I talked with an ACX rep this morning.
I'd like to create my ACX account, take the survey, and submit my sample today or this weekend, weather and sound environment permitting. It's going to be raining pretty hard here today and into tomorrow afternoon and a cold front is moving in, so I might have to turn off the heater and maybe unplug the fridge (direct LOS from my recording position on the couch in the living room). The only sound deadening improvement(s) I'll have over my last reads is the wind muff; maybe some thermal curtains over the sliding-glass patio door we've been thinking about buying and hanging for a while now.
She suggested a sample of at least 5 minutes and I think I read on the ACX site no more than 10.
She said content doesn't really matter, and I have hundreds of books on the shelves behind me here in the study. So, I could read from any of those, but I don't want to infringe upon any copyrights. I wouldn't be selling from my sample, right? Then again, I could read from a couple of Wikipedia article printouts I have, one about George Washington's farewell address, the other from an article on Bactrim, the multi-spectrum antibiotic. Pretty dry stuff, but I can probably make either of those reads sound good. I could also read from our iPad Air, but I'm not sure if that would introduce any Wi-Fi interference noise.
Or, I could possibly print out other suggestions anyone might have, and read from those.
As always, any advice is greatly appreciated.