Tag Archives: digital book world

This Week in Links: May 30 – June 3

For Rights Holders:

How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas – via BookBub – Get a range of tactics for promoting yourself and your titles on the most popular social platforms.

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing: Part 1 – via Digital Book World – Can you answer the basic questions of book marketing: who are your readers, and how do you reach them?

5 Ways That Authors Can Use Facebook Advertising – via Joanna Penn – Get Joanna’s five-step plan to using the popular social network to promote your titles.

Making the Most of E-Mail Marketing – via Publishers Weekly – Separating your email communications into two different audiences can improve your results.

For Producers:

When Your ‘Pickups’ Don’t Match The Original Recording – via Voice-Over Xtra – Get tips for ensuring your corrections sound like your original recording.

Should You Start a YouTube Channel for a Voiceover Business? – via Victoria DeAnda – You may not think of it as such, but YouTube is Google’s other great search engine. Find out how to leverage it for VO marketing.

Please Don’t Fade Away! – via Dr. Ann Uttterback – Bone up on the importance of breath support and get a few exercises to improve your vocal stamina.

[VIDEO] ACX University Presents: Audiobook Audition Techniques and Critiques – via YouTube – Audible Studios producers Mike Charzuk and Kat Lambrix  have heard it all. Hear their wisdom on how to land your next gig with a high-quality audition.

This Week in Links: May 16 – 20

For Rights Holders:

10 (Practically) Cringe-less Self-Promotion Ideas for Authors – via Publisher’s Weekly – “When played right, self-promotion can have a resounding ROI—Return on Investment—especially when guided by a few rules.”

How To Use Audio as an Author For Book Sales and Marketing – via The Creative Penn – Get Joanna’s thoughts on why adding audiobooks to your portfolio is important for every author.

How to Use Guest Blogging to Promote Your Book – via Jane Friedman – Author Beth Hayden looks at the advantages of this book marketing method.

How Does Age Affect Reading? – via Digital Book World – Learn how reader analytics testing can “improve books and optimize the book marketing process.”

For Producers:

Six Audiobook Publishers/Producers Reveal What They Seek When Casting Narrators – via Voice-Over Xtra – Find out how to position yourself to get on the roster of audiobook publishers.

Voiceover Podcasts to Grow Your Business – via Victoria DeAnda – Ready to listen to someone talk about how you should be talking? Check out these instructive audio programs.

The Most Important Factor For Voice Over Success – via Marc Scott – Is it your voice? Your studio? Your equipment? The answer may surprise you.

How Dangerous is Your Voice-Over Studio? – via Nethervoice – Learn how to protect your eyes, ears, and fingers from long, repetitive hours in-studio.

 

This Week in Links: May 2 – 6

For Producers:

3 Irrefutable Facts About Choosing Mics – via Dave Courvoisier – Learn a few key points to consider when choosing your next microphone.

10 Effective Ways To Find Voice Over Work – via Gary Terzza – Gary shares tactics you may not have considered for booking VO gigs.

Voiceover – Tips and Tricks for Audio Production – via Sound 4VO – “While it is easy for a voice actor to think only of their performance and delivery of the copy, it is also important to remember that all of those beautifully spoken words are pieces in a larger audio landscape.”

Sound More Conversational – via Online Voice Coaching – “The best delivery sounds like a conversation with a good friend.”

For Rights Holders:

Why Must You Promote Your Book? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Find the answer to “why,” as well as over a dozen suggestions for “how.”

Make Audiobook Creation Your Goal for 2016 – via Digital Book World – ACX Producer Karen Commins shares four recent changes within the audiobook industry that prove now is the time to get your work into audio.

When Failure Isn’t an Option — How to Find Your Readers – via The Book Designer – Author Nick Stephenson offers tips on how to build your audience and take control of your writing and publishing business.

Why I Read My Goodreads Reviews – via Writer Unboxed – “There’s nothing like unvarnished, straight up reader reviews to remind you that every reader is different.”

This Week in Links: March 14 – 18

For Rights Holders:

How to Choose the Best Social Media Channels to Sell Books – via Digital Book World – “[S]ocial media is a marketing strategy, not a menu, and your choice of networks should depend on your goals and your audience, not on your personal affinity.”

How Big Is Your Book Marketing Wallet? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Learn how to determine the proper budget for your marketing efforts.

Book Marketing: How to Develop and Use an Indie Author Brand – via ALLi – Tips on building and maintaining your brand values and visual identity.

