Tag Archives: The Write Practice

This Week in Links: May 22 – 26

For Producers:

Feeding Your Soul – via Paul Strikwerda – Find out why the “Nethervoice’s” best ideas come when he’s trying NOT to focus on business.

5 Customer Retention Tips for your Voiceover Business – via Victoria DeAnda – If you voice it (well), they will come. But how do you keep them coming back?

Get Into Voice-Over Work: Beginner’s Guide – via Gary Terzza – Learn the VO coach’s essential tenets of a successful narration career.

Storytellers: Amanda Rose Smith – via ACX – “For me, getting paid to do something you’d probably do anyway is the highest form of success.”

For Rights Holders:

Public Speaking Tips for Writers: 7 Keys for a Great Speech – via The Write Practice – We’d say the 8th key is “ask your narrator for advice.”

6 Tips for Creating Believable Characters That Win Over Readers – via Writer’s Digest – This one’s for the “give your narrator something awesome to say” file.

10 Ways To Approach Book Publicity – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “Believe in your abilities, trust in your creativity, and take the initiative to get the media exposure you feel you deserve.”

Clear Step-By-Step Guide to Editing for Self-Publishers – via where writers win – Every good book deserves an editor (and no, your narrator doesn’t count!)

This Week in Links: July 25 – 29

We reached the halfway point of the summer semester of #ACXU2016 with this Wednesday’s panel, our Studio Gear Review. We covered the four essential pieces of equipment in your recording chain, showcased budget and high end setups, and learned what Audible Studios uses to create their Grammy and Audie award-winning productions.

Watch the panel below, and join us Wednesday, August 3rd at 4pm ET for Hey, I Know You!: Creating and Maintaining Your Actor Brand.

For Producers:

The Studio Gear Series – The ACX Blog – Want to learn even more about audiobook home studios, recording chains, and production best practices? Read our previous posts on the topic here.

[VIDEO] The Conversational Read: Relax into Your Voice and Become Comfortable with It – via Voice-Over Xtra – How can you ease into a natural read and shake that “announcer” sound? Watch to find out.

The Worst Acting Advice Ever – Via Paul Strikwerda – What separates a professional from a wannabe behind the mic? The answer may be more basic than you think.

What Parts of Your Voiceover Business Can You Outsource? – via Victoria DeAnda – It’s the narrator’s eternal question: beyond voicing the material, how do you find the balance between doing it yourself and hiring help?

For Rights Holders:

Author Marketing Mastery #30: Seven Ways to Build Readership Using YouTube – via where writers win – Find seven ways to get attention on YouTube, along with some general hints for success.

How to Write Subtext in Dialogue – via Helping Writers Become Authors – Find out how to write masterful dialogue that comes alive in your narrator’s telling.

7 Easy Ways tob Connect with Readers – via The Write Practice – These days, more writers means a more competitive marketplace than ever for the eyes and ears of your fans. A successful author will actively think about how they earn their attention.

Stranger-Than-Fiction Writing Habits of 18 Famous Writers – via Writer’s Digest – This fun infographic offers a peek at the odds ways writers find their muse.

This Week in Links: February 29 – March 4

For Producers:

5 Ways to Get Local Media Coverage of Your VO Business – via Dave Courvoisier – Your VO business could start local but eventually go global. Learn how to get the word out.

How to Start a Voiceover Business While Working Full Time – via Victoria DeAnda – Tips on getting started in VO while working a day job, with advice for seeing it through to a main career.

4 Lessons Learned From A Failed Attempt At Marketing – via Marc Scott – Do you respond to generic, auto-generated marketing messages? Potential rights holders and other VO clients won’t either.

Best Sounds from the 2016 Oscars – via Tony Pasquale – Less spoken word than sound design, check out some of coolest audio from the “Sound Editing” category of this year’s Academy Awards.

For Rights Holders:

8 Reasons Why People Buy Books – via Digital Book World – From “entertain me now” to “Makes me look smart,” discover the motivations behind book purchases. Then, factor them into your audiobook marketing.

Why Book Blog Tours Shouldn’t be About Selling Books – via ALLi – Discover why your book (or audiobook) blog tour should be more author meet and greet than sales pitch.

Build a Writing Brand That Rocks: Quick Social Media Tips for Writers – via The Write Life – “Social media tools can feel daunting, but there are quick things you can do every day to slowly grow a brand.”

3 Ways to Find Out Who Your Readers Are – via The Write Practice – Learn more about your readers to better tailor your writing and marketing to their specific desires.

This Week in Links: October 19 – 23

For Producers:

Passion, Persistence And Planning Will Make Your Voice Over Dreams A Reality – via Voice-Over Xtra – “The VO industry is flooded with talented people. What can you do to make yourself stand out and ensure your success in one of the most competitive industries out there?”

Five Voice Over Lessons Learned From Elon Musk – via Marc Scott – “If you want to be great at a “thing”, one of the easiest ways to help you get there is to study those that have come before you.”

What is Marketing – via Joe’s Dump – “Is it your brand? How about mass emails? SEO? Blogs? Cold calling? These may be pieces of an overall marketing strategy, but they are too often mistaken for all of marketing.”

Nasality Unwrapped – via Dr. Ann Utterback – “In most cases, nasality is either a learned behavior or the result of a lazy soft palate.”

For Rights Holders:

[PODCAST] How to Sell Books and Build Your Email List Through Facebook Ads -via Book Marketing Tools – “Books don’t just appear on Amazon from out of nowhere and sell. You’ve got to be there to push them. No one else is going to do it.”

How To Promote Books In The 21st Century – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – “It’s a great time to promote a book, considering the number of opportunities and tools available, but it’s also the worst time, as publicists and authors feel overwhelmed by how man outlets they need to contact in order to do a lot of activity that may not necessarily yield a lot of book sales.”

