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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?

This Week in Links: May 12 – 16

Tasting frogs. Learning to be cool. Death sentences. You may not expect to find such disparate topics on an audiobook blog, but each relates back to audiobook writing or producing in an unexpected way.

Discover new ways of looking at your audiobook career with our roundup of weekly links, and add your favorites form the week in the comments!

For Producers:

The Delicious Taste of Frog – via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voice-Over Blog – JCD shows how a popular self help technique can be beneficial to a VO’s business.

Pros and Cons of the Working Voiceover Vacation – via Debbie Grattan’s Voice Over Blog – You can do VO work away from the studio… but should you?

Do You Have Nagging Doubts About The Sound of Your Voice? – via The Great Voice Company – Susan Berkley says: don’t stress over your signature sound – embrace it!

Common Twitter Oops! by Voice Actors – via RealTime Casting – The social service can seem difficult to understand, but RTC helps with 5 behaviors you should avoid.

For Rights Holders:

Two Dialogue Death Sentences & How to Get a Stay-of-Execution – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – These tips on avoiding “redundant” and “orphaned” dialog will help ensure you’re writing books listeners will want to finish.

Play for Pay: Leisure Yields Ideas for Marketable Stories – via Live Write Thrive – Stuck with writer’s (or marketer’s) block? Karen O’Connor advise you to get out in the world and have some inspiring experiences.

How to Be Cool – via CreateSpace – Those trying to be cool and those trying to write well can benefit from the same advice: Don’t force it.

Teaming Up For Success – via The Blood Red Pencil – Author Terry Odell shares her experience as part of a team of authors “working together on the ‘non-writing’ aspects of being a writer.”

 

This Week in Links: February 17 – 21

Winter getting you down? If you live in much of the US, you’ve likely spent a good portion of the past month battling cabin fever from gray days spent locked inside.  While more time inside can mean more time to write or record, it’s also important to take a break once in a while. Watch a travel show, call a friend just to chat, or strap on the booties and go for a (wet) walk.

When you’ve got a new outlook, read our weekly links roundup to get some education on writing and producing audiobooks. Then dive back into your art with a clear head and a fresh batch of ideas to inspire you!

For Producers and Rights Holders:

34 Audible Productions Named as Finalists for 2014 Audie Awards – via BusinessWire – 7 of the 34 nominations were made via ACX! You did it!

For Producers:

So You Want to Be a Voice Actor – via Backstage – The first in a new series designed to introduce voiceover to stage actors.

Twitter for Voice Over Talents – via Lance Blair American Voice Over Talent – Lance offers a crash course on the  basics of Twitter for VO’s.

Are You Suffering From Audition Fatigue? – via vo2gogo – DHL17 shares his advice for making a mountain of manuscripts scripts feel energizing instead of tiring.

What “Friends” Should Expect – via Voice Acting in Vegas – Dave Courvoisier polled VO’s on Facebook and came away with data on what people will and won’t tolerate on social media.

For Rights Holders:

Author Branding—Harnessing the Power of Digital Age Storms – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – “Proper branding is one of the most critical elements of author success. Brands that are outdated, boring, rigid, abandoned, fractured, negative or nonexistent are not only unhelpful, but they can spell disaster to our career and earning potential as artists.”

Tips for Managing Writer’s Block – via CreateSpace -Maria Murnane has a three step process for overcoming the scourge of writers everywhere.

5 Steps to Self-Publishing Success – via The BookBaby Blog – James Ventrillo of ReadersFavorite.com stops by with “some steps that will guide you through the self-publishing “system” so you and your book will be more successful.”

Turning Chaff into Wheat – via Hugh Howey – ACX author imagines a world where “[r]ather than beg readers for contributions with no idea of the quality of the final product, you have the financial backers begging to be included in something they see as worthy.”

Did you read a great audiobook article this week? Share it below!

ACX Storytellers: Mark Tufo

ACX Author Mark Tufo has written over 20 books currently on Audible, including the wildly popular Zombie Fallout series. Mark initially sold his audio rights to a studio, but as he learned about audiobook production, he realized he could make more money and and gain creative control by keeping his rights and having his books produced via ACX. Today, Mark joins us to discuss the decision to take control of his audiobook publishing.

