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This Week in Links: October 16 – 20

It’s that time of year again. While you’re prepping for Halloween, we’re prepping for the upcoming December audiobook sales season. For the best chance for your book to be on sale in time for the 2017 holidays, we recommend your titles are approved and submitted to ACX by Friday, December 1, 2017.

Please also ensure your audiobook meets all of our Audio Submission Requirements before submitting, as your title may be delayed going on-sale if our QA team needs to reach out to you with questions. Watch our recent video on passing ACX QA, then check out our favorite links from the past week below.

For Producers:

Study Peter Coyote’s Compelling Narration In Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ PBS Series – via Voice-Over Xtra – Listening to the narrator’s documentary and contrasting it against his audiobook performance can be an enlightening exercise.

Voiceovers, Napping, and Meditation – via Tom Dheere – “Whether it’s napping, mediating, exercise, yoga, or reading a book with a warm beverage, at some point during the day you should find time to recharge.”

The One Surefire Way to Find New Clients – via Dave Courvoisier – CourVO offers a surprisingly simple directive, for those willing to put in the effort.

The Agony Of Ignorance – via Paul Strikwerda – Read Paul’s advice for achieving “unconscious competence,” and why it’s better in the long run not to get spoon-fed easy answers.

For Rights Holders:

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – October 2017 – via The Book Designer – Instead of hoping your friends will leave glowing reviews of your (audio)book, learn how to earn reviews from motivated readers and listeners.

Opinion: How Indie Authors Can Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Book Marketing – via Alli – “You wrote the story you needed to tell – now you need to ensure the people who need to hear it have the opportunity to do so.”

Utilize Your Blog as a Powerful Marketing Tool – via The Write Conversation – “A blog post infused with personality, well-written content, and benefit to the readers can cause them to follow your blog or explore your website. But first, you have to get them interested in your post.”

Using Physicality to Bring Your Characters (And Your Fiction) to Life – via Writer’s Digest – Add this one to the “give your narrator something awesome to say” folder.

This Week in Links: May 29 – June 2

ACX audiobooks win three audie awards!

Last night, at the 22nd annual Audie Awards, 3 titles produced or distributed via ACX took home the coveted prize in their category. The winners were:

The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali & Richard Durham. Narrated By Dion Graham (Autobiography/Memoir).

The Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn. Narrated By Austin Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, Ralph Lister, Amy McFadden, Mikael Narramore & Nick Podehl (Short Stories/Collections)

Marriage Games: The Games Duet by CD Reiss. Narrated By Elena Wolfe &  Sebastian York (Erotica).

Congratulations to all the authors and actors involved!

For Rights Holders:

Why Networking at a Writing Conference is SO Important – via The Write Conversation – Did you hit Romantic Times or BEA this past month? Planning to attend a conference later this year? Check out Bruce Brady’s example of real world networking in action.

It’s a (Mad, Mad) Marketing World – via Writer Unboxed – Find out how the plot of your story plays an important role in the marketing of your book.

Marketing Tip: Stay Organized! – via CreateSpace – “When it comes to book marketing… It doesn’t matter what system you use, as long as you use a system.”

5 Creative Book Marketing & Promotion Ideas for Indie Authors and Self-published Books – via ALLi – Find out how innocuous things like an email from Amazon or a trip to the dentist can be opportunities to market your work.

For Producers:

Recaps From 5 APAC 2017 Sessions – via Karen Commins – If you were unable to attend APAC this year, check out Karen’s roundup of the best tips shared in a handful of sessions.

Important Voiceover Work Legal Considerations – via Victoria DeAnda – “Without prior knowledge of voiceover work legal considerations, you could end up compromising years of hard work and client-list building.”

Protecting Your Voice – via Paul Strikwerda – Look after your instrument by reading Paul’s in-depth interview with Vocal Health Educator Elissa Weinzimmer.

Do You Know Craig? – via Dave Courvoisier – Have you landed any VO work via the online classified ad service Craigslist? Dave wants to know! Discuss your experience in the comments of his post, if so.

 

This Week in Links: February 27 – March 3

For Rights Holders:

7 Insider Tips You Need to Learn from Self-Pub Pros – via Bad Redhead – “There are authors who are paving the way for others when it comes to self-marketing, and nearly all examples of this come from the independent publishing pond. Here are just seven tips that work.

