Last week was a fun and exciting one for the audiobook industry, especially here at Audible/ACX . We loved meeting so many current and future ACXers at BookExpo America (BEA), The Audies, and our in-house Narrator Knowledge Exchange, and we can’t wait to share some of the good times.
Kicking off our busy week, ACX and Audible Studios hosted 55 fabulous voice actors, studio pros and producers at the Audible offices Thursday, May 30th. Jason Ojalvo, Audible Vice President and head of ACX opened the day with an update on the burgeoning audiobook market and the many opportunities available through Audible Studios and ACX. Guests then enjoyed sessions from Audible staff members on home studio setup, self-recording, editing and mastering. A lucky few were randomly selected to audition for Audible Studios, while others enjoyed tours of our offices and brand new solo recording booths. We love meeting audiobook professionals of all stripes in person, especially ACX members, so keep an eye out for additional opportunities like this in the future.
Thursday was also the opening day of BEA, and ACX participated with our first-ever booth. Our team spread the gospel of ACX to authors, agents, and publishers over the three day show, and many had excerpts of their titles read live by ACX narrators at our in-booth recording “studio.” We’re looking forward to the outstanding new titles that this outreach will bring to ACX in the coming months!
Finally, Thursday night brought The Audies, and ACX headed into the festivities with four finalist titles. These included The Personal MBA, written and read by Josh Kaufman (nominated for Best Buisness/Educational book), The Privilege of The Sword, written by Ellen Kushner and read by a full cast (Best Multi-Voice Performance), and ACX’s first two Audie wins, Swordspoint, also written by Ellen Kushner and narrated by a full cast, which won for Best Audio Drama, and Anita, written by Keith Roberts, read by Nicola Barber, which won for Best Fantasy Book! Three of our four finalists are part of the Neil Gaiman Presents line, and we couldn’t be more proud of all involved. Audible Studios had a stellar evening as well, with The End of The Affair winning the coveted Audiobook of The Year award! Narrator Colin Firth’s win is among nine for Audible Studios, which also received the prestigious Audie award for Distinguished Achievement in Production for ‘Dracula.’
We now turn our attention to the second half of 2013, and all the exciting ways we have planned to grow and improve the ACX experience for all of our users. If you were a part of our wonderful, crazy week, tell us your memories in the comments!