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This Week in Links: November 30 – December 4

Before we get to this week’s top audiobook links, we’d like to remind you that the deadline to submit audiobooks to ACX for the best chance to be on sale for the holiday season is today, December 4th. Make sure your productions meet our Audio Submission Requirements and submit, review, or approve holiday projects by the end of the day. Then, check out the links below to help make your next audiobook even better!

For Producers:

Audiobook Narrators: How To Tweet Your Way To More Jobs And Audiobook Sales – via Voice-Over Xtra – Thoughts and advice for actors using social media to promote their work and further their careers.

5 Ways Voiceover Work and Family Influence Each Other – via Victoria DeAnda – “Family has a lot to do with how you perform as a voiceover artist. Learning how they affect it can help you control the feelings, emotions, and other factors that come into play as you work.”

The Obstacles Holding Back Your Voice Over Career – Via Gary Terzza – Are you putting up roadblocks to your own career goals?

Don’t Buy New Recording Equipment. Do This Instead. – Via CourVO – Gary’s got a better way to spend your money than on fancy new gear you may not know how to use.

For Rights Holders:

What IS a Target Audience? What You Need to Know – via BadRedheadMedia – “How do we get our target audience (those we are marketing to), to become our actual audience, the ones who buy what we are marketing to them?”

10 Tips for Twitter Success in Publishing – via The Bookseller – An easy to digest list of social media advice.

Why Social Media Should Become Publishers’ New Testing Ground – via BookBusiness – Can the “#instapoet” concept be applied to novels?

Do Writers Need Coaches? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “Imagine if a writer has someone telling them to try harder, do it this way and not that, and high-fives them for a well-written passage?”

This Week in Links: April 27 – May 1

For Producers:

The 7 Most Overlooked Daily Habits of Successful Voice Actors – via CourVo – Whether you’re a narration newbie or a voiceover veteran, make sure you can see the forest for the trees.

How To Keep Your Voice Over Clients – via Voice-Over Xtra – Guy Harris’ advice? Focus on long-term game, not short-term gain.

Your Voice Over Questions Answered– via VOMasterClass – Gary Terzza answers a variety of common voiceover questions in his latest mailbag.

The Emoji Translation Project on Kickstarter – via GalleyCat – In a future when all books are written with emoji’s, audiobook narrators will need this handy translation guide.

For Rights Holders:

Putting It All Together – via Author Marketing 101 – An illuminating case study on one author’s book marketing experience.

Follow Your Dreams, Get Writing and Turn Those Excuses Upside Down – via The Write Conversation – “The more we talk about why we can’t—the more we guarantee our own failure.”

[AUDIO QUIZ] Can You Finish These Famous Lines From Books? – via BuzzFeed Audio – How well do you know the line after the famous lines from your favorite books?

How to Overcome Social Anxiety When You Work From Home – via The Write Life – if you’re an author who writes from home, check out these tips for acclimating to the world at large.

This Week in Links: March 2 – 6

For Producers:

Wrong Man For The Job – via Joe’s Dump – An important look at the difference between being attracted to a project and being right for a project.

How do I become a voice talent? (An Easy-to-Use Answer) – via J. Christopher Dunn – J. Christopher makes it easy to pay it forward with a creative way for voice over veterans to help the newbies.

Should a Mic “Look” Good? – via CourVO – Are you into aural aesthetics? Take a peek at this collection of microphones that excel in both sound and look.

What Do People Ask You When They Learn You’re A Voice Talent? – via Voice-Over Xtra – How many of these classic questions for VO’s have you been asked.

ACX Storytellers: Anna Parker-Naples – via The ACX Blog – Read the inspiring story of this actress’s journey from stage to recording booth.

For Rights Holders:

Twitter Marketing Strategy: How Much Book Promotion is Too Much? – via The Write Life – Thoughts on how often to promote, as well as the difference between a “soft sell” and a “hard sell.”

