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Professional Development – The Business of Self-Publishing an Audiobook

21 June @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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The Audiobook market is growing exponentially. For authors this presents new opportunities: unlocking rights; discovering new readers (listeners, if you like!); and benefiting from fresh revenue streams. But as a self-published author (or a traditionally published author who has retained audio rights), how do you go about producing your work in audio format? What are the various options out there and how do you build a strategy that works for you?

Join SoA Contracts Advisors Theo Jones and Johanna Clarke as they discuss the current audio landscape, how the production process works and the agreements you’ll require. As well as some tips on retaining creative control of your books and how best to market them in the world of audio.




  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping by Johanna Clarke, SoA (5 mins)
  • Presentation by Theo Jones & Johanna Clarke, SoA (60 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments from Johanna Clarke (5 mins)



What will this workshop cover?

  • The audiobook landscape
  • Manging your IP rights – whether self-published / traditionally published
  • Audiobook production process
  • Agreements and accounting
  • How to stand out in the market



Who is this workshop for?

Self-published authors (or traditionally published authors who have retained audio rights) interested in exploring audio options, or any authors generally interested in the nuts and bolts (and contracts!) of audio publishing.



Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email tjones@societyofauthors.org with ‘The Business of Self-Publishing’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can on the day.


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The line up

Theo Jones – Senior Contracts Advisor

Theo Jones is a Senior Contracts Advisor advising members on contracts and queries. He is also a co-ordinator of the Scriptwriters Group, representing writers and makers across digital, broadcast, AV and theatre.


Johanna Clarke – Contracts Advisor

Johanna Clarke joined the SoA in October 2021 as a Contracts Advisor. She advises members on publishing contracts and issues, and works closely on the SoA’s outreach programme. Johanna is the coordinator for the SoA’s Poetry and Spoken Word Group.



Need to know

Before the event
  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
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During the event
  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 90 minutes
After the event
  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel




Book your place by using the registration below.

All SoA @ Home Festival Professional Development sessions are free to SoA Members but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


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With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

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Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
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21 June
10:00 - 11:30 BST
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