Announcing Tellwell’s Audiobook Program

As we continue to help our authors take advantage of the tools that will extend the reach of their stories, we at Tellwell are excited to announce the launch of our audiobook program. While many assisted self-publishing companies are shying away from the challenge, we’re determined not to hold our authors back, and offer a process that navigates the minefield of audiobook production and publication in order to create a high-quality product. With a dedicated project manager providing guidance, Tellwell enables authors to choose their narrator and review their audio files before making their title available to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

Key features of our service:

  • Tellwell curates a pool of talented narrators and provides a minimum shortlist of three pre-recorded and/or unique audio samples, and authors have the freedom to cancel if they do not wish to proceed following the review of their samples, subject to an admin fee.
  • Authors may choose between “exclusive distribution” with Amazon, Audible, and iTunes where these retailers take 60% of total sales, or “non-exclusive distribution” where you retain the right to sell your audiobook elsewhere but the retailers take 75% of sales. Tellwell passes on 85% or 100% of the net royalties to the author subject to our distribution options.
  • Tellwell offers authors the opportunity to review their audio files during production, allowing necessary corrections to be made.

Main terms of service:

  • $0.033 / per word for books over 30,000 words. $990 + tax for books of 30,000 words or under.
  • Audiobooks will be published and made available for a minimum of seven years, with no guarantee that they can be removed from distribution.
  • Unlike print and eBooks, authors wishing to make their books available via Amazon, Audible, and iTunes, cannot submit suggested retail pricing, and instead, audiobooks will be priced at the discretion of each retailer.
  • Tellwell only produces audiobooks for titles that have been professionally edited.

You can check out a sample Tellwell audiobook project, I, The Woman, Planted The Tree by Pearl Gregor, here.

Not all books are optimal for audio (such as those books with content referencing photos/tables/lists etc.) but if you believe your book/s may be suitable and you’re interested in our audiobook services, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Sample Curated Shortlist of Narrators

Below is an example of the shortlist we created for one of our clients. After the author completes Tellwell’s Audiobook Questionnaire, we put together a Creative Brief that includes a sample of the book, and we provide this to our pool of narrators. We then shortlist the narrators who are the best fit. For this project the client requested both male and female narrator options:
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