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This Week In Links: November 11 – 15

There’s no better time than the present for self-improvement. We’ve collected advice from expert authors, actors and producers to start your weekend. Peruse the links below and improve your craft, whether its writing or acting. And make sure to check in next week for more audiobook info!

For Producers:

ACX Studio Gear Series: Home Studio Setup – Part 2 – via The ACX Blog – We gathered top ACX producers and Audible Studios staff to get their advice on setting up a home studio and running your VO business once you do.

The VOICE: When A Narrator’s Trusted Ally Becomes The Public’s Enemy Number One – via Audio Book Narrators – Grammy-winning audiobook producer shares deep thoughts on the actors instrument.

Building Your Own Voice-Over Studio – via Sessionville – Dave Courvoisier offers his take on the basics of setting up a home studio.

Evolution of The Home Studio – via Bobbin’s Voice-Over Sampler – Follow Bobbin as she ponders the best course of action for updating her home studio equipment.

For Rights Holders:

Eight Questions Writers Should Ask Themselves – via The BookBaby Blog – “To help you better understand yourself as a writer, Roxane Gay has come up with eight questions for you to answer.”

Writing Believable Dialogue – via Writers Get Together – A challenging topic for any writer, good dialog is especially important when it comes to your audio version.

Crowdfunding for Self-Publishing Authors – via BadRedHead Media – Justine Schofield of Pubslush covers a creative way to fund your next project.

‘4 Hour Workweek’ Author Tim Ferriss Is Becoming An Audiobook Publisher – via TechCrunch – Bestselling author Tim Ferris shares his thoughts on becoming an audiobook publisher.

What did you learn from this week’s links? Tell us in the comments!

This Week in Links: November 4 – 8

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is is a fun way to approach to creative writing. Participants begin writing every November 1st with the goal of finishing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Whether you’re an author embarking on their NaNoWriMo novel or an actor hoping to produce one of the completed books, we’ve got tips and tricks to help guide you.

Check out the links below, and join us next week for more audiobook action.

For Rights Holders:

After the Audiobook is Done – An Author’s Guide to What’s Next – via The Voices In My Head – Author and voice actor Brian Rollins talks what to do after your audiobook is completed.

Website Tips For Authors – Via The BookBaby Blog – BookBaby’s sister site, HostBaby, is all about online resources for creatives, and they’ve rounded up their best tips of the month in this handy post.

Author Success – The Laws of Sowing and Reaping – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – “We get out of life what we put into it. We will get out of our writing what we invest.”

Get More Twitter Followers in 6 Minutes a Day – via CreateSpace – Quick and easy tips for authors looking to build their Twitter fan base.

For Producers:

How Keeping a Diary Can Help You Book the Job – via Backstage – “So much effort goes into getting the job that keeping a diary or a journal of all your auditions will help you see your progress in black and white.”

Task Manage the Goldilocks Way – via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voiceover Blog – Juggling lots of VO tasks? J.Christopher will tell you how to get it “just right.”

Fascination: A Voice Talent Necessity – via Life on The Voiceover List – Randye Kaye explains why fascination is a key component in life and as an actor.

How to Sound Sexy, According to the Women Who Narrate Audiobook Erotica – via The Cut – New York Magazine’s “The Cut” blog interviews some of our favorite actors on the art of talking sexy.

Did we miss any of your favorite links from this past week?

This Week in Links: October 21 – 25

ACXers in temperate climates are starting to feel that first chill in the air. Autumn is upon us, and with it thoughts of holiday fun and the year’s end. As 2013 winds down, use the links below to inform and educate yourself as you embark on your final audiobook productions of the year.

Remember, now is the time to get those audiobooks recorded and uploaded to ACX for your best chance of having them live on Audible in time for the holiday season.

For Producers:

The 5 Things You Should Be Doing NOW to Close Out the Year – via Dave Courvoisier’s Voice Over Blog – As the year’s end draws near, Dave has a 5-point checklist that will help VO’s wrap things up right.

