Tag Archives: J. Christopher Dunn

This Week in Links: February 6 – 10

For Producers:

Becoming a Frugal Freelancer – via Paul Strikwerda – Every dollar matters when you’re your own boss. Paul offers a detailed look at 7 tips to help you turn a profit.

Your Voice Could Be the Next Great Thing in Computing – via J. Christopher Dunn – Technology like Siri and Amazon’s Alexa may present new opportunities for VO’s.

What Are You Saying? – via Dave Courvoisier – Dave offers a meditation on rates for new talent and when it might be time to raise yours.

Super Bowl Sized Marketing Fail – via Marc Scott – “Beware what you share because EVERYTHING is marketing!”

For Rights Holders:

Top 15 Tips for Webinar Wannabes – via The Book Designer – Want to host a webinar for your book launch, or to build your email list? Learn how to do it correctly.

Book Marketers & Authors Must Improve Their Vocabulary – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Find out how an expanded vocabulary can help your book marketing.

You’re Not Just an Author, You’re a Brand – via CreateSpace – “The point is that you are more than an author. You are a human being who dabbles in real life as much as any respectable human being.”

10 Creative Exercises That Will Help You Improve Your Writing – via Writer’s Digest – “[W]hen adapted for writers… the techniques taught through improv can enhance creativity, improve storytelling and dialogue skills, help make problems easier to solve, and make writing fun.”

 

This Week in Links: January 16 – 20

For Rights Holders:

The Pro Bono Marketing Staff Every Self-Published Author Has at Their Fingertips – via The Book Designer – Learn how an expertly published book can stand in for a team of professionals.

7 Blogging Tips from a PR Expert Turned Blogger – via The Write Life – Get advice on growing your audience, increasing your revenue, and giving your blog a facelift.

How To Time Launches and Marketing for Self-published Books in 2017 – via ALLi – Get tips on rolling out your latest title – and make sure to follow up with an audio edition shortly thereafter!

Kick-Start Your Year with These Two Marketing Ideas – via CreateSpace – Did you go to college? Were you in a fraternity or sorority? Do you have 25 free audiobook codes to share? CreateSpace has an idea for you.

For Producers:

11 Signs You May Be a VO Pro – via Dave Courvoisier – If you can check off the majority of Dave’s boxes, you’re well on your way.

EZ YouTube Setup Guide for Voice Actors – via J. Christopher Dunn – Are you using the popular video platform to advertise your VO talents?

5 Reasons Your Voice Over Business Will Fail – via Marc Scott – Turn a negative into a positive; avoid these 5 pitfalls and put yourself on the path to VO success.

ACX University Presents: Taking Your Career to the Next Level – via ACX – Get inside info from professional directors and casting agents on expanding your narration career to major publishers and studios.

This Week in Links: February 15 – 19

For Producers:

How to Create a Business Plan for Your Voiceover Business – via Victoria DeAnda – “You cannot achieve success without a plan. It’s just like trying to reach a destination without a map.”

Improving Home Studio Acoustics [INFOGRAPHIC] – via Bobbin Beam – “A great quick-reference guide to help improve the sound of the home studio for recording.”

3 Tricks to Turn No into Yes – via J. Christopher Dunn – Learn when to use “no, but” rather than just “no.”

How Drug Ad Narrators Take the Scariness Out of Side Effects – via Stat – An interesting perspective on how the human voice can be used to very specific intentions.

For Rights Holders:

How to Get Traffic to Your Author Website: 30+ Tips for Discouraged Writers – via Your Writer Platform – “Consider changing your goal from quickly growing your traffic, to focusing on ensuring that the traffic you are attracting is right for your author blog. ”

9 Author Website Trends You Need to Know About – via BookBub – Check out this handful of author website enhancements to maximize your marketing efforts.

6 Low-Cost Avenues for Greater Audiobook Sales – via Ind’tale Magazine – Audible Approved ACX producer Karen Commins offers 6 audiobook specific marketing tactics.

