When the Professional Audiobook Narrators Association (PANA) recently asked me to create a video about my music for its current Get Outta the Booth campaign, I couldn’t start fast enough!
Most of this blog’s readers know about the audiobook production site ACX.com. Each year, ACX produces educational programming called ACX University. I had the great pleasure of being a guest speaker on the topic of Acting With Intention in one of the 2018 ACX University sessions.
During and after the video broadcast, I chatted with viewers. As usual for the Queen of Links, I shared a number of resources in that chat session. I also answered a number of questions.
While the chat is embedded with the video, I wanted to post all of the ancillary material and discussion here on my blog to make it easier to reference. That way, you can watch the video and not worry about missing anything.
Recently, several audiobook narrators discussed in a Facebook group how we do our pronunciation research. Like many narrators, I use the iAnnotate app for the text since it allows us to read the book from a tablet and noiselessly turn pages.
Most people in the discussion either added their pronunciation research to the PDF in iAnnotate or copied it to an Excel spreadsheet.
My method is different because I store all of my pronunciation research in Evernote.
Evernote is described as a note-taking app that works on and syncs across all of your devices. The more notes you enter into it, the more powerful it becomes. You can find no shortage of tutorials to learn how to use it, including on Lynda.com. As a reminder, I advise that you find a library that includes access to Lynda.
I’ll tell you why and show you how I use Evernote for pronunciation research in this 7:37 explainer video.
Note: You can use iOS Slide Over with iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air and later, or iPad mini 2 and later. Check Settings/General to see if you have a Multitasking option. If so, choose Allow Multiple Apps. If you don’t have a Multitasking option, you’d need to switch between Evernote and iAnnotate with the Home button on the iPad.
You can view the Evernote note used in this demo at:
If you scroll to the bottom of that note, you’ll see that I added branding info. This way, everyone who sees the note will know its owner and can contact me and/or connect with me on social media.
If you decide to get an Evernote account, I’d love it if you used my referral link:
Updated 7/15/17 to add instruction about Multitasking in iOS
…and everything in its place. As you know, I do so love to be organized! In fact, many people have told me that I have an unusual talent for curating, organizing, condensing, and disseminating information that is relevant to them.
With that point in mind, I decided it would helpful to list all of my audiobook-related resources in one place. (Last updated 29 May 2017)
Audiobook Resources For Authors is a curated list of articles that are grouped to take authors through the stages of production from thought to final product.
My Audiobook Marketing Cheat Sheet contains oodles of ideas for specifically publicizing and marketing the audiobook edition.
Authors and narrators will benefit from subscribing to 1 or more of my 5 Twitter lists of audiobook people and organizations.
I’ve also published a number of articles on other sites of benefit to both authors and narrators.
Videos for Authors:
In this 41-minute video, I:
— explore the audiobook landscape (beginning at 2:43)
— explain reasons every author should produce audiobooks of their books (beginning at 7:23)
— demonstrate Amazon Whispersync capability between an audiobook and Kindle ebook (beginning at 10:19)
— offer specific tips about ways to write with audio in mind (beginning at 12:09)
— advise the viewer about the audiobook production process and gives concrete information about using ACX.com to create an audiobook, including payment for production costs and distribution options (beginning at 22:04)
Videos for Narrators:
I always run this test to check for graphic romance scenes in books before I audition. (1:18)
In this 2:26 video, I demonstrate how my editor and I use iAnnotate software during the corrections process.
If you’re editing your own audio, I show how to remove mouth clicks in this :41 video.
A few weeks ago, Drew and I finished narrating the audiobook 125 Ways to Meet the Love of Your Life by Dr. Jan Yager. If I were single and hoping the meet the right person, I would buy this audiobook in heartbeat!
Once we finished the production, we were inspired to create a 2:28 video to describe how we met in the style of the interviews from the popular movie When Harry Met Sally. Enjoy!
June is Audiobook Month! To celebrate, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) kicked off a video campaign titled “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes” in which authors and narrators share why we #LoveAudiobooks!
I had such fun in creating this 2:01 video, which premiered today on the Audiobook Community Facebook page. I hope you enjoy it! If you also love audiobooks, please tell me your favorite audiobook in the comments. I’m always searching for my next good listen! 🙂