FAQs

Who can create a profile in Ahab?

Anyone over the age of 18 can create a profile.

Can I edit my profile?

Yes, your profile can be edited or updated. Once you have entered your information you will be asked to create an account. Please have your email address and a password ready for this step. Once you’ve created your account you can log in to Ahab at any time to edit your personal information, add new samples of your work, update your skills, or add a new headshot.

Why do I need to verify my email address? Does that mean you can email me even though I checked “no” for getting emails?

We ask you to click the link to verify your email so we can make sure that your profile has been set up correctly and you have submitted a working email address. If you opted out of receiving emails from Ahab and Penguin Random House you won’t receive any promotional emails from us.

How do I edit my profile?

Log in to Ahab (upper right hand corner), which will open your profile page. Click on any of the categories to edit your profile. Details for how to upload clips, links, and a headshot are below.

Who will be using Ahab?

Ahab is currently being used by the Producer team at Penguin Random House Audio (PRHA) to search for and cast narrators. We are also exploring ways to help increase actors’ visibility throughout the many industries that utilize voice talent. We’ll send out updates as we expand the site.

Who will be able to access my personal information?

PRHA internal staff producers will be the only ones with access to your contact information. We will never share anyone’s personal information without prior written permission.

My password doesn’t work.

Click “Forgot Password” and you’ll receive an email with a link to reset your password. You’ll need to use the same email address you used to create your profile.

I can’t log in.

Check that you’re using the same email address used to create your account. If you can’t remember your password use the Forgot Password feature. Remember that emails and passwords are case sensitive.

What’s the difference between a clip and a link?

A clip is a standalone MP3 file that you upload to Ahab. A link is a website URL where a clip is featured.

What kind of samples should I submit?

Any performance featuring you reading book content is acceptable, either narrative or a section containing dialogue. We publish many genres so choose material that is best suited to your voice and style.

Should I use any character voices or accents in my clip?

If you choose to submit a clip that contains dialogue, using character distinctions would be very helpful for evaluating those skills. Accents and other geographical inflections aren’t necessary but if you feel these showcase your talent then do include them.

How do I upload a clip?

Note: Your clip must be in .MP3 format only and must be 5MB or less (approximately 5 minutes of audio). No voice-over demos, please.

You must submit at least two clips to your profile.

How do I add a link?

How do I upload a headshot?

Note: Your headshot must be .JPG or .PNG format only and must be 1MB or less.

How do I edit clip names or add a description of the clip after it’s uploaded?

You can click on the “Edit Clips” button to add or change the title or add or update descriptive copy. If you want to change the actual file name for the clip you will need to delete it from Ahab, rename it, and upload it again.

How do I edit links to social media?

Click on Social Networks (next to the headshot) to add or update your social media links.

We currently accept the following platforms:

I submitted my profile--what happens next?

After your profile has been submitted you will be placed into our talent pool. If a producer determines that you are the right voice for a project you will be contacted by a PRHA representative. This might happen quickly or it might be some time in the future as our project needs continually change.

If I'm having problems with the site, who should I contact?

If the solution to your problem isn’t contained in the FAQ section, please email ahabsupport@penguinrandomhouse.com with a complete description of the problem you are experiencing and a member of our staff will be happy to help.