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This Week in Links: August 11 – 15

Did you know that the submission period for the 2015 Audies is open? Sponsored by the APA, the Audies recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. As a publisher or producer of an audiobook, you can enter your ACX title for consideration as a nominee, and yes, rights holders, by “publishers,” we mean you!

Titles released between November 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014 are eligible during the current submission period. Submission runs $175 per title ($100 for APA members), and must be completed by August 22. Complete submission info can be found here (PDF). Submit your ACX production today, and you might find yourself the winner of a shiny new Audie!

Now, on to your weekly links roundup.

For Rights Holders:

J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers (Infographic) – via Galleycat – Take a look at the Lord of the Rings author’s advice for wordsmiths.

The Joy of Writing Longhand – via Lit Reactor – Writing longhand: antiquated idea or inspiring throwback?

10 Essential Tips for Dating A Writer – via Buzzfeed Books -Check out this fun look at what it takes to date a writer. Do you resemble these remarks?

For Producers:

This Much I Know…10 Things I Learned From Getting Into Voiceovervia steveoneillvoice –  Steve O’Neill helps you learn from his time in the VO business.

Game Of Tones: How To Play Your Voice For Maximum Impact – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Gary’s got the “moves that will sharpen your voiceover skills.”

What Growing Grass Taught Me About Voice Over – via Marc Scott Voice 0ver – Find out why the voiceover business is all about patience, perseverance, and endurance.

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!

Best of 2013: Books: Audio and More

As we enter the final weeks of 2013, listmakers near and far are weighing in on the “Best of 2013”. Whether you’re looking for inspiration while writing or recording, in need of a break from hours of creative work, or just looking for your next great listen, you’ll find something to love in our roundup of the Best of The Best of 2013.

ADBLCRE-3105_BoYE_LPBanner._V365982733_Audible’s Best of 2013: Check out the best listens in every category from Audible’s editors, as well as listener favorites.

The Washington Post‘s Best Audiobooks of 2013: TWP offers their top listens of 2013, all of which are available on Audible!

The Audies – 2013: The Audio Publisher’s Association named their top books of the year, and 4 titles produced on ACX took home awards (Swordspoint, The Privledge of The Sword, Anita, and The Personal MBA)!

imagesThe NY Times Ten Best Books of 2013: The Grey Lady offers top picks in fiction and nonfiction, all of which make great listens.

The Audiophiles’ Best Audiobook Listens of 2013: BookRiot has a fun take on the written and spoken word in their list is full of unique recommendations.

Goodreads Best Books of 2013: THE place to discuss books discusses their favorites of the year.

Publisher’s Weekly – Audiobook Bestsellers: Publisher’s Weekly lists their top ten audiobooks as we near year’s end.


NPR’s Book Concierge – Best of 2013: Another great list of the top reads from 2013, with links to in-depth reviews of each.

Now that you’ve got a feel for the best written and spoken words of 2013, think about how you can apply what you’ve learned to your writing and recording in 2014. What trends did you notice this year? What genres topped everyone’s list? Take good notes, share them below, and let them lead you into a productive and successful 2014!

What A Week It Was – A Recap

Last week was a fun and exciting one for the audiobook industry, especially here at Audible/ACX . We loved meeting so many current and future ACXers at  BookExpo America (BEA), The Audies, and our in-house Narrator Knowledge Exchange, and we can’t wait to share some of the good times.

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ACX Production Coordinator Charles Clerke gives ACX Knowledge Exchange attendees a walk-through of the site.

Kicking off our busy week, ACX and Audible Studios hosted 55 fabulous voice actors, studio pros and producers at the Audible offices Thursday, May 30th. Jason Ojalvo, Audible Vice President and head of ACX opened the day with an update on the burgeoning audiobook market and the many opportunities available through Audible Studios and ACX. Guests then enjoyed sessions from Audible staff members on home studio setup, self-recording, editing and mastering. A lucky few were randomly selected to audition for Audible Studios, while others enjoyed tours of our offices and brand new solo recording booths. We love meeting audiobook professionals of all stripes in person, especially ACX members, so keep an eye out for additional opportunities like this in the future.

Click here for more photos from the ACX Narrator Knowledge Exchange.


Members of the ACX team demonstrate the many ways to enjoy listening to an audiobook.

Thursday was also the opening day of BEA, and ACX participated with our first-ever booth. Our team spread the gospel of ACX to authors, agents, and publishers over the three day show, and many had excerpts of their titles read live by ACX narrators at our in-booth recording “studio.” We’re looking forward to the outstanding new titles that this outreach will bring to ACX in the coming months!

Click here for more photos of ACX at BEA.

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ACX’s own Nicole shows off her dress at the 2013 Audie’s.

Finally, Thursday night brought The Audies, and ACX headed into the festivities with four finalist titles. These included The Personal MBA, written and read by Josh Kaufman (nominated for Best Buisness/Educational book), The Privilege of The Sword, written by Ellen Kushner and read by a full cast (Best Multi-Voice Performance), and ACX’s first two Audie wins, Swordspoint, also written by Ellen Kushner and narrated by a full cast, which won for Best Audio Drama, and Anita, written by Keith Roberts, read by Nicola Barber, which won for Best Fantasy Book! Three of our four finalists are part of the Neil Gaiman Presents line, and we couldn’t be more proud of all involved. Audible Studios had a stellar evening as well, with The End of The Affair winning the coveted Audiobook of The Year award! Narrator Colin Firth’s win is among nine for Audible Studios, which also received the prestigious Audie award for Distinguished Achievement in Production for ‘Dracula.’

We now turn our attention to the second half of 2013, and all the exciting ways we have planned to grow and improve the ACX experience for all of our users. If you were a part of our wonderful, crazy week, tell us your memories in the comments!