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This Week in Links: July 3 – 7

For Rights Holders:

Do You Have a Platform? – via The Book Designer – “The problem is that most authors focus on where they will build their platform and how they will build their platform. They fail to identify what their platform is and whom they intend to reach.”

How to Go On Vacation & Write While You’re Not Writing – via Writer Unboxed – Learn some ways to involve your brain in tasks that will set you up to write when you finally sit back down at the keyboard, this is something that has worked a lot for me lately, last time I rented my vacation home from outer banks rentals I was able to sit down, relax, and just write about many things that just came up to my mind.

How to Ace the First Act in Your Sequel – via Helping Writers Become Authors – Want to hook listeners with multi-part series? Find out how to kick off successive books with a bang.

Start Your Own Think Tank – via CreateSpace – Might starting a group of like-minded authors be beneficial to your writing and marketing efforts?

For Producers:

How To Attract and Keep New Clients – via Paul Strikwerda – Even though you and I are likely to have different clients with different needs, there are three factors that always play a role in every purchase decision: price, benefits, and perception.

Who Said Goofing Off Is a Waste of Time? – via Dr. Ann Utterback – “Think of the constant onslaught of information coming from the Internet, email, news stories, conversation, and our own busy thoughts. We’re asking our brains to digest all of this every second of every day. We need to shut this off for a time if we want to recharge.”

How Acting Ability Helps in Voiceover Work and Ways to Improve It – via Victoria DeAnda – “If you’re having a hard time turning yourself into a character required in a voice recording project, maybe it’s time you try acting classes on the side.”

Five Things To Do After a Voiceover Conference – via Rob Marley – The action doesn’t end when you return from a voiceover event. Take a look at how to continue the momentum once you return home.

 

This Week in Links: May 29 – June 2

ACX audiobooks win three audie awards!

Last night, at the 22nd annual Audie Awards, 3 titles produced or distributed via ACX took home the coveted prize in their category. The winners were:

The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali & Richard Durham. Narrated By Dion Graham (Autobiography/Memoir).

The Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn. Narrated By Austin Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, Ralph Lister, Amy McFadden, Mikael Narramore & Nick Podehl (Short Stories/Collections)

Marriage Games: The Games Duet by CD Reiss. Narrated By Elena Wolfe &  Sebastian York (Erotica).

Congratulations to all the authors and actors involved!

For Rights Holders:

Why Networking at a Writing Conference is SO Important – via The Write Conversation – Did you hit Romantic Times or BEA this past month? Planning to attend a conference later this year? Check out Bruce Brady’s example of real world networking in action.

It’s a (Mad, Mad) Marketing World – via Writer Unboxed – Find out how the plot of your story plays an important role in the marketing of your book.

Marketing Tip: Stay Organized! – via CreateSpace – “When it comes to book marketing… It doesn’t matter what system you use, as long as you use a system.”

5 Creative Book Marketing & Promotion Ideas for Indie Authors and Self-published Books – via ALLi – Find out how innocuous things like an email from Amazon or a trip to the dentist can be opportunities to market your work.

For Producers:

Recaps From 5 APAC 2017 Sessions – via Karen Commins – If you were unable to attend APAC this year, check out Karen’s roundup of the best tips shared in a handful of sessions.

Important Voiceover Work Legal Considerations – via Victoria DeAnda – “Without prior knowledge of voiceover work legal considerations, you could end up compromising years of hard work and client-list building.”

Protecting Your Voice – via Paul Strikwerda – Look after your instrument by reading Paul’s in-depth interview with Vocal Health Educator Elissa Weinzimmer.

Do You Know Craig? – via Dave Courvoisier – Have you landed any VO work via the online classified ad service Craigslist? Dave wants to know! Discuss your experience in the comments of his post, if so.

 

This Week in Links: May 2 – 6

For Producers:

3 Irrefutable Facts About Choosing Mics – via Dave Courvoisier – Learn a few key points to consider when choosing your next microphone.

10 Effective Ways To Find Voice Over Work – via Gary Terzza – Gary shares tactics you may not have considered for booking VO gigs.

Voiceover – Tips and Tricks for Audio Production – via Sound 4VO – “While it is easy for a voice actor to think only of their performance and delivery of the copy, it is also important to remember that all of those beautifully spoken words are pieces in a larger audio landscape.”

Sound More Conversational – via Online Voice Coaching – “The best delivery sounds like a conversation with a good friend.”

For Rights Holders:

Why Must You Promote Your Book? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Find the answer to “why,” as well as over a dozen suggestions for “how.”

