This Week in Links: January 30 – February 3

For Rights Holders:

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – via The Book Designer – The latest installment in this series takes a look at marketing mistakes authors have made, and what they should have tried instead.

Reflecting On The Book Publicity World’s Last 25 Years – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Find the way forward by learning what has and hasn’t changed in the last quarter century of book promotion.

How to Create a High-Performing Book Sales Page for Your Launch – via Book Marketing Tools – A step-by-step guide to designing a custom landing page for your next book launch.

128 Excellent Alternatives to the Word “Very” – via Writer’s Digest – Give your producer something profound to say with this list of replacement for the infamous writing crutch.

For Producers:

Would You Survive the Shark Tank? – Via Paul Strikwerda – A parable of two VO’s with different skill sets illuminates the difference between sinking or swimming in your voiceover career.

Mix it Up – via Dave Courvoisier – If your routine needs a shakeup, Dave has 20+ ways to get different results.

Do You Hear Yourself? Resonance is Confusing – via Dr. Ann Utterback – The good doctor address the age old question: why do our recorded voices sound so different than what we hear in our head?

ACX Video Playlists – via ACX – We’ve organized our videos on a range of audiobook production, performance, and business topics into a series of bookmark-able lists. Check ’em out!

This Week in Links: January 23 – 27

For Producers:

4 Reasons to Voiceover Blog – via Dane Reid – From upping your recognizability to boosting your SEO, blogging has many benefits for the successful VO.

Testing, Testing – via Pro Sound Network – Get a geeky look at audio recording software, and learn how evaluating audio production has moved from “ear” to “eye.”

Tools ‘n’ Trends – via Dave Courvoisier – Dave recommends some solid online organizational utilities for VO’s for managing relationships with clients and peers.

My Queens Accent Got Me A Book Deal (Well, Kind Of) – via Audible range – Hear The Moth’s Tara Clancy pay tribute to the role her voice has played in her success as a teller of hilarious, moving stories.

For Rights Holders:

7 Top Book Marketing Tips from DBW 2017 – via BookBub – “From building an author’s platform to improving a marketing campaign’s ROI, many [of DBW ’17’s] sessions were buzzing about audience research, fostering reader relationships, and running iterative marketing campaigns.”

3 Key Strategies for Thriving in the Ever-Changing World of Being an Author – via Joanna Penn – Change can be scary, but embracing it can help you stay forefront of writing and publishing.

How to Sell Books Long Term: What Worked for Me – via BookWorks – Learn one indie author’s blueprint for sustained sales success.

Have You Created Your Sell Sheet? – via The Book Designer – Find out how a slick one-sheet featuring your sales successes can help you and your book.

This Week in Links: January 16 – 20

For Rights Holders:

The Pro Bono Marketing Staff Every Self-Published Author Has at Their Fingertips – via The Book Designer – Learn how an expertly published book can stand in for a team of professionals.

7 Blogging Tips from a PR Expert Turned Blogger – via The Write Life – Get advice on growing your audience, increasing your revenue, and giving your blog a facelift.

How To Time Launches and Marketing for Self-published Books in 2017 – via ALLi – Get tips on rolling out your latest title – and make sure to follow up with an audio edition shortly thereafter!

Kick-Start Your Year with These Two Marketing Ideas – via CreateSpace – Did you go to college? Were you in a fraternity or sorority? Do you have 25 free audiobook codes to share? CreateSpace has an idea for you.

For Producers:

11 Signs You May Be a VO Pro – via Dave Courvoisier – If you can check off the majority of Dave’s boxes, you’re well on your way.

EZ YouTube Setup Guide for Voice Actors – via J. Christopher Dunn – Are you using the popular video platform to advertise your VO talents?

5 Reasons Your Voice Over Business Will Fail – via Marc Scott – Turn a negative into a positive; avoid these 5 pitfalls and put yourself on the path to VO success.

ACX University Presents: Taking Your Career to the Next Level – via ACX – Get inside info from professional directors and casting agents on expanding your narration career to major publishers and studios.

This Week in Links: January 9 – 13

For Producers:

9 Mantra to Sell Yourself Better as Voice Over Actor – via Voice Over Herald – Better your career by being mindful of the things that really matter.

Let Yoga Give You a Better Voice – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Find out how the ancient practice can improve your breathing and posture for better voiceover delivery.

My 2016 Voice Over Year in Review – via Lance Blair – How do Lance’s investments in his business stack up to your own?

Life Without A VO Agent – via vo2gogo – Get some advice on making your way through the voice acting landscape without professional representation.

