This Week in Links: July 18 – 22

ACX University is rolling along, and this week we live streamed our second panel, Now Hear This: A Closer Look at Performing Top Audiobook Genres. If you missed this panel, watch below to learn about handling scenes with multiple characters, voicing the opposite gender realistically, and what to do when romance or erotica gives you the giggles behind the mic.

For Rights Holders:

4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform – via Digital Book World – “Whether it feels comfortable or not, the reality is that an author’s work needs to reach the right community of readers to be successful.”

The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks – via The Wall Street Journal – The paper looks into the factors combining to take audiobooks mainstream in 2016.

Be a Source – via CreateSpace – Looking for a way to stay top of mind with journalists and reviewers? Pay it forward by offering your expertise to them first.

DIY Tools and Services to Help You Edit Your Book – via IngramSpark – Get some assistance to make sure your manuscript is ready to be read by an ACX producer.

For Producers:

How Audiobook Narrators Master Their Craft – via The Week – How does the info contained here compare to your process?

The Mindful Voice Talent – via Christian Rosselli – “[S]ometimes a few simple observations go a long way to understanding ourselves better as talents and becoming more confident.”

3.5mm Audio vs USB Type-C: the Good, Bad and the Future – via Android Authority – What happens when smartphone manufacturers lead a trend away from traditional audio inputs?

Beware What You Share – via Marc Scott – With so many hot topics in the news, take note of how your social media posts may play with clients and listeners.

This Week in Links: July 11 – 15

Did you tune in to the inaugural live stream of ACX University 2016? Top producers Jeffrey Kafer, Christa Lewis, and Andrew Tell joined us to discuss the aspects of a successful audiobook production career. Watch the video below, then subscribe to our YouTube channel to get updates on the rest of this summer’s #ACXU2016 courses.

Now, on to this week’s roundup of links.

For Producers:

How To Prepare For The VO Ride Of Your Life: Live Announcing – via Voice-Over Xtra – Ready to take your talents out of the booth? Check out these tips from the announcer of the SAG and Critics Choice Awards.

7 Easy-to-Miss Habits of a Successful Voice Actor – via CourVo – It’s not easy to miss Dave’s handy hints to develop these seven professional habits.

Should You Hire a Marketer for Your Voiceover Business? – via Victoria DeAnda – “If you don’t tell people what you have to sell, no one will buy it from you.”

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Isn’t Working – 9 Tips to End Your Frustration – via The Write Conversation – “[S]ocial media isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. But, that’s still not an excuse not to use it.”

Marketing Tip: Share What You’ve Learned – via CreateSpace – Think of a tactic that’s worked for you, do more of it, then share it with the author community.

What Is Book Marketing Anyway? – via Digital Book World – If this is a question you’ve asked yourself, click through to get one veteran publisher’s definition.

Author Marketing Mastery #28: Google Plus for Authors – More Plus or Minus? – via where writer’s win – Find out if this social network is worth an your marketing efforts.

 

This Week in Links: July 4 – 8

For Rights Holders:

Authors: You NEED A Mailing List – via BookMarketingTools – Learn how to grow a stable of people to market to that are yours and yours alone.

How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Marketing – via Digital Book World – Check out this helpful list of seven ways to get your book in front of as many people as possible.

Rewriting the 7 Rules of Dialogue – via Writers Digest – Writing authentic dialogue is especially important for audiobook authors.

Author Marketing Mastery #27: Pinterest for Authors – via where writers win – Three helpful examples of authors using the social platform to promote their books.

For Producers:

ACX University 2016 – via ACX – Classes start Wednesday! Find out about upcoming topics, download calendar reminders, and get ready by watching last year’s panels.

Staying Front of Mind in Your Voice Over Network – via Voice Over Herlad – Read about using personal engagement to make a lasting impression on those you work with and work for.

What AGE is Your Voice? – via CourVO – What are your thoughts on the debate between the importance of how old you are vs. how old you sound?

Summer Heat Can Make You Sick – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Don’t let the dog days ruin your voice. Get the doctor’s ten tips for vocal health this summer.

