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This Week in Links: October 5 – 9

For Producers:

Vocal Exercises To Expand Emotional Range – via Dr. Ann S. Utterback – “One aspect of reading copy that must be correct is the em0tion. Even though most of us would agree this is true, I know plenty of professionals who have a tough time getting emotion across with their voices.”

Why Confidence Means a Lot to Your Voiceover Business’ Success – via Victoria DeAnda – “Confidence is everything to your business. Without it, the chances of your business succeeding are slim.”

Be Phenomenal – via Rob Marley – “From the cold call to the thank you note, do as much as you possibly can to make the client feel that they are getting an incredible value for the amount of service you provide.”

Why Good is Never Good Enough in Voiceovers – via Gary Terzza – “How good are you at voice overs? Can you get away with being ‘ok’, ‘not bad at all’ or ‘above average’?”

For Rights Holders:

7 Tips for Making Search Engines Work for Marketing Your Book – via MediaShift – “After all, what’s the point of having a webpage if potential readers can’t find it in search?”

Growing and Cultivating Your Online Community – via CreateSpace – “Essentially, your goal is to grow your community to the point that it’s so large it can’t be handled by one person. That’s when you’ll have one of those problems that’s nice to have.”

7 Habits of Highly Effective Voice Seekers – via Mike Cooper – “Using the Seven Habits outlined below will show your Voiceover Artist you know what you’re talking about, and help you to avoid some of the common pitfalls.”

Book Logline: What It Is & How To Write It – via Book Marketing Tools – “Some authors use the term logline, a story summary, interchangeably with tagline, a marketing term, but the two concepts really are different.”

This Week in Links: September 28 – October 2

For Rights Holders:

To Promote, Or Not Promote: The Hamlet Complex – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Should you hire someone to promote your book? Here are 8 questions to ask yourself to find out.

2015 October Platform Challenge – via Writer’s Digest – “This challenge will help writers through the process of improving their writing platforms by providing one task to complete for each day of the month in October.”

How to Be Interesting Enough to Be a Brand – via CreateSpace – Author Richard Ridley looks at brand building through the lens of dating.

Book Marketing 201 – via Publishers Weekly – “Marketing self-published books requires leveraging both new tools and tried-and-true strategies.”

For Producers:

You Landed Your First VO Gig – Now Nail It! – via Mike Lenz – Good advice for VO’s just beginning to work with pro studios.

Voice Over Mistakes – via Abbe Holmes – Abbe shares five common mistakes VO’s make and how to avoid them.

Sick Happens – via Rob Marley – Five ways to avoid putting VO work on hold because of a cold.

Why Some Voiceover Artists Never Make It – via Victoria DeAnda – Learn how not to sabotage your chances for success as a VO.

This Week in Links: September 14 – 18

For Producers:

How To Direct Your Inner Director: A Narrator’s Guide in Five Easy Directions – via Paul Allen Ruben – A worthwhile longread filled with the award-winning audiobook directors knowledge.

Run Your Own Race – via Marc Scott – A controversial few weeks in the VO community has lead one actor to reflect on the attitude required for success.

Voiceover Insider Podcast #22 with Scott Brick – via The Voiceover Insider – Take 15 minutes to listen to some advice from one of the top audiobook narrators in the business.

Branding for Voiceover Artists – via Debbie Irwin – “How do you encapsulate what you’re all about in as few words as possible, with as simple an image as possible, and yet communicate a message that has both depth and breadth?”

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Marketing Is Backwards: Strategy Vs. Tactics – via Digital Book World – “The truth is, success is not about finding the right channel; it’s about defining strategy first, and then plugging in the right channels to reach your goals.”

The Math and Music of Multiple Characters – via Writer Unboxed – Writing, developing, and managing multiple characters is especially important when it comes to your audiobook.

A Long Term Branding Strategy – via CreateSpace – When are you finally done building your author brand? Never.

How To Use 100 Print Books To Promote Your Self-published Book – via BookBub – A comprehensive infographic to help authors promote their work.

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This Week in Links: May 4 – 8

For Rights Holders:

Stage One of Marketing a Book: Journaling Your Journey – via CreateSpace – Jump on board at the start of this five part series from author Richard Ridley.

No, Crowdfunding Is Not Begging – via The Alliance of Independent Authors – Are you comfortable taking to Kickstarter or Indiegogo to fund your next writing or audiobook project?

Tips for Novelizing True Events – via Writer Unboxed – So crazy, you couldn’t write it if you tried? Not with these tips from Kathryn Craft.

How To Promote Your Self-Published Book On The Cheap – via Book Marketing Tools – This post contains a number of great ideas, most of which work for audiobooks too!

For Producers:

Is It a Smart Idea to Post Voice Over Rates on a Website? – via Voice Over Herald – “Publishing your rates on your website or not is a matter of perspective.”