Whittam’s World Episode 8: Acoustical Treatments for your Home Studio – via Edge Studio’s Youtube Channel – Home studio master George Whittam talks soundproofing in this informative video

Bed, Bath and Beyond – via Finding My Voice – Justin S. Barrett gets philosophical about life away from the microphone.

Why Restaurants And Voice Over Talents Fail – via Marc Scott Voiceover – Marc sees popular TV show “Restaurant Impossible” as a metaphor for VO failure – and success!

For Rights Holders:

Conflict—Giving LIFE to Your Fiction – via Kristen Lamb’s Blog – “Bad decisions make GREAT fiction.” Kristen tells you how to work that adage to your advantage

How Writing “Small Stones” Hones the Writer’s Craft – via The Alliance of Independent Authors – “Novelist Satya Robyn explains the meaning, process and value of writing “small stones” – tiny observational pieces of poetry or prose detailing something close at hand.”

Passion, Purpose, and Power: A Pep-Talk For Writers – via The BookBaby Blog – In need of a pick-me-up? BookBaby’s got you covered

Did you find some great audiobooks links this week? Tell us all about ’em!

This Week in Links: October 7 – 11

We’re back with our latest installment of “This Week in Links.” We’ve rounded up our favorite videos and articles from around the audiobook world and listed them for you below. Enjoy some weekend reading, and embark on your next audiobook project as a better informed writer or producer!

For Rights Holders

10 Ways To Develop Confidence As A Writer – via Creative Thunder – “One sure way to become a writer is to write. Every day. With or without destination.”

How to Write a Great Death Scene – via Geek and Sundry Vlogs – Nika Harper offers her tips on write off a character.

How to Assign your Book to the Right Genre – via Chameleon Ink – “Getting the genre right further narrows down your target market and ensures that your book messaging addresses the right audience of readers.”

7 Guidelines For Writing a Nonfiction Book – via The BookBaby Blog – “For many would-be authors putting fingers to keys is the toughest part of the process. Here are seven suggestions to make it a little easier for you.”

For Producers

Mouth Noise – The Bane of a Voice Actor’s Life – via Anna Parker-Naples – Versatile voice actress talks about keeping mouth noise to a minimum.

Anatomy of a Movie Trailer – via Confessions of a Voiceover Artist – An interesting trip though the making of the audio portion of a movie trailer.

Time to Get That Perfect Mic – via Voice Over Garden – Jonathan Tilley offers his advice on what it takes to find the perfect fit for a lifetime of “quality jobs and stress free technical set up.”

Come back next week for more audiobook info, and share your favorite links form this week in the comments below!

This Week in Links: September 30 – October 4

The end of the week means it’s once again time for our roundup of links from the online audiobook world. Informative and entertaining articles and videos abound for actors and authors, so get readin’ and join us next week for more audiobook excitement!

For Producers:

Hard To Believe… – Via Dave Courvoisier’s Voice Over Blog – 2013 is almost over, and Dave’s got a year-end checklist for voiceover actors.

…It’s the Principle of the Thing! – via Road To Introspection – Terry Daniels offers his perspective on the narrator as a small business.

Professional Home Recording Studio Tour, Advice, Tips, and Tricks – via Jordan Reynolds – Informative video tour of a professional home studio.

I’m The Original Voice Of SIRI – via CNN – The voice behind the iPhone’s virtual assistant is finally revealed.

For Rights Holders:

Writing A Series? Tips From A Superstar – Via CreateSpace – ACX author Bella Andre discusses the pros, cons, do’s and don’ts of writing a connected series.

Techniques and Tension in “Breaking Bad” – via Huff Post Books – “Any writer who wants to learn about the art of developing tension in a manuscript would do well to watch, and learn from, AMC’s Breaking Bad.” (Caution – spoilers within!)

Website Tips For Authors – via The Bookbaby Blog – BookBaby’s sister site, HostBaby, offers best-practices to smarten-up your online book marketing.

