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This Week in Links: July 27 – 31

For Producers:

Market Your Voice Over Services Like the Superhero You Are (Or Should Be) – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn how to book more VO gigs by thinking of others first.

Should I Wear a Headphone While Recording Voiceover? – via Voice Over Herald – A look at the pros and cons of routing your voice directly back into your brain (with bonus gear recommendations).

[VIDEO] One Way To Elevate Your Self Confidence – via Marc Scott – Are you putting yourself down without even realizing it? Learn how treating yourself better can boost your confidence and your career.

That’s NOT Voiceover! – via Rob Marley – Can a quiz tell you if you’re cut out for voice acting? Not this one, apparently.

For Rights Holders:

8 Blogging Tips for Writers to Find Success – via Writer’s Digest – “Blogging is an incredibly effective and efficient way for writers to reach their target audience and build writer platforms. In other words, it’s a great method for writers to find engaged readers and more success with their writing.”

Email Marketing: 3 Awesome Ways For You To Connect! – via BadRedhead Media – Author Rachel Thompson tackles a common reader-submitted question on this important topic.

Hacking Your Reader’s Brain – via Live Write Thrive – “I have come to understand that what a fiction reader wants is to be thoroughly engaged. Enthralled. Swept away. And what does that mean in practical terms? It means not bored.

Product Families, Placement, & World Building – via Author Marketing 101 – Could a trip to the grocery store inspire and inform your book marketing?

 

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: February 9 – 13

For Producers:

The Secret to Sustained Success – via Nethervoice – Quick fixes rarely lead to lasting change. Learn the benefit of thinking in the long term.

5 Things Every Professional Sound Engineer Should Know…For Starters – via Pro Tools Expert – Having great equipment is only half the battle! Round out your knowledge with the info in this post.

No Social Stalking – via vo2gogo – Make sure you’re using social media to your advantage, not to make yourself an annoyance.

What is Mastering? – via Izotope – A great overview of audio mastering & why it’s so important. Just substitute “audiobook” when you see the word “album.”

For Rights Holders:

Story Lessons from South Park – via Writer Unboxed – Believe it or not, you can learn a lot about storytelling from this envelope-pushing cartoon.

How to Shut Up Your Inner Editor – via Writer’s Digest – Read on to find out why its sometimes best to fight through the little voice of reason in your head.

10 Websites You Need To Create Awesome Author Stuff! – via BadRedHead Media – Be sure to bookmark this collection of “resources for free photos, infographics, awesome holiday contests, creating visuals, social media tips, and more.”

Creative Writing Prompts to Freshen Up Your Writing – via Live Write Thrive – Whether you’re mid-story or just starting page one, “a good story starter will get your creative juices flowing and help you clear your head.”

This Week in Links: January 5 – 9

For Rights Holders

50 Articles on Writing to Help You in 2015 – via Writer’s Digest – Bookmark this treasure trove of advice, to read all year long.

Four Digital Publishing Questions for Mary Ann Naples – via Digital Book World – The SVP and Publisher of Rodale Books shares why she thinks 2015 will be the year of the consumer.

A Novel Is Not A Sum Total of Its Parts – via Live Write Thrive – Learn how to get all parts of your novel working together smoothly and for one ultimate purpose, plus  look back at all 12 Pillars of Novel Construction.

Tip of My Tongue – via chir.ag – Search this handy directory when you just can’t…quite…remember that one word.

For Producers

The Top Voiceover Blog Posts of 2014 – via The Voice of Your Business – Derek Chappell has 63 of the top posts related to voiceover from all corners of the web.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Fiendish Words That Make Us Speechless – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Tips on mastering that one word you can never seem to nail.

5 Reasons Freelancers Undercharge for their Work – via Freelancer’s Union – Are you guilty of these in your voiceover career?

What is the Best Microphone for Voiceover Work? – via Voice Over Herald – Get a good look at 5 popular mic options.

 

This Week in Links: December 1 – 5

For Producers:

Creating Your Character with ‘Peter Rabbit’s’ Joshua Colley – via Backstage Magazine – Are you gonna let a 12 year old teach you about voice over acting? Actually, maybe you should.

Year-End Tax Planning for Voice Over Talent – via Bobbin Beam’s Voice-Over Sampler – Important reminders for freelance professionals here.

Do You Fear Improv? That’s Like Fearing Fun – via VoiceOverXtra – Believe it or not, practicing improv can help grow your narration skills.

Whoops! There Goes My Voice Over Reputation – Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Don’t get taken advantage in the voice over world. Read this cautionary tale of an unreasonable ask.

For Rights Holders:

The Indie Author’s Guide to Customer Reviews – via Publishers Weekly – “If customer reviews are, by their very nature, customer-generated, what can authors do to get more of them?”

Don’t “Write What You Know” – Write What You Long to Write – via Live Write Thrive – “How do you get from your day job to damsel in distress, reluctant hero, explosives expert, FBI agent, or rural police detective?”

4 Approaches for the First Chapter of Your Novel – via Writer’s Digest – Having trouble getting your next book started? Try one of these four methods.

Free Webcast: Five Tips to Boost Your Digital Book Marketing Strategy – via Digital Book World – Join DBW for this free seminar and start generating buzz about your audiobooks!

 

This Week in Links: November 3 – 7

The holiday season is approaching, and we’re here to remind you that now is the time to review your schedule to ensure you meet your holiday season production goals

Completed productions must be submitted to ACX no later than December 5th for the best chance to be available for sale at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes by the end of the year.

