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This Week in Links: April 10 – 14

For Producers:

Are You Ready for World Voice Day? – via Paul Strikwelda – The experienced VO uses the yearly celebration of the human voice to tout the importance of maintaining your instrument.

Do You Look Influential, Capable, Likeable?! – via Natasha Marchewka – “Despite the fact that voice talent are all about audio, having a professional headshot has always been important to me because I’ve understood the psychology of presenting a good 1st impression.”

What Can Voiceover Talents Learn from the Kendall Jenner Pepsi Commercial? – via Peter K. O’Connell – “[S]elling the soda, not selling world justice, is Pepsi’s only real job. That’s our job too.”

Seasoned Voice Over Actors Share a Glimpse of Their Voice Over Lives – via Voice Over Herald – Get a humorous peek behind the curtain from two of the most famous VO’s working today.

For Rights Holders:

Finding Your Target Audience – via Amazon Author Insights – “Marketing your book successfully has a lot to do with answering these questions: Who are my readers? How will they find my book? Will readers want to buy my book once they’ve discovered it?”

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – via The Book Designer – This monthly feature takes a look at some real-life examples of the coulda, woulda, shoulda behind authors’ marketing decisions.

Marketing Tip: Build That Email List – via CreateSpace – “Building a mailing list takes time and effort, but it can be a valuable marketing tool, perhaps your most valuable marketing tool.”

How to Make ALL Ads, Marketing & Newsletters Work BETTER – via Kristen Lamb – The foundation for all goods and services (brands) is the relationship. Nothing sells without establishing, building and improving the relationship.

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: September 1 – 5

For Producers:

So You Want To Be A Voice Actor? – via Voice Over Herald – Thinking of jumping into audiobook narration? VOH has five points to ponder to decide if the industry is right for you.

Configure Reaper for Voiceover and Audiobooks – via Steven Jay Cohen – A great primer on how to set up this popular recording software for audiobook production.

Learn Voicing Tips From Robin Williams – via Online Voice Coaching – Looking back at the career of the celebrated actor can provide lessons on improving your own voice over abilities.

With a Little help From My Friends – via steveoneillvoice – Learn how monthly Google Hangouts enrich the VO journeys of six voice-over artists.

For Rights Holders:

What Happens When your AudioBook Ends Up Sounding a lot Different than Expected – via R.C. O’Leary.com – Hint: it’s usually not a bad thing.

An Author Website Checklist – via Digital Book World – Whether self published or traditional, new or experienced, there are certain elements every author should have on their website.

10 Ways for ADD Authors to Be OOH! SQUIRREL!!!! …Productive – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Kristen’s got advice on how to stay focused in the ever-distracting modern world.

Easy Tips to Help You Save Money on That Necessary Edit– via Live Write Thrive – LWT has a nice breakdown of what a good editor offers, how much it will cost, and ways to get the most out of your money when hiring a professional editor.

 

This Week in Links: April 21 – 25

Every we week scour the web for the best audiobook related links to inform your writing and producing. This week, actors can learn to get comfortable marketing themselves, and what to do about those tricky in-studios noises. Authors can find new sources for ideas and inspiration while learning how to handle their creative pursuits like a business.

Whichever camp you belong to, read our picks for the top articles from the past week, and add your favorites in the comments!

For Producers:

Noises in the Studio – via Jerry’s Voice – Where do all those little noises in your studio come from, and what can do you do about them? Jerry’s got you covered.

Voice Talent Wisdom: Not Your Typical Advice Column – via Christian Rosselli – Christian offers his take on a number of VO-related topics in this wide ranging post.

Free Pro Tools Classes – via Sam Ash – Sam Ash music stores is offering a FREE 4 week intro to digital recording class. Don’t pass up the chance to get free instruction on one of the industry’s most popular pieces of software.

Why the Horn-Toot is so Vital for Voice-over Marketing – via voxmarketising – Self-marketing can feel awkward and arrogant, but it’s necessary for your VO success.

For Rights Holders:

How to Treat Your Book Like a Business – via Wise Ink – “In a business, you install a process, a series of steps that lead you from the beginning of a project to a completed product. A process will insure you’re doing all you can to write the book with the quality you deserve.”

How to Find Inspiration at Any Point in Your Book Project – via How To Blog A Book – “To reignite your sense of inspiration so you can power on to the end of your project, remind yourself how your writing project combines your passion and purpose.”

The Single Best Way to Sell Books (Or Lose a Sale) – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Join Kristen as she covers the importance of strong sample pages.

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? – via Kill Zone – Nancy J. Cohen discuss the various places a writer’s ideas and inspiration can come from.

This Week in Links: April 14 – 18

Did you join us last night for our Twitter chat with guest Toni Tesori from @duolit? We had a great time connecting with authors and talking audiobook production and marketing! If you missed the chat, or just want to relive the fun, check out our Twubs page (remember to read from the bottom up), and make sure to follow @ACX_com for all the best audiobook info in 140 characters or less.

After that, read on for your top audiobook links from this past week!