Top 8 Book Marketing Takeaways from DBW 2016 – via BookBub – From Author branding to SEO, find out what the publishing world has been talking about when it comes to marketing.

For Producers:

A Simple Tool for Better Breathing – via Online Voice Coaching – A simple, handy animated gif can help you control your breathing on the mic.

Acoustic Panels – via Joe’s Dump – One VO explores acoustically treating a room rather than installing a vocal booth.

Romance on Audio: Ten Terrific Narrators – via BookRiot – Two handfuls of narrators that listeners love. Listen to their samples on Audible for inspiration.

Go Ahead And Judge – via Rider Voice-Over – A look at how being self-critical can help improve your voice acting.

This Week in Links: February 29 – March 4

For Producers:

5 Ways to Get Local Media Coverage of Your VO Business – via Dave Courvoisier – Your VO business could start local but eventually go global. Learn how to get the word out.

How to Start a Voiceover Business While Working Full Time – via Victoria DeAnda – Tips on getting started in VO while working a day job, with advice for seeing it through to a main career.

4 Lessons Learned From A Failed Attempt At Marketing – via Marc Scott – Do you respond to generic, auto-generated marketing messages? Potential rights holders and other VO clients won’t either.

Best Sounds from the 2016 Oscars – via Tony Pasquale – Less spoken word than sound design, check out some of coolest audio from the “Sound Editing” category of this year’s Academy Awards.

For Rights Holders:

8 Reasons Why People Buy Books – via Digital Book World – From “entertain me now” to “Makes me look smart,” discover the motivations behind book purchases. Then, factor them into your audiobook marketing.

Why Book Blog Tours Shouldn’t be About Selling Books – via ALLi – Discover why your book (or audiobook) blog tour should be more author meet and greet than sales pitch.

Build a Writing Brand That Rocks: Quick Social Media Tips for Writers – via The Write Life – “Social media tools can feel daunting, but there are quick things you can do every day to slowly grow a brand.”

3 Ways to Find Out Who Your Readers Are – via The Write Practice – Learn more about your readers to better tailor your writing and marketing to their specific desires.

This Week in Links: January 4 – 8

For Producers:

10 Things To Ask Yourself Before Pursuing A Career In Voice Overs – via Voice-Over Xtra – A helpful list of important non-acting, non-technical questions for newbies.

10 Tips To Target Your Demo (and Voice Over Business) For Success – via Marc Scott & Anne Ganguzza – “[P]otential customers may have varying degrees of experience in hiring voiceover talent, and the more you can help to educate them in the process, the closer you will be to booking the job!”

The Mega Audio Recorder/Editor Reference List – via Dave Courvoisier – A good resource to bookmark for info on audio recording and editing software.

New Year for a New Business: How to Start a Business in Voiceover – via Victoria DeAnda -Before embarking on a voiceover career, get advice from an actor who’s been there and done that.

For Rights Holders:

What Are the Ingredients of a Successful Marketing Plan? – via Digital Book World – With more people going out of their way to avoid ads, content marketing is the future of book marketing. Learn six key aspects of content marketing success.

10 Author Projections for 2016. Okay, turn it up to 11! – via Bob Mayer – “The key [for 2016] is how the changes in publishing affect the author and how the author needs to factor reality into their business plan.”

On Author “Brands” – via The Bookseller – “[H]ow do you maintain your brand while also delivering a story that feels fresh and enticing? Should this even be a concern for authors?”

Writing Tip: A Little Detail Can Make a Big Impression – via CreateSpace – You’ve probably heard the old adage “show, don’t tell.” Learn how to put it into action.

This Week in Links: September 14 – 18

For Producers:

How To Direct Your Inner Director: A Narrator’s Guide in Five Easy Directions – via Paul Allen Ruben – A worthwhile longread filled with the award-winning audiobook directors knowledge.

Run Your Own Race – via Marc Scott – A controversial few weeks in the VO community has lead one actor to reflect on the attitude required for success.

Voiceover Insider Podcast #22 with Scott Brick – via The Voiceover Insider – Take 15 minutes to listen to some advice from one of the top audiobook narrators in the business.

Branding for Voiceover Artists – via Debbie Irwin – “How do you encapsulate what you’re all about in as few words as possible, with as simple an image as possible, and yet communicate a message that has both depth and breadth?”

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Marketing Is Backwards: Strategy Vs. Tactics – via Digital Book World – “The truth is, success is not about finding the right channel; it’s about defining strategy first, and then plugging in the right channels to reach your goals.”

