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Audiobooks with ACX – Optimize Your Novel for Audio

Posted on July 28, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Optimize Your Novel for Audio This is part 6 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. Once I started listening to how my words sounded, I realized what worked and what didn’t. It made me change the way I write. Going forward, I’ll alter my writing with audio production in mind. […]

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Audiobooks with ACX – Marketing

Posted on July 25, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Marketing This is part 5 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. When you get the notice from ACX that your audiobook is ready, go to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes and get the buy links and/or affiliate codes. Add these links, your audiobook cover, and a story blurb, to your Website. […]

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Audiobooks with ACX – Production

Posted on July 21, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Production This is part 4 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. After you have hit the “Approve Audiobook” button, ACX will instruct you to pay your narrator, if you are paying per finished hour. The payment due is based on the finished length. Once you send the funds via the […]

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Audiobooks with ACX – Reviewing Your Files

Posted on July 21, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Reviewing Your Files This is part 3 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. After a narrator has accepted your offer, she’ll send you the first fifteen minutes to review and approve. Thereafter, each chapter is uploaded by the producer as a separate file. Follow along with the text as you […]

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Audiobooks with ACX – Auditions and Narrators

Posted on July 18, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Auditions and Narrators This is Part 2 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. Once you’ve submitted your book’s profile, you are ready to accept auditions. Here’s where it gets hairy if nobody responds. Be patient. Eventually, you’ll begin hearing from narrators, also called producers. Soliciting Narrators You don’t have to […]

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Audiobooks with ACX – Getting Started

Posted on July 14, 2016

The audiobook process has been a learning experience for me. I approached ACX as a complete novice, knowing absolutely nothing except what I’d gleaned from fellow authors who’d posted advice online. A special thank you to author Terry Odell, who has been my mentor for this project. So now it’s my turn to pay back […]

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SleuthFest – Day 2

Posted on March 19, 2018

Friday,  March 2, 2018 Friday morning at SleuthFest mystery writers’ conference offered a choice of three workshops. I attended the talk on “Why Marketing Can Sometimes Yield Little to No Results” given by Maryglenn McCombs. See my workshop recap below. After this talk, I gave my own presentation on “Audiobooks with Amazon’s ACX.”   Lunch […]

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Year-End Review

Posted on December 28, 2016

Year-End Review of Writing Goals As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to review what you’ve accomplished as a writer and what goals you’ll carry forward to the following year. Aside from my personal goals of eating healthier, exercising more, and spending time with family, I set career goals. These are further divided into […]

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Book Project Update

Posted on June 17, 2016

Halfway through the year, we should evaluate our status regarding the goals we’ve set for ourselves. Back in January, I listed these objectives for the year. I divided them into Writing Goals and Career Goals. Think about doing this if you’re an author. Let’s see how I’ve done in this progress report. If you’re wondering […]

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