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This Week in Links: January 2- January 6

FOR RIGHTS HOLDERS:

5 Steps to Set Writing Goals You’ll Actually Achieve– via The Write Practice – Coming up with goals is easy. Coming up with goals that will make you a better writer can be a bit harder.

The Book Marketing Strategy –via Book Marketing Buzz Blog – January sees some of the biggest spikes in sales after people have been given Audible memberships for the holidays. Keep on marketing!

ACX Storytellers: Ryan Winfield – via The ACX Blog – ACX has numerous success stories, Ryan Winfield is one of our favorites. Ryan explains why he decided to retain his audio rights and passed on working with a major publisher to work with ACX.

FOR PRODUCERS:

6 Things you Can Do NOW to Get Started in Voiceover – via Voiceover Herald – It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re not sure how to get started. Avoid that issue with this helpful article to jump start your narration career.

10 Social Media Trends Giving Brands New Ways to Engage in 2017 – via Adweek – Social media is essential to establishing your brand and properly marketing yourself. Find out the best ways to engage with your audience in the New Year.

ACX University Presents: Finding Your Voice Part 1 –The ACX Blog – Before you  dive into audiobook narration, discover your voice so you can find the appropriate projects. Travel back to ACX University 2015 for some starting tips.

This Week in Links: May 12 – 16

Tasting frogs. Learning to be cool. Death sentences. You may not expect to find such disparate topics on an audiobook blog, but each relates back to audiobook writing or producing in an unexpected way.

Discover new ways of looking at your audiobook career with our roundup of weekly links, and add your favorites form the week in the comments!

For Producers:

The Delicious Taste of Frog – via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voice-Over Blog – JCD shows how a popular self help technique can be beneficial to a VO’s business.

Pros and Cons of the Working Voiceover Vacation – via Debbie Grattan’s Voice Over Blog – You can do VO work away from the studio… but should you?

Do You Have Nagging Doubts About The Sound of Your Voice? – via The Great Voice Company – Susan Berkley says: don’t stress over your signature sound – embrace it!

Common Twitter Oops! by Voice Actors – via RealTime Casting – The social service can seem difficult to understand, but RTC helps with 5 behaviors you should avoid.

For Rights Holders:

Two Dialogue Death Sentences & How to Get a Stay-of-Execution – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – These tips on avoiding “redundant” and “orphaned” dialog will help ensure you’re writing books listeners will want to finish.

Play for Pay: Leisure Yields Ideas for Marketable Stories – via Live Write Thrive – Stuck with writer’s (or marketer’s) block? Karen O’Connor advise you to get out in the world and have some inspiring experiences.

How to Be Cool – via CreateSpace – Those trying to be cool and those trying to write well can benefit from the same advice: Don’t force it.

Teaming Up For Success – via The Blood Red Pencil – Author Terry Odell shares her experience as part of a team of authors “working together on the ‘non-writing’ aspects of being a writer.”

 

This Week in Links: May 5 – 9

This week was a fine one for all those looking for advice on marketing their ACX productions. We offered year-round guidance for authors that can be put into practice immediately for June is Audiobook Month, and we gave producers 5 ways to make use of the 25 promotional codes they’ll now receive to aid in their marketing efforts.

For advice on other aspects of audiobook creation, check out our weekly links roundup below.

For Rights Holders:

How To Design The Best Book Cover for Online Sales – via ALLi – Digital media has changed the rules of book cover design, and those who adapt will be more likely to succeed.

This Is How You’re Doing Social Media Wrong… And How to Do It Right – via The Huffington Post – Author Rachel Thompson offers advice on the do’s and dont’s of social media for authors.

Just What Is Theme in a Novel, Anyway? – via Live Write Thrive – “Too often writers don’t consider theme or even think their novel has one (or more), but I believe every story is about something more than plot. Or if it isn’t, it can and should be.”

