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This Week in Links: January 9 – 13

For Producers:

9 Mantra to Sell Yourself Better as Voice Over Actor – via Voice Over Herald – Better your career by being mindful of the things that really matter.

Let Yoga Give You a Better Voice – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Find out how the ancient practice can improve your breathing and posture for better voiceover delivery.

My 2016 Voice Over Year in Review – via Lance Blair – How do Lance’s investments in his business stack up to your own?

Life Without A VO Agent – via vo2gogo – Get some advice on making your way through the voice acting landscape without professional representation.

For Rights Holders:

Book Marketing Resources for Authors: The Best of 2016 – via Jane Friedman – This is a must-bookmark collection of tools for writers!

Reboot Your Online Presence in the New Year – via Digital Book World – Is now the right time for you to start “revamping an outdated website, updating a stale blog, or expanding onto a new social media platform?”

Book Launches: Budgeting for a Bestseller – via BookMarketingTools – You needn’t break the bank to find success when your audiobook launches.

Writing Using Science – via CreateSpace – Is there a right time to write? Take a look at the science behind the surprising answer.

This Week in Links: February 2 – 6

For Rights Holders:

How to Extend A Self-Published Book’s Marketing Reach Online – via ALLi – Author Laurence O’Bryan has seven ways to integrate online marketing into storytelling.

5 Non-Writerly Apps For Writers – via LitReactor – From note taking to schedule tracking, these 5 apps will help improve aspects of your life not directly related to your writing.

How to Write Good, Realistic Dialogue – via Women Writers, Women’s Books – Advice for both sexes on how to write the way people really speak.

Cynthia Hartwig’s Top Five Marketing Jobs for New Authors – via The ACX Blog – Cynthia demystifies what some consider to be the scariest task new authors face: marketing their titles.

Know What’s Not on the Page– via CreateSpace – “When you know what’s not on the page, you know what belongs on the page.”

For Producers:

Musicality in the Spoken Word – via Lance Blair – A highly interesting look at reproducing the spontaneity of authentic speech.

Patience, Please: With Yourself, Your Clients, And The VO Industry – via Voice-Over Xtra – A little patience can go a long way to improving your VO career.

How to Succeed at Audiobook Production: Part 1 – via The ACX Blog – Start at the beginning of our 4 part video series and see how much you can learn.

5 Biggest Mistakes Voice Talent Make – via Voice Over Herald – Don’t get tripped up by these common career missteps.

One of Those Days – via Rob Marley Voiceover – Solid advice on what to do when things just aren’t going right.

This Week in Links: June 9 – 13

We’re nearly halfway through “June Is Audiobook Month,” the annual celebration of our favorite spoken word format, and the audiobook community’s month-long observance got us wondering what our authors and producers are doing to promote the audio format. Are you talking about audiobooks on your blog? Running giveaways using your promo codes?

Tell us how you are joining the Audiobook Month fun in the comments, and use the info in the links below to keep yourself writing and recording beyond the month’s end!

For Rights Holders:

How to Tell if Your Story is On Target—What is Your Book About in ONE Sentence? – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Kristen uses a recent trip to the movies to illustrate the importance of good story structure.

3 Ways to Plan a Marketable Novel without Losing Creativity  – via Live Write Thrive – Let’s face it: You’re in this industry to be creative and make money. Find out how to do one without sacrificing the other.

Writing What Scares You – via The Huffington Post Books – Rachel Thompson has a simple piece of advice: Stop Worrying and Write Already!

For Producers:

5 Health Tips for Voice Over Talents – via Lance Blair – A handful of ideas on how to stay healthy even with a sedentary, studio-based career.

Unlocking the Hidden Secrets of Your Voice – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Gary provides an in-depth look at a VO’s most important piece of equipment.

‘Law & Order’ Voice Steve Zirnkilton on Sustaining a VO Career – via Backstage – The voice behind the popular series’ famous intro talks about his VO journey.

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!

This Week In Links: December 9 – 13

We’re finishing the second-to-last week of “serious” work before Christmas, and we’ve got all info you need to keep the engine running and the creativity flowing. So, head into the weekend with our weekly links, and join us next week for the final stretch of 2014!

For Producers and Rights Holders:

The ACX Holiday Gift Guide – via The ACX Blog – Make your list and check it twice – once for authors and once for actors. We’ve got great suggestions for both camps within.

For Producers:

Multitasking in the Voice Over Studio – via Lance Blair – There can be so much to do at once as a VO, but multitasking may not be the best to get it all done.

7 Deadly Sins of Slating – via Marc Scott Voice Over – Slating your audition is a simple step that is nevertheless easy to get wrong. No need to worry though, Marc’s got you covered.

How Bilingual Voice Actor, Rosi Amador, Achieves the Ultimate Work-Life Balance – via VoiceOverTimes – This extended interview has lots of insight into an important aspect of every VO’s life.

For Rights Holders:

50 Ways Writers Can Prepare for the New Year – via The Huffington Post – Huff Post Books offers a comprehensive checklist for authors as they head into 2014. Print it out, mark them as you go, and see how many you can accomplish next year!

4 Easy Steps To An Irresistible Book Blurb – via Digital Book World – Whatever you call your book’s summary, it’s an important element of your marketing package. DBW’s got you covered in just 4 steps.

An Author by Any Other Name – via CreateSpace – Writing exercises under a pen name, in a different genre or style, can bring a fresh perspective on your day to day writing.

What were you favorite audiobook related links this week?