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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 30 – February 3

For Rights Holders:

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – via The Book Designer – The latest installment in this series takes a look at marketing mistakes authors have made, and what they should have tried instead.

Reflecting On The Book Publicity World’s Last 25 Years – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Find the way forward by learning what has and hasn’t changed in the last quarter century of book promotion.

How to Create a High-Performing Book Sales Page for Your Launch – via Book Marketing Tools – A step-by-step guide to designing a custom landing page for your next book launch.

128 Excellent Alternatives to the Word “Very” – via Writer’s Digest – Give your producer something profound to say with this list of replacement for the infamous writing crutch.

For Producers:

Would You Survive the Shark Tank? – Via Paul Strikwerda – A parable of two VO’s with different skill sets illuminates the difference between sinking or swimming in your voiceover career.

Mix it Up – via Dave Courvoisier – If your routine needs a shakeup, Dave has 20+ ways to get different results.

Do You Hear Yourself? Resonance is Confusing – via Dr. Ann Utterback – The good doctor address the age old question: why do our recorded voices sound so different than what we hear in our head?

ACX Video Playlists – via ACX – We’ve organized our videos on a range of audiobook production, performance, and business topics into a series of bookmark-able lists. Check ’em out!

This Week in Links: January 23 – 27

For Producers:

4 Reasons to Voiceover Blog – via Dane Reid – From upping your recognizability to boosting your SEO, blogging has many benefits for the successful VO.

Testing, Testing – via Pro Sound Network – Get a geeky look at audio recording software, and learn how evaluating audio production has moved from “ear” to “eye.”

Tools ‘n’ Trends – via Dave Courvoisier – Dave recommends some solid online organizational utilities for VO’s for managing relationships with clients and peers.

My Queens Accent Got Me A Book Deal (Well, Kind Of) – via Audible range – Hear The Moth’s Tara Clancy pay tribute to the role her voice has played in her success as a teller of hilarious, moving stories.

For Rights Holders:

7 Top Book Marketing Tips from DBW 2017 – via BookBub – “From building an author’s platform to improving a marketing campaign’s ROI, many [of DBW ’17’s] sessions were buzzing about audience research, fostering reader relationships, and running iterative marketing campaigns.”

3 Key Strategies for Thriving in the Ever-Changing World of Being an Author – via Joanna Penn – Change can be scary, but embracing it can help you stay forefront of writing and publishing.

How to Sell Books Long Term: What Worked for Me – via BookWorks – Learn one indie author’s blueprint for sustained sales success.

Have You Created Your Sell Sheet? – via The Book Designer – Find out how a slick one-sheet featuring your sales successes can help you and your book.

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: November 14 – 18

For Rights Holders:

7 Signs Your Book is “Professionally Published” – via The Book Designer – Want your book to stand out to ACX Producers? Follow these important tips.

15 Tips to Boost Facebook Engagement for Indie Authors – via Bookworks – Start by using demographics to plan your marketing. Then, take things to the next level with these points.
Book Marketing: How to Lighten the Load with a Checklist – via ALLi – “When the task of marketing your self-published book feels unmanageable, it can help to ‘eat the elephant one bite at a time’ (Editor’s note: please don’t actually eat an elephant).”

88 Books in 20 Months: The Inside Story of a Bestselling Author’s Marketing Strategy – via Digital Book World – Get a look at how one successful indie author markets her titles while keeping her output high.

For Producers:

Flying The Unfriendly Skies – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Dry air and exposure to germs can derail your narration plans this holiday season. Luckily, the good doctor is here to help.

What’s In a Coach – via Paul Allen Rubin – “If you’re considering coaching and don’t regard yourself as an actor, my best advice is take acting lessons, and begin to think and react like an actor.”

Voice Over Agony Uncle – via Gary Terzza – The British VO and coach answers a variety of questions in his latest mailbag.

What We’re Listening To: The ACX Team– via Audible range – We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite listens for Audible’s online magazine.

This Week in Links: September 5 – 9

For Producers:

The Final Exam of Articulation – via Dr. Ann Utterback – “An artificial and over-pronounced delivery is as offensive as using sloppy articulation and should be avoided at all costs.”

3 Ways to Make Your Voice Over Profiles More Visible and Credible on Social Media – via Voice Over Herald – Advice on figuring out where and how to get the best return for your time online.

When/What to ReTool? – via Dave Courvoisier – Learn when to stop and appreciate career success and when to make changes to avoid complacency.

A Special Voice Over – Prince with 1,000 Enemies by Under Armour – via Voice-Over Herald – A football star and his mother team for an unlikely VO from the apparel company.

For Rights Holders:

How Will an Author Platform Make You a More Successful Author? – via BadRedhead Media – “Many writers run kicking and screaming from the term author platform, but … you need to understand that selling books is a business.”

Authors: Boost Book Marketing with These 5 Apps – The Book Designer – Find a handful of ways to make your marketing more imagine friendly with these mobile apps.