3 List Building Tactics to Attract Subscribers Quickly Before a Book Launch – via BookMarketingTools – “[R]eaders want more these days. If they’re going to part with their precious contact information, they want high-value items that will benefit them in some way.”

Does Your Dialogue Match Your Characters? – via CreateSpace – Good dialogue is a hallmark of any successful audiobook.

What is Your Social Media Purpose? – via The Write Conversation – Hone your efforts on social media by asking yourself why you’re using it in the first place.

For Producers:

The 1 Thing That Will Help You Fail at VoiceOvers – via Dave Courvoisier – “The reality for most freelancers, though — and especially for voice actors — is: this career is  built on consistency, patience, and steady growth.”

How to Use Facebook Ads for a Voiceover Business – via Victoria DeAnda – Read an overview of how to leverage the popular platform to increase your exposure.

How to Add Voice Over Demos to Your LinkedIn Profile – via Marc Scott – This video walks you through the process of creating an audio resume for potential clients to peruse.

Peformance: The Craft of Audiobook Narration – via ACX – Bookmark our playlist of videos on the art of audiobook acting, and get ready to learn.

This Week in Links: September 12 – 16

For Rights Holders:

Resurrecting a Failed Book Marketing Campaign – via BookMarketingTools – If at first you don’t succeed… find the courage to try again.

7 Ways to Promote Your Book You Probably Haven’t Considered – via The Write Life – “[I]f you’re looking to reach a broader audience, consider a few of these promotional techniques to expand your reach”

When Social Media Just Makes You Tired – via The Write Conversation –  If you’re feeling burnt out on social media, stay in the marketing game with these simple tips.

Three Ways to Build a Following – via CreateSpace – “While you’re taking the steps to become a successful brand, here are three pieces of advice to keep you on task and headed in the right direction.”

For Producers:

How To Start A Local Voice Over Group And Keep It Going And Growing – Today! – via Voice-Over Xtra – It’s important to get out of the booth to meet, and learn from, your fellow producers.

How One Podcasting Network is Trying to Save America’s Regional Slang – via Mental Floss – Learn why regional dialects have been disappearing and what one company is doing to preserve them.

Video Lessons & Resources – via ACX -Have you checked out our producer resources on ACX.com recently? There’s a wealth of information on everything from narration to mastering.

Voiceover Talent Alone Won’t Pay the Bills – via Debbie Grattan – On the importance of continuous improvement within your field.

 

This Week in Links: July 11 – 15

Did you tune in to the inaugural live stream of ACX University 2016? Top producers Jeffrey Kafer, Christa Lewis, and Andrew Tell joined us to discuss the aspects of a successful audiobook production career. Watch the video below, then subscribe to our YouTube channel to get updates on the rest of this summer’s #ACXU2016 courses.

Now, on to this week’s roundup of links.

For Producers:

How To Prepare For The VO Ride Of Your Life: Live Announcing – via Voice-Over Xtra – Ready to take your talents out of the booth? Check out these tips from the announcer of the SAG and Critics Choice Awards.

7 Easy-to-Miss Habits of a Successful Voice Actor – via CourVo – It’s not easy to miss Dave’s handy hints to develop these seven professional habits.

Should You Hire a Marketer for Your Voiceover Business? – via Victoria DeAnda – “If you don’t tell people what you have to sell, no one will buy it from you.”

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Isn’t Working – 9 Tips to End Your Frustration – via The Write Conversation – “[S]ocial media isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. But, that’s still not an excuse not to use it.”

Marketing Tip: Share What You’ve Learned – via CreateSpace – Think of a tactic that’s worked for you, do more of it, then share it with the author community.

What Is Book Marketing Anyway? – via Digital Book World – If this is a question you’ve asked yourself, click through to get one veteran publisher’s definition.

Author Marketing Mastery #28: Google Plus for Authors – More Plus or Minus? – via where writer’s win – Find out if this social network is worth an your marketing efforts.

 

This Year in Links: 2015

Here at ACX, we’re proud of the work you’ve done creating thousands of audiobooks in 2015. We hope the education we’ve shared this year has helped make you a better audiobook producer, publisher, and marketer. Before we look forward to 2016, we’re counting down the top links – based on your clicks – published in our This Week in Links series this year.

