Hi, and thanks for being here! I’m Stephanie Murphy, PhD. I’ve been a full time voice actor since 2013 and I love bringing my clients’ projects to life with my voice. Want to hear what I sound like?READ MORE…
For more information about my rates and policies, and to hear specific demos, please click on the section that corresponds to the type of voiceover you’re looking for.
MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC
Communicating how the body works in normal and disease states to patients and health professionals… in a clear, trustworthy and comforting way.
Pronunciation of words like “steatohepatitis” or “vasovagal syncope” is a breeze!
ELEARNING, ONLINE COURSES
Natural delivery, interesting and pleasant to listen to for hours on end.
I can make a dry, mandatory training course, engaging! (And even, dare I say, fun!) I don’t skimp on details like making sure your files are exported and labeled correctly, either.
Explainer videos, product videos, demo videos, screencast videos, and more!
I can communicate your message in a real and genuine way – making a connection with the viewer (your customer!) Matching timing to an existing scratch track or video is no problem. Delivery within 2 working days.
Video producers – ask me to join your voice talent roster.
I have around 100 titles on Audible, and I am looking for successful authors who want to bring their book’s message or story to life in audio!
Favorite genres include…
Nonfiction: science, self help, cryptocurrency
Fiction: romance, especially romance featuring lesbian or queer women!
Please tell me more about your project!
What type of project do you have planned? How many words is your script? When would you like to receive the voiceover files? How do you envision the voiceover sounding?
RATES & POLICIES
Medical video voiceover: $100 setup fee per project plus $150 per finished minute.
Medical eLearning: Under 1500 words $0.30/word. Over 1500 words $0.25/word.
Medical phone greetings: Under 400 words $150. Over 400 words, $0.25/word.
*Some projects with medical subject matter which are not heavy on technical language may be eligible for standard pricing. Please inquire for a custom quote based on your script.
Don’t see your project type listed or have questions? Please inquire.
Policies and process: After you receive your voiceover files and review, any revisions needed due to my errors are covered at no charge.
Revisions due to script rewrites are billed at the same rate as the original narration.
Files are delivered in the format you specify.
Turnaround is generally 2 – 3 days for scripts under 1500 words or 10 minutes finished length.
*Directed sessions are available with connection by phone patch, Skype, Zoom, or conference call. $350 minimum for directed session.
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Under 1500 words: $0.25/word.
Over 1500 words: $0.20/word.
Nonprofit or educational special rates: please inquire.
No extra charge for file splitting.
Any revisions needed due to my errors are covered at no charge. Revisions due to script rewrites are billed at the same rate as the original narration.
Files are delivered in the format you specify, named according to your script.
Turnaround is generally 2 days for courses under 2000 words. 1 week for a 7000 – 9000 word course.
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Words on a page come to life…
I am looking for successful authors who want to bring their book’s message or story to life in audio!
More information for authors and audiobook publishers about working with me…
Q: How is audiobook production financed?
A: There are two different payment structures for audiobook production.
1) Royalty Share. More information...
Under a royalty share agreement, the audiobook rights holder (usually the author or publisher of a book) pays nothing up front for the production of an audiobook. The audiobook producer (typically, the narrator) is compensated from the sales of the book.
A royalty share agreement can be easily entered into via ACX, the audiobook creation exchange (a division of Audible.com). Under the terms of an ACX royalty share agreement, 60% of the sale price of an audiobook goes to Audible/ACX. The remaining 40% is split equally between the rights holder/author and the audiobook producer/narrator, effectively earning each of them 20% of the price of each audiobook sold. Audible/ACX administrates payments and automatically tracks sales, and pays out monthly.
Royalty share can be an excellent way for independent authors to finance production of an audiobook, because they pay nothing up front. However, audiobook narrators/producers assume all of the risk under a royalty share agreement. If the audiobook does not sell, they do not get compensated for their investment of work to produce the audiobook. Experienced producers will look for indicators of strong audiobook sales potential before accepting a royalty share project, such as: book reviews, Kindle sales statistics, and author’s marketing plan and social media.
Many producers have costs associated with audiobook production. These costs usually include outsourcing of audiobook proofing, editing and mastering services. Some producers may accept a royalty share project, but also ask the rights holder to pay a stipend to cover their production costs. Typically between $50 – $150 per finished hour.
2) Pay for production. More information…
Under a pay for production agreement, the rights holder retains all of the royalties from audiobook sales, after Audible/ACX takes their share of 60%. This provides the rights holder/author with 40% of the sale price of each audiobook sold.
The audiobook producer/narrator does not receive any royalties from audiobook sales. They are compensated for the audiobook production through an up front payment at a rate per finished hour of audio. Typically these rates range from $200 – $400 per finished hour for experienced non-union audiobook producers.