5 Great Self-Publishing Tips – via BookMarketingTools – We’d humbly add the sixth self-publishing tip: self-publish your audio with ACX!

Book Marketing: How the Cover of Your Self-published Book Influences Your Brand as an Indie Author – via Alli – “A strong brand helps an author in the same way it helps any organisation: it gives your name recognition and helps to sell your work.”

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 2 – 6

For Producers:

3 Irrefutable Facts About Choosing Mics – via Dave Courvoisier – Learn a few key points to consider when choosing your next microphone.

10 Effective Ways To Find Voice Over Work – via Gary Terzza – Gary shares tactics you may not have considered for booking VO gigs.

Voiceover – Tips and Tricks for Audio Production – via Sound 4VO – “While it is easy for a voice actor to think only of their performance and delivery of the copy, it is also important to remember that all of those beautifully spoken words are pieces in a larger audio landscape.”

Sound More Conversational – via Online Voice Coaching – “The best delivery sounds like a conversation with a good friend.”

For Rights Holders:

Why Must You Promote Your Book? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Find the answer to “why,” as well as over a dozen suggestions for “how.”

Make Audiobook Creation Your Goal for 2016 – via Digital Book World – ACX Producer Karen Commins shares four recent changes within the audiobook industry that prove now is the time to get your work into audio.

When Failure Isn’t an Option — How to Find Your Readers – via The Book Designer – Author Nick Stephenson offers tips on how to build your audience and take control of your writing and publishing business.

Why I Read My Goodreads Reviews – via Writer Unboxed – “There’s nothing like unvarnished, straight up reader reviews to remind you that every reader is different.”

This Week in Links: April 11 – 15

If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely a storyteller. More than that, by producing and publishing audiobooks, you’re changing the way stories are told and listened to. Audible Range, a new online magazine, is exploring this altered landscape by telling stories around listening, voice, literature, and technology. Check out some of our favorites below, then continue on to our weekly roundup of the best audiobook links from across the web.

Audible Range

Weird Voices Are Winning OutIn the newly democratized world of voice acting, quirky, wry, and “real” voices are having a moment.

Why Books Get Banned – Warning: Reading certain books may cause empathy.

Scandal List: The Sounds That Brought Them Down – Here are some of the most prominent people who’ve “Jinxed” themselves by getting caught on tape.

The Amazing, Strange, And Horrifying History of Irish Storytelling – Grab a warm drink and brace yourself for the dark story behind Ireland’s dark stories.

For Rights Holders

An Interview with Fauzia Burke, Author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors – via The Book Designer – An expert look at author branding and digital book marketing.

5 Ways To Connect With Your Readers – via BookMarketingTools – A handful of tips for coming out from the shadows and marketing directly to your fans.

[VIDEO] Money Upfront: How Authors Crowdfund their Books – via ALLi – ACX author Ben Galley discusses various crowdfunding platforms and how to get the most out of them, all lessons that can be applied to funding the production of your next ACX title.

Guest Blogging to Expand Your Influence and Readership – via where writers win – “You benefit from the exposure to new audiences; they benefit with new, original content for their sites. Everyone wins.”

For Producers:

Tips for Perfecting Conversational Tone in Voice Over – via Rick Lance – If you’re struggling to develop a natural, conversational style tone, try these tips.

Your 12-Step Voiceover Lesson Plan – via Backstage – Make sure you’re aware of and working on these 12 aspects of voiceover success.

How to Act Like an Audiobook Narrator – via The ACX Blog – Audible Approved producer Karen Commins stopped by last week with insight into what makes for a successful audiobook performance.

Working From Your Home Studio – via Bobbin Beam – Get a peek at what it’s like to record at home, plus seven tips for success.

 

This Week in Links: March 28 – April 1

For Rights Holders:

10 Great Ways to Promote Yourself As An Author – via BookMarketingTools – Ten foundational ways to get yourself (and your work) more exposure.

Your Biggest Book Marketing or Platform Building Roadblocks – And How to Overcome Them – via The Book Designer – A guide to pushing past author platform frustration and get your books in front of readers.

The Myth of the Average Reader – via Writer Unboxed –  Learn about demographics, psychographics, and why “marketing to everyone is inefficient and ineffective.”

The Least You Need to Know About Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – via Where Writers Win – “[A]s search engines become smarter, it’s becoming much more important to give your readers an enjoyable and useful user experience.”

For Producers:

4 Reasons for VO Agility in a Changing World – via Dave Courvoisier – “We’d love for things to stay the same while we march up the steps of certainty to the top, and say we’ve made it.  But the stairs these days keep moving, and the top is elusive.”

Bad Business – via Joe’s Dump – Learn how a missing sundae can provide advice about running a VO business.

The Human Voice Trumps Siri’s World – At Least For The Foreseeable Future – via Voice-Over Xtra – Do advances in voice-to-text spell doom for human narrators? Not exactly.

Regarding Room Tone with Alex the Audio Scientist – via ACX on YouTube – Get a blast from the ACX past with the second video in our Alex series, and subscribe to our channel to get notified of our latest videos.