For Rights Holders:

5. Where to Find Free Images Online to Use in Blogging & Social Media – via The Write Conversation – Visual marketing content has been shown to be at least two to five times more effective than text alone. Boost your efforts with these free resources.

4. The Twitter Secret – via BadRedheadMedia – Learn how online fan acknowledgement could be secret ingredient in your successful author platform.

3. Six Magic Phrases You Can Use to Sell More Books – via where writers win – Learn key words to use in your “Amazon sales page, your website, your book announcement press release, your e-mail announcement, and other promotional materials that will help you sell more books.”

2. How To Promote Your Self-Published Book On The Cheap – via Book Marketing Tools – New authors may not have the robust marketing budgets of the established players. Use these tactics to jump start your promotions.

1. 25+ Ways To Market Your Audiobook: A Quick Guide – via Kate Tilton – A distillation of our #TalkingACX Twitter chat features a trove of audiobook-specific marketing ideas.

For Producers:

5. Potato Chips Required – Who Would Have Thought? – via Mike Lenz – Can you believe that the fix for common in-booth issues could be so delicious?

4. 3 Things That Define A Successful Audiobook Narrator – via Dane Reid – Veteran Nashville-based audiobook producer Joe Loesch shares the three pillars of his successful career.

3. What is the Best Microphone for Voiceover Work? – via Voice Over Herald – Five solid options for getting professional-quality recordings without breaking the bank.

2. What’s Your Production Process? – via Wayne Farrell – The Audible Approved Producer shares a step by step guide to his production method. A must-read for new narrators.

1. The 7 Most Overlooked Daily Habits of Successful Voice Actors – via Dave Courvoisier – The top spot goes to the veteran “CourVO” and his reminder of the little things that can lead to big successes in the voiceover field.

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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 27 – May 1

For Producers:

The 7 Most Overlooked Daily Habits of Successful Voice Actors – via CourVo – Whether you’re a narration newbie or a voiceover veteran, make sure you can see the forest for the trees.

How To Keep Your Voice Over Clients – via Voice-Over Xtra – Guy Harris’ advice? Focus on long-term game, not short-term gain.

Your Voice Over Questions Answered– via VOMasterClass – Gary Terzza answers a variety of common voiceover questions in his latest mailbag.

The Emoji Translation Project on Kickstarter – via GalleyCat – In a future when all books are written with emoji’s, audiobook narrators will need this handy translation guide.

For Rights Holders:

Putting It All Together – via Author Marketing 101 – An illuminating case study on one author’s book marketing experience.

Follow Your Dreams, Get Writing and Turn Those Excuses Upside Down – via The Write Conversation – “The more we talk about why we can’t—the more we guarantee our own failure.”

[AUDIO QUIZ] Can You Finish These Famous Lines From Books? – via BuzzFeed Audio – How well do you know the line after the famous lines from your favorite books?

How to Overcome Social Anxiety When You Work From Home – via The Write Life – if you’re an author who writes from home, check out these tips for acclimating to the world at large.

This Week in Links: April 20 – 24

For Rights Holders:

Book Marketing from Your Epicenter – via Book Marketing Tools – Tips on how to create waves beyond your circle of friends and associates.

How to Accomplish Twice the Writing in Half the Time – via The Write Practice – Can having less time to write actually make you more productive?

Get Your Blog Found with Proper Labels & Tags – via The Write Conversation – “Today, I’m going to give you the tools that make labeling/tagging a breeze and immediately help your blog come up in the search engine rankings.”

Get It Done or Get It Right?– via The Writer’s Alley – Learn how earning a degree in architecture taught this author a lesson in writing.

For Producers:

Voiceover Websites Part 1 of 2 – via Voiceover Mechanic – Your neighborhood mechanic covers the basics of setting up your VO homepage.

Do You Have Some Demolition To Do? – via Marc Scott Voice Over – “When you’re an entrepreneur, often, the only limits in place are the ones we put on ourselves.”

The Elements of a Well-Reviewed Audiobook – via The ACX Blog – Robin Whitten of AudioFIle Magazine joins us to share what her reviewers listen for in a great performance.

Will Computers Ever Replace Human Voice Actors? – via Voice Over Herald – Are the robots coming for your gigs?

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.