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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: October 31 – November 4

For Producers:

Secrets From Successful Voice-Overs – via Paul Strikwerda – It’s easy to view your path as a Boulevard of Broken Dreams; your peers offer their best advice to make sure you don’t get stuck there.

How Punctuation Marks Help You Read Voice Over Scripts Better – via Voice Over Herald – “Punctuation is important for voice overs as it works as an aid in reading, phrasing, and in the overall interpretation of the script.”

How To Pick A Voice Over Conference To Attend – via Marc Scott – Learning and networking at an industry event is a great way to advance your career. Might we humbly suggest you join us at That’s Voiceover next week?

5 Things You Should Do for Your VO Business Before the End of the Year – via Dave Courvoisier – Don’t wait until January to take stock and set yourself up for another successful year.

For Rights Holders:

Which Demographic Do You Promote Your Book To? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “When promoting – and writing – a book, one must always think about the readership demographics.  Which types of media will you pursue?  What kind of fan do you hope to create?”

Book Marketing Success & Failure [PODCAST] – via Book Marketing Tools – Bestselling author A.J. Cosmo shares what he’s learned from his promotional efforts that worked… or didn’t.

Favorite Ways to Promote a Virtual Book Tour – via Build Book Buzz – Learn how to make the most out of your online book tour efforts without ever leaving your office.

Simplify Your Social Media Marketing: Set Up Outpost Channels – via Smart Marketing for Authors – Build a presence on your lesser-used social platforms in order to boost your efforts on those you can dedicate more time to.

This Week in Links: September 26 – 30

For Producers:

How to Prepare a Non-Fiction Audiobook for Recording – Start at the Macro Level – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn how to give a great non-fiction performance by scrutinizing the clues in the book itself.

5 Ways To Apply The 80/20 Rule To Your Voice Over Business – via Marc Scott – “It’s all about focus and working smarter, not harder.”

Keep Allergies From Wrecking Your Voice – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Attack the problem from both sides with Dr. Utterback’s tips for minimizing and treating the effects of seasonal allergies on your voice.

6 Essential Hacks to Boost Your Voice Overs – Via Gary Terzza –  “Voice over work can be rewarding and fun, but sometimes you need that shot in the arm to energise your performance and increase your chances of getting hired.”

For Rights Holders:

10 Things Authors Need to Stop Doing on Social Media Immediately – via Digital Book World – Find out what you should be doing on social media via these examples of what you really shouldn’t be doing.

Author Marketing Mastery – Looking for Press Attention? Think Like a Journalist! – via where writers win – “To enjoy attention from traditional PR sources… requires understanding who you’re pitching, how to pitch each journalist, and what role you want traditional PR to play in your overall author marketing strategy.”

[PODCAST] Author Email Marketing Automation – via BookMarketingTools – On automating your email marketing tasks so you can spend more time writing.

10 Tips for Authors to up Their Book Marketing Skills – via Book Machine – “The basic premise of book marketing is this: write great books that people want to read, then effectively market them.”

This Week in Links: July 18 – 22

ACX University is rolling along, and this week we live streamed our second panel, Now Hear This: A Closer Look at Performing Top Audiobook Genres. If you missed this panel, watch below to learn about handling scenes with multiple characters, voicing the opposite gender realistically, and what to do when romance or erotica gives you the giggles behind the mic.

For Rights Holders:

4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform – via Digital Book World – “Whether it feels comfortable or not, the reality is that an author’s work needs to reach the right community of readers to be successful.”

The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks – via The Wall Street Journal – The paper looks into the factors combining to take audiobooks mainstream in 2016.

Be a Source – via CreateSpace – Looking for a way to stay top of mind with journalists and reviewers? Pay it forward by offering your expertise to them first.

DIY Tools and Services to Help You Edit Your Book – via IngramSpark – Get some assistance to make sure your manuscript is ready to be read by an ACX producer.

For Producers:

How Audiobook Narrators Master Their Craft – via The Week – How does the info contained here compare to your process?

The Mindful Voice Talent – via Christian Rosselli – “[S]ometimes a few simple observations go a long way to understanding ourselves better as talents and becoming more confident.”

3.5mm Audio vs USB Type-C: the Good, Bad and the Future – via Android Authority – What happens when smartphone manufacturers lead a trend away from traditional audio inputs?

Beware What You Share – via Marc Scott – With so many hot topics in the news, take note of how your social media posts may play with clients and listeners.

This Week in Links: May 23 – 27

For Producers:

Five Alternate Streams of Income as a Voiceover Artist – via Victoria DeAnda – “While this business can be quite lucrative and exciting at times, many voiceover artists want more from their talent.”

Zip Through Your Day, Get Everything Done Seriously! Six Tips For Boosting Productivity – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn how to manage the limited hours in your day to get the most out of your VO career.

Why You Need To Set A Deadline – via Marc Scott – When setting a goal, you’ll go a long way towards successful completion by setting a deadline.

For Rights Holders:

How to Host a Facebook Launch of Your Self-published Book – via ALLi – Learn 10 steps to successfully host a virtual book (or audiobook!) launch party on the popular social network.

5 Things Most Self-Publishing Authors Overlook – via Book Marketing Tools – “To avoid making the common mistakes, review the following 5 things you should always check off your pre-publishing list.”

Do Writers Offer A Dialogue Or A Rant? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “The good author…tries to think like the reader and understands the assumptions, standards, and knowledge that such readers operate under.”