Make Audiobook Creation Your Goal for 2016 – via Digital Book World – ACX Producer Karen Commins shares four recent changes within the audiobook industry that prove now is the time to get your work into audio.

When Failure Isn’t an Option — How to Find Your Readers – via The Book Designer – Author Nick Stephenson offers tips on how to build your audience and take control of your writing and publishing business.

Why I Read My Goodreads Reviews – via Writer Unboxed – “There’s nothing like unvarnished, straight up reader reviews to remind you that every reader is different.”

This Week in Links: March 28 – April 1

For Rights Holders:

10 Great Ways to Promote Yourself As An Author – via BookMarketingTools – Ten foundational ways to get yourself (and your work) more exposure.

Your Biggest Book Marketing or Platform Building Roadblocks – And How to Overcome Them – via The Book Designer – A guide to pushing past author platform frustration and get your books in front of readers.

The Myth of the Average Reader – via Writer Unboxed –  Learn about demographics, psychographics, and why “marketing to everyone is inefficient and ineffective.”

The Least You Need to Know About Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – via Where Writers Win – “[A]s search engines become smarter, it’s becoming much more important to give your readers an enjoyable and useful user experience.”

For Producers:

4 Reasons for VO Agility in a Changing World – via Dave Courvoisier – “We’d love for things to stay the same while we march up the steps of certainty to the top, and say we’ve made it.  But the stairs these days keep moving, and the top is elusive.”

Bad Business – via Joe’s Dump – Learn how a missing sundae can provide advice about running a VO business.

The Human Voice Trumps Siri’s World – At Least For The Foreseeable Future – via Voice-Over Xtra – Do advances in voice-to-text spell doom for human narrators? Not exactly.

Regarding Room Tone with Alex the Audio Scientist – via ACX on YouTube – Get a blast from the ACX past with the second video in our Alex series, and subscribe to our channel to get notified of our latest videos.

 

 

This Week in Links: February 22 – 26

For Rights Holders:

The Best Podcasts for Writers – via Written Word Media – When not listening to auditions on ACX, check out these informative, inspiring audio programs.

Let’s Address a Common Misunderstanding About Author Websites – via Writer Unboxed – Should your site exist as a distribution tool or a marketing tool? Author Jane Friedman has the answer.

Book Marketing Trends: From Blog Tours to Mailing Lists – via BookBub – Self-published author Lee Strauss has some ideas for keeping up with book marketing trends that are constantly evolving.

7 Tips for Getting More Responses to Your Emails – via Boomerang – Leveraging your contacts list to market your audiobooks? Learn how to catch your fans’ attention.

For Producers:

What’s Your Favorite Vocal Warm-Up? – via Dr. Ann Utterback – Bored, sleepy, and getting your voice ready for the booth. Find out what all three have in common.

How To Use YouTube for Voice Over Marketing – via Marc Scott – Marc’s got a sneaky way of making yourself known via YouTube without shooting a second of video.

How a Failed Voiceover Gig Can Make You Stronger – via Victoria DeAnda – “As you start other projects, use what you’ve learned from this failed gig. Remember what did not go right this time, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

18 of the Most Important Voices of Color in Animation – via Black Nerd Problems – Get a peek at the VO talent behind some of your favorite cartoon characters.

This Week in Links: September 14 – 18

For Producers:

How To Direct Your Inner Director: A Narrator’s Guide in Five Easy Directions – via Paul Allen Ruben – A worthwhile longread filled with the award-winning audiobook directors knowledge.

Run Your Own Race – via Marc Scott – A controversial few weeks in the VO community has lead one actor to reflect on the attitude required for success.

Voiceover Insider Podcast #22 with Scott Brick – via The Voiceover Insider – Take 15 minutes to listen to some advice from one of the top audiobook narrators in the business.

Branding for Voiceover Artists – via Debbie Irwin – “How do you encapsulate what you’re all about in as few words as possible, with as simple an image as possible, and yet communicate a message that has both depth and breadth?”

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Marketing Is Backwards: Strategy Vs. Tactics – via Digital Book World – “The truth is, success is not about finding the right channel; it’s about defining strategy first, and then plugging in the right channels to reach your goals.”

The Math and Music of Multiple Characters – via Writer Unboxed – Writing, developing, and managing multiple characters is especially important when it comes to your audiobook.

A Long Term Branding Strategy – via CreateSpace – When are you finally done building your author brand? Never.