World Building 101 – via The Write Practice – If you write fiction, you need world building. It’s the skeleton of your story: though unseen, those bones determine the shape of the beast.

Book Marketing: 6 Top Tips on How to Make LinkedIn Work for Authors – via ALLi – [E]ven here, your objective should be to build great connections, and not generate sales.

Want the week’s best audiobook links in your inbox? Subscribe to the ACX blog today!

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 22 – 26

For Rights Holders:

Making Your Cover Work Harder – via Author Marketing 101 – Find out how to leverage your audiobook cover to drive your promotions.

How To Write a Story 101: Character – via The Write Practice – Learn the basics of creating characters your narrator can really bring to life.

How to Sell More Books through Radio Interview Publicity – via Book Marketing Tools – Alright authors, its time to put your voice to work to sell your audiobook.

Writing a Book? How to Know When to Stop Editing and Move On – via The Write Life – Authors need to know when to say when (great advice for audio editors too).

For Producers:

How to Build Relationships in the Voice Over Business – via Victoria DeAnda – “Knowing how to establish and sustain relationships with people will help you achieve the success you’re seeking for your voice over business.”

Studio Microphones: Large-Diaphragm Condensers – via Mix – A great post for those who like to geek out over studio equipment.

Finding Success in the Voiceover Industry – via Voices UK – ‘To become a successful voice over actor, you need the know-how (skills) and the means (voice over equipment) and of course the opportunity.”

Are You A People-Pleaser, Afraid Of Losing Jobs And Clients? Don’t Be Their Doormat – via Voice-Over Xtra – Paul Strikwerda covers why freelance VOs need to be comfortable dealing with conflict & sticking up for themselves.

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: April 6 – 10

For Producers:

For A Good First Impression With Audiobook Producers, Share Your Audible Customer Rating – via Voice-Over Xtra – Audible Approved ACX Producer Karen Commins has a great tip that you can apply to authors as well.

What’s Your Production Process? – via Wayne Farrell – Wayne lays out his audiobook recording from start to finish. How does it compare to yours?

How To Make Yourself Known and Available To The Work As A Voice-over – via Voice Over Herald – Learn the importance of committing to a promotional plan for your VO business.

Five Tips For A Quality Voiceover Demo – via Rob Marley Voiceover – “You want your demo to be remembered. If you send out a bad demo, IT WILL BE REMEMBERED.”

For Rights Holders:

Marketing Tip: Follow the 80/20 Rule in Social Media – via CreateSpace – Learn how to get the right mix of informative and promotional in your marketing efforts.

Finding Time to Write – via Writer’s Digest – Authors are busier than ever these days, so it’s important to remember the obvious: make time to write!

Grow Your Blog: Steal Tips From My Social Media Marketing Experiment – via Make A Living Writing – An in-depth look at one author’s findings.

Jack Kerouac’s 31 Beliefs about Writing – via The Write Practice – Find inspiration in the musing of one of America’s most revered novelists.

 

This Week in Links: March 23 – 27

For Producers:

Your Recording Space: Make It Dead Part 2 – via Voiceover Mechanic – Build on the lessons learned in part one of this informative series.

Why Voice Actors Have The Best Job In The Entertainment Industry – via Voice Over Herald – Never underestimate the positive effect of getting to work in your PJ’s.

[VIDEO] Breathing Tips – via Online Voice Coaching – Let Dr. Utterback teach you about breath control.

‘It’s Not Enough to Have a Nice Voice’: The Original Siri on an Industry in Flux – via The Globe and Mail – Get Susan Bennett’s thoughts on the past, present, and future of voiceover.

For Rights Holders:

12 Workplace Skills to Apply to Your Writing Career – via Writer’s Digest – Is writing your second career? Here are a few things you can learn from your main gig.

How to Unlock All Five Senses in Your Writing – via The Write Practice – Pay special attention to the section on sound!

The Art of the First Line – via CreateSpace – Your book won’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

A Sure-Fire Shortcut to Create Unique Characters – via Helping Writers Become Authors – Find out how to give your narrator something to dig their teeth into

 

This Week in Links: March 2 – 6

For Producers:

Wrong Man For The Job – via Joe’s Dump – An important look at the difference between being attracted to a project and being right for a project.

How do I become a voice talent? (An Easy-to-Use Answer) – via J. Christopher Dunn – J. Christopher makes it easy to pay it forward with a creative way for voice over veterans to help the newbies.

Should a Mic “Look” Good? – via CourVO – Are you into aural aesthetics? Take a peek at this collection of microphones that excel in both sound and look.

What Do People Ask You When They Learn You’re A Voice Talent? – via Voice-Over Xtra – How many of these classic questions for VO’s have you been asked.

ACX Storytellers: Anna Parker-Naples – via The ACX Blog – Read the inspiring story of this actress’s journey from stage to recording booth.

For Rights Holders:

Twitter Marketing Strategy: How Much Book Promotion is Too Much? – via The Write Life – Thoughts on how often to promote, as well as the difference between a “soft sell” and a “hard sell.”

3 Must-Know Ways for Creating Meaningful Settings in Your Novel – via Helping Writers Become Authors – “The settings in your novel serve a number of very powerful functions in your scenes, and that’s why setting is an essential pillar of novel construction.”

How to Win Listeners and Create Great Audiobooks – via The ACX Blog – Learn best practices and top tips for publishing audiobooks through ACX.

How an Epic Fail Can Be A Slinky of Goodness – via The Writer’s Alley – Good advice on how to move past criticism and get back to a positive frame of mind.

3 Ways to Get Your Next Story Idea – via The Write Practice – What to do when you need to write but don’t know what to write about.