How to Connect on Twitter Without Selling Out Your Community – via Writer’s Digest – Learn how to build an authentic social media presence without shouting “buy my book!”

How to Put Together a Marketing Plan for Your Book – via Mediashift – “This marketing plan will help you decide whether you’ll blog and have a presence on social media, and it’ll help you organize your outreach strategy for reviews.”

This Week in Links: May 11 – 15

For Producers:

The Art, Commerce and Science of VO – via vo2gogo – “If you don’t master the skills in all three areas, your chances for success rapidly evaporate.”

Increase Your Voice-over Income Potential: One Simple Action – via J. Christopher Dunn – Learn the art of the followup, and how it can boost your VO business.

Sleep and Diet with Voice Over Work – via Victoria DeAnda – Two of your favorite pastimes are also two important aspects of in-booth success.

A Little Girl Asked For My Autograph, But I Learned: It’s Not About Us – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn from one VO’s lesson in humility.

For Rights Holders:

Marketing Your Book – via Author Marketing 101 – Get six helpful questions to ask yourself for book marketing success.

How to Create Instantly (& Instinctively) Recognizable Characters – via Writer’s Digest – “Your job as a writer is to create that town and populate it with characters that live their lives before our eyes.”

Self-Publishing in Audio – via Kate Tilton – Last week, we joined Kate’s weekly #K8Chat to talk audiobooks with some fantastic authors. If you missed the fun, check out the transcript here.

Ten Authors Who Had Wildly Different Day Jobs – via Quirk Books – George Orwell was once a police officer?!?

This Week in Links: March 9 – 13

For Rights Holders:

This Is The Reason Facebook Pages Are Still Useful For Authors – via BadRedHead Media – You may be suffering from Facebook fatigue, but it’s still a valuable tool for writers to connect with readers.

6 Tips to Writing a Bestselling YA Series – via Writer’s Digest – Want to be the next Suzanne Collins? Find out more about writing in this popular genre.

The Difference Between “Flawed” Characters and “Too Dumb to Live” – via Kristen Lamb – Bad decisions do make great fiction, but make sure you’re not taking this axiom to the unrealistic extreme.

3 Reasons Twitter and Writers are a Perfect Match – via The Write Conversation – Get a crash course in using this social network from fellow author Edie Melson.

For Producers:

How To Understand Voice Over Copy: Develop A Process That Works For You – via Voice-Over Xtra – Having a tried and true process can save you from reinventing the wheel every time you get a new script.

Quality Voice Overs Start with Quality Audio. – via Tony Pasquale – Tony’s got 3 aspects of audio to listen for to help separate high quality form low quality.

Session Improvement Tips for Producers from Voice Talents – via J. Christopher Dunn – A look at what makes a great audio producer, straight from the mouths of voice actors.

6 Ways to Nail Your Voiceover Audition – via Backstage – Learn how to “stay calm and focused and make your first take your best for your voiceover audition?”

 

This Week in Links: March 2 – 6

For Producers:

Wrong Man For The Job – via Joe’s Dump – An important look at the difference between being attracted to a project and being right for a project.

How do I become a voice talent? (An Easy-to-Use Answer) – via J. Christopher Dunn – J. Christopher makes it easy to pay it forward with a creative way for voice over veterans to help the newbies.

Should a Mic “Look” Good? – via CourVO – Are you into aural aesthetics? Take a peek at this collection of microphones that excel in both sound and look.

What Do People Ask You When They Learn You’re A Voice Talent? – via Voice-Over Xtra – How many of these classic questions for VO’s have you been asked.

ACX Storytellers: Anna Parker-Naples – via The ACX Blog – Read the inspiring story of this actress’s journey from stage to recording booth.

For Rights Holders:

Twitter Marketing Strategy: How Much Book Promotion is Too Much? – via The Write Life – Thoughts on how often to promote, as well as the difference between a “soft sell” and a “hard sell.”