This Week in Links: June 27 – July 1

ACX_University_logo_FINALHave you heard the news? We’re taking ACX University online, with six interactive, live streamed panels coming your way Wednesdays this summer starting July 13. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified about our interactive sessions covering audiobook production, performance, and business topics. Then, check out our favorite links from the past week below.

For Producers:

[VIDEO] ACX University 2015 – via ACX – Get ready for this year’s event by catching up on our panels from last year.

Periscope: A New Way to Market a Voiceover Business – via Victoria DeAnda – Get some idea for promoting your VO services using Twitter’s live video streaming platform.

Recharging the Batteries – via Rob Marley – Learn how even a small break from focusing on your voiceover routine can pay dividends.

Busting Five Voice-Over Myths – via Nethervoice – Learn the truth behind  the most common misconceptions about a career in voice acting.

For Rights Holders:

How to Develop an Author Website and Blog – via IngramSpark – “Your author website is the center of all activity for promoting your writing. Done right, it provides the foundation for success in marketing and promoting your books.”

Fiction Writers: A Simple Approach to Build a Better Email List – via The Book Designer – Learn about the success you can achieve by choosing a smaller target audience.

Online Marketing for Authors – via BookMarketingTools – From content marketing to SEO, this comprehensive guide covers many of the digital marketing topics authors need to learn.

The First Wave – via CreateSpace – What is your first wave, and why is it so important to your marketing efforts? Click through to find out.

Celebrating Five Years of Audiobook Creation

Way back in 2011, Audible launched ACX with a threefold vision: to help Rights Holders get their books into audio; to provide work for talented audiobook Producers; and to get more audiobooks into the ears of Audible’s listeners. Here in 2016, we’re thrilled to celebrate five fantastic years of fulfilling those promises made possible by you, the authors, actors, studios, and publishers that have created over 60,000 audiobooks through ACX.

Watch as ACX team members, past and present, take a trip down memory lane. Then head on over to ACX.com to see what we got ourselves for our birthday.

Share your favorite ACX stories in the comments below.

This Week in Links: May 30 – June 3

For Rights Holders:

How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas – via BookBub – Get a range of tactics for promoting yourself and your titles on the most popular social platforms.

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing: Part 1 – via Digital Book World – Can you answer the basic questions of book marketing: who are your readers, and how do you reach them?

5 Ways That Authors Can Use Facebook Advertising – via Joanna Penn – Get Joanna’s five-step plan to using the popular social network to promote your titles.

Making the Most of E-Mail Marketing – via Publishers Weekly – Separating your email communications into two different audiences can improve your results.

For Producers:

When Your ‘Pickups’ Don’t Match The Original Recording – via Voice-Over Xtra – Get tips for ensuring your corrections sound like your original recording.

Should You Start a YouTube Channel for a Voiceover Business? – via Victoria DeAnda – You may not think of it as such, but YouTube is Google’s other great search engine. Find out how to leverage it for VO marketing.

Please Don’t Fade Away! – via Dr. Ann Uttterback – Bone up on the importance of breath support and get a few exercises to improve your vocal stamina.

[VIDEO] ACX University Presents: Audiobook Audition Techniques and Critiques – via YouTube – Audible Studios producers Mike Charzuk and Kat Lambrix  have heard it all. Hear their wisdom on how to land your next gig with a high-quality audition.

This Week in Links: May 23 – 27

For Producers:

Five Alternate Streams of Income as a Voiceover Artist – via Victoria DeAnda – “While this business can be quite lucrative and exciting at times, many voiceover artists want more from their talent.”

Zip Through Your Day, Get Everything Done Seriously! Six Tips For Boosting Productivity – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn how to manage the limited hours in your day to get the most out of your VO career.

Why You Need To Set A Deadline – via Marc Scott – When setting a goal, you’ll go a long way towards successful completion by setting a deadline.

For Rights Holders:

How to Host a Facebook Launch of Your Self-published Book – via ALLi – Learn 10 steps to successfully host a virtual book (or audiobook!) launch party on the popular social network.

5 Things Most Self-Publishing Authors Overlook – via Book Marketing Tools – “To avoid making the common mistakes, review the following 5 things you should always check off your pre-publishing list.”

