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Expanding Your Range: The Making of an Audiobook Musical

Every creator has a passion project—that audio opus of your dreams, the story you’ve fallen in love with, that wild idea you can’t get out of your head. Well, that love doesn’t have to be one-sided. In this episode of ACX University, we sit down with the cast and crew of Lustily Ever After: The Audiobook Musical, to talk about how they brought their dream project to life so that listeners everywhere could fall in love with it, too. We’ll take a look behind the scenes of this ambitious audio project to learn where the inspiration came from, what it…

The Power of Audio: A Keynote Address by Rekesha Pittman

From a hush to a roar: every story heard ’round the world started with a single voice, reverberating from listener to listener. But to raise the volume, you need more than just a microphone. Our featured speaker, Rekesha Pittman, is no stranger to amplifying the voices of visionary creators — known as “the midwife” to hundreds of authors, this writer, speaker, and entrepreneur excels at pushing creators to take the plunge and turn a silent dream into a thundering reality. In this inspirational keynote address, you’ll learn how to harness the power of audio to draw an audience, get your…

Publicize Your Audiobook Like a PR Pro

Storytelling is your superpower, but how can you wield it wisely to grow your audience and drive sales in today’s uncertain climate? By modeling your nascent marketing and PR strategy after the pros. That’s why in this episode of ACX University, we look to Kelley Anderson, founder of Wonder PR, for invaluable advice on reaching new listeners as a debut author. We’ll show you how to craft your first marketing and PR strategy, how to leverage social and digital channels in a stay-at-home world, and how to prepare for the future of audiobooks with some surprising new tactics and examples.…

Performance Masterclass Featuring Carin Gilfrey

New to audiobook narration? Looking to sharpen your skills and learn from the best in the business? Performance coaching isn’t just for the freshmen—even veteran voice artists agree that continuing coaching is essential to building a successful narration career. And to prove their point, we’re going inside sessions with some big names in the audiobook biz to take a closer look at what vocal coaching can do for you—no matter where you are in your career. In the third episode of our Performance Masterclass series, coach Carin Gilfry and narrator Kimberly Wetherell focus on pacing, breath, cadence and emphasis, and getting…

Home Is Where the Art Is

For the creative community, home very often doubles as a work space. So while it may seem that the global shift to working from home would come more easily for those already accustomed to it, the new paradigm isn’t without its challenges for writers and narrators. Authors Amy Daws and Jessica Hawkins sit down with ACX University to discuss dealing with new distractions, keeping the creative spark lit, structuring their time, staying connected, and making clear distinctions between work and home spaces to take care of business—and themselves—in an episode full of valuable advice for working creatives in the current…

30 Minutes to a New Sound

Working from home is taking on new meaning for entrepreneurs, and if you’re making a bigger commitment to your career in voice-over, you know your sound quality is going to make or break your book-ability. With so much more time spent in your booth, we’re exploring some easy ways for you to upgrade your recording space with help from gear pro, George the Tech. We’ll review your recording fundamentals and talk about the best ways to upgrade your room. Plus, we’ll get crafty to show you a few home hacks to build new studio extras using items you have around…

Three’s a Crowd, Four’s a Multicast

ACX author Amy Daws has published several dual-narration audiobooks featuring seasoned ACX narrators Erin Mallon and Will Watt, and for her most recent release Payback, Amy decided to employ a cast of four narrators to bring her book to life. We’re sitting down with Amy, Will, and Erin to talk about what the production experience for Payback was like for them, how it differed from the dual-narration model, what the challenges and rewards were from both the authorial and narrative perspectives, and what it takes for interested authors who might want to try out this next-level audiobook format for themselves.…

Community is the New Marketing

When author J. Bengtsson self-published her first book, Cake, on Amazon, she had never so much as expressed an interest in being an author–she had no fans, no prior writing credits, no industry connections and her only social media outlet was her personal facebook page. That all changed when Cake became an unexpected overnight success and Bengtsson started connecting with her fans. Having no experience building an online authorial presence, Bengtsson relied heavily on her new fans, taking their advice when they told her she should have an author Facebook page, a newsletter, and a fan group, and engaging with…

How to Talk so Customers Listen

The number of audiobook listeners is growing, but so are the number of audiobooks to choose from. How can you make sure yours stands out from the crowd? By understanding your target customer! In today’s episode, we’re giving you an inside look at how Audible’s editors talk about audiobooks in order to pique customer interest. You’ll learn:How to craft a compelling audiobook description.The aspects of marketing that can make or break a purchase decision.How to make the most out of your social media efforts. Play Video Featuring: Christina Harcar Courtney Reimer Robyn Torkewtiz Fink Scott Jacobi

Transform Your Career: The Makeover Episode

Audiobook narration can be a lucrative and lifelong career if you make smart choices and develop good habits along the way. But what do you do if you find yourself treading water? A few changes to your audiobook recording routine may be just the thing you need to set yourself up for long-term success. In today’s episode, meet Christian Drerup: Christian has been producing audiobooks for about a year and is looking to take her career to the next level. With the help of a few audiobook All-Stars, she’ll do just that, and you can follow her lead to make…