How To Use 100 Print Books To Promote Your Self-published Book – via BookBub – A comprehensive infographic to help authors promote their work.

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This Week in Links: August 10 – 14

For Producers:

How to Promote Yourself as a Voice-Over Actor Online – via Voice Over Herald – Promote your audiobooks to gain sales, or promote yourself to book gigs.

Who Needs a Voice Over Coach? How To Get Training For Free! – via Gary Terzza – “It is possible to break into the industry without spending too much, but you will certainly need to invest plenty of effort.”

[VIDEO] Marketing Persistence – via Marc Scott – This week, Marc offers thoughts and encouragement, to help you develop persistence in your marketing efforts.

5 Ways to Get Hired in Voice Acting – via Backstage – Here are five ways to ensure your land solid, quality jobs that pay good money.

For Rights Holders:

Free Newswires Help Promote Books & Author Brands – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – Learn how to promote your audiobook for free via press releases.

4 Methods to Invigorate Your Prose With Surprising Sentences – via Helping Weiters Become Authors – Give your narrator something cool to say in the booth.

Simple Promo Tip: Nailing Your Email Subject Line – via Writer Unboxed – Sometimes, it only takes a few words to sell an audiobook. Find out which will have the biggest impact on your potential listeners.

11 Ways to Ask for Writing Advice (And 10 Major Mistakes to Avoid) – via The Write Life – “Connecting with other writers — who are at your experience level or above it — is a great way to learn, grow and expand your career.”

That Week in Links: June 29 – July 2

Worry not loyal readers – we didn’t let the holiday-shortened week deter us from bringing you the best audiobook links. Get this week started on the right foot by reviewing our favorite producing and publishing advice from last week.

For Producers:

The Real Voice of Siri Explains the Art of Voiceover – via Vox – VO Susan Bennett talks about recording for Siri, her favorite studio gear, and why text to speech won’t soon replace voice acting.

How Should I Describe My Voice? – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – “It is important to get a voice description. You don’t need too many adjectives –  it’s about honesty, but at the same time there is a promotional element.”

[VIDEO] Demo of Kindle eBook and Audible Audiobook Whispersync – via Karen Commins – The Audible Approved ACX producer provides a detailed look at Amazon’s text + audio technology.

Rejection Isn’t Personal – That’s (Voice Over) Life – via Voice-Over Xtra – Actor Rob Marley shares “three things you can do to help deal with rejection and improve your voice over success rate.”

For Rights Holders:

So Many Voices – Who Can Hear Yours? – via BookMarketingBuzzBlog – ‘We are each a drop of water in a vast ocean. Our content mirrors this ratio as well. It’s just the way things are – and it is likely to get more crowded soon.”

The Complete List of Creative Distractions and Defenses Against Them – via Writer Unboxed – A comprehensive, tongue-in-cheek list of the many things vying for an author’s attention, and advice on how to combat their allure.

[PODCAST] Book Marketing on the Cheap – via Book Marketing Tools Blog – Hosts Sean and RJ dive deep into a recent blog post covering budget-friendly marketing ideas.

3 Ways to Make Writing Your Novel Easier – via Helping Writers Become Authors – “If you want an easy writing experience, you’re going to need to make sure you’re choosing a story that supports that desire.”

This Week in Links: February 9 – 13

For Producers:

The Secret to Sustained Success – via Nethervoice – Quick fixes rarely lead to lasting change. Learn the benefit of thinking in the long term.

5 Things Every Professional Sound Engineer Should Know…For Starters – via Pro Tools Expert – Having great equipment is only half the battle! Round out your knowledge with the info in this post.

No Social Stalking – via vo2gogo – Make sure you’re using social media to your advantage, not to make yourself an annoyance.

What is Mastering? – via Izotope – A great overview of audio mastering & why it’s so important. Just substitute “audiobook” when you see the word “album.”

For Rights Holders:

Story Lessons from South Park – via Writer Unboxed – Believe it or not, you can learn a lot about storytelling from this envelope-pushing cartoon.

How to Shut Up Your Inner Editor – via Writer’s Digest – Read on to find out why its sometimes best to fight through the little voice of reason in your head.

10 Websites You Need To Create Awesome Author Stuff! – via BadRedHead Media – Be sure to bookmark this collection of “resources for free photos, infographics, awesome holiday contests, creating visuals, social media tips, and more.”

Creative Writing Prompts to Freshen Up Your Writing – via Live Write Thrive – Whether you’re mid-story or just starting page one, “a good story starter will get your creative juices flowing and help you clear your head.”

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.”