For Rights Holders:

Book Marketing Resources for Authors: The Best of 2016 – via Jane Friedman – This is a must-bookmark collection of tools for writers!

Reboot Your Online Presence in the New Year – via Digital Book World – Is now the right time for you to start “revamping an outdated website, updating a stale blog, or expanding onto a new social media platform?”

Book Launches: Budgeting for a Bestseller – via BookMarketingTools – You needn’t break the bank to find success when your audiobook launches.

Writing Using Science – via CreateSpace – Is there a right time to write? Take a look at the science behind the surprising answer.

This Week in Links: January 2- January 6

FOR RIGHTS HOLDERS:

5 Steps to Set Writing Goals You’ll Actually Achieve– via The Write Practice – Coming up with goals is easy. Coming up with goals that will make you a better writer can be a bit harder.

The Book Marketing Strategy –via Book Marketing Buzz Blog – January sees some of the biggest spikes in sales after people have been given Audible memberships for the holidays. Keep on marketing!

ACX Storytellers: Ryan Winfield – via The ACX Blog – ACX has numerous success stories, Ryan Winfield is one of our favorites. Ryan explains why he decided to retain his audio rights and passed on working with a major publisher to work with ACX.

FOR PRODUCERS:

6 Things you Can Do NOW to Get Started in Voiceover – via Voiceover Herald – It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re not sure how to get started. Avoid that issue with this helpful article to jump start your narration career.

10 Social Media Trends Giving Brands New Ways to Engage in 2017 – via Adweek – Social media is essential to establishing your brand and properly marketing yourself. Find out the best ways to engage with your audience in the New Year.

ACX University Presents: Finding Your Voice Part 1 –The ACX Blog – Before you  dive into audiobook narration, discover your voice so you can find the appropriate projects. Travel back to ACX University 2015 for some starting tips.

This Week in Links: December 19 -December 23

FOR RIGHTS HOLDERS:

How I Chose a Narrator for My Audiobook – via Josh Steimle – Josh provides great advice on how to pick the right narrator for your project and how to choose when you receive numerous auditions.

Build An Epic Visual Strategy for Your Author Brand – via Your Writer Platform – Branding has become as important as the words contained in your book. See how to properly brand yourself to ensure you reach your target audience.

What Are You Thankful For? (Here’s Why Each of Us Is a #ThankfulWriter – via Writer’s Digest – Tis the season to be thankful for all the things we have. Take a moment to reflect on what makes you a #ThankfulWriter.

Is Your Plan For Success “I Just Want to Write My Books”? – via The Book Designer – Marketing a book once it’s completed can sometimes be harder than actually writing the book.  TBD has helpful advice for what happens after “The End”.

FOR PRODUCERS:

9 VO Hacks to Sound Better and Save Money – via Voices.com – Who doesn’t want to sound better while being more productive and saving some money all at the same time?

A Client’s Guide to Selecting the Right Voice-Over Talent for Your Project – via Debbie Grattan – Getting picked for a project can be difficult. Check out this great article about how to turn that audition into an offer.

Drink Up for A Better Voice – via VoiceOverHerald.com – Magic potions, snake oil, bizarre concoctions? Nothing works better for your voice than a tall glass of H2O. Discover the benefits of being (and staying) hydrated.

4 Ways To Get From Good To Great – via Nether Voice – Paul shares tricks of the trade that you might have overlooked or never thought of that can make you a better narrator.

This Week in Links: December 12-16

FOR RIGHTS HOLDERS:

How to Conduct a Year-End Review for Your Writing: 25+ Questions to Consider – via TheWriteLife.com –Sometimes it’s important to take inventory of what you’ve done so that you can get a better idea of where you’re going. How was your 2016?

Marketing tip: link your blog posts to Goodreads and Amazon – via CreateSpace.com – A blog is a great way to let your audience know what you’re up to. Making sure it’s linked to the right websites and resources is key to making it successful.

1 Simple Marketing Tip to Boost the Reach of Author Facebook Pages – SelfPublishingAdvice.com – Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. It can also be a wonderful resource for promoting and marketing your title.

How the Age of Digital Books is Fostering the Writing and Self-Publishing of Mid-length Books – via SelfPublishingAdvice.com – Is more better? An interesting article about how digital books and publishing are changing the way authors approach shorter, more concise content.

FOR PRODUCERS:

Apps for Voice Over Actors – via VoiceOverHerald.com – Need to record an audition on the run? These apps can help your smart phone into a mobile studio.

Are Your Prejudices Hurting Your Voice Overs? – VO Master Class – You know what they say about people who assume… Gary Terzza explains the psychology of assumption when it comes to traditional roles in narration and how they can hinder your performance.