The Math and Music of Multiple Characters – via Writer Unboxed – Writing, developing, and managing multiple characters is especially important when it comes to your audiobook.

A Long Term Branding Strategy – via CreateSpace – When are you finally done building your author brand? Never.

How To Use 100 Print Books To Promote Your Self-published Book – via BookBub – A comprehensive infographic to help authors promote their work.

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This Week in Links: August 24 – 28

For Rights Holders:

Six Magic Phrases You Can Use to Sell More Books – via Where Writers Win – Learn key words to use in your “Amazon sales page, your website, your book announcement press release, your e-mail announcement, and other promotional materials that will help you sell more books, too!”

What are the Most Popular Title Trends in Your Genre? – via BookBub – You can lean into the trends or swim against the stream. How will you use the information in this article?

Market Smarter, Not Harder: The Personal Touch – via The ACX Blog – NYT bestselling author Ryan Winfield on the marketing power of a human connection.

Social Media Marketing Must Be Manageable – via Digital Book World – “Social media marketing can be a big time suck for many authors. Making it manageable, though, is about learning how to take inventory of your time, resources and skill and then planning accordingly.”

Social Media Marketing Must Be Sustainable – via Digital Book World – Get a twofer on marketing advice from DBW and knock your audiobook promotion out of the park!

For Producers:

Potato Chips Required – Who Would Have Thought? – via Mike Lenz – Want a career where eating potato chips is a necessity? Try being an audiobook narrator.

The World Needs Voiceover & So Do I – via Dane Reid – Learn how voiceover can help people feel a part of the world at home or in foreign lands.

Five Lessons Learned From Two Customer Service Fails – via Marc Scott – If you have to deal with long hold times and uninformed customer service agents, you may as well come away with something you can apply to your voiceover business, right?

[VIDEO] Americans Try To Pronounce Massachusetts Towns – via Buzzfeed – The struggle is wicked real.

This Week in Links: January 5 – 9

For Rights Holders

50 Articles on Writing to Help You in 2015 – via Writer’s Digest – Bookmark this treasure trove of advice, to read all year long.

Four Digital Publishing Questions for Mary Ann Naples – via Digital Book World – The SVP and Publisher of Rodale Books shares why she thinks 2015 will be the year of the consumer.

A Novel Is Not A Sum Total of Its Parts – via Live Write Thrive – Learn how to get all parts of your novel working together smoothly and for one ultimate purpose, plus  look back at all 12 Pillars of Novel Construction.

Tip of My Tongue – via chir.ag – Search this handy directory when you just can’t…quite…remember that one word.

For Producers

The Top Voiceover Blog Posts of 2014 – via The Voice of Your Business – Derek Chappell has 63 of the top posts related to voiceover from all corners of the web.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Fiendish Words That Make Us Speechless – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Tips on mastering that one word you can never seem to nail.

5 Reasons Freelancers Undercharge for their Work – via Freelancer’s Union – Are you guilty of these in your voiceover career?

What is the Best Microphone for Voiceover Work? – via Voice Over Herald – Get a good look at 5 popular mic options.

 

This Week in Links: December 1 – 5

For Producers:

Creating Your Character with ‘Peter Rabbit’s’ Joshua Colley – via Backstage Magazine – Are you gonna let a 12 year old teach you about voice over acting? Actually, maybe you should.

Year-End Tax Planning for Voice Over Talent – via Bobbin Beam’s Voice-Over Sampler – Important reminders for freelance professionals here.

Do You Fear Improv? That’s Like Fearing Fun – via VoiceOverXtra – Believe it or not, practicing improv can help grow your narration skills.

Whoops! There Goes My Voice Over Reputation – Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Don’t get taken advantage in the voice over world. Read this cautionary tale of an unreasonable ask.

For Rights Holders:

The Indie Author’s Guide to Customer Reviews – via Publishers Weekly – “If customer reviews are, by their very nature, customer-generated, what can authors do to get more of them?”

Don’t “Write What You Know” – Write What You Long to Write – via Live Write Thrive – “How do you get from your day job to damsel in distress, reluctant hero, explosives expert, FBI agent, or rural police detective?”

4 Approaches for the First Chapter of Your Novel – via Writer’s Digest – Having trouble getting your next book started? Try one of these four methods.

Free Webcast: Five Tips to Boost Your Digital Book Marketing Strategy – via Digital Book World – Join DBW for this free seminar and start generating buzz about your audiobooks!