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This Week in Links: October 13 – 17

For Rights Holders:

15 Ways to Promote Your Book with a Book Trailer – via The BookBaby Blog – Take your audio promotion to a visual medium with this collection of ideas.

The Publishing Plan – via BadRedHead Media – Guest blogger Jessica West discusses why having an indie publishing plan is just as important as having a plan for your writing.

How to Tell if Your Story Idea is Mediocre—And How to Improve It – via Jane Friedman – Every good book starts with a good idea. Jane’s got tips on how to distinguish the good form the bad.

NaNoWriMo Prep Work: To Edit or Not Edit While Writing First Draft – via Writer’s Digest – Whether you’re taking part in the annual writing event or not, WD has some insight how to to get your manuscript started.

For Producers:

10 Tips for a Healthy Studio – via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voiceover Blog – Here’s some excellent tips on keeping your studio as germ free as possible to avoid the dreaded fall cold.

15+ Dialects Sites – via CourVO – This post contains numerous links that will help you nail that regional dialect for your next audiobook project.

Yawning for a Better Broadcast? – via Online Voice Coaching – Find out why Ann Utterback advocates for the intentional yawn as a method of warming up the voice.

Whittam’s World, Episode 47: “Removing Clicks from Audio Files [VIDEO] – via Edge Studio – Watch as George takes you through the steps to ensure your fans get  a clean, enjoyable listening experience.

This Week in Links: July 28 – August 1

Welcome back to our weekly links roundup. Before we get to the collection of advice on writing and producing audiobooks, we’ve got a special announcement for our LA-area audiobook producers.

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If you’ll be in town over Labor Day weekend (August 27-30), you’ll want to head over to Twitter and enter our contest to win a free ticket to Voice 2014! All you have to do is follow @ACX_com and retweet the tweet below for a chance to win!

The contest is open through 11:59 pm on August 5th, and you can enter once per day for a maximum of 5 entries. We’ll announce two winners here on the blog on August 6th. Full contest rules can be found here. Good luck!

Now, on to this week’s links!

For Rights Holders:

Find the Right Publicist for Your Next Book – via The BookBaby Blog – Looking to branch out beyond self-promotion? Chris Robley has your guide to picking a publicist.

The Cast of Characters in a Novel – via Live Write Thrive – “Sure, life is interesting when you have interesting people around you. But we shouldn’t be writing novels just to showcase fascinating characters.”

The Writer’s Retreat – via The New York Times – A fun illustration of what your happy place might look like.

Bodices Don’t Rip: Writing Accurate Historical Fiction – via LitReactor – “Staying true to period doesn’t necessarily mean getting every detail right— it’s also about creating characters that interact with their settings in a believable way.”

For Producers:

8 Ways to Get a Well-Rounded VO Education Without Hiring a Coach – via CourVo – Dave Courvoisier offers advice for producers looking to step up their game without shelling out for a coach.

10 Cartoon Voices That Are Actually Impressions of Other Actors – via GeekTyrant – A fun look at the inspiration behind your favorite cartoon character voices.

Signs Your Voiceover Website Needs to Change – via RealTime Casting – Is is time for a business reinvention? RTC offers 5 ways to tell if it’s time to give your VO website a facelift.

This Week in Links: June 23 – 27

Balancing the the artistic and financial sides of your business may be one of the most challenging parts of maintaining a creative career. Luckily, this week’s links cover both sides of the equation. Check out this week’s advice on achieving the best of both worlds, and share your favorite links from this week in the comments!

For Rights Holders:

Book Reviews for Self-Published Authors: What You Need to Know – via BookBaby – A good review is one of the best ways to generate buzz for your book. This post collects a number of articles to help you understand the when, why, and how of getting reviews.

Writing: How to Self-Edit Your Novel – via ALLi – Professional editor Jessica Bell shares her top tips for polishing your fiction writing.

What It Takes to Be an Authorpreneur – via Live Write Thrive – The digital publishing revolution has empowered authors like never before. Author Geraldine Solon looks at what that means for industrious writers.

For Producers:

Five Warning Lights (For Voice Talents) – via Dan Hurst – Much like your car, the voiceover industry has occasional “warning lights” you must heed to to ensure a smoothly running business.

Is Your Amateurism Preventing You From Getting Voice Over Work? – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Gary reviews the little things that separate voiceover pros from voiceover amateurs.

Voice Talent Wisdom: Environment – via Christian Rosselli – Many voice talents don’t book jobs simply because they’re not focused on an integral part of the script: The Environment.

This Week in Links: June 16 – 20

Think learning ever stops? We don’t! Just ask the kids finishing school for the summer about their summer reading lists. We’ve compiled your reading list to remind you to never stop increasing your audiobook aptitude. Click on for a weekend’s worth of audiobook writing and recording tips.

For Producers:

Voice Over Actor Health Tips: 10 Ways to Maintain Great Vocal Health – via Debbie Grattan’s Voice Blog – Keeping your voice in working order can be a challenge when your voice is your work. Debbie’s tips will help you maintain vocal health.

Standing Up Or Sitting Down: What’s The Best Position To Do A Voice Over?  – via Gary Terazza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – How do you record? Gary takes a look at both sides of the great debate.

Creating a Home Studio for the Beginner Voice Actor – via Voice Over Herald – Good advice on soundproofing and acoustically treating a new home studio.

[VIDEO] First Impressions: Noble by Wizard: FR In-Ear Monitors – via The Rambling of Some Audio Guy – Juan Carlos Bagnell takes a look at what $700 can get you in the world of high end headphones.