The 5 Elements of a Winning Voice Over Audition – via Michaellangservo.com – Every audition is different and each needs to be approached as such. Check out these helpful suggestions for how to turn auditions into offers.

Video Lessons and Resources – via ACX.com – Sometimes you don’t need to scour the internet for great advice and resources for getting started with #vo work. The ACX website has a wealth of helpful information from video tutorials to Amazon wish list of equipment to help you get started.

This Week in Links: November 14 – 18

For Rights Holders:

7 Signs Your Book is “Professionally Published” – via The Book Designer – Want your book to stand out to ACX Producers? Follow these important tips.

15 Tips to Boost Facebook Engagement for Indie Authors – via Bookworks – Start by using demographics to plan your marketing. Then, take things to the next level with these points.
Book Marketing: How to Lighten the Load with a Checklist – via ALLi – “When the task of marketing your self-published book feels unmanageable, it can help to ‘eat the elephant one bite at a time’ (Editor’s note: please don’t actually eat an elephant).”

88 Books in 20 Months: The Inside Story of a Bestselling Author’s Marketing Strategy – via Digital Book World – Get a look at how one successful indie author markets her titles while keeping her output high.

For Producers:

Flying The Unfriendly Skies – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Dry air and exposure to germs can derail your narration plans this holiday season. Luckily, the good doctor is here to help.

What’s In a Coach – via Paul Allen Rubin – “If you’re considering coaching and don’t regard yourself as an actor, my best advice is take acting lessons, and begin to think and react like an actor.”

Voice Over Agony Uncle – via Gary Terzza – The British VO and coach answers a variety of questions in his latest mailbag.

What We’re Listening To: The ACX Team– via Audible range – We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite listens for Audible’s online magazine.

This Week in Links: October 31 – November 4

For Producers:

Secrets From Successful Voice-Overs – via Paul Strikwerda – It’s easy to view your path as a Boulevard of Broken Dreams; your peers offer their best advice to make sure you don’t get stuck there.

How Punctuation Marks Help You Read Voice Over Scripts Better – via Voice Over Herald – “Punctuation is important for voice overs as it works as an aid in reading, phrasing, and in the overall interpretation of the script.”

How To Pick A Voice Over Conference To Attend – via Marc Scott – Learning and networking at an industry event is a great way to advance your career. Might we humbly suggest you join us at That’s Voiceover next week?

5 Things You Should Do for Your VO Business Before the End of the Year – via Dave Courvoisier – Don’t wait until January to take stock and set yourself up for another successful year.

For Rights Holders:

Which Demographic Do You Promote Your Book To? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “When promoting – and writing – a book, one must always think about the readership demographics.  Which types of media will you pursue?  What kind of fan do you hope to create?”

Book Marketing Success & Failure [PODCAST] – via Book Marketing Tools – Bestselling author A.J. Cosmo shares what he’s learned from his promotional efforts that worked… or didn’t.

Favorite Ways to Promote a Virtual Book Tour – via Build Book Buzz – Learn how to make the most out of your online book tour efforts without ever leaving your office.

Simplify Your Social Media Marketing: Set Up Outpost Channels – via Smart Marketing for Authors – Build a presence on your lesser-used social platforms in order to boost your efforts on those you can dedicate more time to.

This Week in Links: October 24 – 28

For Rights Holders:

7 Tips for Avoiding Book Marketing Trends That No Longer Work – via Digital Book World – Maximize your marketing efforts by avoiding the pitfalls of these outdated attempts.

Paid Advertising Strategies: What Works? – via The Verbs – Spoiler alert: the answer in this post turns out to be Facebook, and the author covers every aspect of how to be successful on the platform.

Book Publicity Do’s & Don’ts for Indie Authors – via BookWorks – “Getting press and having a constant promotional presence IS vital, but how does an author with no PR experience go about getting that presence?”

The 4 Most Effective Book Marketing Strategies That Work – via BadRedhead Media – “You don’t need a marketing or business degree, but you do need to spend time learning.”

For Producers:

Awesome Guide to 2016 Microphones – via Dave Courvoisier – If you’re in the market for some new gear, check out this comprehensiveness guide.

How to Know You Should Become a Voiceover Coach – via Victoria DeAnda – Looking to supplement your income, expand your network, or give back to the VO community? Here’s how to know if coaching is right for you.

Are Your Prejudices Hurting Your Voice Overs? – via Gary Terzza – “Far too many beginners pigeonhole their voices too early on and in so doing cut out swathes of work opportunities.”