By Lin Parkin
This June marks the 18th annual June Is Audiobook Month (JIAM).
To celebrate the written and recorded word, a group of narrators, producers, bloggers and authors are joining forces to bring to life some of the greatest classic short stories of all time with Going Public...in Shorts!
Going Public...in Shorts showcases thirty-eight Spoken Freely narrators reading thirty-eight short works from the public domain. From Chekhov to Chopin, Poe to Lovecraft, even Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address will be heard online this June. The narrators will be hosted on various industry blogs across the net each day throughout the month.
What do you do when you don't know how to pronounce the name of a person, place or thing?
Voice actors routinely run into words that they may not be familiar with.
This is why it is important for you to have immediate access to tools that are designed to help with pronunciation.
Do you need to speak with confidence on topics outside of your expertise?
This article has links to a few resources you may find helpful in your quest.
Have you ever faced a turning point in your life when everything changed?
One of life's undeniable truths is that you never know what tomorrow will bring. For Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, a car ride to visit family for the holidays literally turned their plans upside down and altered the course of their lives in a tragic yet beautiful way. You may recognize these names because of a Hollywood movie called "The Vow."
I recently listened to the audiobook featuring the voice talent of John McLain. John was kind to answer a number of questions for me about his experience that I am eager to share with you.
Read more about the story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter and John McLain's experience narrating their book The Vow in today's VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
What kind of a role do celebrity narrators play in audio books and the success of audio publishing?
Has their participation brought new business to the industry? How has the impact of celebrity narration shaped consumer behavior?
Hear the musings of one narrator, Tim Lundeen, as he explores the impact celebrity narrators have had on the audiobook industry in today's VOX Daily.
Are you interested in recording audiobooks?
Want to know which pitfalls you should avoid before you began?
Paul Alan Ruben, a Grammy award-winning audio book producer/director, has authored an excellent article on reviewing audiobooks that shares valuable lessons that may save you from a career blunder.
If you came across a book that you wanted to narrate that is still under copyright, who would you contact for permission to record?
After an open discussion via Facebook, two recommendations emerged for who to contact first when obtaining permission for recording a copyrighted work.
Hear what audiobook narrators are saying and discover tips for how you can embark on this journey in today's VOX Daily.
Have you ever thought of your local library as being a resource for your voice acting career?
Whether you're borrowing materials to practice with, cut demos from or to gather industry data, your local library serves as a wonderful place to broaden your horizons.
Find out more in today's VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Three big name narrators were on hand for the VOICE 2010 audiobook panel to share insider tips, dispel myths and direct volunteers in long form narration.
Patrick Fraley, Hillary Huber and Scott Brick set the record straight on a number of fronts and provided information that is critical for anyone aspiring to record audiobooks, even for seasoned audiobook narrators, to hear.
Join me now in this coverage of the audiobook panel and an awesome display of talent. Enjoy!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Is the act of simply "listening" to an audiobook akin to "reading"?
Just how powerful is the spoken word?
Hear what author Stephen King has to say about audiobooks and make your own judgment!
Are you a fan of folklore, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes?
If you are particularly fond of storytelling and are looking for another creative outlet, recording stories is a wonderful way to have your cake and eat it too.
By combining your passions, you might just even find another way to prosper by your talent! Hear about one woman who has done just that and how you can do it as well here at VOX Daily.
One of the most influential women in the audiobook industry, Robin Whitten, founder and editor of AudioFile Magazine, moderated a panel discussion at BookExpo America called, "The Heard Word: BEA's Audiobook & Author Tea", hosted by the Audio Publishers Association.
Hear some wisdom and sentiments from television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, author Lisa Scottoline and narrator Katherine Kellgren.
Did you know that the month of June is audiobook month?
For any of you who are audiobook enthusiasts, this may come as no surprise, however, I thought we should mark the occasion with a special blog post.
I've compiled a number of links and resources that relate to audiobooks, audiobook production, narration technique, communities and places where you can buy audiobooks.
Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend the 14th annual Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, at the fabulous New-York Historical Society situated at 170 Central Park West, and believe me, the voices were just as sensational and decadent as the surroundings they were placed in.
For the remainder of this week, I'll be sharing more about our trip and highlighting special moments and intriguing topics that took shape at the Audies and at BookExpo America.
Curious to learn which audiobooks won awards? Read on!
Ever heard of the Audies?
The Audies is the annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Audio Publishers Association, that honors people in the audiobook industry for their achievements in a variety of categories, representing the cream of the crop in every genre.
This year, I will be going to the Audies with David, and I wanted to be sure that I gave a special shout out to all Voices.com members and friends of our company who were nominated for an Audie award in 2009.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Have you been wondering about getting into the world of audio book narration?
What about playing a role as part of a full cast of characters?
Dan Bostick, Artistic Director of Full Cast Audio, a speaker at the Voice Coaches Marketing Expo, describes how the company got started, their creative process and shows you how working with a variety of voice actors to achieve a common goal can be a rewarding experience.
Remember coloring when you were younger?
It was fun and liberating, wasn't it?
Discover how the same spirit and techniques from your youth can apply to voiceover artistry when coloring words courtesy of guest blogger, Marc Cashman.
Ready to reminisce?
If you've been watching trends and sales figures, you know that narrating audiobooks is a booming part of the voice over industry.
There is a wealth of opportunity for those who are willing to explore and produce their own audiobooks.
This article focuses on how narrating literature in the public domain, specifically classics, can help you to build your audiobook portfolio without having to pay licensing fees.
Do you have questions about AFTRA's new agreement with Audible.com?
Learn more about this agreement by reading this article.
If you still have questions or are unsure of something, be sure to leave a comment and I'll ask AFTRA during my interview with them to get you the answers you're seeking.
The audiobook industry is worth billions of dollars with an ever-increasing number of titles being recorded.
Have you thought about recording your voice for audiobooks or narrating other projects?
Read this interview featuring a voice actress who has used LibriVox to help her do just that.
Curious to know which audio books made Audibles Best Audiobooks of 2007 list?
Check the titles out here!
There is good news about audiobooks and we're here to tell you all about it!
Here's a special message I'm happy to bring to you from Pat Fraley with some neat statistics and facts about the current state of the audiobook recording industry.
What makes you pick up an audio book?
While some people love hearing their favorite stories read aloud to them, others prefer to collect the performances of their favorite narrators, regardless of the content.
Which audiobook selection philosophy do you follow?
Did you know that there is an annual awards show just for audio books?
The Audies, are taking place in New York City this Friday June 1st, 2007, acknowledging literally hundreds of people in the audio book industry.
Want to learn more?
Yesterday, I interviewed Janis Panizza, who recently launched her new website and recorded an audio book entitled The Dark Twin, written by Marion Campbell.
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