Q: What are your rates for audiobook production?
A: I offer pay for production (per finished hour) rates, and I also accept some royalty share projects on a limited basis.
More about pay for production (per finished hour) rates…
I offer production and delivery of a finished audiobook, formatted according to Audible/ACX specs, for $400 per finished hour. Titles are subject to my approval and availability. Please inquire to start a discussion about producing your audiobook.
For pay for production projects, I require a 50% deposit at the start of the project (calculated based on the estimated length of the audiobook.) The balance (calculated based on the actual finished length of the book) is payable after the audiobook is completed and approved by the rights holder/author. Payment must be completed before the audiobook is released.
*Please note that while I provide finished, ready to use audiobook files, I do not produce audiobook cover art. If your book is going on Audible, you will need to have cover art produced according to Audible/ACX specs. See cover art specs.
For short titles under 3 finished hours in length, a rate of $500 per finished hour may apply.
For textbooks, titles heavy on technical language, or for certain subject matter, eLearning rates may apply.
Please inquire for a quote on your project.
Royalty Share - more information…
I accept royalty share projects on a limited basis.
Please be prepared to show me why your title is exceptional and would be a great project for royalty share! Kindle sales data, book reviews, and your social media and marketing plan will all be considered.
I also consider projects that match well with my personal interests. LGBTQ romance featuring lesbian or queer women characters, non-fiction self-help, biochemistry and metabolism related science books, and cryptocurrency titles all interest me. Please inquire if you have a title that matches any of these categories, and think I would be a good fit!
*Please note that royalty share projects may be subject to longer production timetables than pay for production projects.
Q: Do you narrate adult material? Are there any projects you won’t accept?
A: I’m pretty open-minded, but all audiobook projects are subject to my approval and availability.
Please see my portfolio for examples of the types of projects I do work on.
Q: What is your timetable for audiobook production?
A: For most titles, I can produce the audiobook within about 1 week per finished hour of the book. So, for an average length audiobook of 8 – 10 hours, I could complete production within 8 – 10 weeks of beginning the project.
Please note, I may not always have availability to start production immediately. Please inquire to check availability. Production schedules for royalty share projects are subject to change. I do my best to communicate with rights holders/authors about changes in the production schedule.
Q: How do I calculate the length of my audiobook?
A: Use the word count to get a ballpark estimate. Approximately 9000 words is 1 finished hour of audio. Actual length may vary. Pay for production rates are based on the actual final length of the audiobook.
Q: What’s the process like to produce an audiobook through ACX and get it on Audible? What do I need to do to get started?
A: If you already have a published Kindle version of your title, register an author/rights holder account on ACX. It may take a few days for your bank account information to get approved (which you need in order to receive royalties!)
Then, claim your title via ACX (basically, verifying that it’s yours and that you hold the audiobook rights.)
Next, post a title profile on ACX. If we have been communicating by email and I’ll be narrating your book, please be sure to write in the description section in your title profile that you already have a narrator. Otherwise, you might receive auditions from other producers.
Make me an offer to produce via ACX with the dates and payment terms we’ve discussed. <a href=”https://www.acx.com/narrator?ie=UTF8&p=A3PXOU2WWFOZLI”>Here’s my profile on ACX.</a>
I will accept your offer. We’ll both receive an email, and the book will appear in our “in production” tabs on ACX.
Send me the full, final version of the manuscript in Kindle, pdf, or word document format.
You may want to get started on creating cover art. See cover art specs.
I will read the full manuscript and start the project.
I will produce a sample of at least the first 15 minutes of the audiobook. I usually try to cover any main characters in the “first 15” sample, even if it ends up being longer than the first 15 minutes of the audiobook. The purpose of this is so we can check in with each other about how it sounds. This is your chance to make changes or requests, before I produce the rest of the audiobook!
After you approve the “first 15 minutes” sample, I will go ahead and produce the rest of the audiobook. I hire an audiobook proofer to screen the audiobook files and make sure it’s true to the script. When I have completed production, I will ask you to listen to the audiobook files. This is your last opportunity to make any changes or corrections before the audiobook goes out for publication!
When you approve the final production, we both click our “I’m Done!” button on ACX. After a QC and posting period of approximately 2 weeks, the audiobook will become available for sale on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes!
Sales will be automatically tracked through our ACX sales dashboard, and royalties will be paid out by Audible monthly.
Once the audiobook is out, authors/rights holders are responsible for audiobook promotion and marketing (and they usually tend to have much bigger followings than narrators.) I often help with promotion by sharing the audiobook on social media and my website. The rights holder and the narrator both have the opportunity to request 25 promotional codes good for a free copy of the audiobook, that can be given out to potential audiobook reviewers. Always take advantage of this! Karen Commins shares an excellent guide for your audiobook marketing strategy.
