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ACX Holiday Gift Guide Part 2: Gifts For Authors

Earlier this week, we offered our suggestions on gifts for narrators, and today we’re back with the other side of the ACX equation: authors and rights holders! Everyone could use a bit of holiday cheer to wrap up the year, so join us as we highlight some gifts that will have your collaborators writing thank you notes in between novels.

JUST THE WRITE GIFT

Hand Cream: Keep those hands smooth and moisturized during chilly winter writing sessions. CreamLiquid Inspiration 1 – Coffee Subscription: For the author who needs to focus, make sure coffee is on their doorstep every month with a subscription coffee service.

Coffee

Liquid Inspiration 2 – Booze: For added creativity, give the gift of holiday spirits.

Booze

Speech Recognition Software: Help your author put the pen down, and think with their audiobook in mind! Speech to text software like Dragon can help authors do a little “narration” work of their own.

DragonA Good Review – if you enjoyed an author’s book (and didn’t produce it), one of the nicest things you can do for them is provide a positive critique of their work. Reviews help boost sales, so this counts as two gifts in one.

ReviewA Literary Tote full of Books – Writers are readers too, so you can’t go wrong with a fun bag stuffed with some of your favorite paperbacks.

Tote

An Audible Gift Membership: You’ve already turned your authors into audiobook fans by bringing their books to life, now turn them into seasoned audiobook veterans with an Audible membership. As an added bonus, every book they listen to helps authors become better audiobook publishers!

Audible

That does it for our 2013 gift guide. Have fun putting your gift bags and baskets together, enjoy the holiday season, and get ready for a creative and thrilling 2014!

What are you getting for the author in your life? Tell us your suggestions below.

ACX Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Gifts For Narrators

The holidays are a time of giving, and once you’ve decided what to get friends and family, colleagues and collaborators are up next. Who better to thank than the actor that helps bring your words to life via ACX? If you’re making a list and checking it twice, but have no idea what to get for the special actor in your life, check out our recommendations.

These Are a Few of Their Favorite Things

A mug and throat coat tea: Professional narrators swear by this standby that soothes their instrument and keeps it running like a well oiled machine.71-UyKJZwOL._SL1500_
Lip Balm:
Helps prevent mouth sounds such as lip pops while recording. If your narrator doesn’t thank you, their editor will!
Cherry ChapStick
iTunes gift card:
Apps like iAnnotate are a godsend for narrators that read from a tablet, and the card can also be used for apps that help with accounting, organizing, scheduling, and having fun.
An iTunes Gift Card
Staples
or Office Depot gift card
: If your narrator prefers paper scripts, they can use the card to buy supplies for script prep, like ink, paper, and highlighters.
My toolkit for reading
Throat spray, like “Entertainers Secret“:
This spray is designed to moisturize, humidify, and lubricate the throat and larynx. Perfect for those long audiobook recording sessions.
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Sweetwater or Sam Ash gift card: Every narrator could use some funds to put towards new recording equipment or software.
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You can also include old standby’s, like cookies and other snacks, as well a handwritten note thanking them for their work on your productions this year.

Check back in with us on Thursday, when we’ll cover the flip side of the audiobook equation, and give our recommendations on gifts for authors!

Actors – what are you asking Santa for this year?