3 Must-Know Ways for Creating Meaningful Settings in Your Novel – via Helping Writers Become Authors – “The settings in your novel serve a number of very powerful functions in your scenes, and that’s why setting is an essential pillar of novel construction.”

How to Win Listeners and Create Great Audiobooks – via The ACX Blog – Learn best practices and top tips for publishing audiobooks through ACX.

How an Epic Fail Can Be A Slinky of Goodness – via The Writer’s Alley – Good advice on how to move past criticism and get back to a positive frame of mind.

3 Ways to Get Your Next Story Idea – via The Write Practice – What to do when you need to write but don’t know what to write about.

This Week in Links: February 16 – 20

For Producers:

7 Ways to Use Instagram in Your VO Business – via CourVO – Don’t assume that working with your voice means you have nothing to gain from this visual social platform.

Keeping Your Voice Young – via Online Voice Coaching – As the years go by, vocal health becomes more important than ever. Learn how to take care of an aging voice from Dr. Ann Utterback.

Your Best Narration is Just a Breath Away via J. Christopher Dunn – J. Christopher tackles the classic conundrum: Breaths, and when to remove them.

Market Yourself and Your Books with Promo Codes for Producers – via The ACX Blog – Learn how to attract authors and listeners with free downloads of your ACX productions.

Voice Actors Who Inspired the Look of Their Characters – via Voice Over Herald – From the modern to the classic, learn about the actors that inspired their characters sound and look.

For Rights Holders:

5 Things Published Authors Know (and You Can Master) – via HuffPo Books – A great handful of tips from the co-author of The Nanny Dairies.

Different Types of Content Ideas for Authors – via Bad Red Head – Check out these 20 creative ways to promote your work on social media.

5 Tips for Choosing a Narrator – via The ACX Blog – Learn how to know which voice is best to bring your work to life.

6 Ways You Can Prepare Yourself and Your Manuscript for Success – via Live Write Thrive – Author Karen Pashley offers suggestions for avoiding some potholes on the writing highway.

When Characters Become People – via Writer’s Digest – Learn how to write sympathetic characters from author Lisa Lieberman Doctor.

This Week in Links: November 3 – 7

The holiday season is approaching, and we’re here to remind you that now is the time to review your schedule to ensure you meet your holiday season production goals

Completed productions must be submitted to ACX no later than December 5th for the best chance to be available for sale at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes by the end of the year.

The best way to ensure your titles move through our internal QA quickly is to make sure you’ve followed our Audio Submission Requirements. We’ll be back next week to discuss the top three reasons titles fail QA and how to avoid them.

Now, on to the links!

For Producers

[VIDEO] – My Voice Over Trick to Match Pick-ups With Original Audio – via Bill DeWees – Let Bill teach you how to insert corrections seamlessly.

What is Holding You Back? – via NetherVoice – Paul Strikwerda has an idea for getting the most out of your VO career.

Adding Punch & Roll to Adobe Audition – via Steven Jay Cohen – Tips for making use of this priceless recording technique, with bonus info for TwistedWave and Audacity as well.

Ya Gotta Draw The Line Somewhere – via CourVO – You can’t spend ALL of your time promoting yourself on social media. Learn how to judiciously use your time on social media.

For Rights Holders

9 Books Aspiring Writers Must Read – via Live Write Thrive –  Nicolette Morrison shares her list of the best writing about writing for new authors.

How to Reveal Character Emotion Without Venturing Into Cliché – via Jane Friedman – Learn about “indirection of image” and how to use it to apply the “show, don’t tell” theory to your character’s emotions.

The First Sentence Is a Handshake – via The Atlantic – “According to science fiction writer William Gibson, a book’s opening should be an inviting enigma to the reader—and a motivational benchmark for the writer.”

ACX Storytellers: Sharon Hamilton – via The ACX Blog –  Get inspired by Sharon’s great relationship with her narrator, J.D. Hart.

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.