For Producers:

How Listening Helps You as an Actor – via VoiceOverTimes – You talk for a living, but listening might be the best way to help you VO career.

Improving Your Voiceover Skills with Improv – via Backstage – Improving your ability to think – and talk – on the fly just might help you in the booth.

7 Bad Habits That Will Hurt Your Voice Over Career – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn from narrator Dan Hurst’s personal experience and avoid these VO career killers.

This Week in Links: April 14 – 18

Did you join us last night for our Twitter chat with guest Toni Tesori from @duolit? We had a great time connecting with authors and talking audiobook production and marketing! If you missed the chat, or just want to relive the fun, check out our Twubs page (remember to read from the bottom up), and make sure to follow @ACX_com for all the best audiobook info in 140 characters or less.

After that, read on for your top audiobook links from this past week!

For Producers:

4 Voice Actors Walk Into A Bar…. – via Rhonda’s Voice – Learn what the 4 generations of voiceover professionals can teach us.

Wake Up Your Voice With Protein – via Online Voice Coaching – Dr. Ann Utterback explains why you should reach for a can of sardines instead of a bar of chocolate for your next in-booth energy boost.

5 Simple Things to Improve Your Voice-over Career – via Bodalgo – Follow these 5 easy tips and see how they improve your voiceover outlook.

How to Connect with People on Social Media – via Socialnomics – Social media can be one of the most powerful (and free!) marketing tools. Read on to learn how to get those most out of your time on social media.

For Rights Holders:

Cynthia Hartwig’s Top Five Marketing Jobs for New Authors – via The ACX Blog – Cynthia’s guest post on this very blog is full of tips you can put into practice right away to get the word out about your audiobook productions.

Five Warning Signs Your Story Needs Revision – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – “Many readers might not be able to articulate specifically why they lost interest in a story, but often the answer is simple. It can be an accumulation of the small things.” Let Kristen help you figure out where your story went astray.

How to Know When You’re Done Revising Your Manuscript – via The BookBaby Blog – After Kristen helps you figure out if you need to revise your story, let BookBaby help you understand when enough is enough.

10 Steps To The Best Cover For Your Book – via badredheadmedia – Like it or not, readers and listeners will judge your book by it’s cover. Learn 10 things you can do to make sure your fans judge yours kindly.

 

 

This Week in Links: March 24th – 28th

Did you know that as of this week, over 16,000 audiobooks have been created through ACX? That is a lot of books! Thanks to all of you, the actors and authors, who made this milestone possible!

Here’s to the next 16,000… and beyond! This week, we’re highlighting our favorite inspiration you’ll need to keep your audiobook game sharp.

Enjoy the weekend reading, and join us next week for more audiobook action!

For Rights Holders:

Hillary Clinton’s Four Lessons for Authors – via Digital Book World – The former first lady and secretary of state is also an accomplished author. Read the tips she recently shared with the Association of American Publishers.

25 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be A Fearless Writer – via Buzzfeed – In need of a pick me up? Check out these uplifting quotes for authors, by authors.

Writing: Why You Need An Editor – via ALLi – Great advice for authors on “how to choose and use an editor to improve their writing craft and the quality of their books.”

Book Cover Design: The Creative Process – via Chameleon Ink – Can you judge an article by its advice on cover design? If so, you’ll deem this article extremely helpful!

For Producers:

Seven Great VO Success Questions – via vo2gogo – David H. Lawrence XVII brings you 7 important questions every VO should ask themselves.

Audacity: Free Video Tutorial – via Teacher Training Videos – Here’s a detailed walk-through of the popular free recording and editing software.

Networking Tips for Voice Over Talent – via The Great Voice Company – If you attend industry events like workshops, mixers, or conferences, Susan Berkley’s got some good advice to help you make the most of your time.

