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We know how important it is for authors to have access to resources and guides that they trust. That's why we're excited to share with you the new Expert Guide Resource Library on our website. Think of this as your own personal publishing library, filled with a wide range of FREE ebooks to inspire, educate and support your journey creating, sharing and selling books and other printed products with Vervante.

There are currently 24 ebooks in the library with plans for more coming soon. Here's a few highlights of our most popular ebooks:

  • Bleed and Crop Marks Guide: What you need to know when formatting print files
  • Word Count Conversion: How many words does it take to make a book?
  • Copyright Permissions & Fair Use guide: Answers to one of the most common issues all authors face
  • How to Create Audiobooks: When you want to give your book a voice.
  • How to Self-Publish: The complete guide for authors & entrepreneurs
  • Helpful Hints for Retail Distribution: Understanding the sales and fulfillment process
  • From Retail Sales to Royalties: How authors get paid
  • Book Publishing Checklist: Keeping you on track from the first draft to the finish line.
  • How to Create Custom Card Decks: One of the hottest products in publishing today.
  • And so many more...

We hope you bookmark this page and come back to visit often as we're constantly adding new ebooks to provide the support and resources our authors and clients need. For questions, free quotes, or more information please email or schedule a phone call with one of our publishing pros via the Contact Us page.

Author Spotlight: Ellen Korman Mains

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We're constantly amazed by the clever, unique, brilliant and beautiful books and products our customers create. Today we’d like to introduce you to Ellen Korman Mains, teacher, writer, and author of “Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust.”

Trained by the late Tibetan Buddhist master, Chögyam Trungpa, Ellen has led meditation retreats in North America and Europe, and enjoys working with groups and individuals to deepen compassionate self-awareness. Born and educated in Montreal, she lives in Boulder, Colorado and travels often to Poland to engage with her family history while forging new friendships and promoting dialog.

The story behind Ellen’s book

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

My book is a memoir that was inspired by some extraordinary experiences I had beginning in 2005. I had always had an interest in writing, but never a strong enough motivation.  This time, the story seemed so important that I had to tell it.  None of it was fabricated, but I had to learn how to tell it.

Q: What advice would you give for other aspiring authors?

For your writing to be meaningful to both yourself and others, take a deep plunge into whatever area you choose to write about. Don't be afraid to take some risks. But then be sure to get lots of honest feedback, not just from your friends, but other writers, editors, and teachers of the craft. Take time to breathe, reassess, and weigh their feedback. Be wickedly determined and don't give up!

Q: What do you love about your book?

What I love about my book is that it became a mirror and companion for me while I was working on it, and now I love the fact that others are moved by it and it's actually making a difference in their lives.

About “Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey Into the Holocaust”

To the chagrin of her parents—Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust—Ellen Korman Mains became a Buddhist at 19, nearly tearing her family apart. Over three decades later, on a German train, she felt the presence of spirits who died in the Holocaust. Their question "How can you still believe in basic goodness?" sent her on a series of life-changing journeys to Poland to find the answer.

Beyond recovering her own family's lost history, "Buried Rivers" explores family loyalty and religious boundaries, and demonstrates how healing, opportunity, and magic can emerge from the densest suffering. This compelling memoir includes an Auschwitz survivor account by the author’s uncle.

According to Kirkus Reviews, "(Buried Rivers) provides a fresh take not only on the Holocaust, but also the proper response to the seemingly inerasable stain left by profound anguish. …A moving and original contribution to an inexhaustible body of literature.

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How to create and sell audiobooks

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Audiobooks are a fantastic growth market for authors and entrepreneurs looking for new ways to expand their audience, boost their income and increase their influence in their unique market.

In addition to providing a new revenue source, audiobooks open new markets and new audiences to you that you might never have reached otherwise. And audiobooks allow you to reach a greater audience to increase your discoverability and boost your credibility as an author.

In today’s market there are more opportunities to share an audiobook than ever. Sure, you can list yours on Amazon Audible – and we can help you with that. But big-name services like Amazon come with big commitments. For example, authors who use ACX to produce and sell audiobooks only on Amazon Audible and iTunes are entered into a 7-year exclusivity agreement and share royalties with the producers.  

