buy button.
My cover art for the CD was created by Sabrina Gennari from Fiverr. Her work is fantastic and she also redesigned the cover for my ebook on Amazon. My collaboration with Sabrina was great, with open communication and she was responsive to suggestions and requests. See the images below:
I then began looking around for ways to publish the audio and where this could be done as an independent publisher. This was very difficult. Audible is not available in South Africa, so I had to find other ways. Many sites are now no longer accepting submissions from independent publishers. So I looked at distributing it through music sites, as spoken word. I looked at CDBaby and Tunecore.
I chose Tunecore. My audio story needed to be distributed as an album, because it is 27 minutes long. This will cost you US29.99 for the first year and US49.99 for the second year. It cost me in total 45US for distribution to the following stores, plus Facebook Audio Recognition and Youtube Music Key revenue gathering: YouTube Music Key, iTunes, (not available in South Africa), Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Rdio, Deezeer, xbox music, eMusic, Symfy Africa, iheart radio, Mixradio, medianet, VerveLife, Tidal, Gracenote, 7digital, Juke, JB HiFi, Slacker, Guvera, KKbox, Akazoo, Anghami, Spinlet, Neurotic Media, Yandex, Target Music, ClaroMusica, Zvooq, Saaven, 8tracks, NMusic, Amazon on Demand.
See my screen shots below:
Here are screenshots of the other stores I have found the audio story in:
I have then published the audio story myself on:
Gumroad a very easy interface and user friendly site.
Sellfy easy to use.
Ambling books they were fantastic and uploaded quickly after only one query:
I am monitoring the other stores for the distribution of the audio story. I will keep you updated in another post.
I am inquiring into Scribd and this is in process, since they now accept audio stories and books. It was not possible to use Selz in South Africa. Big Cartel and Pully were confusing. EJunkie requires a US 5 per month fee for 20 products or less. I am also exploring TeachOutLoud, but this is not final yet.
I hope that my experiences are of use to you in your quest to publish your audio story or book.