This Week in Links: January 6 – 10

We’re back with our first weekly links roundup of 2014! We’ve got lots of great stuff planned for the blog in 2014, from collaboration to education, all designed to bring you the best in audiobook information! Take the year’s first trip around the audiobook web, and make sure to hit the “Follow” button on the right to stay up to date on the latest from the ACX blog.

For Rights Holders:

Ten Publishing Predictions for 2014 – via Bob Mayer’s Write on The River – Self-publishing success story looks into his crystal ball to see what 2014 has in store.

Writing Novels: How to Get the Balance Right Between Fact & Fiction – via ALLi Self-Publishing Advice Blog – Your novel may be based in fact, but is it believable? Lucy McCarraher breaks down the important distinction between the two.

Transitions (Video) – via Wordplay With Nika Harper – You character is here, but she needs to get there. But how? Nika covers scene transitions in this fun video from her Wordplay series.

The Science Behind a Bestseller – via GalleyCat – Are there certain words that will ensure your book will sell? GalleyCat is on the case.

For Producers:

New Year, New Gig: Audible Studios/ACX Open Casting! – via The ACX Blog – Here’s your exclusive chance to work with the Grammy Award-winning producers at Audible studios. Submit your audition now!

Removing Mouth Noises (Video) – via Edge Studios – Home studio master George Whittam shares techniques for getting clean sounding audio in this video.

The DUH! list – via The ACX Blog – Earlier this week, we shared our 7 habits of highly effective audiobook professionals. A must read for all audiobook narrators/producers!

The Top Voiceover Blog Posts of 2013 – via Derek Chappell’s Voiceover Blog – Take a look back at  Derek’s picks for the best of 2013.

What was the best audiobook article you read this week? Tell us in the comments!

This Week In Links: December 9 – 13

We’re finishing the second-to-last week of “serious” work before Christmas, and we’ve got all info you need to keep the engine running and the creativity flowing. So, head into the weekend with our weekly links, and join us next week for the final stretch of 2014!

For Producers and Rights Holders:

The ACX Holiday Gift Guide – via The ACX Blog – Make your list and check it twice – once for authors and once for actors. We’ve got great suggestions for both camps within.

For Producers:

Multitasking in the Voice Over Studio – via Lance Blair – There can be so much to do at once as a VO, but multitasking may not be the best to get it all done.

7 Deadly Sins of Slating – via Marc Scott Voice Over – Slating your audition is a simple step that is nevertheless easy to get wrong. No need to worry though, Marc’s got you covered.

How Bilingual Voice Actor, Rosi Amador, Achieves the Ultimate Work-Life Balance – via VoiceOverTimes – This extended interview has lots of insight into an important aspect of every VO’s life.

For Rights Holders:

50 Ways Writers Can Prepare for the New Year – via The Huffington Post – Huff Post Books offers a comprehensive checklist for authors as they head into 2014. Print it out, mark them as you go, and see how many you can accomplish next year!

4 Easy Steps To An Irresistible Book Blurb – via Digital Book World – Whatever you call your book’s summary, it’s an important element of your marketing package. DBW’s got you covered in just 4 steps.

An Author by Any Other Name – via CreateSpace – Writing exercises under a pen name, in a different genre or style, can bring a fresh perspective on your day to day writing.

What were you favorite audiobook related links this week?

This Week In Links: December 2 – 6

Head into the weekend by looking back on the best audiobook related links from this past week. Use the links below to educate and inform yourself, and consider the advice in your next ACX Audiobook production.

For Rights Holders:

14 Simple Steps To Ensure Success With Your Writing for the Next 12 Months – via Nick Daws’ Writing Blog – Guest writer Ruth Barringham provides 14 pieces of advice to get authors off to a great start in 2014.

NaNoWriMo is Over, Now What? – via GalleyCat – Did you participate in National Novel Writing Month? Now that your book is done, GalleyCat has your next steps. Note the bonus links to their writing tips at the bottom of the article!

The Self-Publishing Debate: A Social Scientist Separates Fact from Fiction – via Digital Book World – Why do authors publish books? DBW shares in-depth results from their recent survey.

