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An Enhanced Audition Experience

Introducing a new way to find the best projects on ACX: Sort by Amazon Sales Rank. We heard from Producers that you’d like an easier way to see which titles are selling well on Amazon, and with the introduction of this new feature, we hope you find your next audition opportunity even faster.

Search for Projects Seeking Auditions, and in the upper right section of the page—below the search box—select Sort by Amazon Sales Rank—Bestselling. The Amazon Sales Rank for each title will update daily with its latest sales position, so check back frequently to see which projects are trending.

A book’s sales ranking on Amazon is one of several good indicators of an audiobook’s future performance, along with written reviews and overall ratings averages. We’ve previously written about making smart decisions when it comes to choosing titles to audition for, and here are some of the best tips to pair with the new Amazon Sales Rank sorting feature:

  • Select the genre filters that that you perform best.
  • Take time to read the reviews left by readers on Amazon, as they may alert you to issues of graphic material or writing quality.
  • Consider other titles in the author’s catalog. Has the author published additional titles that may lead to a long-term production relationship? If so, how do those titles compare to the title currently open for audition on ACX?

We hope this makes auditioning for your next great ACX project even easier.

Have feedback? Share in the comments what other features would improve your audition experience.

ACX Guest Post: Andi Ackerman

Last month, ACX met new talent Andi Ackerman while we where out in LA for That’s Voiceover 2013, and she joins us today to help ACX producers learn from her experience. Read on, and let Andi help you avoid some of the mistakes she made in her early in her audiobook career.

Four Things I Learned About Audiobook Production The Hard Way

Most people think of themselves as reasonably astute, myself included.  I may not be genius material, but I like to fancy myself perhaps just a bit smarter than the average bear, or at least smart enough to not have to read instructions. But in truth I always need to read the instructions.

Going against my usual habit, I did actually read the ACX web site pretty thoroughly before accepting my first title.  But that only began to prepare me for my ultimately wonderful, but initially torturous audiobook journey.  Below is a brief summary of four things I’ve learned about audiobook production over the past year.

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ACX Producer Andi Ackerman

1. Amazon reviews only tell part of the story.

Believe it or not, it took me three tries to learn what should be a pretty obvious concept. Everybody has different tastes, and some wonderful books have never been reviewed on Amazon. To make an informed decision when choosing titles to audition for or produce, read as much of the book as you can yourself before you accept the project. (Editor’s Note: ACX producers should feel comfortable politely asking the rights holder for a full script before agreeing to produce the title.)

2. Don’t take on a project that makes you uncomfortable.

Some nonfiction titles that seem innocuous can turn out to espouse points of view with which you may strongly disagree. And in the words of the brilliant Richard Horvitz, the voice is the work of the spirit, or in other words, our true selves.  Your feelings can be heard in your voice.

I agreed to narrate a nonfiction title about holistic health by a credentialed, reputable author.  I love health!  I want people to be healthy!  What could possibly go wrong?  Well, a few pages into the second chapter I discovered the author held opinions about childhood vaccinations that I vehemently opposed.  I could not in good conscience produce that book.  The author deserved a narrator who would help them realize their vision, not undermine it.  And if I had followed my own advice in point number one, I wouldn’t have made this mistake!

There are certain things you have to know about yourself, and I know that I can’t do erotica because I get the giggles. If you don’t care for violence you probably want to stay away from mysteries and police procedurals. You’re going to be spending a good chunk of time with a work so choose a project you like.

3. Editing will always take you longer than you think.

When I first signed on to ACX I had been editing short project voiceover work comfortably, and naively believed an audiobook couldn’t really be that different. It really is that different.  I had a pretty darn steep learning curve with the production end.  Allow yourself more time than you think you’ll need.  Watch the videos on ACX and check out tutorials on YouTube before you start your first book.

4. Don’t get so caught up in the technical end that you forget to enjoy your time with the words.

You’ve been entrusted with someone’s “baby.”  It really is a gift and a joy to be able to create a landscape, a universe, a story with your voice.

Now that I’m wiser and more experienced (but not yet a master!), the work of audiobook production is a joy.  I am grateful to be able to do what I love.  If you’re just starting out on your ACX journey, I hope you can learn from my experience and forge a successful voiceover career.

Help others learn from your mistakes by leaving your best piece of audiobook production advice in the comments!

Your Book Deserves to Be Heard – Live at BEA!

Calling all authors! Are you attending BookExpo America (BEA)? If so, we’d like to meet you. ACX will be exhibiting at the show Thursday May 30 through Saturday June 1 in booth DZ1860.

If you haven’t produced an audio version of your title, here’s your chance to experience a narrator performing a sample of your book live at BEA. Bring us 2-3 pages of your manuscript (or a copy of your book if it’s handy!), and our professional voice actor will consult with you on your story and perform your excerpt live! We’ll send you the free sample recording within a week of the show, and our staff will be on hand to assist you in signing up for ACX and claiming your first title. Reservations for these free performances are limited, so register here to reserve your space.

ACX is thrilled to have some of the best voices in the business participating in this event. Here’s who you can expect to meet and perform your book:

Elisabeth Rodgers – Thursday 5/30, 9a – 1p

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Kevin T. Collins – Thursday 5/30, 1p – 5p

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Piper Goodeve – Friday 5/31, 9a – 1p

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Nick Sullivan – Friday 5/31, 1p – 5p & Saturday 6/1 9a – 1p

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Gabra Zackman Saturday 6/1, 1p – 4p

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We can’t wait to meet you at booth DZ1860 and hear your books performed live. Don’t forget to register for your performance!

Spend Your Weekend Auditioning For These Awesome Titles!

Calling All Producers! We’re back with new titles that are open for audition right now on ACX. These projects either share royalties with rights holders and include our $100 per-finished-hour stipend offer* or are offered on a “pay for production” (P4P) basis. Take a look at this week’s new opportunities, and if you think one is right for you we encourage you to submit an audition! All titles listed here are accepting auditions at the time of writing – but act
fast, as they could be cast at any time.

Please ensure that you are logged into ACX with your producer account to view each title.

For Male or Female Voices
For Female Voices
Air (The Akasha Series)
by Terra Harmony
Family Thang (Volume 1)
by James E. Henderson
For Male Voices
Kin
by Kealan Patrick Burke

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*For more information on how the stipend program works, click here:
https://www.acx.com/help/production-stipends/200708200