If you joined us for ACX University Presents: Casting and Communicating with Your Narrator, you met author Kristina Rienzi and learned about her recently published thriller, Among Us. Now that Kristina knows how to collaborate on a great-sounding audiobook production, she wants to hear your take on her story of an English professor who stumbles on a vast government-alien conspiracy!
Auditions are now open, and you’ve got until 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, November 6 to submit your best take via ACX. Log on to ACX (or create an account), visit the profile for Among Us to download the audition script, then produce and upload your audition. Kristina, with a little guidance from Audible Studios, will pick the best male or female voice to cast for a $300 per-finished-hour narration and production contract. We’ll announce the winner right here on the ACX blog on Monday, November 19.
If you weren’t able to tune in on Monday, learn more about Among Us and what kind of performance Kristina is looking for by watching the episode below
Break a lip!
Though the leaves are only starting to change, we’re already looking ahead to the December audiobook sales season. To give your upcoming audiobook the best chance to be on sale in time for the 2018 holidays, we recommend that your titles are approved and submitted to ACX by Friday, December 7, 2018.
Below, we’ve gathered our best advice to help authors and actors ensure a smooth audiobook production from beginning to end.
Pardon our dust! We’ve refreshed ACX.com to enhance the look and feel of the site with changes meant to make audiobook creation even easier.
We are happy to provide to you a more intuitive audiobook creation experience, and although this launch will remain largely consistent with your current experience, there will be a few changes you notice such as:
- The ability to easily organize your received auditions with the new “Favorites” tag.
- Clearer production statuses and instructions for next steps within the creation workflow.
- Visual improvements to the Sales Dashboard.
We believe these changes will improve and expedite your audiobook production experience on ACX. If you’ve got feedback on the refreshed ACX experience, contact email@example.com, or leave us a note here in the comments. We can’t wait to hear what you do next!
3 Reasons Why You Need a VO Accountability Partner – via Dave Courvoisier – Learn the benefits of an honest relationship with a trusted colleague and how to select the right person for you.
Three Characteristics Of Successful Voice Actors: What Keeps Them On Top? – via Voice-Over Xtra – “I think we all know well-educated people with great skills and a nice set-up who can barely make ends meet. So, there must be other factors at play that determine the difference between success and failure.”
The Voice Actor’s Law of Diminishing Returns – via Backstage – “I was willing to buy into the lie rather than face the truth that the marathon path to success in VO requires persistence, savvy, patience, hard work, facing your demons, and overcoming your fears.”
Is Your Portfolio Demonstrating the Best You? – via Natasha Marchewka – Are you highlighting the full breadth of your abilities on your ACX profile, your website, and elsewhere? Natasha’s got tips to make the most out of your promotional real estate.
For Rights Holders:
Why Focused Goals Can Help You Sell More Books – via a marketing expert – “If you have no direction other than “book sales” you’ll often make bad decisions, spend money you shouldn’t have, and end up nowhere near the final, end goal of selling more books.”
Submit Your Book to Holiday Gift Guides – via The Book Designer – Getting your audiobook listed in a book guide can be a great way to expose your work to tons of potential listeners. Note that you needn’t wait for the year-end holidays to take action on this tip.
What Your Brand Needs – via CreateSpace – What’s the one simple trick that will make your author brand more interesting to your fans? CreateSpace’s Richard Ridley offers his answer.
How to Get Kicked Out of a Facebook Group – via Build Book Buzz Facebook groups are a hotbed of fan activity and a great place to connect with listeners. Make sure you conduct yourself appropriately by checking out this list of “don’ts.”
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When You Don’t Know What To Do – via Natasha Marchewka – Now is a great time to jump on board with Natasha’s 2018 series teaching you to “pull your business together, get on track, and keep your ducks in a row.”
Stop Talking for a Better Voice – via Dr. Ann Utterback – This counterintuitive advice makes sense once you read when you’re recommended to abstain from speaking.
