Tag Archives: The Book Designer

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.

 

 

This Week in Links: March 21 – 25

For Producers:

How to Build a Stronger Voice Over Network – via Voice Over Herald – “All voice over actors would like to widen their network in the industry, but rather than wait for those contacts to fall on your lap, you need to create a networking plan that you can start today.”

The Four Steps To Turning One-Off Voice Over Jobs Into Regular Clients – via Voice-Over Xtra – “Working with a client on a regular basis lets you get to know them, their business, their likes, dislikes, and quirks. That benefits your client, and it’s also great for you because you’re more likely to get it right the first time for them – meaning you spend less time in the studio working on retakes.”

How Outsiders View Voice Actors – via Dave Courvoisier – “We see everything through our own filter. WE know what voice-acting and voiceovers is all about…but does everybody ELSE really get it?”

Turning Down Work – via Online Voiceover Coach – “There are circumstances which call for turning away that for which you have worked so hard to get. It will help define you as a business person, an artist, and as a citizen. And in many cases it will also set the stage for you getting continued work in the future.”

For Rights Holders:

The What, Why, and How of Author Platforms – via The Book Designer – A valuable, comprehensive list of just about everything you need to know to start and maintain your author platform.

Make Your Insecurities Work for You As A Writer – via Book Marketing Tools – Learn about cognitive distortions, how they lead to self-doubt, and six ways to fight back to become a better writer.

The Pros and Cons of Using a Facebook Profile But Not an Official Page – via Jane Friedman – Get the key difference between the two, the pros and cons, and 5 things to consider when making your choice.

How and Why to Set up an Amazon Author Page – via ALLi – “If the reader isn’t happy at every single stage of the book buying process, then they’re probably not going to buy.  Many readers are curious about authors.  It’s up to you to satisfy their curiosity.”

 

 

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: January 18 – 22

For Rights Holders:

7 Book Marketing Trends Authors Can’t Afford to Ignore – via The Book Designer – A look at some of the most popular marketing strategies, with an actionable tip for putting each into practice.

Twitterific Writing Links – via Elizabeth Spann Craig – A trove of information for writers; this one’s worth bookmarking for repeated visits.

Five Marketing Models for Self-Publishing Success – via Publishers Weekly – A handful of tactics to help authors “focus on the bigger picture of building marketing momentum effectively.”

[PODCAST] Listen and Learn: Engaging With Your Email List – via Book Marketing Tools – Author Michael Bunker discusses tips for engaging  your email list without burning them out.

For Producers:

Make These Eight Mistakes To Lose Voice Over Clients And Auditions – via Voice-Over Xtra – You may not even realize actions that drive clients away. Identify and correct with this helpful post.

Facebook Voiceover Groups Galore – via Rhonda’s Voice – Joining an online voiceover community may provide support and education for your career.

Trusting in Your Abilities as a Voiceover Actor – via Victoria DeAnda – Self-confidence is key in a field as subjective as voice acting.

Make Your New Year’s Voice Resolutions! – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Learn three ways to keep your vocal folds healthy in 2016.

This Week in Links: August 3 – 7

For Rights Holders:

22 Ways a Blog Can Sell Books – via The Book Designer – “[L]earn to get big results blogging, big enough to drive book sales and other ways to make money from your content.”

Balancing Dialogue and Description in Your Story – via Jane Friedman – Getting the ratio right is especially important for audiobook authors.

Authors Must Skim The Media They Hope To Impress – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – When promoting your work , it helps to be a bit of a Renaissance person.

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips – via Atlas Obscura – Get inspired by playing around with this interactive map of various American novels.

For Producers:

Neck Tension & Vocal Pitch – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Learn how to consistently speak in your optimum pitch range.

How to Control Your Mind When Working as a Voiceover Artist – via Victoria DeAnda – Good advice on how to keep distractions out and focus on your art while in the booth.

A Voice Over Novice CAN Compete With The Pros – via Gary Terzza – Believe it or not, rookie VO’s have some definite advantages over the veterans (log in to LinkedIn to view).

Job or Career? – via Dave Courvoisier – Find out the distinction, how to commit to one, and how everything else in your VO life can come from it.

This Week in Links: July 20 – 24

For Rights Holders:

Going Back to the Basics… – via Author Marketing 101 – The site makes good on its name by offering a roundup of it’s advice for beginners.