Why self-produce? Well, the simple answer is money. There was so much more that went into the decision, but money was the major factor. The studio that picked up the rights to most of the Zombie Fallout series was, in a word, awesome. I felt a loyalty to them, and making the move to go solo was not taken lightly. But ultimately, it came down to what was best for my family. It made no sense to be paid pennies on the dollar when I could make more doing it myself. When I found out that ACX would allow me to continue my partnership with Sean Runnette, the multi-talented narrator of the previous entries in the Zombie Fallout series, it was nearly a no-brainer (which is a good thing for me).

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L to R: ACX Author Mark Tufo and Zombie Fallout narrator Sean Runnette

I know that going this alone can seem daunting for some folks. Finding the perfect narrator for your work is just about as important as the story itself. But there’s something to be said for getting to be ‘hands-on’ during this endeavor. If you’re a control freak like me, blindly trusting a publisher can be scary too. But working with ACX has been nothing short of great. I didn’t think this process was going to be as smooth as it has been. As an independent author there is always so much work to do, and the thought of taking on more was cause for concern. But beyond giving the go-ahead to Sean’s work (by approving the 15 minute checkpoint) and uploading my manuscript, it was only about one large iced coffee worth of work. And ACX has been there every step of the way, whether we had questions in regards to paying the talent or receiving royalties.

Looking back, it seems like it all happened pretty fast. While my family and I were going through it, not so much. I’ve always loved to read and I’ve always loved to write. Even in grade school, when our teacher would assign a writing project and the rest of my classmates were groaning, I was secretly happy. I started writing my first novel in college and finished it many moons later. My wife shipped it to every publisher’s address we could find. I could probably make a book just from the stack of rejection letters. I did not have much hope that my book would ever see the light of day.

I released my first book via CreateSpace & Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)  in February of 2009. One morning my wife said ‘Hey, there’s this self-publishing thing on Amazon and I’m going to put your book up there.’ I didn’t even know what that meant, but I agreed. I thought it’d be cool to see my book in ‘print,’ even electronically. I saw a ‘blistering’ sales rate of three copies over the first seven months (two were actually from family members who I think felt bad for me). When I found myself laid off, I turned to my hidden passion and wrote the first installment of Zombie Fallout, not because the “Zombie” genre was heating up (I had no clue), but rather because I truly love zombies.

I finZF7ished the book, and had a blast writing it. I self-edited (which I don’t recommend) and again published it with Amazon. We still had low expectations, so I almost swooned when we sold seven copies that first month (I said almost). At this point we actually weren’t doing any advertising, but were lucky when a few bloggers happened upon the first book and helped get the word out.  When the book started selling more and we could afford it, we had the book professionally edited. Increasing sales inspired me to keep writing, plus I really wanted to know how this was going to turn out for my characters!

It was with the release of Zombie Fallout 4 that my wife and I figured that this could be more than additional income; it could become our primary source.  It was with the release of the fifth book that I noticed more and more readers asking me about an audio version. I asked my wife if anyone actually listens to audiobooks anymore. I remember my mom with her ancient cassette player, listening to books in the kitchen. I thought it was a dying market, not a thriving one. So when that studio contacted me, I felt I had nothing to lose by signing with them and giving it a shot.

I admit I was misguided in my thinking and lack of research before signing.  I received my first royalty check about 8 months later and realized that there was actually a very large audio consumer group out there, and that I had signed away a very large sum of money by giving up my audio rights. That just goes to show you how much we were stumbling through the dark and trying to learn through this entire process.

Luckily, KDP puts out a monthly newsletter, and one issue had a write up on ACX.  I did some research into the service and decided to jump ship from my studio, as good as they’d been, and go with ACX for my next audio book.

ACX is there from start to finish of each project, ready to answer any questions I have. Payments are accurate and timely (something I’ve learned the hard way is not always standard in the ‘published’ world). ACX has been an incredible boon for us, without their help we would not have been able to move from our cramped townhouse to our own house with a yard.

Do you have an ACX story to tell? Put it in the comments and you might be the next featured user on our blog!