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Basics for Authors: Simple and Effective Book Promotion Tips – via The Bookbaby Blog – “[T]raditional book marketing strategies can still be highly effective. But if you want to reach a wider audience and get connected to more potential readers, the solution is social media marketing.”

Writing: Do Novice Authors Really Need an Editor? – via ALLi – Derek Murphy offers expert advice from the editor’s viewpoint, some of which may surprise you.

All About the Setting – via CreateSpace – Richard Ridley says setting is not where your story takes place. So…what is it then?

This Week in Links: June 2 – 6

Did you attend one of the many audiobook industry events last week? Whether you made your presence known at BEA, APAC, The Audie’s or our own Narrator Knowledge Exchange, we hope you learned about your craft and gained some new skills to apply to your next writing or producing venture.

Don’t fret if you didn’t make it to the New York City area for one of these events. There’s plenty of audiobook education for you below in our weekly links roundup!

For Producers:

AudioElequence – via AudioElequence – One of the most comprehensive online pronunciation resources available.

The Inaudible, Low-Voice Syndrome – via Online Voice Coaching – Dr. Ann Utterback has tips for projecting even when speaking softly.

The Stuff Between Your Ears – via Nethervoice – Paul’s motivational post discusses the mental aspects of life as a freelance artist.

Do Allergies Affect your Voice Over Work? – via Voice Over Herald – Nicola Redman shares the impact her hey fever has had on her voice work – and what she finally did about it.

For Rights Holders:

4 Reasons You Should Prioritize Your Author Website Over Social Media – via The BookBaby Blog – Chris Robley explains why your website may be more important to your author platform than your Facebook account.

How to Finally Finish That Novel – via Live Write Thrive – Author and writing instructor Cathy Yardley tackles the 4 biggest excuses writers use to put off writing.

Writing: Write What You Know – via ALLi – Author Carol Cooper’s advice: write what you know, check what you don’t.

Maxed Out: Changing the Conversation about Women and Work [VIDEO] – via YouTube – ACX author Katrina Alcorn discusses why you may be feeling overwhelmed with work – and what to do about it.

 

This Week in Links: April 14 – 18

Did you join us last night for our Twitter chat with guest Toni Tesori from @duolit? We had a great time connecting with authors and talking audiobook production and marketing! If you missed the chat, or just want to relive the fun, check out our Twubs page (remember to read from the bottom up), and make sure to follow @ACX_com for all the best audiobook info in 140 characters or less.

After that, read on for your top audiobook links from this past week!

For Producers:

4 Voice Actors Walk Into A Bar…. – via Rhonda’s Voice – Learn what the 4 generations of voiceover professionals can teach us.

Wake Up Your Voice With Protein – via Online Voice Coaching – Dr. Ann Utterback explains why you should reach for a can of sardines instead of a bar of chocolate for your next in-booth energy boost.

5 Simple Things to Improve Your Voice-over Career – via Bodalgo – Follow these 5 easy tips and see how they improve your voiceover outlook.

How to Connect with People on Social Media – via Socialnomics – Social media can be one of the most powerful (and free!) marketing tools. Read on to learn how to get those most out of your time on social media.

For Rights Holders:

Cynthia Hartwig’s Top Five Marketing Jobs for New Authors – via The ACX Blog – Cynthia’s guest post on this very blog is full of tips you can put into practice right away to get the word out about your audiobook productions.

Five Warning Signs Your Story Needs Revision – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – “Many readers might not be able to articulate specifically why they lost interest in a story, but often the answer is simple. It can be an accumulation of the small things.” Let Kristen help you figure out where your story went astray.

How to Know When You’re Done Revising Your Manuscript – via The BookBaby Blog – After Kristen helps you figure out if you need to revise your story, let BookBaby help you understand when enough is enough.

10 Steps To The Best Cover For Your Book – via badredheadmedia – Like it or not, readers and listeners will judge your book by it’s cover. Learn 10 things you can do to make sure your fans judge yours kindly.

 

 

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: 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?

This Week In Links: August 19 – 23

Summer is cooling off, but our weekly links roundup is still hot as ever! Whether you’re sunning in the park with your Kindle or workin’ indoors for the weekend, enjoy the links below, and stay tuned to the blog for more great posts next week!

For rights holders:

The Unexpected Agony of Recording Your Own Audiobookvia The Atlantic – Author Katie Hafner found narrating her own book to be tiring, fascinating and taxing. Yet, she’d do it all again.

5 Android Apps for Indie Publishers – via AllIndiePublishing – You never know when inspiration will strike. These apps are great for writers on the go.

Blogging for Authors: How to Spend Less Time Coming Up w/ Your Next Article Idea – via BookBaby – “Even if you’re blogging from a passionate commitment to your subject, there are times when creativity just fails.”

Macker, Hacker, Writer – via Hugh Howey –  Hugh discusses why he chose to self publish, even after becoming a literary success.

For producers:

Voiceover Business Explored in ‘In A World…’ – via ABC News – Upcoming movie shines a spotlight on the voiceover industry (and looks very funny).

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

Buying Twitter Ads: A Real-Life VO Story – via Voice Acting In Vegas – Are Twitter ads the right way to advertise your voiceover services? Here’s one actor’s story.

The Simpsons Character To Voice Actor Infographics – via Uproxx – Nancy Cartwright voices eight boys and zero  girls?!?

Thanks for reading. See you next week!