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This Week in Links: August 21 – 25

Did you hear the news? ACX University is back for 2017, with eight episodes coming in September. This year, we’ve expanded our premiere audiobook education event to cover topics for authors and publishers in addition to actors and producers. Check out this year’s curriculum, meet the panelists, and catch up on past year’s lessons here. Make sure to follow us on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, where you can watch every episode of this year’s program for free!

For Producers:

Why George Guidall Is the Undisputed King of Audiobooks – via The New York Times – Learn audiobook performance theory from the venerated veteran.

Should You Neutralize Your Accent? – via Paul Strikwerda – “Even though it’s fun to do all kinds of accents and characters, nine out of ten times clients hire me because I sound like me, and not like someone else.”

Should You Ever Volunteer to Do Voice-Over for Free? – via Edge Studio – “One way to add to your experience is volunteer work. But should you volunteer to do voice work for free? There are pros and cons, so read on…”

The Still Small Voice – via Karen Commins – Find out how rediscovering the love for her childhood instrument reminded Karen how listening to that little voice inside can be important for your VO career.

For Rights Holders:

Making A Great Author Website In 16 Steps – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “First, look at your site from the eyes of those who would come to visit it…Second, ask yourself if you started from scratch, how different would a brand new site look in comparison to what you have?”

Brands to Avoid – via CreateSpace – When building your author brand, be authentic, and remember to highlight the positive aspects of yourself and your books.

4 Questions You Should Never Ask About Your Book – via Helping Writers Become Authors – “In short, good writing is not about finding the right answer. It’s about finding the right question.”

20 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now – via The Write Life – “For writers looking to bust writer’s block, hone their craft or spice up a boring commute, there’s no shortage of podcasts from amateurs and experts alike.”

This Week in Links: June 26 – 30

For Producers:

Do This Instead of Buying a New Mic – via Dave Courvoisier – Ready to add to cart? Consider whether coaching and technical training may be a better  investment for your career than new equipment.

What Is Your Computer Backup System? And Will It Work? – via Edge Studio – “Whether your computer succumbs to a malware attack, a hardware failure, or your own human error, having a backup will make the situation much less nerve-wracking, and probably far less expensive.”

Why I Don’t Listen to Fictional Audiobooks Narrated by Men – via Book Riot – One listener offers her perspective on a performance choice that drives her buying decisions.

5 Years As The VO Strategist Taught Me 3 Things – via Tom Dheere – What can you learn from Tom’s three big revelations from his time as VO coach? Find out in this milestone post.

For Rights Holders:

Use Cheat Sheets & Checklists to Entice, Engage Readers – via The Book Designer – “Readers love chunks of information they can digest easily in just a minute or two…tie the topic of your cheat sheet or checklist into your book, and you’ve got a promotional hook that reels in readers.”

How to Carry Your Book Cover Design Through to the Marketing Campaign for Your Self-published Books – ALLi – Find out how image, color, texture, and typography can be used as a theme for your (audio)book promotion.

How to Set Up Your Own Online Book Tour – via BookMarketingTools – “Whether you’re launching for the first time or hoping to drum up support for a published book, virtual tours can be incredible for building buzz, encouraging people to share your content, growing your platform, enhancing your reputation, selling books, and much more.”

An Illustrated Guide to Dynamic Characters – via Writer’s Digest – Compelling characters are a dream come true for any actor to perform. This fun infographic takes a look at what makes some of your favorite TV/movie characters so interesting.

This Week in Links: June 19 – 23

For Rights Holders:

Online Book Tours and Why You Should Do Them – via Book Marketing Tools – An online publicity tour is an especially great way to promote your digital audiobook.

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That: June 2017 – via The Book Designer – Amy Collins is back with her monthly look at the right and wrong way to spread word of your words.

Good Book Publicity Is A Marathon Not A Sprint – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – VOs use this same analogy when talking about audiobook narration, so prepare to take long view of audiobook promotion.

Average People Recreating Romance Novel Covers is Utterly Hilarious – via Viral Thread – Can you judge a book by these covers?

The Power of Podcasts – via ACX – Learn how one ACX author created a blueprint for promoting his books to natural listening audience: podcast fans.

For Producers:

The Seven Worst Mistakes Beginning Voice-Overs Make – via Paul Strikwerda – “I really wish I had known a thing or two before I started speaking for a living. Here’s my top 7 of things I did, before I knew better.”

4 Things That Will Make Your VO Clients Love You – via Dave Courvoisier – “You’re in a relationship with your clients (in fact, that’s likely how you got them…right?).  Sure, it’s a business relationship, but still…it’s human-to-human (H2H).”

What to Consider in Evaluating Your Voice-Over Potential – via Edge Studio – Taking a look at all the aspects of a good voiceover performance can help you understand what areas of your delivery you need to improve.