The best way to ensure your titles move through our internal QA quickly is to make sure you’ve followed our Audio Submission Requirements. We’ll be back next week to discuss the top three reasons titles fail QA and how to avoid them.

Now, on to the links!

For Producers

[VIDEO] – My Voice Over Trick to Match Pick-ups With Original Audio – via Bill DeWees – Let Bill teach you how to insert corrections seamlessly.

What is Holding You Back? – via NetherVoice – Paul Strikwerda has an idea for getting the most out of your VO career.

Adding Punch & Roll to Adobe Audition – via Steven Jay Cohen – Tips for making use of this priceless recording technique, with bonus info for TwistedWave and Audacity as well.

Ya Gotta Draw The Line Somewhere – via CourVO – You can’t spend ALL of your time promoting yourself on social media. Learn how to judiciously use your time on social media.

For Rights Holders

9 Books Aspiring Writers Must Read – via Live Write Thrive –  Nicolette Morrison shares her list of the best writing about writing for new authors.

How to Reveal Character Emotion Without Venturing Into Cliché – via Jane Friedman – Learn about “indirection of image” and how to use it to apply the “show, don’t tell” theory to your character’s emotions.

The First Sentence Is a Handshake – via The Atlantic – “According to science fiction writer William Gibson, a book’s opening should be an inviting enigma to the reader—and a motivational benchmark for the writer.”

ACX Storytellers: Sharon Hamilton – via The ACX Blog –  Get inspired by Sharon’s great relationship with her narrator, J.D. Hart.

This Week in Links: September 15 – 19

For Rights Holders:

Edit My Paragraph!– via LitReactor – Learn about editing in a micro sense with part four of this informative series.

27 Writers on Whether or Not to Get Your MFA – via Flavorwire – A crowd of writers attempt to answer the eternal question: is an MFA worth the time and money?

The Twitter Secret – via badredhead media – Guest Dana Leipold explains why she uses “that Twitter thing.”

For Producers:

Are You A Voice Over Chameleon? – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – “Are you trying to be all things to all people? Then, you could be scuppering your chances of getting voice over work.”

[VIDEO] Whittam’s World: Episode 44, Low-end vs. High-end Preamps – via Edge Studio – Edge’s resident studio expert takes a look at various preamp options in this video.

The Signature Voice – via Bobbin’s Voice Over Sampler – Bobbin challenges actors to define their “signature voice.

 

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: July 28 – August 1

Welcome back to our weekly links roundup. Before we get to the collection of advice on writing and producing audiobooks, we’ve got a special announcement for our LA-area audiobook producers.

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If you’ll be in town over Labor Day weekend (August 27-30), you’ll want to head over to Twitter and enter our contest to win a free ticket to Voice 2014! All you have to do is follow @ACX_com and retweet the tweet below for a chance to win!

The contest is open through 11:59 pm on August 5th, and you can enter once per day for a maximum of 5 entries. We’ll announce two winners here on the blog on August 6th. Full contest rules can be found here. Good luck!

Now, on to this week’s links!

For Rights Holders:

Find the Right Publicist for Your Next Book – via The BookBaby Blog – Looking to branch out beyond self-promotion? Chris Robley has your guide to picking a publicist.

The Cast of Characters in a Novel – via Live Write Thrive – “Sure, life is interesting when you have interesting people around you. But we shouldn’t be writing novels just to showcase fascinating characters.”

The Writer’s Retreat – via The New York Times – A fun illustration of what your happy place might look like.

Bodices Don’t Rip: Writing Accurate Historical Fiction – via LitReactor – “Staying true to period doesn’t necessarily mean getting every detail right— it’s also about creating characters that interact with their settings in a believable way.”

For Producers:

8 Ways to Get a Well-Rounded VO Education Without Hiring a Coach – via CourVo – Dave Courvoisier offers advice for producers looking to step up their game without shelling out for a coach.

10 Cartoon Voices That Are Actually Impressions of Other Actors – via GeekTyrant – A fun look at the inspiration behind your favorite cartoon character voices.

Signs Your Voiceover Website Needs to Change – via RealTime Casting – Is is time for a business reinvention? RTC offers 5 ways to tell if it’s time to give your VO website a facelift.

This Week in Links: June 23 – 27

Balancing the the artistic and financial sides of your business may be one of the most challenging parts of maintaining a creative career. Luckily, this week’s links cover both sides of the equation. Check out this week’s advice on achieving the best of both worlds, and share your favorite links from this week in the comments!

For Rights Holders:

Book Reviews for Self-Published Authors: What You Need to Know – via BookBaby – A good review is one of the best ways to generate buzz for your book. This post collects a number of articles to help you understand the when, why, and how of getting reviews.

Writing: How to Self-Edit Your Novel – via ALLi – Professional editor Jessica Bell shares her top tips for polishing your fiction writing.

What It Takes to Be an Authorpreneur – via Live Write Thrive – The digital publishing revolution has empowered authors like never before. Author Geraldine Solon looks at what that means for industrious writers.

For Producers:

Five Warning Lights (For Voice Talents) – via Dan Hurst – Much like your car, the voiceover industry has occasional “warning lights” you must heed to to ensure a smoothly running business.

Is Your Amateurism Preventing You From Getting Voice Over Work? – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Gary reviews the little things that separate voiceover pros from voiceover amateurs.

Voice Talent Wisdom: Environment – via Christian Rosselli – Many voice talents don’t book jobs simply because they’re not focused on an integral part of the script: The Environment.