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This Week in Links: January 5 – 9

For Rights Holders

50 Articles on Writing to Help You in 2015 – via Writer’s Digest – Bookmark this treasure trove of advice, to read all year long.

Four Digital Publishing Questions for Mary Ann Naples – via Digital Book World – The SVP and Publisher of Rodale Books shares why she thinks 2015 will be the year of the consumer.

A Novel Is Not A Sum Total of Its Parts – via Live Write Thrive – Learn how to get all parts of your novel working together smoothly and for one ultimate purpose, plus  look back at all 12 Pillars of Novel Construction.

Tip of My Tongue – via chir.ag – Search this handy directory when you just can’t…quite…remember that one word.

For Producers

The Top Voiceover Blog Posts of 2014 – via The Voice of Your Business – Derek Chappell has 63 of the top posts related to voiceover from all corners of the web.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Fiendish Words That Make Us Speechless – via Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Tips on mastering that one word you can never seem to nail.

5 Reasons Freelancers Undercharge for their Work – via Freelancer’s Union – Are you guilty of these in your voiceover career?

What is the Best Microphone for Voiceover Work? – via Voice Over Herald – Get a good look at 5 popular mic options.

 

This Week in Links: December 1 – 5

For Producers:

Creating Your Character with ‘Peter Rabbit’s’ Joshua Colley – via Backstage Magazine – Are you gonna let a 12 year old teach you about voice over acting? Actually, maybe you should.

Year-End Tax Planning for Voice Over Talent – via Bobbin Beam’s Voice-Over Sampler – Important reminders for freelance professionals here.

Do You Fear Improv? That’s Like Fearing Fun – via VoiceOverXtra – Believe it or not, practicing improv can help grow your narration skills.

Whoops! There Goes My Voice Over Reputation – Gary Terzza’s Voice-Over Blog UK – Don’t get taken advantage in the voice over world. Read this cautionary tale of an unreasonable ask.

For Rights Holders:

The Indie Author’s Guide to Customer Reviews – via Publishers Weekly – “If customer reviews are, by their very nature, customer-generated, what can authors do to get more of them?”

Don’t “Write What You Know” – Write What You Long to Write – via Live Write Thrive – “How do you get from your day job to damsel in distress, reluctant hero, explosives expert, FBI agent, or rural police detective?”

4 Approaches for the First Chapter of Your Novel – via Writer’s Digest – Having trouble getting your next book started? Try one of these four methods.

Free Webcast: Five Tips to Boost Your Digital Book Marketing Strategy – via Digital Book World – Join DBW for this free seminar and start generating buzz about your audiobooks!

 

This Week in Links: November 17 – 21

For rights holders:

How to Connect with Readers on Goodreads – via BadRedHead – Learn how to find readers who’d be interested in your books.

15 Words You Had No Idea Were Acronyms – via The Huffington Post – Were you aware of these fun abbreviations?

Here Are The 2014 National Book Awards Winners – via BuzzfeedBooks – “The winners were revealed at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony.”

The Power of Journaling – via Writer’s Digest – “Journal writing is a powerful tool that opens the path to greater insight and self-knowledge.”

For producers:

8 Steps To Becoming A Professional Voice Over Actor – via VoiceOverTimes – These tips will take you from “great voice” to voice over professional.

Your Voice Over Showreel Is Not As Important As You Think – via Gary Terzza – Are you placing too much emphasis on your demos? Gary’s here to set you straight.

Stuffing Your Voice – via Karen Sour – Don’t let holiday eating and drinking detract from your instrument!

This Week in Links: November 10 – 14

It’s almost time for another installment of our Twitter chat series, #TalkingACX! Are you following along?

This Tuesday, we’ll be joined by VO instructor Gary Terzza of Voice-Over Master Class to talk ACX and audiobooks for beginners. If you’re new to audiobooks or have questions for a seasoned pro, join us Tuesday, November 18th at 3pm ET (8pm GMT) on Twitter for this interactive event! Here’s what to do:

1. Follow @ACX_com & @VOMasterClass on Twitter.

2. Start following the hashtag #TalkingACX just before 3pm ET/8pm GMT, or visit Twubs.com/TalkingACX to follow along.

3. Bring your questions, and tweet them with #TalkingACX.

It’s that easy. We can’t wait to chat with you on Tuesday! Now, on to this week’s links…

For Producers:

The Success Trifecta – via Tom Dheere – All work and no play makes for a stressful career. Tom has a formula for good work life balance.

