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Tor Tour: The Audio-Book Department Explained | Tor.com

Tor Tour: The Audio-Book Department Explained | Tor.com | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Becky Lloyd talks about the process of getting an audiobook made.
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"So, thinking about describing a normal day as an Audio Publishing Manager at Pan Macmillan UK… Um. Is there such a thing as a “normal day”?! For a start, I might be in the office or at the studio. The huge variety in my job is one of the things I love most about it.

 

When I start working on an audiobook (whether for Tor UK or another Pan Macmillan imprint), I will read the book, decide on a shortlist of potential readers, discuss the readers with Editorial and then the author before arranging the recording. This might be two days or (my personal record so far) twelve... the latter refers to the wonder of Space Opera and Peter F. Hamilton. Great North Road was an epic book at 1,087 pages—or three hundred and forty-six THOUSAND words! The sheer size of the book meant the recording had to be that long!"

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Stacked: Five Essential Elements for Great Audiobook Narration

Stacked: Five Essential Elements for Great Audiobook Narration | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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"Narration can make or break an audiobook. No matter how excellent the writing, how exciting the story, how deep the characters, if it's narrated poorly, it makes for a bad listening experience. Below are my top five requirements for great audiobook narration. What other elements do you look for in a satisfying audiobook?"

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Authors Taking More Active Role Picking Audio Book Narrators | WSJ

Authors Taking More Active Role Picking Audio Book Narrators | WSJ | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Novelists are accustomed to having total creative control over their characters, including the way they talk. Many find it frustrating -- or worse -- when they hear an audio narration of their work with voices that just on't sound right.
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Best Tips for Breaking into Audiobook Narration from "That's Voiceover" Conference Panelists | ACX

Best Tips for Breaking into Audiobook Narration from "That's Voiceover" Conference Panelists | ACX | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
"We’ve just returned from Tinseltown, meeting producers and actors at That’s Voiceover, the one-day voiceover acting career expo..in Hollywood. Over the course of a whirlwind day, guests attended panels on how to work the mic, presenting from the red carpet, and making a living with audiobooks... Audible VP and head of ACX Jason Ojalvo moderated narrators Scott Brick and Shelby Lewis as they gave their best tips for breaking into the audiobook business and succeeding. If you couldn’t attend, here are a few of our favorite insights..."
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So...You want to be an audiobook narrator? Take this not-so-easy "test" to find out if you have what it takes | Sean Pratt

“ ...Then try this "simple" test to see if audiobook narration will be the right fit for you.
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How Amazon Became the King of Audiobooks | The Atlantic

How Amazon Became the King of Audiobooks | The Atlantic | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Recorded books are now a billion-dollar business, which Amazon dominates perhaps like none other.
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If you are a fan of audiobooks -- and the numbers of people who say they are has grown impressively in recent years -- the odds are that Amazon is your preferred place to shop. Of all the ways Amazon has come to dominate the book market, especially in the digital arena, its share of audiobook sales probably represents its most formidable pre-eminence.

 

At the last tally (now more than a year old), more than 60 percent of audiobooks were downloaded to digital devices, and nearly all of those came from Audible (an Amazon company) or through its long-standing license to supply audiobooks to Apple's iTunes. Amazon also owns Brilliance audio, the biggest producer of CD-based audiobooks. Audiobooks are now well over a billion-dollar business, and the available figures suggest that Amazon retains a far larger piece of that revenue than any other retailer.

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Billion $ Read Audiobook Demo Event

Billion $ Read Audiobook Demo Event | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

Two masters will teach ten participants advanced skills as they record their Audiobook Narration Demos. All is included in the fee. Participants will learn how to negotiate for more money in 2013, how to research, prepare, network, record, and bid; and how to connect with publishers and producers.

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Video: Inside the Voice Actors Studio

Video: Inside the Voice Actors Studio | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Young actors find steady employment as readers in the booming world of audiobooks, and some make it a career.
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Great three minute piece on voice actors narrating audiobooks.

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Audiobook roundup - Telegraph.co.uk

Audiobook roundup - Telegraph.co.uk | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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Audiobook roundup. Carole Mansur listens to Jonathan Coe, Muriel Spark and Gerald Durrell. Jonathan Coe and Muriel Spark Photo: Martin Pope; Getty. By Carole Mansur.
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Audiobook discounted if you already have the book » Gregory ...

