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This Week in Links: June 27 – July 1

ACX_University_logo_FINALHave you heard the news? We’re taking ACX University online, with six interactive, live streamed panels coming your way Wednesdays this summer starting July 13. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified about our interactive sessions covering audiobook production, performance, and business topics. Then, check out our favorite links from the past week below.

For Producers:

[VIDEO] ACX University 2015 – via ACX – Get ready for this year’s event by catching up on our panels from last year.

Periscope: A New Way to Market a Voiceover Business – via Victoria DeAnda – Get some idea for promoting your VO services using Twitter’s live video streaming platform.

Recharging the Batteries – via Rob Marley – Learn how even a small break from focusing on your voiceover routine can pay dividends.

Busting Five Voice-Over Myths – via Nethervoice – Learn the truth behind  the most common misconceptions about a career in voice acting.

For Rights Holders:

How to Develop an Author Website and Blog – via IngramSpark – “Your author website is the center of all activity for promoting your writing. Done right, it provides the foundation for success in marketing and promoting your books.”

Fiction Writers: A Simple Approach to Build a Better Email List – via The Book Designer – Learn about the success you can achieve by choosing a smaller target audience.

Online Marketing for Authors – via BookMarketingTools – From content marketing to SEO, this comprehensive guide covers many of the digital marketing topics authors need to learn.

The First Wave – via CreateSpace – What is your first wave, and why is it so important to your marketing efforts? Click through to find out.

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 1 – 5

For Rights Holders:

98 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales – via BookBub – That’s a LOT of book marketing ideas – and most apply to your audiobook marketing as well.

Improve Your Writing Platform (or Author Platform) in 30 Days – via Writer’s Digest – A well developed platform is the groundwork for strong audiobook marketing efforts.

Author Groups to Help You Write, Publish, and Promote Your Books – via The Book Designer – Being an indie author doesn’t mean doing it all alone. Check out this list of helpful resources for writers.

Marketing Tip: Keep Your Email Signature Clean – via CreateSpace – “When authors try to include too much about themselves and their books in their signatures, it looks messy, really messy.”

For Producers:

Voice-Over’s Seven Deadly Sins – via Nethervoice – Do you need to confess to committing one or more of these voiceover vices?

Want To Book More Auditions? Rethink How You React To Frequent Rejection – via Voice-Over Xtra – Everyone in the voiceover world gets rejected multiple times per week. It’s not always about you.

Picking the Right Royalty Share Projects – via The ACX Blog – Author/producer Craig Tollifson discusses how he reviews potential royalty share productions. Click through to read or listen to his advice.

Vocal Recording: Delivery and Enunciation – via The Journey – A look at the art of pronunciation through the lens of recording singers.

This Week in Links: November 2 – 6

For Rights Holders:

Five Ways for Self-published Authors to Use Video to Promote Self-Published Books – via ALLi – Read how author Laxmi Hariharan uses the moving image to help build her author platform while having a lot of fun.

15 Authors Running Fantastic Book Promotions on Instagram – via BookBub – “[H]ere are some great examples of authors who’ve been able to successfully build an audience and publish content that has connected with many followers.”

The 2015 October Platform Challenge – via Writer’s Digest – Need to beef up your author platform? This 31-day challenge to get you where you want to be.

Writers Need A Breakthrough, Not A Breakdown – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Feeling stuck? Perhaps it’s time to affect change by shaking things up.

For Producers:

Are You Suffering From Mike Fright? – via Nethervoice – Halloween’s over, so you’ve got no excuse for being afraid of your microphone.

From Amateur to All-Star: Everything I Wish I’d Known About Audiobook VO – via That’s Voiceover – Join ACX at That’s Voiceover in Los Angeles on November 14th to learn the do’s and don’ts of audiobook production.

[VIDEO] Reducing Voice Over Breaths Using Audacity – via Gary Terzza –  Learn a quick and easy way to subtly reduce the sound of prominent breaths when using Audacity.

5 Ways To Get Top Of Mind With Voice Over Clients – via Marc Scott – “It’s so easy to get caught up thinking about how to market ourselves to new clients, that sometimes we forget about reaching out to the clients we already have!”

You Will Always Read Like a Child, According to Science– via Gizmodo – Learn about pseudo-homophones and why your brain still gets tripped up sounding out the words you read.

This Week in Links: July 13 – 17

For Producers:

Is Hesitancy Allowed in Voice Overs? – via Gary Terzza – “Ordinary is the new distinctive. This begs the question – should we now be adding hesitancy into scripted copy, so as to reflect natural speech patterns?”

Recording While You Travel: Seven Tips for Wherever Your Vacation Takes You – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn how to keep your voiceover career on point when you’re on the go.

The Most Embarrassing Moment of my Voice-over Career – Nethervoice – Paul Strikwerda covers a range of reader-submitted topics in his most recent mailbag.

Why Mistakes Matter in the Voice Over Business – via Victoria deAnda – Everybody makes mistakes. Luckily, Victoria has some tips for how to recover and handle the aftermath.

The History of Voice Over through the 1900’s – via Voice Over Herald – Find out about the world’s first voice actor and other tidbits from the early history of VO.

For Rights Holders:

One Author’s Book Marketing Strategies – via Book Marketing Tools – “In this guest post, author H.M. Clarke shares her tips that she uses for marketing her books. She is an author just like you, so take these tips to heart and start implementing them as soon as you can.”

You Kept Your Audiobook Rights – Now What? – via The ACX Blog – DIY author/narrator Scott Sigler stops by to discuss the options audiobook authors have available to them today.