Q: Stephanie, I’d like for you to narrate my audiobook. What now?
A: Great! Please get in touch with me and tell me more about your project. I look forward to hearing from you!
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RATES & POLICIES
Phone tree, IVR, Messages on Hold over 400 words: $0.25/word.
Less than 400 words: $100
*Special Rates available for short, small business voicemail greetings less than 150 words. Please inquire.
Don’t see your project type listed or have questions? Want to hear a custom audition for your phone greeting? Please inquire.
1 – 2 working day turnaround for most phone scripts. Files formatted according to your phone system’s specs. (Usually 8 kHz wav or mp3.)
After you receive the file and review: any changes needed due to my errors (pronunciation, word errors, audio quality or wrong format) are corrected at no charge. Any changes needed due to script updates are billed at the same rate as the original.
Need help writing a script for your phone system?
READY TO GET STARTED?CONTACT ME ABOUT YOUR PHONE GREETING
$250 for show intro and outro with unlimited use. Isn’t that worth it to set your show apart and give it a pro edge?
Revisions provided at no charge, until you’re in love with it.
SAMPLE PODCAST INTRO & OUTRO SCRIPTSClick here to see sample scripts.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Contact me about your podcast intro!LET’S MAKE A PODCAST INTRO!
INTERVIEWER FOR HIRE
Looking for an interviewer for hire for your podcast? My questions are on point. I offer this service on an extremely limited basis.CONTACT ME TO INQUIRE
Want to really connect with the viewer? Let me help you.
More information about working with me…
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?
Video Voiceover Rates
Video voiceover under 1200 words: $100 setup fee per project plus $125 per finished minute. Over 1200 words: Please inquire.
Example pricing for common projects. 1-minute video: $225. 2-minute video: $300. 3-minute video: $475.
Directed recording session: Please inquire to check availability and see description below. $350 project minimum for directed session.
*Some longer projects may be eligible for eLearning pricing.
*Projects that require rush (same day) delivery are subject to a rush fee of +20%. Please inquire about availability if you have a proposed rush project.
*Some projects may be eligible for educational and non-profit rates. Please inquire.
WHAT ARE YOUR REVISION POLICIES AND TURNAROUND TIMES?
Video Voiceover Policies and Turnaround
For videos 3 minutes or less in finished length, I can generally deliver a voiceover file within 2 working days of receiving the script. For longer videos, 2 – 3 days. Directed recording session is an exception – files are delivered immediately after the recording session.
After you receive the voiceover and have a chance to review, any revisions that may be needed due to my errors are provided at no charge. Any revisions due to script changes are billed at the same rate as the original project.
Revisions are generally delivered within 1 day of receiving the revision request.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR DIRECTED RECORDING SESSIONS?
I am available for directed recording sessions. My studio has phone patch, conference call, Skype, Zoom, or other conference app capability. No ISDN capability. Session minimum of $350.
I am located in Eastern US time zone and have limited availability for directed sessions on most weekdays. Please inquire to check availability. Contact me
Typically the director takes notes on the best takes during the session.
Unedited, raw (unmastered) audio files are delivered immediately after the session. Mastered, unedited files also available.
WILL YOU SUBMIT AN AUDITION FOR MY PROJECT?
Yes! Here’s how.
If you’ve heard my demos and think I would be a good fit, and my rates match your budget, please contact me with a sample of your script and I will return a custom audition to you within 2 working days or sooner.
WE ARE A VIDEO PRODUCTION COMPANY. WILL YOU JOIN OUR VOICE TALENT ROSTER?
Maybe! More info…
If you’ve heard my demos and think I would be a good fit for your voiceover talent roster, and your typical project VO budget approximately matches my rates, please contact me to inquire about joining your voiceover talent roster.
CAN YOU GET A VOICEOVER BACK TO ME TODAY?
Please contact me to inquire about availability for rush delivery. *Please note, rush pricing may apply.
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Want an ad that makes an impression? Then you need a voice that makes an impression.
Here’s some of what my happy clients say:
I’m so happy and excited to hear my ideas come to life!!! You’ve truly made this webinar your own, it’s brilliant!
You’re so much fun, engaging, relatable, genuine, confident and simply brilliant!! I cant get over it, I’m relistening to it.
You’re wonderful Stephanie, I’m so happy I found you
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
Executive Director, Eluminati Magazine
I am in love.
I’m in love with the way my narrator for The Curvy Side of Life has taken Faith, Candace, and all the rest of these gals to a whole new place.
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Lesbian Romance Author
This will be a blog and podcast of previews of my newest audiobook releases! Coming soon.