Audiobook discounted if you already have the book. Screenshot of discount. I didn't even know that ACX/Amazon did this. It's pretty cool. If you already own the e-book, you can evidently get the audiobook at a substantial ...
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Spotify for Audiobooks

Spotify for Audiobooks | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

A UK based company, Bardowl, have brought to market a Spotify-for-audiobooks service. Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch there is a big selection of business related titles available. When you acquire the app you get a 7 day free trial, and thereafter, you can subscribe for unlimited audio for £9.99 a month. Have a look: www.bardowl.com

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George Whittam's VOStudioTech Launches Virtual Engineer- Tone Matching

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Virtual Engineer- Tone Matching   Recently upgrade your recording studio equipment chain or make adjustments to your sound and now things just don't match when picking up an old project?  Let their golden-eared engineers come up with the processing settings you need to make revisiting old projects a breeze!

They will process the audio, send back the resulting file for approval, and provide you either preset files or screen shots of the settings (where applicable), as well as detailed instructions on how to make use of the information.  

 

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The Billion $ Read Benefit Webinar |

The Billion $ Read Benefit Webinar | | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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Voice-Over Superstars Pat Fraley and Scott Brick will be joining Julie Williams for this two-hour webinar to benefit one of Fraley’s students, Nicole Nielson, who has been stricken with a horrible incurable disease.

       Tuesday,  Feb 12, 2013       6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)

Fraley and Brick are two of the absolute hottest audiobook narrators in the industry—and their extensive Billion Dollar Read webinar, presented as part of Julie Williams’ “VoiceOver Insider Enrichment Webinars” will cover such essential topics as:

How to bid on an audiobook projectHow and when to negotiate a higher rate for your booksWhen to accept a revenue share dealHow to negotiate a multi-book dealWhich books are good revenue share dealsHow to know if a book has “legs!”


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Voice Over Virtual - Online Conference

Voice Over Virtual - Online Conference | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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Interesting upcoming event:

 

"Experience the Voice Over
Conference for the Digital Age!
Giant 3-day Online Conference… no travel necessary, all you need is an Internet connection. Come and go per your schedule… catch up with on-demand recordings. A stellar cast of 50+ top voice over professionals teach what you need now, whether you’re a newcomer or advanced pro."

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Audiobooks Have Become Cool | Atlantic Wire

Audiobooks Have Become Cool | Atlantic Wire | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
"In the digital age, audiobooks aren't just for multi-tasking moms or long car trips anymore. They're actually kind of cool... And...audiobooks' swelling popularity has given a lot of underemployed New York actors regular jobs. Who could complain about that? You read, actors get paid. Everyone wins."
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Test How Old Your Ears Are (And How Much Damage You've Done to Them) | Gizmodo

Test How Old Your Ears Are (And How Much Damage You've Done to Them) | Gizmodo | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
“ Deep down we all know we shouldn't crank our music or listen to headphones with the volume really high, but we still do. And if you've ever wondered if years of hard rock has done any serious damage, here's an easy way to find out.”
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Posting Audio from an iPad to a Website by Anthony Gettig | East-West Audio Body Shop

Posting Audio from an iPad to a Website by Anthony Gettig | East-West Audio Body Shop | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
“ Anthony created this extremely useful tutorial for anyone who records on an iPad/iPhone and needs to upload the files to websites such as Voices.com or Voice123.com. NICE WORK!! ”
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Which Microphones & Preamps To Use & Which To Avoid For Audiobook Recording | ACX Studio Gear Series, Part 1

Which Microphones & Preamps To Use & Which To Avoid For Audiobook Recording | ACX Studio Gear Series, Part 1 | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
“ Mics and preamps are the first pieces of equipment that will pick up and process the sound of your voice. Remember, any piece of studio equipment you buy is meant to capture the true sound of your voice in your recording space, so don’t buy an expensive microphone to improve or compensate for the sound quality in the room. We’ll cover how to get great room sound in a future post.”
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Actors Today Don’t Just Read for the Part. Reading IS the Part.

Actors Today Don’t Just Read for the Part. Reading IS the Part. | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
As audiobooks flourish, thanks in part to digital technologies, the industry has given many aspiring actors a steady paycheck.
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(The companion print article to the video on this page as well: Video: Inside the Voice Actors Studio).

 

Gabra Zackman is a new kind of acting star: she is heard, but unheard-of.

