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Best of 2013: ACX Storytellers

We’re wrapping up our look back at the best of the blog in 2013 with a countdown of the most popular ACX success stories of the year. The ACX users featured here have been there and done that – and have valuable insight to share on audiobook publishing and production.

Take one last look at 2013 with us, and use the stories below as inspiration for your own audiobook success in 2014 and beyond!

The Countdown

10. Tim Grahl – Author of Your First 10,000 Copies talks rights reform and audiobook self publishing

9. Anti-Matter Media – The studio that produced Josh Kaufman’s The First 20 Hours checks in to offer their tips for aspiring audiobook authors and actors.

8. Rebecca Forster – Author of the Witness series shares 5 essential steps for bringing your book to life as an audiobook.

7. Badwater – Author Toni Dwiggins and producer Christine Padovan team up to talk both sides of this award winning production.

6. Wendy Lindstrom & Julia Motyka – The author of the popular Grayson series interviews her narrator and gets a  snapshot of a typical day in the recording studio.

5. Jared Tendler & Barry Carter – Authors of DIY success The Mental Game of Poker remind readers that ACX also accepts and distributes fully produced audiobooks.

4. H.M. Ward – NY Times & USA Today bestselling author offering marketing advice for fellow ACXers.

3. Arika Rapson – One of 2012’s best producer success stories returns with an update after reaching the 8,500 unit sales mark on ACX.

2. Bella Andre – Super successful ACX author and NY Times bestseller has advice for authors looking to get in the audiobook game.

1. Falling Into You – Our top success story of the year covered all aspects of Jasinda Wilder’s audiobook production, with tips from the author, along with narrator Piper Goodeve and studio pro Pete Rohan.

Are you an ACX success story? Tell us why in the comments, and we might just feature you on the blog in 2014!

Best of 2013: This Year In Links

It’s Friday, and on the ACX blog that usually means counting down the best audiobook related links of the week. This week however, we’re continuing our recap of 2013 and counting down the best audiobook links of the year. Join us for a trip down memory lane and learn your fellow readers’ favorites of 2013.

10. Dreaded Ambient Noise – via VoiceOverPlaza – 25-year broadcast pro dives into the causes of and cures for ambient noise in your recording space.

9. Ten Voice Over Twitter Feeds You’d Be Crazy Not To Follow – via VoiceOverGenie – The title says it all, though we’d add our own Twitter feed to this list as the 11th!

8. Five Ways For Authors to Handle Bad Reviews – via DBW – Bad reviews can happen to good authors. Here’s what to do about them.

7. AudioEloquence.com – Perhaps the most comprehensive online pronunciation resource for voice actors

6. Audiobooks: A “How To” Guide, Featuring Interviews With Producers and Voice Artists – via Jade Kerrion’s Blog – Learn some ACX tips in this engrossing interview with author Jade and her producer.

5. Why Your Last Book Didn’t Get Reviewed – via The BookBaby Blog – Did you put your heart and soul into writing and launching your last book project –  only to be ignored by the media, critics, and book bloggers? BookBaby tells you how to do it correctly the next time around.

4. Seven Other Outrage-Inducing Words We’re Literally Misusing – via QuirkBooks – You talk for a living,  but are you misusing any of these words?

3. Hacker, Maker, Writer – Via Hugh Howey – Fantastically successful ACX author talks the why and how of his self-publishing journey.

2. Professional Home Recording Studio Tour, Advice, Tips, and Tricks – via Jordan Reynolds – Informative video tour of a professional home studio.

1. Mouth Noise – The Bane of a Voice Actor’s Life – via Anna Parker-Naples – Versatile voice actress talks about keeping mouth noise to a minimum.

What was your favorite audiobook related article of the year?

Best of 2013: The Best of The Blog

2013 has been a great year for the ACX blog, helping actors and authors become better audiobook production partners. This year, we offered the expertise of Audible’s studio team, merchandising group, top-selling authors and award-winning producers, and you voted for your favorite stories with your clicks. Before we say goodbye to 2013 and get ready for a bigger, better 2014, take a look back at our top posts from the past year.

10. ACX Success Story: Kevin Pierce – Prolific ACX producer tells how ACX helped him make the transition from radio and TV to audiobook production.

9. How to Promote Your Titles & Get on Audible’s Merchandising Radar – Part 1 – The first part of our two part series introduced readers to Audible’s merchandising expert Jessica and her best practices for audiobook marketing success.

8. Alex Hyde-White’s 4 Tips For New Narrators – Winning our narration contest at That’s Voiceover allowed this film and TV actor to start his audiobook career with ACX.

7. ACX Studio Gear Series: Home Studio Setup – Part 1 – ACX actors were more empowered than ever to work from home with expert advice on setting up their personal recording space.

6. APE This: ACX and Guy Kawasaki Launch Open Casting Call – Back in July, We teamed with author and book-marketing expert Guy Kawasaki to cast the voice of his guide to self publishing.

5. Four Questions to Ask Before You Audition – With over 3,000 titles open for audition on ACX, we took a moment to guide actors towards auditioning for the title that’s best for them.

4. ACX Studio Gear Series Part 3: Headphones – No, not the kind you listen to music with! The fourth spot on our list is occupied by this critical tool to help producers better hear themselves.

3. Money Talks – Paying, and Getting Paid, For Your Audiobook – Does money make the world go round? This post gives authors a better understanding of the ways to fund their audiobook production, as well as info on how they’ll be paid once it’s on sale.

2. ACX Studio Gear Series Part 2: DAWs –  A Digital Audio Workstation is the software needed to record, edit, and master your audiobooks productions, and we covered the pros and cons of the most popular options.

1. ACX Studio Gear Series Part 1: Microphones and Preamps – The bedrock of a good sounding recording got the full treatment in our most popular post of the year, as we ran down various options for equipment across all price levels.

What was your favorite post from 2013? Tell us in the comments!

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.

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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!