Sit Up Straight! For Your Best Voice – via Online Voice Coaching – Note these proper posture techniques for times when standing while voicing isn’t possible.

Voice Over Marketing Is Like Gardening (Sort Of) – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn how to plant and nurture your client relationships.

The Secret Weapon for Beating Allergies – via Jordan’s Chopped Thoughts – A helpful blast from the past during this particularly nasty allergy season.

This Week in Links: April 6 – 10

For Producers:

For A Good First Impression With Audiobook Producers, Share Your Audible Customer Rating – via Voice-Over Xtra – Audible Approved ACX Producer Karen Commins has a great tip that you can apply to authors as well.

What’s Your Production Process? – via Wayne Farrell – Wayne lays out his audiobook recording from start to finish. How does it compare to yours?

How To Make Yourself Known and Available To The Work As A Voice-over – via Voice Over Herald – Learn the importance of committing to a promotional plan for your VO business.

Five Tips For A Quality Voiceover Demo – via Rob Marley Voiceover – “You want your demo to be remembered. If you send out a bad demo, IT WILL BE REMEMBERED.”

For Rights Holders:

Marketing Tip: Follow the 80/20 Rule in Social Media – via CreateSpace – Learn how to get the right mix of informative and promotional in your marketing efforts.

Finding Time to Write – via Writer’s Digest – Authors are busier than ever these days, so it’s important to remember the obvious: make time to write!

Grow Your Blog: Steal Tips From My Social Media Marketing Experiment – via Make A Living Writing – An in-depth look at one author’s findings.

Jack Kerouac’s 31 Beliefs about Writing – via The Write Practice – Find inspiration in the musing of one of America’s most revered novelists.


This Week in Links: March 23 – 27

For Producers:

Your Recording Space: Make It Dead Part 2 – via Voiceover Mechanic – Build on the lessons learned in part one of this informative series.

Why Voice Actors Have The Best Job In The Entertainment Industry – via Voice Over Herald – Never underestimate the positive effect of getting to work in your PJ’s.

[VIDEO] Breathing Tips – via Online Voice Coaching – Let Dr. Utterback teach you about breath control.

‘It’s Not Enough to Have a Nice Voice’: The Original Siri on an Industry in Flux – via The Globe and Mail – Get Susan Bennett’s thoughts on the past, present, and future of voiceover.

For Rights Holders:

12 Workplace Skills to Apply to Your Writing Career – via Writer’s Digest – Is writing your second career? Here are a few things you can learn from your main gig.

How to Unlock All Five Senses in Your Writing – via The Write Practice – Pay special attention to the section on sound!

The Art of the First Line – via CreateSpace – Your book won’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

A Sure-Fire Shortcut to Create Unique Characters – via Helping Writers Become Authors – Find out how to give your narrator something to dig their teeth into


This Week in Links: March 16 – 20

Did you join #TalkingACX this week? We held another edition of our popular Twitter chat this past Wednesday with guest Kate Tilton. The author assistant joined us to discuss audiobook marketing, and shared some great tips for Rights Holders and Producers. In case you missed it, Producer Karen Commins put together a transcript on Storify. Give it a read, then check out our favorite audiobook links from the past week, including bonus marketing tips from Kate, below.

For Rights Holders:

25 Ways To Market Your Audiobook: A Quick Guide – via Kate Tilton – A nice collection of tips for getting the word out about your audio edition.

Building an Author Brand: You are What You Share – via CreateSpace – You may not be a famous athlete,  but your endorsement could mean more than you think.

ACX Storytellers: Rosalind James – via The ACX Blog – Follow one author’s journey from ACX to Audible Studios to an Audie nomination.

Feeling Stuck? 7 Tools for Developing Fresh Story Ideas – via The Write Life – Ready to start that next draft, but lacking inspiration? Read this first.

What 17 Adults Learned From Rereading Their Favorite Childhood Books – via Buzzfeed Books – What could you discover by getting in touch with a childhood friend?

For Producers:

Are You Afraid of Your Own Rates? – via Jerry’s Voice – Steve explores why voice actors shouldn’t be afraid to charge with their worth.

In Out? In Out? Or shake it all about? – via steveoneillvoice – Find out why voice actors should focus on input as well as output.

Your Recording Space: Make It Dead Part 1 – via Voiceover Mechanic – Are you killing it? Your studio, that is.

ACX 101 for Authors and Rights Holders – via Corey Snow – The Voxman offers writers and publishers a Producer’s take on the audiobook production process.

This Week in Links: February 2 – 6

For Rights Holders:

How to Extend A Self-Published Book’s Marketing Reach Online – via ALLi – Author Laurence O’Bryan has seven ways to integrate online marketing into storytelling.