15 Book Marketing Lessons From An Ex-Wife  – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – This author found book marketing inspiration in the least likely of places.

The Hardest Part of Writing Good Character Arcs—and How You Can Make It Look Easy! – via Helping Writers Become Authors – Great characters are especially important in audio. Learn how to show them growing and changing via author K.M. Weiland.

5 Writing Challenges All Writers Face (& How to Deal With Them) – via Writer’s Digest – Writing can be a solitary pursuit but remember: You’re not alone, and many authors face the same difficulties you do.

This Week in Links: March 30 – April 3

For Rights Holders:

Where to Find Free Images Online to Use in Blogging & Social Media – via The Write Conversation – A great resource to make your marketing more compelling.

Marketing Advice When You Are Making A Leap – via Author Marketing 101 – “As creative as you are with your books, give yourself permission to be that creative with your marketing.”

8 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Author Website  – via Writers and Authors – There’s no time like the present to ensure the information on your website is current and correct

50 Things to Tweet About – via Author Marketing Experts, Inc. – A trove of ideas you can put into action today to build your presence on Twitter.

For Producers:

Customers versus Clients – via Voiceover Mechanic – Learn the distinction and decide you want to work with in your VO career.

[VIDEO] Marketing Your Voice Over Business With Landing Pages – via Marc Scott Voice Over – Marc explains how to construct specialized landing pages that market your services better than your website’s homepage.

Would Your Voice Over Prospects Buy A Car From You? – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn how you can “put yourself in the best position possible so you increase your chance of being hired.”

How Not to be Like Jeremy Clarkson – via Nethervoice – Don’t let success go to your head. Paul Strikwerda explains you how to avoid ending up like the former host of Top Gear.

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: November 10 – 14

It’s almost time for another installment of our Twitter chat series, #TalkingACX! Are you following along?

This Tuesday, we’ll be joined by VO instructor Gary Terzza of Voice-Over Master Class to talk ACX and audiobooks for beginners. If you’re new to audiobooks or have questions for a seasoned pro, join us Tuesday, November 18th at 3pm ET (8pm GMT) on Twitter for this interactive event! Here’s what to do:

1. Follow @ACX_com & @VOMasterClass on Twitter.

2. Start following the hashtag #TalkingACX just before 3pm ET/8pm GMT, or visit Twubs.com/TalkingACX to follow along.

3. Bring your questions, and tweet them with #TalkingACX.

It’s that easy. We can’t wait to chat with you on Tuesday! Now, on to this week’s links…

For Producers:

The Success Trifecta – via Tom Dheere – All work and no play makes for a stressful career. Tom has a formula for good work life balance.

Getting In Our Own Way – via Nethervoice – How to avoid being too self-conscious for your VO career

Don’t Get Sick As a Dog This Winter – via Online Voice Coaching – Tips for steering clear of colds and flu, with a bonus cute dog picture.

Why I Recommend Voice Over Coaching Every Time – via Marc Scott Voiceover – “There is no short cut to success. Not in this industry or any other. If you want to achieve it, you’ve got to put the effort in.”

For Rights Holders:

A Bright Future for Indie Authors – via Publishers Weekly – Both statistics and industry perception point to good things ahead for independent writers.

What Writing Expenses Are Tax Deductible? – via Writer’s Digest – Are you leaving money on the table? Learn which business-related tax breaks you may be eligible for.

Three Things to Avoid When Looking for a Review – Via CreateSpace – Read about three important “dont’s” when it comes to getting your books reviewed.

Edit My Paragraph! – via LitReactor – Gayle Towell takes a stab at improving a paragraph that tried to do too much at once.

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: October 20 – 24

Welcome back for another installment of This Week in Links. Before we get to the latest roundup of audiobook information, we’d like to invite you to join us for #TalkingACX, our upcoming Twitter chat with AudioFile Magazine!

We’ll be speaking with AudioFile’s Publisher Michele Cobb about all the things a professional audiobook reviewer listens for in a good audiobook. If you’re new to audiobooks or you’ve always wondered what the experts value, join us Wednesday, October 29 at 8 pm ET on Twitter for this interactive event! Here’s what to do:

1. Visit Twitter and follow @ACX_com & @AudioFileMag

2. Start searching the hashtag #TalkingACX just before 8pm. Or visit Twubs.com/TalkingACX to follow along.

3. Bring your questions, and tweet them with #TalkingACX.

It’s that easy. We can’t wait to see you on Wednesday night! Now, on to those links.

For Producers:

The Last Job He Expected to Love – Via Amazon.com – Actor/producer RC Bray shares how ACX helped him thrive in a career he never imagined for himself.

How to Sell Without Selling – via Nethervoice – Paul Strikwerda shares an example of subtle self-marketing.

The 3 Ultimate Keys to Success for L.A. Actors – via Backstage – Good advice for all actors, really.

Harry Shearer: A Legend Teaches The Next Generation – via VoiceOverTimes – The famed voice actor is now an Artist-In-Residence at Loyola University in New Orleans.

For Rights Holders:

How to Make the Most of Any Writing Conference – via Writer’s Digest – Writing and publishing events can be a great place to network and learn. This article has tips on maximizing your time.

The Curious Kick of Hearing an Actor Reading Your Writing – via The Millions – Author Bill Morris discusses the positive effects of experiencing his own novel in audio.

Fact or Fiction? How Novelists Can Blend Factual Research with Creative Storytelling – via Live Write Thrive – Learn how to imbue your writing with details that keep it grounded in reality.