[PODCAST] Book Marketing Tips from Experts – Part 2 – via Book Marketing Tools – “We’ve compiled the answers from several of our past guests to our question, ‘Knowing what you know now, if you had to start all over today, what 3 things would you tell yourself?'”

Our Five Favorite Books on Writing – via The Write Practice – Most authors want to learn more about writing. Some authors write about writing. Here, The Write Practice shares their top examples of the latter for the benefit of the former.

How to Improve Your Fiction Marketing Through Peer Collaboration: 11 Quotes From the Experts – via The Book Designer – “Regardless of how the publishing landscape changes and how online tools evolve, there will always be opportunities for leverage by joining with others who have similar goals.”

For Producers:

How to Maximize Your Voice Over Brand – via Voice Over Herald – It’s hard to get hired if no one knows you exist. Get tips on creating a recognizable face for your VO business.

Keeping Your Audiobook Revisions Straight – via vo2gogo – Your rights holder wants revisions but you forgot to save your raw audiobook audio? David H. Lawrence XVII has you covered.

25 Ways to Market Your VO Business – via Rob Marley – “The voiceover business is 5% about your voice and 95% about how you market that voice.”

Iconic Voices Receive Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Narration & Character Performance – via Voice-Over Xtra – Find out which VO industry leaders got nods for TV’s best voice acting.

This Week in Links: June 15 – 19

For Producers:

Becoming a Voiceover Blogger – via Voice Over Herald – Blogging is a great way to market yourself and your ACX productions. And who knows – you just might end up in a future edition of “This Week in Links!”

Audition Strategy: When Opportunity Arises, Let Your Voice Come Out To Play –  via Voice-Over Xtra – “Clients want their copy to come alive, but they are cautious about how far to let the talent stray, and rightly so. Where and how do you draw the line? ”

How To Use Your Marketing Tools – via Marc Scott – If you’re not booking the gigs you desire, perhaps you need to look in your self-marketing toolbox.

Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze as the Terminator – via USA Today – “I’ll be back…the next time you need directions.”

For Rights Holders:

14 Ways to Crash Your Book Launch – Authors, DO NOT Try This at Home – via The Book Designer – “Other book marketing and promotional strategies can be tweaked and refined over time, but your official book launch comes around but once, and you’ll need more than a smidgen of courage to see it through.”

Social Media Basics for Writers: Snapchat – via The Write Conversation – Let three real-world examples of marketing through Snapchat inform your marketing efforts.

[PODCAST] Building Your Author Platform – via The Author Hangout – Dorie Clark shares some great tips about how she built her platform.

ACX On the Road: 7 Success Tips from Authors at Romantic Times and Book Expo America – via The ACX Blog – Get some audiobook publishing and marketing advice from your successful peers.

Want to Build an Email List? 7 Newsletter Platforms to Choose From – via The Write Life – It’s easier than ever to stay in touch with your readers through social media. But one of the best ways to grow your network is with a good old-fashioned email.

 

This Week in Links: April 13 – 17

For Rights Holders:

The Sleazebag and the Magician: A Tale of Two Marketers – via Goins, Writer – Check out the comments section of this article for even more marketing tips from a variety of authors.

My Writing Process – via Helping Writers Become Authors – Learn how author K.M. Weiland goes from idea to manuscript and see how it stacks up against your process

Measuring Social Media ROI – via BadRedhead Media – “Marketing is one of the most difficult areas to measure ROI (return on investment), but don’t fret, it isn’t impossible. There are several tools authors can use to identify the impact of their posts or their visibility in the market.”

Quick Book Marketing Tips for Fiction and Nonfiction Authors – via The Book Designer – Get an easy to digest overview of the differences between marketing fiction and on fiction titles.

For Producers:

How to Deal with Spring Allergies as a Voice Over Artist – via Victoria DeAnda – “You can get through this allergy season, and continue to work as a voice over artist. All you need to do is try these tips.”

3 Things That Define A Successful Audiobook Narrator [VIDEO] – via Dane Reid Media – Veteran Nashville-based audiobook producer Joe Loesch shares the three pillars of his successful career.

Voiceover Scams – via Voiceover Mechanic – New actors can learn how to avoid the shadier aspects of the VO industry in this post from Anthony Gettig.

You Then Me: A Better Way To Introduce Yourself – via Marc Scott – Learn how an emergency responder’s approach can save lives and help you land audiobook gigs.