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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: 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.

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 16 – 20

Did you join #TalkingACX this week? We held another edition of our popular Twitter chat this past Wednesday with guest Kate Tilton. The author assistant joined us to discuss audiobook marketing, and shared some great tips for Rights Holders and Producers. In case you missed it, Producer Karen Commins put together a transcript on Storify. Give it a read, then check out our favorite audiobook links from the past week, including bonus marketing tips from Kate, below.

For Rights Holders:

25 Ways To Market Your Audiobook: A Quick Guide – via Kate Tilton – A nice collection of tips for getting the word out about your audio edition.

Building an Author Brand: You are What You Share – via CreateSpace – You may not be a famous athlete,  but your endorsement could mean more than you think.

ACX Storytellers: Rosalind James – via The ACX Blog – Follow one author’s journey from ACX to Audible Studios to an Audie nomination.

Feeling Stuck? 7 Tools for Developing Fresh Story Ideas – via The Write Life – Ready to start that next draft, but lacking inspiration? Read this first.

What 17 Adults Learned From Rereading Their Favorite Childhood Books – via Buzzfeed Books – What could you discover by getting in touch with a childhood friend?

For Producers:

Are You Afraid of Your Own Rates? – via Jerry’s Voice – Steve explores why voice actors shouldn’t be afraid to charge with their worth.

In Out? In Out? Or shake it all about? – via steveoneillvoice – Find out why voice actors should focus on input as well as output.

Your Recording Space: Make It Dead Part 1 – via Voiceover Mechanic – Are you killing it? Your studio, that is.

ACX 101 for Authors and Rights Holders – via Corey Snow – The Voxman offers writers and publishers a Producer’s take on the audiobook production process.

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.

This Week in Links: February 23 – 27

For Rights Holders:

Don’t Force an Ending – via CreateSpace – Advice on dealing with a stubborn conclusion, by way of Disney.

Writing Your Character’s Thoughts – via Linda S. Clare – Guidelines to help you correctly express the inner workings of your POV character.

How to Review Your Final Audio the Audible Studios Way – via The ACX Blog – Learn to listen critically to your audiobook production and communicate changes to your producer.

Why Every Writer Should Keep a Travel Journal – via Writer’s Digest – Find out how one writer came to value the act of writing about her surroundings.

Does Your Facebook Author Page Have a Call To Action? – via Writers and Authors – A new feature on the social platform makes it easier to compel your fans to visit your site, purchase your book, or sign up for your newsletter.

For Producers:

Branding Your Voice Over Business – via Voice Over Herald – “Every voice over artist wants to be the client’s first and only choice, and developing and managing an effective brand can play a significant role in making that happen.”

Before Voicing – WARM UP Your Voice. After Voicing – WARM DOWN. Here’s How – via Voice-Over Xtra – Proper care for your instrument will help ensure it works for you throughout your career.

Five Things Every Audiobook Beginner Should Know – via The ACX Blog – Brush up on the basics of audiobook production with UK voice over teacher Gary Terzza.

How to Deal with Rejection in the Voice Over Business – via Victoria DeAnda – “Rejection is not a reason to give up. It’s a reason to keep going.”

This Week in Links: January 26 – 30

For Producers:

Fortune Favors the Prepared…So Are You Prepared? – via The Voice of Barbara – Babara six quality tips to make sure you’re ready for whatever your VO career throws at you.

The Skills Voice Over Talents Should Improve – via Victoria DeAnda – From vocal clarity to minimizing mouth noise, consider improvements that may help your career.

10 Ways To Prevent Harming Your Voice… Including When To See Your Doctor – via VoiceOver Xtra – Don’t let vocal wear and tear derail your audiobook productions.

VO Options vs. VO Processes – via vo2gogo – “Here’s how to keep yourself from becoming frozen when making choices about your VO auditions and performances.”

For Rights Holders:

Writing: Why this Indie Author’s Going Back to the Book This Year – via ALLi Self-Publishing Blog – ACX author Ben Galley “provides us all with a license to spend more time writing and shares his four top tips on how to make it happen.”

Character: The Heart of Your Novel – via Writer’s Digest – Get a peek inside Creating Characters: The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction, a “comprehensive reference to every stage of character development.”

Corrections Are Good: How to Take Critique Like a Dancer – via Writer Unboxed – “Corrections are a good thing, just one small rung under a compliment on the desirability ladder.”

 

 

This Week in Links: December 8 – 12

Here at Audible and ACX, we make sure to mix in a little fun with all the hard work of helping you make great audiobooks. Audible Studios’ engineer Orlando recently created and starred in the following music video highlighting some of the audiobook innovations Audible has to offer.

Enjoy his infectious performance, then check out the week’s best audiobook links below.

For Producers:

Being an Entrepreneur – via Your Work Is All I Talk About! – Check out Natasha’s year-end roundup of advice for voice actors.

What to Post & When to Post it on 9 Important Social Networks – via Business 2 Community – Whether marketing yourself or your titles, heed this advice for making the most of your social media efforts.

20 20: The Year in Audiobooks – via AudioFile MagazineAudioFile offers their extensive review of the best audiobooks of 2014.

Show This Blog to Anyone Wondering What To Get You For Christmas – via Voice Acting in Vegas – Great gift ideas for you and your VO friends.

For Rights Holders:

How to Never Worry About What to Write Again – via Goins, Writer – Learn to focus on voice, not subject.

Even More New Year’s Resolutions for Writers – via Writer Unboxed – Make a promise to yourself to improve in 2015.

5 Tips for Writing a Memoir – via Publishers Weekly – Are you looking to tell your own story? Heed this advice from author Will Boast.

You’re—I mean YOUR—Complete Grammarian Gift Guide – via LitReactor – Ideas for the grammar obsessive in your life.

 

 

 

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: October 13 – 17

For Rights Holders:

15 Ways to Promote Your Book with a Book Trailer – via The BookBaby Blog – Take your audio promotion to a visual medium with this collection of ideas.

The Publishing Plan – via BadRedHead Media – Guest blogger Jessica West discusses why having an indie publishing plan is just as important as having a plan for your writing.

How to Tell if Your Story Idea is Mediocre—And How to Improve It – via Jane Friedman – Every good book starts with a good idea. Jane’s got tips on how to distinguish the good form the bad.

NaNoWriMo Prep Work: To Edit or Not Edit While Writing First Draft – via Writer’s Digest – Whether you’re taking part in the annual writing event or not, WD has some insight how to to get your manuscript started.

For Producers:

10 Tips for a Healthy Studio – via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voiceover Blog – Here’s some excellent tips on keeping your studio as germ free as possible to avoid the dreaded fall cold.

15+ Dialects Sites – via CourVO – This post contains numerous links that will help you nail that regional dialect for your next audiobook project.

Yawning for a Better Broadcast? – via Online Voice Coaching – Find out why Ann Utterback advocates for the intentional yawn as a method of warming up the voice.

Whittam’s World, Episode 47: “Removing Clicks from Audio Files [VIDEO] – via Edge Studio – Watch as George takes you through the steps to ensure your fans get  a clean, enjoyable listening experience.