GalleyCat’s Freelance Editor Directory – via GalleyCat – “A free, automatically updated directory where editors can post their services and writers can seek freelance editors.”

Did you find some great audiobook related content this week? Leave your favorite links below!

This Week in Links: September 23 – 27

This week, we’ve got food for mouths big and small. First up is 37 bite-sized pieces of advice for authors and rights holders. Actors and producers, on the other hand, can chew on in-depth info on studio gear and the craft of narration.

Enjoy this week’s main course, and come back for next week’s menu of delicious audiobook information.

For Rights Holders:

5 Ways For Authors to Handle Bad Reviews – via DBW – Bad reviews can happen to good authors. Here’s what to do about them.

5 Mistakes That Will Doom Any Self-Published Book – via Blue Ink Review – Advice on making sure your self-published book looks and feels professional.

5 Focal Points For Writers Reading Books – via Blood-Red Pencil – “We can all learn from the pitfalls and brilliance of other writers—learn what not to do, what didn’t work, and what did.”

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – via The BookBaby Blog – Easily digestible tips from the masters of animated stories.

For Producers

How Lee Daniels’ The Butler Serves Audiobook Narrators – via Paul Alan Ruben’s “Audio Book Narrators” – Grammy winning audiobook producer/director offers his in-depth take on the movie’s lessons for narrators.

SomeAudioGuy on EWABS Podcast with George Whittam and Dan Lenard! – via East-West Audio Body Shop – Industry experts talk studios, microphones, and voiceover business.

E.G. Daily’s Voice Impresses, As Does Her Other Career As A Voice Actor – via The Huffington Post – Voice actor of Rugrats and The Powerpuff Girls excels as a singer on The Voice.

Did you see any great links this week? Tell us below!

This Week in Links: September 16 – 20

This week’s link will appeal to all 5 of your senses. See the faces behind your favorite carton voices. Get a taste of a professional audiobook recording studio. Feel the paradox of the modern writer. Hear how an action star can help you pump up your social media pages. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses as you follow your career path.

Engage your senses with our weekly links roundup, and check back with us next week for more audiobook goodness!

For Producers:

The Art of Seeing Things Differently – via Voice of Wisdom – Advice on staying interested & motivated in your career.

Breaking Into Audiobooks – via Brick Shop Audiobooks – Voice actors in the NY area should check out this audiobook seminar from this Audible Approved studio

ACX Studio Gear Series Part 2: DAWs – via The ACX Blog – Check out our rundown of the most popular DAWs on the market, as well as the discuccion in the comments.

I Know That Voice! – Here’s another great looking movie about the voiceover industry. This documentary looks at the unseen actors behind your favorite animated characters.

For Rights Holders:

The Vin Diesel School of Facebook – via Duolit – The SelfPub Team tells us how to grow your Facebook page as big as the action star’s muscles.

Hugh Howey’s ‘DUST’: The Cleverest Book Promotion I’ve Seen In Years – via Bestseller Labs – Draw marketing inspiration from the ACX authors successful strategies.

In Conversation With Neil Gaiman – via Book Riot – An in-depth interview with one of our favorite authors and the curator of the Neil Gaiman Presents audiobook label.

The Great Paradoxes of Writing – via Creative Writing with the Crimson League – Musings on the contradictory life of a writer.

Share your favorite links from this week below!

This Week In Links: September 9 – 13

Today, we’ve rounded up both informative and entertaining links for audiobook writers and actors. Newbies and seasoned pros alike can learn about audiobook marketing, the business of voiceovers, and what happens when you narrate a stranger’s life like a movie trailer.

Use these links to have a fun and productive weekend, and check back with us next week for more on audiobooks and ACX!

For Rights Holders:

The Justin Timberlake School of Rocking Your Book Launch – via Duolit – The release of this pop star’s latest album can guide you as you launch your next title.

5 Rules Every New Author Should Follow – via BookBaby – Newbies can avoid classic mistakes by following these five tips.

The Short Story: A Way for a Writer to Experiment?
via Creative Writing with the Crimson League – “All authors need to stretch themselves and leave their comfort zone to develop new skills.”