 

Ms. Zackman had classical training through the Shakespeare Theater of Washington, has worked in regional theaters for the last two decades and has had a sprinkling of appearances on television shows like “Law and Order.” Those performances, however, have brought neither fame nor fortune.

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BeeAudio announces union deal and major expansion

BeeAudio announces union deal and major expansion | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
BeeAudio, the independent producer of audiobooks for most big publishers, has signed a deal with SAG-AFTRA, the union representing narrators.
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The company has also cut deals with four new clients and in recent days as news of the imminent deal leaked an additional 30 narrators. BeeAudio’s roster now has 225 narrators, editors, proofers and researchers.

“The deal made clear business sense,” said James Adams, BeeAudio’s founder and CEO. “We want to be the most competitive full service audiobook producer and even with the deal, our prices are the best in the business. At the same time, narrators can feel free to go where the work is, which is with us.”

The union had blacklisted the company last November after it claimed there had been a refusal to negotiate. The result was an acrimonious standoff that was broken when the union reached out a month ago.

“Once I started talking to Jane Love at SAG-AFTRA, it took less than a week to cut a deal,” said Adams. “It’s always true that reasonable people on both sides can achieve remarkable things and this deal is right for us and right for the industry.”

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DA3 Interview & Giveaway: Audiobook Narrator Karen White's ...

DA3 Interview & Giveaway: Audiobook Narrator Karen White's ... | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
There are self-publishing routes, but I'd highly recommend going with a professional narrator and an established audiobook publisher if possible. For one, the product will be more consistent and polished, but you'll also have ...
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How Will you Celebrate Audiobook Month? - Good E-Reader (blog)

How Will you Celebrate Audiobook Month? - Good E-Reader (blog) | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
How Will you Celebrate Audiobook Month? Good E-Reader (blog) Besides also being the month that plays host to National Donut Day, June is audiobook month, a campaign that was originally created by the Audio Publishers Association to make more...
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Grammy-winning Audiobook Producer Inspires Peers While Battling ALS - PR Web (press release)

Grammy-winning Audiobook Producer Inspires Peers While Battling ALS PR Web (press release) Bob Deyan, a Grammy award-winning audiobook producer, received the devastating diagnosis of ALS earlier this year but even with his deteriorating physical...
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AUDIOBOOKS How to Make and Sell Them | Publishers Association of Los Angeles

AUDIOBOOKS How to Make and Sell Them | Publishers Association of Los Angeles | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Book Publishers Association of Los Angeles, Independent Publishing, Los Angeles California
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Do you have one or more books that you think would be good candidates for audio publishing? This month’s panel will walk you through the steps of audiobook publishing today.

 

Learn about the fundamentals of audio publishing, the latest developments, and how to determine whether your work is a viable candidate for audiobook recording. Our speakers will address these issues and more:

 

- The resources involved in self-publishing or publishing audiobooks

 

- Why some decide to license the audio rights instead

 

- What to do to ensure the best production quality

 

- How to get it into the marketplace once it is ready for distribution

 

- What others are doing to publicize their audiobooks

 
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AudioEloquence.com Relaunches

AudioEloquence.com Relanches

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Ladies & Gentlemen, start your browsers! AudioEloquence—pronunciation and dialect site for audiobook narration—has been updated, expanded, nipped, tucked, and gently restructured. And re-launched!

Narrators Heather Henderson and Judith West, in a rush of linguistic fervor, have added some 40 new sites, putting AudioEloquence at more than 100 annotated entries. And they’ve re-sorted a number of sites to create a discrete section of Dialect & Accent resources—easier to access for character work.

Please help yourself to the updated AudioEloquence.com. It’s free to our colleagues in audiobook production—with thanks for the valuable contributions we’ve received from that community.

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Have you ever wished that you had a comprehensive, exhaustive list of pronunciation resources all gathered in one place? Have we got a site for you and when we say "Comprehensive" we mean "COMPREHENSIVE!!! 

This site is maintained and curated by narrators, Judith West and Heather Henderson for "our colleagues in audiobook production" and is amazing. It's got everything from food to medical terms to foreign languages, and by far the best we've seen. Many of their sources include audio file with proper pronunciation, so you have absolutely no excuses to mis-pronounce anything now...

 

Please bookmark or save in Evernote or whatever your preferred mode of cataloging great reference resources is nowadays. You're welcome.

 

And many thanks to fellow Scoop.it curator Byron Wagner for putting us on to this one!