Getting In Our Own Way – via Nethervoice – How to avoid being too self-conscious for your VO career

Don’t Get Sick As a Dog This Winter – via Online Voice Coaching – Tips for steering clear of colds and flu, with a bonus cute dog picture.

Why I Recommend Voice Over Coaching Every Time – via Marc Scott Voiceover – “There is no short cut to success. Not in this industry or any other. If you want to achieve it, you’ve got to put the effort in.”

For Rights Holders:

A Bright Future for Indie Authors – via Publishers Weekly – Both statistics and industry perception point to good things ahead for independent writers.

What Writing Expenses Are Tax Deductible? – via Writer’s Digest – Are you leaving money on the table? Learn which business-related tax breaks you may be eligible for.

Three Things to Avoid When Looking for a Review – Via CreateSpace – Read about three important “dont’s” when it comes to getting your books reviewed.

Edit My Paragraph! – via LitReactor – Gayle Towell takes a stab at improving a paragraph that tried to do too much at once.

This Week in Links: October 20 – 24

Welcome back for another installment of This Week in Links. Before we get to the latest roundup of audiobook information, we’d like to invite you to join us for #TalkingACX, our upcoming Twitter chat with AudioFile Magazine!

We’ll be speaking with AudioFile’s Publisher Michele Cobb about all the things a professional audiobook reviewer listens for in a good audiobook. If you’re new to audiobooks or you’ve always wondered what the experts value, join us Wednesday, October 29 at 8 pm ET on Twitter for this interactive event! Here’s what to do:

1. Visit Twitter and follow @ACX_com & @AudioFileMag

2. Start searching the hashtag #TalkingACX just before 8pm. Or visit Twubs.com/TalkingACX to follow along.

3. Bring your questions, and tweet them with #TalkingACX.

It’s that easy. We can’t wait to see you on Wednesday night! Now, on to those links.

For Producers:

The Last Job He Expected to Love – Via Amazon.com – Actor/producer RC Bray shares how ACX helped him thrive in a career he never imagined for himself.

How to Sell Without Selling – via Nethervoice – Paul Strikwerda shares an example of subtle self-marketing.

The 3 Ultimate Keys to Success for L.A. Actors – via Backstage – Good advice for all actors, really.

Harry Shearer: A Legend Teaches The Next Generation – via VoiceOverTimes – The famed voice actor is now an Artist-In-Residence at Loyola University in New Orleans.

For Rights Holders:

How to Make the Most of Any Writing Conference – via Writer’s Digest – Writing and publishing events can be a great place to network and learn. This article has tips on maximizing your time.

The Curious Kick of Hearing an Actor Reading Your Writing – via The Millions – Author Bill Morris discusses the positive effects of experiencing his own novel in audio.

Fact or Fiction? How Novelists Can Blend Factual Research with Creative Storytelling – via Live Write Thrive – Learn how to imbue your writing with details that keep it grounded in reality.

 

This Week in Links: October 13 – 17

For Rights Holders:

15 Ways to Promote Your Book with a Book Trailer – via The BookBaby Blog – Take your audio promotion to a visual medium with this collection of ideas.

The Publishing Plan – via BadRedHead Media – Guest blogger Jessica West discusses why having an indie publishing plan is just as important as having a plan for your writing.

How to Tell if Your Story Idea is Mediocre—And How to Improve It – via Jane Friedman – Every good book starts with a good idea. Jane’s got tips on how to distinguish the good form the bad.

NaNoWriMo Prep Work: To Edit or Not Edit While Writing First Draft – via Writer’s Digest – Whether you’re taking part in the annual writing event or not, WD has some insight how to to get your manuscript started.

For Producers:

10 Tips for a Healthy Studio – via J. Christopher Dunn’s Voiceover Blog – Here’s some excellent tips on keeping your studio as germ free as possible to avoid the dreaded fall cold.

15+ Dialects Sites – via CourVO – This post contains numerous links that will help you nail that regional dialect for your next audiobook project.

Yawning for a Better Broadcast? – via Online Voice Coaching – Find out why Ann Utterback advocates for the intentional yawn as a method of warming up the voice.

Whittam’s World, Episode 47: “Removing Clicks from Audio Files [VIDEO] – via Edge Studio – Watch as George takes you through the steps to ensure your fans get  a clean, enjoyable listening experience.

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.

 

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