Know Which Critics To Listen To and Which To Ignore – via The Alliance of Independent Authors – make sure to consider the source before you get all worked up over that negative review.

For Producers:

via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voiceover Blog – Reading is your business, so here’s seven books you can read to improve your business.

Voiceover Business Profitability – via Bobbin’s Voiceover Sampler – An in depth look at the business side of being a voice actor.

Voiceover Actor Pranks Public By Giving Them Epic Movie Trailers – via Simply Zesty – Honest Trailers voice actor Jon Bailey constructs hilarious movie trailers for ordinary people.

Are You A Gear Slut? – via Voiceover Garden – How to know if you have too much studio gear – and what to do about it.

This Week In Links: September 2 – 6

We’ve got some top tier advice for ACX producers and rights holders this week. Producers can learn about studio gear and software, and how to keep morale up. Rights holders can learn how to reach readers and what to say once they do. Have a well informed weekend, and make sure to check back in with us next week for more audiobook info!

For producers:

Free ProTools 101 Classes – via Sam Ash – Let the experts teach you the basics of this popular software

How To Prevent Voiceover Burnout – via Bodalgo – Career and lifestyle advice to keep you happy and productive.

Do Voiceover Actors Suffer From an Inferiority Complex? – via NetherVoice – “Just because we don’t necessarily get recognized for our work, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take professional pride in what we do.”

ACX Studio Gear Series Part 1:  Microphones and Preamps – via The ACX Blog – Earlier this week we tackled the first step in outfitting your studio with recording equipment, and provided options for all price ranges.

For rights holders:

10 Ways to Fake a Professional Edit: – via The Creative Penn – Self editing is not a replacement for professional copyediting, but if you must go it alone, here are 10 tips to get the most out of your efforts.

9 Different Channels for Reaching Readers – via Chameleon Ink – Online and in the real world, here’s a list of ways to connect with your audience.

What NOT to Post When Marketing Your Book: 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid – via The Future of Ink – Now that you’ve reached your readers, here’s a few tips on what not to say to them.

Position Yourself For Audiobook Success This Holiday Season – via The ACX Blog – Now is the time to start audiobook productions you want on sale this holiday season. We’ll tell you why, and give you some holiday marketing tips to boot.

Did you read any audiobook articles worth sharing? Tell us in the comments!

This Week In Links: August 19 – 23

Summer is cooling off, but our weekly links roundup is still hot as ever! Whether you’re sunning in the park with your Kindle or workin’ indoors for the weekend, enjoy the links below, and stay tuned to the blog for more great posts next week!

For rights holders:

The Unexpected Agony of Recording Your Own Audiobookvia The Atlantic – Author Katie Hafner found narrating her own book to be tiring, fascinating and taxing. Yet, she’d do it all again.

5 Android Apps for Indie Publishers – via AllIndiePublishing – You never know when inspiration will strike. These apps are great for writers on the go.

Blogging for Authors: How to Spend Less Time Coming Up w/ Your Next Article Idea – via BookBaby – “Even if you’re blogging from a passionate commitment to your subject, there are times when creativity just fails.”

Macker, Hacker, Writer – via Hugh Howey –  Hugh discusses why he chose to self publish, even after becoming a literary success.

For producers:

Voiceover Business Explored in ‘In A World…’ – via ABC News – Upcoming movie shines a spotlight on the voiceover industry (and looks very funny).

Seven Other Outrage-Inducing Words We’re Literally Misusing – via QuirkBooks – You talk for a living,  but are you misusing any of these words?

Buying Twitter Ads: A Real-Life VO Story – via Voice Acting In Vegas – Are Twitter ads the right way to advertise your voiceover services? Here’s one actor’s story.

The Simpsons Character To Voice Actor Infographics – via Uproxx – Nancy Cartwright voices eight boys and zero  girls?!?

Thanks for reading. See you next week!