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Highlights From The 2014 Narrator Knowledge Exchange

At the end of May, 50 ACX producers joined us for a day of learning and networking at our Newark, NJ offices. These lucky attendees were treated to a day of hands-on training in audiobook production techniques and performance skills, and had the chance to audition in person for Audible Studios’ award-winning production team.

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Author Julie Ortolon and ACX head honcho Jason Ojalvo.

Best-selling author Julie Ortolon kicked off the day in a brief interview about her experience in the audiobook industry. Then, breakout sessions let attendees dive deep into performance and technical topics, featuring small-group instruction from the Audible Studios staff, and everyone got to audition for an Audible Studios producer before heading home.

Check out our video recap of the event, then tell us where you’d like to see our next Knowledge Exchange via the poll below.

We truly enjoyed spending the day with these wonderful producers and are already working on ways to make the next Knowledge Exchange even more fun and informative.

Bonus question: What would you like to learn about at the next Narrator Knowledge Exchange? Tell us in the comments!

ACX on The Road: Dipped In NINC

In late October, the ACX team had the pleasure of attending the Novelists, Inc. annual conference in Myrtle Beach, SC and hosting a panel of your peers to discuss the audiobook revolution. Novelists, Inc. (or NINC, for the initiated), is an organization dedicated to helping multi-published fiction writers as they write and promote their books. Jasinda Wilder (Falling series), Julie Ortolon (Forever series), Patricia Ryan (Pure and Simple), and Wendy Lindstrom (Grayson Brothers series) joined ACX Marketing Manager Hannah to discuss their journeys through having their series produced in audio and how they are successfully promoting their audiobooks.

Today, we’ve collected the top advice they shared to inspire you, no matter what stage of audiobook production you’re in!

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L to R: ACX Authors Jasinda Wilder and Julie Ortolon, and ACX Marketing Manager Hannah Wall at NINC

On Selecting a Narrator

Julie Ortolon had a very specific vision in mind for her narrator, but she had an unexpected change of plans once she started producing her audiobooks. “Your favorite narrator may not fit your book,” she said. “I waited until the narrator was available to do my book and I didn’t like the audition. Picking the right scene for your audition script is crucial.”  Casting off those expectations, she found a voice that matched the one she envisioned.

Once her narrator had been cast, Julie wanted to be proactive about setting expectations for the different characters in her three book series: “I learned to piece together different scenes for the 15 min checkpoint, so that you can get the most out of that checkpoint with your narrator.” That collaboration at the checkpoint helped drive the tone for all three books.

On Writing with the Audiobook in Mind

Jasinda Wilder is a musician as well as author, so thinking of how her words would sound when spoken aloud came very naturally to her. She has even gone as far as incorporating her original music into her audiobooks after the credits, which helped her capture even more sales; by including exclusive music in her audiobooks, readers of the print and Kindle versions of her books have purchased her audiobook editions.

On Giving Feedback

Wendy Lindstrom opts to give feedback to her narrator directly. “I actually get on the phone with the narrator and have her do several voices for me.” This lets her give instant input on the voices before the recording process begins.

2014conference_logo2On Promoting the Audiobook

Patricia Ryan promotes her contemporary and medieval romances through social networking channels, promoting the audio on her site, and providing readers with links to SoundCloud audio clips. “I also have an interview with my narrator on my site. I put a sexy photo of him with some Q&A’s and it was a big hit with readers.”

Wendy, Pat, Julie, and Jasinda all took the plunge into audiobooks for their series – will you?

What’s the best piece of advice you can offer aspiring writers?

ACX at Self-Publishing Book Expo!

We’re excited to announce that ACX will be participating in the 5th annual Self-Publishing Book Expo Saturday November 9th, located in the heart of New York City. If you’re new to self-publishing (or just new to audiobooks), join us from 10:45-11:45AM as we explore how you can use ACX to create great audiobooks and maximize your royalties.

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Jason Ojalvo, Vice President at Audible and ACX’s fearless leader, will be taking the stage to moderate a lively discussion between top-selling audio authors Mark Tufo (Zombie Fallout), Laura Caldwell (Long Way Home), and Melody Anne (Surrender). Each of these authors has had great success using ACX, and they will share their publishing journeys, plus marketing tips you can start using right away.

Also featured at the conference: a line-up of 18 workshops, lectures and panels, led by some of the biggest and brightest names in publishing. These include a keynote speech on how a leading traditional publisher views the rise of self-publishing, panels on crowd-funding and social media, workshops on creating ebooks, the importance of good book design, and much, much more.

Purchase your tickets here.

WHEN:  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013– 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA, 401 Seventh Avenue @ 33rd Street, New York, NY

Can’t make it in person? This year’s conference will be filmed by C-Span’s Book TV, so set your DVR for 10:45AM Eastern!