5 Non-Writerly Apps For Writers – via LitReactor – From note taking to schedule tracking, these 5 apps will help improve aspects of your life not directly related to your writing.

How to Write Good, Realistic Dialogue – via Women Writers, Women’s Books – Advice for both sexes on how to write the way people really speak.

Cynthia Hartwig’s Top Five Marketing Jobs for New Authors – via The ACX Blog – Cynthia demystifies what some consider to be the scariest task new authors face: marketing their titles.

Know What’s Not on the Page– via CreateSpace – “When you know what’s not on the page, you know what belongs on the page.”

For Producers:

Musicality in the Spoken Word – via Lance Blair – A highly interesting look at reproducing the spontaneity of authentic speech.

Patience, Please: With Yourself, Your Clients, And The VO Industry – via Voice-Over Xtra – A little patience can go a long way to improving your VO career.

How to Succeed at Audiobook Production: Part 1 – via The ACX Blog – Start at the beginning of our 4 part video series and see how much you can learn.

5 Biggest Mistakes Voice Talent Make – via Voice Over Herald – Don’t get tripped up by these common career missteps.

One of Those Days – via Rob Marley Voiceover – Solid advice on what to do when things just aren’t going right.

This Week in Links: November 10 – 14

It’s almost time for another installment of our Twitter chat series, #TalkingACX! Are you following along?

This Tuesday, we’ll be joined by VO instructor Gary Terzza of Voice-Over Master Class to talk ACX and audiobooks for beginners. If you’re new to audiobooks or have questions for a seasoned pro, join us Tuesday, November 18th at 3pm ET (8pm GMT) on Twitter for this interactive event! Here’s what to do:

1. Follow @ACX_com & @VOMasterClass on Twitter.

2. Start following the hashtag #TalkingACX just before 3pm ET/8pm GMT, or visit Twubs.com/TalkingACX to follow along.

3. Bring your questions, and tweet them with #TalkingACX.

It’s that easy. We can’t wait to chat with you on Tuesday! Now, on to this week’s links…

For Producers:

The Success Trifecta – via Tom Dheere – All work and no play makes for a stressful career. Tom has a formula for good work life balance.

Getting In Our Own Way – via Nethervoice – How to avoid being too self-conscious for your VO career

Don’t Get Sick As a Dog This Winter – via Online Voice Coaching – Tips for steering clear of colds and flu, with a bonus cute dog picture.

Why I Recommend Voice Over Coaching Every Time – via Marc Scott Voiceover – “There is no short cut to success. Not in this industry or any other. If you want to achieve it, you’ve got to put the effort in.”

For Rights Holders:

A Bright Future for Indie Authors – via Publishers Weekly – Both statistics and industry perception point to good things ahead for independent writers.

What Writing Expenses Are Tax Deductible? – via Writer’s Digest – Are you leaving money on the table? Learn which business-related tax breaks you may be eligible for.

Three Things to Avoid When Looking for a Review – Via CreateSpace – Read about three important “dont’s” when it comes to getting your books reviewed.

Edit My Paragraph! – via LitReactor – Gayle Towell takes a stab at improving a paragraph that tried to do too much at once.

This Week in Links: June 16 – 20

Think learning ever stops? We don’t! Just ask the kids finishing school for the summer about their summer reading lists. We’ve compiled your reading list to remind you to never stop increasing your audiobook aptitude. Click on for a weekend’s worth of audiobook writing and recording tips.

For Producers:

Voice Over Actor Health Tips: 10 Ways to Maintain Great Vocal Health – via Debbie Grattan’s Voice Blog – Keeping your voice in working order can be a challenge when your voice is your work. Debbie’s tips will help you maintain vocal health.

Standing Up Or Sitting Down: What’s The Best Position To Do A Voice Over?  – via Gary Terazza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – How do you record? Gary takes a look at both sides of the great debate.

Creating a Home Studio for the Beginner Voice Actor – via Voice Over Herald – Good advice on soundproofing and acoustically treating a new home studio.

[VIDEO] First Impressions: Noble by Wizard: FR In-Ear Monitors – via The Rambling of Some Audio Guy – Juan Carlos Bagnell takes a look at what $700 can get you in the world of high end headphones.

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Basics for Authors: Simple and Effective Book Promotion Tips – via The Bookbaby Blog – “[T]raditional book marketing strategies can still be highly effective. But if you want to reach a wider audience and get connected to more potential readers, the solution is social media marketing.”

Writing: Do Novice Authors Really Need an Editor? – via ALLi – Derek Murphy offers expert advice from the editor’s viewpoint, some of which may surprise you.

All About the Setting – via CreateSpace – Richard Ridley says setting is not where your story takes place. So…what is it then?