In an industry that often requires extensive contracts and staggering fees, we don’t recommend locking yourself into a long-term contract that limits your options. Many authors today are choosing to record their own audiobooks and retain control of their products and royalties by using other venues such as:

  • Podcasts
  • Google Play
  • CDs
  • USB flash drives
  • Downloads from your website or shopping cart

When it comes to building a business, nothing is quite as powerful as selling or sharing products in a way that allows you to collect customer contact info and cultivate loyal connections. Selling audiobooks, physical books, or any product from websites or shopping carts you control allows you to do that. Handing your products over to Amazon does not.

(For more details regarding the pros and cons of using Vervante as opposed to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (aka CreateSpace), Audible, and similar online retailers we recommend reading this article.)

How to list your audiobook on Audible

If you love Audible and want to list your book there, Vervante offers Audible listing services. Working with Amazon’s ACX program, we can list Vervante author’s audiobooks on the Audible service. If you want the option to both sell on Amazon AND through your own website or other options, you can have the best of both worlds by selecting their non-exclusivity contract that allows more freedom, but with lower royalties (see details below).

Audiobook technical requirements

Audiobooks files must adhere to the following requirements in order to meet ACX standards and be published through Amazon, Audible and iTunes. Even if you are recording your own audiobook to sell on your own website, following these guidelines will ensure a high-quality audiobook that your audience will enjoy listening to.

Audiobook files must:

  • be consistent in overall sound and formatting
  • include opening and closing credits1
  • be comprised of all mono or all stereo files2
  • include a retail audio sample that is between one and five minutes long3

Each uploaded audio file must:

  • contain only one chapter/section per file4
  • each file’s section header must be read aloud5
  • have a running time no longer than 120 minutes
  • have room tone at the beginning and end and be free of extraneous sounds
  • measure between -23dB and -18dB RMS and have -3dB peak values and a maximum -60dB noise floor
  • be a 192kbps or higher MP3, Constant Bit Rate (CBR) at 44.1 kHz

More audiobook technical details

  1. For opening and closing credits, at minimum opening credits must note the name of the audiobook, the name of the author, and the name of the narrator. Closing credits must at least say something to the effect of “the end.”
  2. Mono files are strongly recommended. We recommend mono for audio consistency and ease of uploading.
  3. The sample file is what potential customers will use to preview of your audiobook before purchasing. Each sample file should start immediately with narration, not opening credits or music. No explicit material is allowed.
  4. Opening credits and closing credits must be their own separate files. This helps listeners to easily navigate between sections.
  5. Reading the section headers aloud helps listeners know what section of the book they are listening to without having to look at their player.

More details about ACX requirements can be found online at ACX Video Lessons & Resources.

Audiobook Sales Recommendations

QUALITY CONTROL: Be sure to schedule a full quality control listening session to your audiobook before submitting the files. Do it yourself, hire or have someone listen to the audio in its entirety from start to finish to ensure all edits are done properly and the audio matches the book. This is crucial to avoiding errors that can hurt your reputation.

SELLING FROM YOUR OWN WEBSITE: If you make your audiobook available for purchase and download from your own website or shopping cart, you retain the full proceeds from each sale. This can be done digitally, or by sending your customers the audiobook on CD or USB thumb drives.

SELLING THROUGH AMAZON ACX: Royalties for audiobooks sold through ACX via,, and iTunes are dependent upon the distribution and production options you select.  If you choose to distribute exclusively to these three channels, you will earn 40% for the duration of a 7-year exclusivity agreement. If you choose to produce the audiobook using the Royalty Share option, you will earn 20%. If you choose to distribute your audiobook non-exclusively, which means you retain the right to sell your own audiobook through other retailers (including yourself) you will earn 25% and retain the right to distribute your recording at your discretion.

Download our free audiobook guide

More information about distribution, sales, royalties and more can be found in our free Audiobooks Expert Guide on the Vervante website.

How to list your audiobook for sale

If you want to sell or share an audiobook and would like to talk to one of our audiobook publishing professionals, email or schedule a 1-on-1 phone call by clicking here.

Your book deserves a voice – let us help you share it with the world!