The Importance of Proper Input – via Marc Scott – In the end, the career you take is equal to the career you make.

This Week in Links: May 15- 19

For Rights Holders:

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – May 2017 – via The Book Designer – This month, the site’s lead writer shares her biggest marketing mistake: not taking her own advice.

The Key to Creating a Successful Blog: Evergreen Content – via The Write Life – Creating blog posts that are constantly wanted and searched for is a great way to attract readers through social media.

How to Form an Indie Author Collective (and Why You Should Consider Doing So) – via ALLi – [“K]nowing others are supporting you and holding you accountable puts wind in your sails.”

Branding vs. Marketing – via CreateSpace – “I’ve heard people use the terms interchangeably, and frankly, that’s just wrong. They serve the same purpose, but they are two different tools serving that purpose.”

For Producers:

On Excellence in Voiceover. Do You Dare to Push Yourself? – via Edge Studio – Where is the line between adequacy and excellence? Are you excellent enough to make the cut? And can you take pursuit of excellence too far?

2 Customer Service Examples: The Wrong Way and the Right Way – via audio’connell – Freelance VO’s need to give clients great customer service. Two anecdotes from other industries provide examples to follow.

10 Money Tips For Voiceover Freelancers – via Tom Dheere – “Make, save, and spend money like a business, not like a clueless rogue artiste.”

Tales From The Voice Booth – via People Magazine – Put some fun in your weekend with H. John Benjamin’s hilarious voiceover horror stories.

This Week in Links: March 20 – 24

For Producers:

Making Room – via Dave Courvoisier – “What old business practices, coaching tips, or social media schemes are you continuing to use… JUST BECAUSE you always have?”

What Can a New Voice Over Do To Get Noticed? – Pay Attention to Your Needs – via Voice Over Herald – “To help you find the root cause of your failures and rejections, get someone who will be honest with you, brutally and utterly honest.”

Joe’s VO Intel – Ep 93 “Audiobooks: Narrator vs Character – via Edge Studio – Learn how and when to vacillate between a neutral and emotional voice when narrating nonfiction.

ACX University Presents: Now Hear This: A Closer Look at Performing Top Audiobook Genres – via ACX – “Join ACX as we dive deep into performing in the best-selling fiction and non-fiction genres with help from some best-selling voices. Actors Mark Boyett and Piper Goodeve join Kat Lambrix of Audible Studios.”

For Rights Holders:

How to Hitch a Ride on Someone Else’s Holiday to Sell Books – via The Book Designer – “It takes time and requires patience. But most of all, it takes courage to step far outside your comfort zone, something most authors who are introverts are loathe to do.”

How to Create a Review Campaign for Your Book Launch – via Book Marketing Tools – “Honest, authentic reviews are the result of connecting with readers and either exceeding or failing their expectations. Contrary to what some authors might believe, however, getting reviews isn’t a waiting game.”

Workshops – via CreateSpace – “Why would I want to undertake such a task? Simple. It’s a way to associate my brand with a topic that is crucial to the theme of my books.”

The Reasons Branding Confuses You and How To Fix That Right Now – via Bad Redhead – “Branding is not (solely) about your books. I know, right? Weird.”

This Week in Links: February 20 – 24

For Producers:

7 Steps to LinkedIn Success – via Marc Scott – Are you using the professional’s platform for your voiceover career? Marc’s here to show you how to make the most of it.

Listen To The Books Behind This Year’s Film Awards – via Audible range – from book to audiobook to Oscar-nominated film, get inspired by the performances in the source material from this year’s academy awards.

Online Tools For Freelance Voice Actors – via Dave Courvoisier – Learn about a variety of programs and apps that can make running your VO business easier.

Voice-Over Work (and All Else) Got You Uptight? Relax! – via Edge Studio – “A relaxed voice also gives you greater tonal range, has more endurance, enables you to follow direction more accurately, helps you enunciate better, adds to your confidence, and simply makes VO work (even) more fun.”

For Rights Holders:

Growing Your Audience One Fan at a Time – via C.S. Lakin – Find out why the self-published author thinks your mailing list is the best way to build your fan base from the ground up.

How to Get the Most Marketing and Publicity Bang for Your Buck – via Writer’s Digest – Is it time for you to invest in your success and hire a publicist?

Creative Book Marketing and Promotion Ideas for Indie Authors and Self-published Books – via ALLi – Learn the almost-accidental, counter-intuitive ideas that led to marketing success.

The Inspired Writer & Book Marketer – BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “Maybe [these ideas] will help you move towards aiming higher, achieving more, and living a fulfilling life as a writer or book marketer.”