3 Must-Know Ways for Creating Meaningful Settings in Your Novel – via Helping Writers Become Authors – “The settings in your novel serve a number of very powerful functions in your scenes, and that’s why setting is an essential pillar of novel construction.”

How to Win Listeners and Create Great Audiobooks – via The ACX Blog – Learn best practices and top tips for publishing audiobooks through ACX.

How an Epic Fail Can Be A Slinky of Goodness – via The Writer’s Alley – Good advice on how to move past criticism and get back to a positive frame of mind.

3 Ways to Get Your Next Story Idea – via The Write Practice – What to do when you need to write but don’t know what to write about.

This Week in Links: February 16 – 20

For Producers:

7 Ways to Use Instagram in Your VO Business – via CourVO – Don’t assume that working with your voice means you have nothing to gain from this visual social platform.

Keeping Your Voice Young – via Online Voice Coaching – As the years go by, vocal health becomes more important than ever. Learn how to take care of an aging voice from Dr. Ann Utterback.

Your Best Narration is Just a Breath Away via J. Christopher Dunn – J. Christopher tackles the classic conundrum: Breaths, and when to remove them.

Market Yourself and Your Books with Promo Codes for Producers – via The ACX Blog – Learn how to attract authors and listeners with free downloads of your ACX productions.

Voice Actors Who Inspired the Look of Their Characters – via Voice Over Herald – From the modern to the classic, learn about the actors that inspired their characters sound and look.

For Rights Holders:

5 Things Published Authors Know (and You Can Master) – via HuffPo Books – A great handful of tips from the co-author of The Nanny Dairies.

Different Types of Content Ideas for Authors – via Bad Red Head – Check out these 20 creative ways to promote your work on social media.

5 Tips for Choosing a Narrator – via The ACX Blog – Learn how to know which voice is best to bring your work to life.

6 Ways You Can Prepare Yourself and Your Manuscript for Success – via Live Write Thrive – Author Karen Pashley offers suggestions for avoiding some potholes on the writing highway.

When Characters Become People – via Writer’s Digest – Learn how to write sympathetic characters from author Lisa Lieberman Doctor.

This Week in Links: April 28 – May 2

However you’re looking to improve your craft, we’ve got you covered. Are you fighting allergies, or wrestling with your writing tics? Maybe you’re looking for a better way to audition or to monetize your backlist.  Perhaps you’re looking to master punctuation, or land a gig with Audible Studios.

Whatever you want to achieve in your writing or recording time, read on for our hand-picked tips and advice from around the audiobook web.

For Producers:

Are You The Next Voice of Audible Studios? – via The ACX Blog – Get all the details of our latest open casting before you audition for Audible Studios and AudioFile magazine.

The 7 C’s of Auditioning – via Backstage – Great advice for all types of actors that can be put into practice the next time you step in front of the mic.

The Secret Weapon For Beating Allergies – via Jordan’s Chopped Thoughts – Seasonal allergies can derail your recording sessions in no time flat. Jordan has some remedies that may put your ears, noses, and throats at ease.

10 Ways to Keep Your Clients From Falling Through the Cracks – via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voice-Over Blog – In the voiceover industry, your relationships with your clients are as important as your narration skills.

For Rights Holders:

Divas on Writing: How to Spot Your Tic – via Write Divas – Run on sentences? Redundant words and phrases? Let Lauren help you find, and fix, your writing tics before it’s too late.

Three Tips for Monetizing Your Back-List – via Digital Book World – Bone up on some of the best ways to make money off your already published titles (aside from turning them into audiobooks via ACX, that is!)

Want to Write Better? Start Reading, A Lot (Infographic) – via Bid 4 Papers –  Take a fun look at the books that have inspired some of your favorite pop culture personalities

Busted—Authors Caught Exciting Emotion with Creative Punctuation – via The Blood-Red Pencil – Proper punctuation informs how your readers – and your listeners – experiences your words.