Do Writers Offer A Dialogue Or A Rant? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “The good author…tries to think like the reader and understands the assumptions, standards, and knowledge that such readers operate under.”

 

 

This Week in Links: May 16 – 20

For Rights Holders:

10 (Practically) Cringe-less Self-Promotion Ideas for Authors – via Publisher’s Weekly – “When played right, self-promotion can have a resounding ROI—Return on Investment—especially when guided by a few rules.”

How To Use Audio as an Author For Book Sales and Marketing – via The Creative Penn – Get Joanna’s thoughts on why adding audiobooks to your portfolio is important for every author.

How to Use Guest Blogging to Promote Your Book – via Jane Friedman – Author Beth Hayden looks at the advantages of this book marketing method.

How Does Age Affect Reading? – via Digital Book World – Learn how reader analytics testing can “improve books and optimize the book marketing process.”

For Producers:

Six Audiobook Publishers/Producers Reveal What They Seek When Casting Narrators – via Voice-Over Xtra – Find out how to position yourself to get on the roster of audiobook publishers.

Voiceover Podcasts to Grow Your Business – via Victoria DeAnda – Ready to listen to someone talk about how you should be talking? Check out these instructive audio programs.

The Most Important Factor For Voice Over Success – via Marc Scott – Is it your voice? Your studio? Your equipment? The answer may surprise you.

How Dangerous is Your Voice-Over Studio? – via Nethervoice – Learn how to protect your eyes, ears, and fingers from long, repetitive hours in-studio.

 

This Week in Links: May 2 – 6

For Producers:

3 Irrefutable Facts About Choosing Mics – via Dave Courvoisier – Learn a few key points to consider when choosing your next microphone.

10 Effective Ways To Find Voice Over Work – via Gary Terzza – Gary shares tactics you may not have considered for booking VO gigs.

Voiceover – Tips and Tricks for Audio Production – via Sound 4VO – “While it is easy for a voice actor to think only of their performance and delivery of the copy, it is also important to remember that all of those beautifully spoken words are pieces in a larger audio landscape.”

Sound More Conversational – via Online Voice Coaching – “The best delivery sounds like a conversation with a good friend.”

For Rights Holders:

Why Must You Promote Your Book? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Find the answer to “why,” as well as over a dozen suggestions for “how.”

Make Audiobook Creation Your Goal for 2016 – via Digital Book World – ACX Producer Karen Commins shares four recent changes within the audiobook industry that prove now is the time to get your work into audio.

When Failure Isn’t an Option — How to Find Your Readers – via The Book Designer – Author Nick Stephenson offers tips on how to build your audience and take control of your writing and publishing business.

Why I Read My Goodreads Reviews – via Writer Unboxed – “There’s nothing like unvarnished, straight up reader reviews to remind you that every reader is different.”

This Week in Links: April 25 – 29

For Rights Holders:

How to Save Money and Do Online Book Publicity Yourself – via Jane Friedman – “[P]ublicity is not rocket science. If you are committed to the process, you can do it yourself.”

12 Common Writing Errors Even Bestselling Authors Make – via BookBub – Some of these can be real audiobook killers, too.

12 Ways Book Publishers Can Improve Facebook Engagement – via BookBusiness – Find out how to make the most of social media’s biggest platform.

The Indie Authors Business Guide – via Publishers Weekly – Learn the pros and cons of becoming a business entity.

For Producers:

How To Get The Rest You Need To Perform Your Best – via Voice-Over Xtra – Here are five tips to ensure you’re getting enough sleep to perform at a high level.

Do You Need a “Change of Pace”? – via VoiceBank.net – This post outlines a simple exercise you can add to your practice routine to help control the speed at which you read.

(INFOGRAPHIC) Have You Been Pronouncing These 30 Brand Names Incorrectly? – via Bobbin Beam – A good resource for VO’s, and some of the pronunciations may surprise you!

The History of Mind the Gap: The Voice in The Crowd – via Voice Over Herald – Learn the story of the famous message – and the voice behind it – from London’s Tube.