 

 

This Week in Links: May 16 – 20

For Rights Holders:

10 (Practically) Cringe-less Self-Promotion Ideas for Authors – via Publisher’s Weekly – “When played right, self-promotion can have a resounding ROI—Return on Investment—especially when guided by a few rules.”

How To Use Audio as an Author For Book Sales and Marketing – via The Creative Penn – Get Joanna’s thoughts on why adding audiobooks to your portfolio is important for every author.

How to Use Guest Blogging to Promote Your Book – via Jane Friedman – Author Beth Hayden looks at the advantages of this book marketing method.

How Does Age Affect Reading? – via Digital Book World – Learn how reader analytics testing can “improve books and optimize the book marketing process.”

For Producers:

Six Audiobook Publishers/Producers Reveal What They Seek When Casting Narrators – via Voice-Over Xtra – Find out how to position yourself to get on the roster of audiobook publishers.

Voiceover Podcasts to Grow Your Business – via Victoria DeAnda – Ready to listen to someone talk about how you should be talking? Check out these instructive audio programs.

The Most Important Factor For Voice Over Success – via Marc Scott – Is it your voice? Your studio? Your equipment? The answer may surprise you.

How Dangerous is Your Voice-Over Studio? – via Nethervoice – Learn how to protect your eyes, ears, and fingers from long, repetitive hours in-studio.

 

This Week in Links: February 29 – March 4

For Producers:

5 Ways to Get Local Media Coverage of Your VO Business – via Dave Courvoisier – Your VO business could start local but eventually go global. Learn how to get the word out.

How to Start a Voiceover Business While Working Full Time – via Victoria DeAnda – Tips on getting started in VO while working a day job, with advice for seeing it through to a main career.

4 Lessons Learned From A Failed Attempt At Marketing – via Marc Scott – Do you respond to generic, auto-generated marketing messages? Potential rights holders and other VO clients won’t either.

Best Sounds from the 2016 Oscars – via Tony Pasquale – Less spoken word than sound design, check out some of coolest audio from the “Sound Editing” category of this year’s Academy Awards.

For Rights Holders:

8 Reasons Why People Buy Books – via Digital Book World – From “entertain me now” to “Makes me look smart,” discover the motivations behind book purchases. Then, factor them into your audiobook marketing.

Why Book Blog Tours Shouldn’t be About Selling Books – via ALLi – Discover why your book (or audiobook) blog tour should be more author meet and greet than sales pitch.

Build a Writing Brand That Rocks: Quick Social Media Tips for Writers – via The Write Life – “Social media tools can feel daunting, but there are quick things you can do every day to slowly grow a brand.”

3 Ways to Find Out Who Your Readers Are – via The Write Practice – Learn more about your readers to better tailor your writing and marketing to their specific desires.

This Week in Links: February 22 – 26

For Rights Holders:

The Best Podcasts for Writers – via Written Word Media – When not listening to auditions on ACX, check out these informative, inspiring audio programs.

Let’s Address a Common Misunderstanding About Author Websites – via Writer Unboxed – Should your site exist as a distribution tool or a marketing tool? Author Jane Friedman has the answer.

Book Marketing Trends: From Blog Tours to Mailing Lists – via BookBub – Self-published author Lee Strauss has some ideas for keeping up with book marketing trends that are constantly evolving.

7 Tips for Getting More Responses to Your Emails – via Boomerang – Leveraging your contacts list to market your audiobooks? Learn how to catch your fans’ attention.

For Producers:

What’s Your Favorite Vocal Warm-Up? – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Bored, sleepy, and getting your voice ready for the booth. Find out what all three have in common.

How To Use YouTube for Voice Over Marketing – via Marc Scott – Marc’s got a sneaky way of making yourself known via YouTube without shooting a second of video.

How a Failed Voiceover Gig Can Make You Stronger – via Victoria DeAnda – “As you start other projects, use what you’ve learned from this failed gig. Remember what did not go right this time, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

18 of the Most Important Voices of Color in Animation – via Black Nerd Problems – Get a peek at the VO talent behind some of your favorite cartoon characters.

This Week in Links: January 25 – 29

For Producers:

Freelance VO Survival: Continuing Education – via J. Christopher Dunn – “Staying up to date with current trends in the market, approaches to your craft, and new methods or technologies will help keep you marketable and traveling knowledgeably down the road to freelance happiness.”

Do These 5 Things to Manage Info Overflow – via  Dave Courvoisier – Never stop learning, but make sure you know how to avoid getting overwhelmed by information.

Writing Subject Lines That Get Emails Opened – via Marc Scott – Using email to market your VO services or Royalty Share titles? Marc’s got some good advice.

From “Blast That X-wing!” to “Traitor!”: The Voices of StarWars: The Force Awakens – via StarWars.com – The voice actors in the hit movie get a special shout out.

For Rights Holders:

What Authors Must Do On Branding, Platform Building & Marketing A Book – via – BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Bookmark this in-depth look at what an author needs to know when it comes to branding, marketing, and promotions. You’ll be coming back to it frequently!

16 Publishers Showcasing Their Books & Authors on Pinterest – via BookBub – A deep well of ideas, this post showcases over a dozen different methods for promoting your titles on social media.

Relevance: The Key to Advertising/Marketing– via Chris McMullen – While anyone with a few dollars might be able to buy your audiobook, you can give your marketing efforts the best chance of success by considering who really makes up your potential audience.

How to Use Public Speaking to Promote Your Self-published Book – via ALLi – Author Denise Barnes explains the importance of public speaking in book promotion and marketing, and draws on her personal experience to help you develop confidence and skill in that area.