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Advice From Authors Near and Far

We’ve attended quite a few publishing & voiceover events this summer, from BEA to That’s Voiceover, and met many current and future ACX users along the way. Last month, we attended the annual conferences of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA), and we learned great tips from successful authors along the way.

ACX’s own Jason Ojalvo took Atlanta by storm at the RWA’s annual conference, taking part in the fruitful Amazon indie publishing panel, and we’re not just saying that because he tried his first peach cobbler. Authors learned about the great benefits and services provided through Amazon, from Amazon Author Central to Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace, as well as ACX. We also attended panels conducted by ACX authors such as Bella Andre and Barbara Freethy. Both offered tips for their fellow writers, including:

  • Write more than one book. There is strength in numbers
  • Spend more time writing than promoting. Promoting your work is definitely important. But as a writer, your main job is to write.
  • Network with authors and cross promote. You can multiply each others’ efforts, especially when you’re in similar or complimentary genres.
  • Get to know your retailers. Different retailers offer varying services and have different timelines for getting your book in their store. Learn who offers what to best navigate the landscape.
  • Get all of your fans to sign up for your newsletter. This is mainly to drive sales on the release date, in order to get on the best seller list. Be aggressive about getting email addresses – they’re even more important than fans on Facebook or Twitter.

Moving now to the Pacific Northwest, ACX Product Manager Mike Stover presented ACX to the gathered authors at PNWA, participated in the Independent Author booth for the full three days of the conference, and expertly avoided the siren song of Seattle’s casinos. Here’s some of what he learned from the fantastic authors he met:

  • Authors love hearing their work in audio. And, it inspires them to write future books with audio in mind.
  • Authors are advertising their audio edition alongside their print and eBooks. This is especially beneficial with ACX’s $25 bounty program.
  • Authors are putting their 5 minute sample on their blog or website. Oftentimes, fans only need to hear their favorite work in audio to be convinced to buy it.

We look forward to spreading the word about ACX at upcoming industry events like Novelists, Inc. 2013 in October and Self Publishing Book Expo this November. We hope to see you there!

Would you like to see ACX at your next publishing or recording industry event?

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.

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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!

Your Book Deserves to Be Heard – Live at BEA!

Calling all authors! Are you attending BookExpo America (BEA)? If so, we’d like to meet you. ACX will be exhibiting at the show Thursday May 30 through Saturday June 1 in booth DZ1860.

If you haven’t produced an audio version of your title, here’s your chance to experience a narrator performing a sample of your book live at BEA. Bring us 2-3 pages of your manuscript (or a copy of your book if it’s handy!), and our professional voice actor will consult with you on your story and perform your excerpt live! We’ll send you the free sample recording within a week of the show, and our staff will be on hand to assist you in signing up for ACX and claiming your first title. Reservations for these free performances are limited, so register here to reserve your space.

ACX is thrilled to have some of the best voices in the business participating in this event. Here’s who you can expect to meet and perform your book:

Elisabeth Rodgers – Thursday 5/30, 9a – 1p

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Kevin T. Collins – Thursday 5/30, 1p – 5p

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Piper Goodeve – Friday 5/31, 9a – 1p

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Nick Sullivan – Friday 5/31, 1p – 5p & Saturday 6/1 9a – 1p

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Gabra Zackman Saturday 6/1, 1p – 4p

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We can’t wait to meet you at booth DZ1860 and hear your books performed live. Don’t forget to register for your performance!

Visit ACX at BEA!

ACX is proud to announce our presence at BookExpo America (BEA) May 30th – June 1st 2013!

BookExpo America is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals, attracting an international audience of retailers, booksellers, authors and more. BEA is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself. In 2012, attendance rose to over 14,000 with overall attendance, inclusive of exhibitors, reaching 22,000.

Visitors to the Digital Discovery Zone booth DZ1860 at BEA will get to experience the power of the spoken word live. This year, ACX will present an interactive demonstration of audiobook creation through ACX.com. During show hours, authors, rights holders, agents, and publishers who visit the ACX booth will have the opportunity to meet one of our professional audiobook narrators and have an excerpt of their titles performed and recorded – live. Have a free consultation with an actor to determine the type of performance that is best for your book. Then, watch as they perform and record your words in our on-site recording booth. You will receive your audiobook sample from us within one week at no cost, and can sign up for ACX, claim your title right away, and begin accepting auditions to produce your audiobook for eventual sale on Audible.com, Amazon.com and iTunes.

If you plan to visit us at booth DZ1860 at BEA, tell us in the comments, or request your appointment to participate. We’d love to meet you!