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This Week in Links: Sept 29 – October 3

For Producers:

4 Tips to Focus Your Voiceover Career This Fall – via Backstage – Jen Ruden has a handful of great tips to make autumn a time of renewal for your VO work.

Stop Being So Shy: Why A Lack Of Self Promotion Is Stopping You Getting Voice Over Work – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Actors have no excuse for being shy! Let Gary help you learn to self promote.

Defining the “IT” Factor – via Nethervoice – Paul Strikwerda believes having IT is all about charisma, and this post is dedicated to helping you understand exactly what that is and how to get it into the mic.

The Top Three Tired Tropes of the VO Business – via Rob’s Blog – Just starting out in the voice over game? Don’t make these three rookie mistakes.

For Rights Holders:

Social Media Scheduling Tools for Authors – via BadRedhead Media – We don’t have to tell you that authors are busy people! Save yourself some time and improve your audiobook promotion by using one of these tools.

5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better – via Writer’s Digest – Believable internal conflict can be the key to a compelling story. Here’s a deep look at how to pull it off.

Face Time – via The Blood Red Pencil – Thoughts and advice on recent changes to Facebook and how to make the most of it as an author promoting her work.

The First & Most Crucial Step to OWNING NaNoWriMo – Kristen Lamb’s Blog –  Participating in the annual novel writing competition? Kristen advises you fill up your creative well before putting pen to paper.

This Week in Links: May 19 – 23

Before embarking on that Memorial weekend trip, take a look at our roundup of this week’s best audiobook related links. Planning a staycation this year? Working through the weekend? Even more reason to educate yourself on your craft before the day is done.

Enjoy the links below, and share anything we missed in the comments below!

For Rights Holders:

The Iron Triangle of Interesting Characters – via Writers and Authors – “What makes a character interesting? This infographic gives one take on how to make characters interesting and might give you some ideas for when you’re developing your characters.”

Editorial Matchmaking – via Writer Unboxed – When you’ve taken your novel as far as you can, it may be time to call in a professional editor. Dave King has advice on finding the right one for you.

What the Marine Corps Taught Me About Writing – via Writer’s Digest – Author and US Marine William Ballard discusses the 4 things every Marine recruit learns, and how they apply to writing.

5 Tips to Gain Confidence and Overcome Writer’s Doubt  – via Live Write Thrive – Guest blogger Bryan Hutchinson has advice for writers suffering from a lack of faith.

For Producers:

The ACX Twitter Chat – via @acx_com – This month’s guest tweeter, George Whittam of Edge Studio, answered your questions on audiobook recording and production.

A Caddyshack Alum on Surviving the Tumultuous Audiobook Industry – via Wired – The actor on the receiving end of Bill Murray’s famous “Gunga Galunga” speech recounts his time in the audiobook industry.

How To Handle Rejection – via Actor Inspiration – Wendy Braun offers some perspective on those times when you don’t land the part.


Wendy Braun
Wendy Braun

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.”


ACX Holiday Gift Guide Part 2: Gifts For Authors

Earlier this week, we offered our suggestions on gifts for narrators, and today we’re back with the other side of the ACX equation: authors and rights holders! Everyone could use a bit of holiday cheer to wrap up the year, so join us as we highlight some gifts that will have your collaborators writing thank you notes in between novels.


Hand Cream: Keep those hands smooth and moisturized during chilly winter writing sessions. CreamLiquid Inspiration 1 – Coffee Subscription: For the author who needs to focus, make sure coffee is on their doorstep every month with a subscription coffee service.


Liquid Inspiration 2 – Booze: For added creativity, give the gift of holiday spirits.


Speech Recognition Software: Help your author put the pen down, and think with their audiobook in mind! Speech to text software like Dragon can help authors do a little “narration” work of their own.

DragonA Good Review – if you enjoyed an author’s book (and didn’t produce it), one of the nicest things you can do for them is provide a positive critique of their work. Reviews help boost sales, so this counts as two gifts in one.

ReviewA Literary Tote full of Books – Writers are readers too, so you can’t go wrong with a fun bag stuffed with some of your favorite paperbacks.


An Audible Gift Membership: You’ve already turned your authors into audiobook fans by bringing their books to life, now turn them into seasoned audiobook veterans with an Audible membership. As an added bonus, every book they listen to helps authors become better audiobook publishers!


That does it for our 2013 gift guide. Have fun putting your gift bags and baskets together, enjoy the holiday season, and get ready for a creative and thrilling 2014!

What are you getting for the author in your life? Tell us your suggestions below.

ACX Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Gifts For Narrators

The holidays are a time of giving, and once you’ve decided what to get friends and family, colleagues and collaborators are up next. Who better to thank than the actor that helps bring your words to life via ACX? If you’re making a list and checking it twice, but have no idea what to get for the special actor in your life, check out our recommendations.

These Are a Few of Their Favorite Things

A mug and throat coat tea: Professional narrators swear by this standby that soothes their instrument and keeps it running like a well oiled machine.71-UyKJZwOL._SL1500_
Lip Balm:
Helps prevent mouth sounds such as lip pops while recording. If your narrator doesn’t thank you, their editor will!
Cherry ChapStick
iTunes gift card:
Apps like iAnnotate are a godsend for narrators that read from a tablet, and the card can also be used for apps that help with accounting, organizing, scheduling, and having fun.
An iTunes Gift Card
or Office Depot gift card
: If your narrator prefers paper scripts, they can use the card to buy supplies for script prep, like ink, paper, and highlighters.
My toolkit for reading
Throat spray, like “Entertainers Secret“:
This spray is designed to moisturize, humidify, and lubricate the throat and larynx. Perfect for those long audiobook recording sessions.
Sweetwater or Sam Ash gift card: Every narrator could use some funds to put towards new recording equipment or software.

You can also include old standby’s, like cookies and other snacks, as well a handwritten note thanking them for their work on your productions this year.

Check back in with us on Thursday, when we’ll cover the flip side of the audiobook equation, and give our recommendations on gifts for authors!

Actors – what are you asking Santa for this year?