Audiobooks: A “How To” Guide, Featuring Interviews With Producers and Voice Artists – via Jade Kerrion’s Blog – Learn some ACX tips in this engrossing interview with author Jade and her producer.

For Producers:

4 Secrets to Voiceover Acting – via VoiceOverTimes – Jewel Elizabeth shares her takeaways from top casting and studio director Andy Roth’s video interview.

Dreaded Ambient Noise – via VoiceOverPlaza – 25-year broadcast pro dives into the causes of and cures for ambient noise in your recording space.
The Search Is On For Meaning-Laden Words – via Online Voice Coaching –

Meaning-laden words are the words that you must hear to get the gist of the story. Do you treat them appropriately in your narration?

Tell us your favorite link from this week in the comments!

This Week In Links: November 25 – 27

This week’s a short one due to Thanksgiving, but we’re still here to recap our favorite audiobook related links. Check out the info below and have a fun, safe holiday weekend. We’ll see you all right back here next week!

For Producers and Rights Holders:

You Asked, We Listened: Introducing Direct Deposit from ACX – via The ACX Blog – It’s now easier than ever to get paid for making audiobooks on ACX!

The Home Stretch: Get Ready For The 2013 Holidays – Via The ACX Blog – Submit your audiobook productions to ACX by 12/6 to have the best chance of your title going live in time for the holidays!

For Producers:

Acoustical Treatments for your Home Studio – via Edge Studio’s “Whittam’s World” – This informative video from home studio master George Whittam covers soundproofing for home studios.

The Current State of Social Media for Voice-Actors – via Voice Acting in Vegas – Dave Courvoisier shares his on navigating a complex social media landscape for VO’s.

For Rights Holders:

Seven Semi-Productive Ways to Procrastinate (With Bonus Motivational Posters!) – via Quirk Books – Everyone procrastinates while writing, so y0ou may as well tackle some writing related tasks while you do.

The Sound of Your Writing – via CreateSpace – “Turn on your computer microphone, read your story, and listen. It may be weird, perhaps even a little unsettling at first, but in the end, it will help you become a better writer.”

This Week In Links: November 18 – 22

Our links are all about turning negatives into positives this week. Authors can get a new perspective on rejection letters and learn why some books don’t get the reviews they deserve. Actors can learn to correct poor mic placement and find out which foods are voiceover no-no’s. Turn that frown upside down, and check out this week’s batch of links.

For Producers and Rights Holders:

The Home Stretch: Get Ready For The 2013 Holidays – via The ACX Blog – Catch up on our holiday deadlines, tips for ensuring your book passes our QA, and fun holiday marketing ideas.

For Rights Holders:

Why Your Last Book Didn’t Get Reviewed – via The BookBaby Blog – Did you put your heart and soul into writing and launching your last book project –  only to be ignored by the media, critics, and book bloggers? BookBaby tells you how to do it correctly the next time around.

Ask the Writing Teacher: Fifty Shades of Rejection – via The Millions – A no is a no is a no…or is it?

While you Wait: What Authors Can Do While Their Audiobook is Being Recorded – via The Voices In My Head – Actor and author Brian Rollins understands both sides of the audiobook equation, and offers his unique perspective on his blog.

For Producers:

Putting Your Mic Where Your Mouth Is – via Edge Studio’s “Whittam’s World” – Home and pro studio expert George Whittam covers mic placement and more in this informative video.

Speak the Truth: Harnessing Energy in Voiceover – via Bobbin’s Voiceover Sampler – “It’s all about truth and authenticity in voiceover. Of course, your vocal energy is essential to your personal presence on mic.”

Nutrition No-No’s for a Good Voice – via Online Voice Coaching – Dr. Ann Utterback looks at five food and drink landmines that can wreck your delivery.

We’ll see you next week as we round the corner of the final audiobook productions of 2013!