The Top Ten ACX Blog Posts of 2014

Welcome to our final post of 2014. It’s been one heck of a year; you and your fellow actors, authors, studios and publishers have produced over 13,000 ACX audiobooks! All the while, we worked to bring you the best audiobook education, information, and inspiration around.

We’re here today to count down the top 5 ACX blog posts of 2014, for both producers and Rights Holders. Join us right here in 2015 for even more!

The Top 10 Posts of 2014

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Producers:

5. Karen Commins on Marketing Audiobooks – Prolific Audible Approved producer Karen Commins offered two great posts chock full of marketing advice for actors. Check out part two here.

4.5. The Last Job He Expected to Love – R.C. Bray’s success story didn’t technically appear on the ACX blog, but we’re giving him an honorary spot on the countdown anyway.

4. The ACX Narrator Knowledge Series: Editing & Proofing – Members of the Grammy-award winning Audible Studios team offered their advice in video form.

3. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Audiobook Professionals – Also known as The “DUH!” List, this post is great for actors new to the audiobook business.

2. Audiobook Production Basics Explained – George Whittam of Edge Studio offered ACX producers a concise overview of the basics of home recording in this video.

Andrew_250x3201. How to Succeed at Audiobook Production: Part 1 – Andrew the Audio Scientist kicked off his video series on home audiobook production with a focus on the importance consistency in home recording. Check out parts two, three, and four to catch the entire series.

Rights Holders:

5. Five Tips for Choosing a Narrator – Learn how to cast your audiobook production. Includes audio examples of “do’s” and “don’ts.”

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An ACX success story: Scott Sigler

4. ACX Storytellers: Scott Sigler Find out the unique tactic this author/narrator used to rack up over $10,000 in $50 bounty payments this year alone!

3. Cynthia Hartwig’s Top Five Marketing Jobs for New Authors – Third place in our countdown goes to the post that challenged authors to work as hard at promoting their work as they do writing it.

2. The ACX Author’s Audiobook Checklist – keep your productions on track with this handy downloadable checklist which includes a box to tick off every time you complete a step.

1. How to Win Listeners and Create Great Audiobooks – This top post guided authors down the path towards audiobook publisher.

What would you like to see covered on the ACX blog in 2015?

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: September 15 – 19

For Rights Holders:

Edit My Paragraph!– via LitReactor – Learn about editing in a micro sense with part four of this informative series.

27 Writers on Whether or Not to Get Your MFA – via Flavorwire – A crowd of writers attempt to answer the eternal question: is an MFA worth the time and money?

The Twitter Secret – via badredhead media – Guest Dana Leipold explains why she uses “that Twitter thing.”

For Producers:

Are You A Voice Over Chameleon? – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – “Are you trying to be all things to all people? Then, you could be scuppering your chances of getting voice over work.”

[VIDEO] Whittam’s World: Episode 44, Low-end vs. High-end Preamps – via Edge Studio – Edge’s resident studio expert takes a look at various preamp options in this video.

The Signature Voice – via Bobbin’s Voice Over Sampler – Bobbin challenges actors to define their “signature voice.

 

The Week In Links: January 27 – 31

This week’s links are chock full of all the motivation and instruction you need to write and record this weekend. ACX Producers can find valuable technical info on equipment placement, as well as discover new ways to think about the business of voiceover. Rights Holders can learn the stats behind successful titles, and read tips on how they should (and shouldn’t) make their way through life as an author.

Whatever kind of help you’re looking for, read on, and tell us what you found most helpful in the comments.

For Producers:

The Lost Art Of Listening – via Road To Introspection – Is our fast paced modern culture killing the art of listening?

Five Tips to Help Reach Goals: Do What Matters via Bobbin’s Voice-Over Sampler – Bobbin’s got some pointers to help you “avoid time suckers,  get focused quickly, and reach your goals.”

Whittam’s World: Monitor / DAW Placement (VIDEO) – via Edge Studio – George Whittam covers the key points of positioning your computer outside of your recording studio.

What the Heck Am I Saying? – via Voice Over Herald – “So often, as a seasoned professional, you fall into a routine of getting a script, going over it for pronunciations and grammar and then just launching into a read. But did you really understand what you were reading?”

For Rights Holders:

The DNA of a Successful Book (INFOGRAPHIC) – via GalleyCat – Fun illustration of the building blocks of an outstanding book.

4 Dumb Ways To Waste Your Writing Time – via badredhead media – Author Rachel Thompson has some opinions about which topics authors might want to avoid talking about online and in social media.

The Devil’s in the Details: Taking Your Fiction to a Higher Level – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Kristen uses her detailed knowledge of guns and shooting to detail the importance of getting the little things right.

5 Ways to be a Smart, Gutsy Writer – via Women’s Writers, Women’s Books – These tips from Aine Greaney will help male and female authors alike.