Voiceovers And The New Tax Code – vi Tom Dheere – If you have questions about how the new tax code will affect your VO business, Tom’s got you covered. Part two can be read here.
‘Talk British To Me!’ … A Desirable Talent For Voice Actors – Here’s What To Practice – via Voice-Over Xtra – Add another accent to your repertoire with this advice from VO Sarah Mitchell.
For Rights Holders:
How to Build Your Brand in 2018 – via CreateSpace – Author Richard Ridey has three quick tips to improve your promotions in 2018.
Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them – via Writer’s Digest – If you’re battling writer’s block, it may be time to unlearn some of the less helpful pieces of wisdom you’ve come to believe.
10 Critical Author Marketing Lessons We Can Learn from Apple – via where writers win – From keeping it simple to developing an aura of mystery, this fun infographic has a number of helpful ideas.
Masterful Narrative Scenes in Novel – via C.S.Lakin – The more compelling the book, the more appealing it will be to narrator and listeners alike.
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This week, four ACX Producers who are among the 20 inaugural inductees into Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame join us to share their reflections and advice for their fellow narrators and producers. Today, Luke Daniels offers his thoughts.
Hall of Famer Luke Daniels
For almost a decade, I have been blessed to become a small part of the audiobook industry, and now I am extremely honored to be selected for Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame. I want to share this recognition with every other narrator, producer, proofer, casting director, designer, sales rep, engineer, and listener who labors in their own significant way to bring these stories to life. It’s all of us who have made this industry what it is today, and I am lucky to count myself among your ranks. As for Audible, thank you for being the lighthouse as we discover this new world.
Choice is the lynchpin of any journey, and I’ve been asked to share some of the decisions that I believe helped get me to this point.
- Listen to audiobooks! Listen to other narrators. Talk to people in the industry and listen to what they have to say. Gather information like its oxygen. Learn about all sides of the business. You’re not just a talk-monkey. Well, you are, but become a better one by being aware of what’s happening in the audiobook industry.
- You are your product. Tend to yourself. As a performer, your body is your instrument. Sitting still with intense focus in front of a screen is not great for our physical or mental health. Do other things. Get out. Experience life. It will inform you as a performer and help make you a more well-rounded product.
- Market yourself. Put yourself out there. Take chances. Build a fan base through social media. Help out your peers in the industry. Lift each other up, and we all rise to the top.
Thanks for all the hours of listening and for this incredible honor. I am truly grateful.
Want even more Luke? Read his recent Storytellers post, or find him on ACX, Facebook, Twitter, and—of course—Audible.
Get more advice from hall of fame inductees here, and join us on Friday for the final installment of our series, featuring Simon Vance.
For Rights Holders:
Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – November 2017 – via The Book Designer – This week, honesty is the best policy. Learn the right ways to drive your sales organically source authentic reviews.
18 Ways To Promote Your Book – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Here’s an easy assignment for you: pick a few suggestions off this list and put them into practice for your audiobook.
8 Things You MUST Do When Your First Book Is Launched – via Writer’s Digest – Just about all of these tips work when launching your audiobook too! Just remember to enjoy first.
Setting Goals – via CreateSpace – “You can’t develop a marketing strategy until you define what will make your marketing efforts a success.”
More Relief for Your Voice in Stressful Times – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Pair with part one of this series, and you’ll get the full scope of advice as we approach harsh weather and a potentially stressful holiday season.
Ask: ‘I’m A Voice Actor – But Why?’ Understand That To Grow Your Career – via Voice-Over Xtra – “Answering the question of “Why” will help us learn how to distinguish ourselves from everyone else. And it can lead to knowing what we can specifically do to achieve this vague notion of individualism. ”
Why You Flunked That Audition – via Dave Courvoisier – CourVO offers some insight on why you may not get the part – and it might just be in someone’s head.
ACX Storytellers: Luke Daniels – via ACX – Follow this multi-award winning voice’s path to success, and find some great advice along the way.
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.
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.”
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