For Producers:

4 Voice Actors Walk Into A Bar…. – via Rhonda’s Voice – Learn what the 4 generations of voiceover professionals can teach us.

Wake Up Your Voice With Protein – via Online Voice Coaching – Dr. Ann Utterback explains why you should reach for a can of sardines instead of a bar of chocolate for your next in-booth energy boost.

5 Simple Things to Improve Your Voice-over Career – via Bodalgo – Follow these 5 easy tips and see how they improve your voiceover outlook.

How to Connect with People on Social Media – via Socialnomics – Social media can be one of the most powerful (and free!) marketing tools. Read on to learn how to get those most out of your time on social media.

For Rights Holders:

Cynthia Hartwig’s Top Five Marketing Jobs for New Authors – via The ACX Blog – Cynthia’s guest post on this very blog is full of tips you can put into practice right away to get the word out about your audiobook productions.

Five Warning Signs Your Story Needs Revision – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – “Many readers might not be able to articulate specifically why they lost interest in a story, but often the answer is simple. It can be an accumulation of the small things.” Let Kristen help you figure out where your story went astray.

How to Know When You’re Done Revising Your Manuscript – via The BookBaby Blog – After Kristen helps you figure out if you need to revise your story, let BookBaby help you understand when enough is enough.

10 Steps To The Best Cover For Your Book – via badredheadmedia – Like it or not, readers and listeners will judge your book by it’s cover. Learn 10 things you can do to make sure your fans judge yours kindly.

 

 

This Week in Links: March 31 – April 4

Another week is in the (audio)books, and we’re back with another edition of our links roundup. Whether your week was busy or slow, easy or challenging, you can count on the ACX blog to help you make next week even better than the one that just past.

So read on for our picks for this week’s best, and apply what you learn to your audiobook work this weekend and beyond!

For Producers:

Popped P’s: Fixing Excessive Plosives in Voice Over Recordings – via Lance Blair, American Voice Over Talent – Lance offers 4 ways to avoid popping plosives, along with some audio and visual aids to help break it down.

Interview With an Audio Engineer – via Real Time Casting – Learn what life’s like on the other side of the glass in this interview with engineer Dylan Tishler of Lotas Productions.

How Do You Handle Stress? Create A Voice OverCharacter! – via Voice-Over Extra – VO talent and coach Deb Munro has a recipe for letting your work cure you stress!

VIDEO: English Is Crazy – via HuffPo Books – This fun video highlights pronunciation quirks in the English language.

For Rights Holders:

4 Questions To Ask Before Self Publishing – via Digital Book World – “Self-publishing opens up a world of opportunities for novelists. But as an independent author, how do you know your book is ready for prime time?”

Why Series are Becoming Hot, Hot, HOT! – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Can Kristen convince you that “dragging out the pain is good for your readers?”

The 9 Most Mischievous Literary Pranksters, Ranked – via HuffPo Books – The Huffington Post published this fun look at mischievous literary rascals in honor of April Fools Day.

This Week in Links: February 17 – 21

Winter getting you down? If you live in much of the US, you’ve likely spent a good portion of the past month battling cabin fever from gray days spent locked inside.  While more time inside can mean more time to write or record, it’s also important to take a break once in a while. Watch a travel show, call a friend just to chat, or strap on the booties and go for a (wet) walk.

When you’ve got a new outlook, read our weekly links roundup to get some education on writing and producing audiobooks. Then dive back into your art with a clear head and a fresh batch of ideas to inspire you!

For Producers and Rights Holders:

34 Audible Productions Named as Finalists for 2014 Audie Awards – via BusinessWire – 7 of the 34 nominations were made via ACX! You did it!

For Producers:

So You Want to Be a Voice Actor – via Backstage – The first in a new series designed to introduce voiceover to stage actors.

Twitter for Voice Over Talents – via Lance Blair American Voice Over Talent – Lance offers a crash course on the  basics of Twitter for VO’s.

Are You Suffering From Audition Fatigue? – via vo2gogo – DHL17 shares his advice for making a mountain of manuscripts scripts feel energizing instead of tiring.

What “Friends” Should Expect – via Voice Acting in Vegas – Dave Courvoisier polled VO’s on Facebook and came away with data on what people will and won’t tolerate on social media.

For Rights Holders:

Author Branding—Harnessing the Power of Digital Age Storms – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – “Proper branding is one of the most critical elements of author success. Brands that are outdated, boring, rigid, abandoned, fractured, negative or nonexistent are not only unhelpful, but they can spell disaster to our career and earning potential as artists.”

Tips for Managing Writer’s Block – via CreateSpace -Maria Murnane has a three step process for overcoming the scourge of writers everywhere.

5 Steps to Self-Publishing Success – via The BookBaby Blog – James Ventrillo of ReadersFavorite.com stops by with “some steps that will guide you through the self-publishing “system” so you and your book will be more successful.”

Turning Chaff into Wheat – via Hugh Howey – ACX author imagines a world where “[r]ather than beg readers for contributions with no idea of the quality of the final product, you have the financial backers begging to be included in something they see as worthy.”

Did you read a great audiobook article this week? Share it below!

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.