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AUDIOBOOK NARRATING VIDEO #2: How You Get Paid

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  • FG January 17, 2014, 7:48 am

    What does your Master Class provide that the ACX website help and guidance videos, etc., don’t?

  • Chris Coulter January 17, 2014, 8:35 am

    I really appreciate the simplicity and straightforward approach that you use in these videos. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Liz Harris January 17, 2014, 8:44 am

    Dan, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of voicing audiobooks, but the thought of editing my recordings has scared the heck out of me. I can’t wait to hear about David’s process!

  • Dan O'Day January 17, 2014, 10:44 am

    @FG: I’ll describe that in lots of detail in another video. First, though, I’ve got to get to work on Video #3, which I plan to devote mostly to some of our previous students sharing their experiences at greater length.

    But to answer your question in a few broad terms:

    Strategy; guidance; understanding; a plan to follow. Plus instruction in the fastest, easiest way to edit (which I haven’t seen anyone else do) combined with an additional piece of free software we use to add an incredible layer of smoothness to the finished master.

  • Dan O'Day January 17, 2014, 10:47 am

    @Chris Coulter: Thanks! Ironically, it takes so much time and effort to make the message simple and straightforward. (It’s exactly as when I was a radio personality or when I write radio commercials.) Your comment encourages me to plod forward to Video #3.

  • Dan O'Day January 17, 2014, 10:49 am

    @Liz Harris: If you already know how to record your voice and edit it a la the way we radio (and VO) people have been trained to do, this will be a piece of cake for you. Once you learn the process, it’s like comparing broadband to dial-up. (Okay, time for a history lesson for our very youngest readers. Once upon a time, in order to go online you needed to use something called a “telephone…”)

  • Liz Harris January 17, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Splendid! Thank you, Dan!

  • David Gilmore January 17, 2014, 2:36 pm

    This stuff couldn’t have come at a better time for me, Dan, as I am about to transition from 38 of teaching and part-time audiobook narration, to, wait-for-it… retirement and full-time audiobook narration. Clearly, I have much more to learn from you and David L, cuz the 18 books I’ve done thus far on ACX are all over the sales-volume lot. Thanks for your diligence with this project!

  • Liz Wylder January 17, 2014, 4:50 pm

    With a background in Radio and Voiceover for 25+years, this is intriguing to me – and something I had been “toying” with getting into. I recently connected with a friend who has been doing Audiobook narrations for years and has again ”lit the fire”. Thanks for the videos Dan, I will be signing up with ACX shortly as I wait for your next video.

  • Dan O'Day January 17, 2014, 5:01 pm

    @David Gilmore: Your attitude pretty much says it all. I just received an email from someone saying he’s recorded lots of audiobooks, and it’s terrible work, and I must be a scam artist. You, on the other hand, have recorded 18 audiobooks and are open to the possibility that there still are some things you haven’t yet learned and ideas you haven’t yet had.

  • Dennis January 18, 2014, 12:51 am

    After not making a dime on a pay-to-play site, I am anxiously waiting for the next step on the path you are laying down. I have cancelled my subscription and am now re-committed and excited to continue this journey.

  • Dan Brantley January 19, 2014, 4:35 pm

    Thanks for a great series.
    One question:
    Why are there no transport controls on your player?
    Do I have to listen to watch the entire video again if I miss something, or want to hear it again?

  • Dan Brantley January 19, 2014, 4:37 pm

    And when I submitted the comment…
    It realoaded teh page and started over again… which would not be an issue if there were transport controls!

    This is great information marred by poor presentation.

  • Del January 21, 2014, 12:23 am

     I’ve already recorded more than a dozen audiobooks, but NONE for ACX…

    Why?  Because I do not live in the USA.

    I am VERY interested in your class – but so far, I have not heard anything about this situation – – last I heard, the ONLY way ACX can pay you is if you LIVE in the USA.  They don’t do PayPal and at last look, they won’t even do a bank EFT transfer…

     I may take your class anyway, just to help me with my marketing (btw – if it were not for the “Pay to Play” sites, I could not make a living as a voice living in Asia – so they DO have some usefulness…) – and I cannot wait for the next video.

    I hope you can address this payment situation – and I’m really digging on hearing from D.H. Lawrence – that is so cool!

    Aloha Dan, and thanks for everything…

  • Dan O'Day January 21, 2014, 1:03 am

    @Del: The reason is tax-related. At present, you must be a U.S. resident (which could be simply having a U.S. address, even if you live elsewhere) and a U.S. tax I.D. Sorry about that.

    I may take your class anyway, just to help me with my marketing

    I don’t think you should do that, because in this class the marketing all relates to the ACX platform. Although the recording and editing and “managing the client” and “managing the project” portions can be applied anywhere, the marketing really is specific to ACX.

    As much as we’d love to accept your money, I think you should pass on this one (but I’m happy you’re enjoying the videos).

  • Tom j Dolan January 21, 2014, 7:41 pm

    Hi, this series looks good but that said, I now reside in Tokyo. I do maintain a US residence address and an active US Bank account, so with that in mind, is this program open to me? Are there any details I should attend to first?

  • Dan O'Day January 21, 2014, 8:01 pm

    @Tom j Dolan: As long as also have a U.S. tax I.D. (e.g., Social Security number), you should be good to go.

  • Roger Rignack January 21, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Great information, Dan, as always! I have taken a workshop with David Lawrence and I am interested in your Master Class. I was just offered to narrate a book on ACX and would like to touch base with you on Audacity and how to best edit. Thank you!

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