Good news, everyone! Today, we’re introducing a faster, easier way to publish your audiobooks on ACX. With the new Direct Offer feature, authors and publishers can now choose to work directly with their favorite Producers and narrators without opening their titles to accept auditions. We’ve heard from many Rights Holders that they’ve found “the one” —that perfect voice—either through past projects or by browsing samples on the ACX site, and would like to move their audiobook projects directly into production, and today’s changes are meant to help make that even easier.
To make a Direct Offer to a Producer, navigate to your title from your Project Dashboard, or add a new project to your account. As you set up your title, you’ll have the option to accept auditions for your project or make a Direct Offer to the Producer of your choice. Selecting the option to make a Direct Offer will allow you to select your Producer by searching for his or her name, or selecting from a list of Producers that you’ve collaborated with in the past. You’ll then be able to make an offer directly to your Producer of choice and start collaborating as soon as your offer is accepted.
Want tips for selecting that perfect voice? The ACX Blog has you covered. What other features would you like to see added to ACX? Comment with your suggestions below.
Introducing a new way to find the best projects on ACX: Sort by Amazon Sales Rank. We heard from Producers that you’d like an easier way to see which titles are selling well on Amazon, and with the introduction of this new feature, we hope you find your next audition opportunity even faster.
Search for Projects Seeking Auditions, and in the upper right section of the page—below the search box—select Sort by Amazon Sales Rank—Bestselling. The Amazon Sales Rank for each title will update daily with its latest sales position, so check back frequently to see which projects are trending.
A book’s sales ranking on Amazon is one of several good indicators of an audiobook’s future performance, along with written reviews and overall ratings averages. We’ve previously written about making smart decisions when it comes to choosing titles to audition for, and here are some of the best tips to pair with the new Amazon Sales Rank sorting feature:
- Select the genre filters that that you perform best.
- Take time to read the reviews left by readers on Amazon, as they may alert you to issues of graphic material or writing quality.
- Consider other titles in the author’s catalog. Has the author published additional titles that may lead to a long-term production relationship? If so, how do those titles compare to the title currently open for audition on ACX?
We hope this makes auditioning for your next great ACX project even easier.
Have feedback? Share in the comments what other features would improve your audition experience.
We’re told by rights holders that tons of great auditions have been made for their titles, and that many Offers are being made. In fact, the first finished audiobooks are already rolling in (and they sound great)! And we expect activity on ACX to increase dramatically after the holiday weekend, especially now that rights holders are back from Book Expo America.
Also, we listen to your feedback! Here are a few features we added and updated this week, based on your response:
1) Auditions: You can now upload multiple auditions – perfect for studios who represent multiple narrators – and you can delete those that you previously updated if you want to submit a better one or remove yourself from the running.
2) Alerts if you *didn’t* win a project: We heard from a number of producers who have auditioned but weren’t sure how long they’d need to wait before hearing back with feedback or an Offer. There have been many Offers made on ACX already, but still we want to be more transparent about the audition process. So now you will get an automatic message sent to your ACX Message Box (that will also be sent to your email address if you are opted in to our emails) whenever you audition for a project but are not selected. This allows you to focus on other titles listed on ACX.
3) Search enhancement: We have heard that users don’t want to lose the search criteria they do for titles or producers each time they hit the “back” button. No longer! Hitting the back button will now retain your last place in search. It’s a small change, but should help you immensely when navigating through the many titles on ACX. Try it out. In the future, we plan to enhance ACX’s search functionality much further with large-scale changes.
So, yes… we are listening to you. ACX strives to continually evolve; there is much more to come. Please continue to contact us if you have any ideas.
By the way, Producers, have you checked out ACX’s Video Lessons and Resources page?