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AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR MASTER CLASS – Home Study Registration Now Open

Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence XVII invite you to become an ACX Audiobook Master…


What Is the ACX Home Study Master Class?

A four-week class produced by Dan O’Day (radio & voiceover marketing guru) and taught by David H. Lawrence XVII (Audible Approved Producer of nearly 170 audiobooks over the past three decades).

Don’t worry; you don’t have to master everything in 4 weeks. You’ll have access to all the learning materials forever.

This Class Is for Audiobook Narrators.

If you’re an actor, voice over professional, audio talent…This class is for you.

It’s for actors and voice talents who want to take control of their lives and their careers…starting today.

Learn Without Leaving Your House.

Your ACX Home Study Master Class will be taught via mp3 audio recordings, streaming online videos, and PDF Study Guides & documents.

Absorb every element when you want, where you want, and as many times as you want.

You’ll have access to all the learning materials forever.

Online Video Instruction

As a member of our ACX Home Study Master Class, you’ll receive lifetime access to our private class site, including 30 videos to walk you through many of the key elements — including all of the technical steps involved.

From “basic” (e.g., filling out your ACX profile for optimal effectiveness) to “advanced” (e.g., how to use David’s “stairstep” method of editing your audio recordings)….

We’re with you every step of the way.

(Don’t worry, the technical stuff is “advanced,” but it’s easy for you to learn.)

Detailed PDF Study Guides

We’re going to cover a lot of material in these four weeks.

Your PDF Study Guides will give you a head start on each week’s training.

Weekly Assignments

Hey, we can’t make you do these assignments.

But we want you to achieve audiobook success as quickly as possible.

And we know these assignments will help you do just that.

To Achieve the Fastest Results, We Recommend Following this Schedule.

We carefully constructed for you a 4-week schedule comprised of 11 modules.

It’s a lot of information, but we’ve created a 4-week structure that already has been proven to work.

You can take longer than 4 weeks if you wish. (Take as long as you want.)

Or put yourself on the “fast track” by following the 4-week schedule we’ve laid out for you.

Mondays

On each of four consecutive Mondays, you’ll receive:

  • That week’s Study Guide — a detailed blueprint that enables us to take you by the hand and lead you through each step.
  • An mp3 recording of an audio class that covers two or more modules (see curriculum below).
  • Videos that walk you through any aspect of ACX and/or audiobook recording that anyone might possibly find confusing without seeing how it’s done.

Wednesdays

On each of four consecutive Wednesdays, you’ll receive that week’s mp3 recording of the Q&A class in which we answer every question our “live” students had about anything discussed in that week’s modules.

Important: At the end of the course, you’ll be able to ask any questions you still might have in a live Q&A call with Dan, David and the entire Home Study class.

On two of those Wednesdays, you’ll also receive extraordinarily valuable recorded bonus calls.

One of the bonus calls provides a unique look at hiring audiobook narrators…from the perspective of a best-selling author who hires narrators via ACX.

You’ll learn first-hand what makes an author jump at the chance to hire you…or run like heck in the opposite direction.

(As a result, you’ll never make the mistakes so many narrators do.)

The second bonus call provides an expert look at using “porta-booths” for audiobook recording. Hint: Most narrators make the same fatal error in their mic placement.

Live “Q&A” Class

One week after the 4-week Home Study course, we’ll have a live Q&A class during which you can ask any question(s) you still have about audiobook narration & ACX.

The call will be live.

But if you have a schedule conflict, naturally we’ll provide you with the mp3 recording afterward.

You can even email us your questions in advance, to make sure they’re asked during the live call.

Client Management Email Templates

During our ACX Master Class, you’ll learn how to take the lead in your collaboration with the author from beginning to end.

Most or all of your communications will be via email.

But what do you say in those emails?

By the end of the class, you’ll have a firm understanding of the psychology of ACX client management.

To make it as easy as possible for you to transform your understanding into daily practice, we’ll give the actual email templates that David has created and used so successfully in his own audiobook career.

Just copy & paste as needed, and you can concentrate on delivering excellent performances and cultivating long-term relationships with authors.

Private Mastermind Group #1
(first 5 weeks)

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be invited to join our new, private online Mastermind Group only for our Home Study students.

You are not taking this new journey alone. You’ll be able to:
– compare notes with fellow classmates and peers
– share challenges and questions
– share recommendations, solutions, and successes

Both David and Dan will be regular participants in this Mastermind Group, too.

You’re not in this alone!

This private group will be hosted on Facebook.

It’ll be invisible to the rest of the world, but it will be an ongoing resource of encouragement and information for you.

Private Mastermind Group #2
(forever!)

After you’ve completed the first four weeks, you’ll be invited to join our permanent ACX Mastermind Group.

This is the Mastermind Group you’ve heard so much about.

An experienced, incredibly generous bunch of pros…

…who will be waiting to welcome you to become part of the savviest, coolest, and smartest Mastermind Group in the History of the World.*

This Mastermind Group doesn’t devote itself to gossip or sharing cute videos…or complaining about how “tough” it is to succeed with audiobook narration.

This is a group of pros who are succeeding on ACX…

…and who will be ready to help you with your success.

*Your coolness may vary. Sure, we’re biased. But ask anyone in our Mastermind Group.

We Will Promote Your Audiobook (and Your Authors).

You think you don’t know much about marketing audiobooks? Here’s a shocker:

The authors with whom you’ll be partnering probably know absolutely nothing about marketing.

We’ll equip you with an added advantage that virtually no other narrators have:

A platform from which to promote the books you record.

For each ACX title you record after joining our Master Class, we will:

reddish-box-reflection Promote your audiobook via the ACXMasterClass website.
reddish-box-reflection Promote your audiobook via a battery of social media sites.
reddish-box-reflection Promote your audiobook via our exclusive Video Marketing Machine.

To take advantage of this extraordinary bonus feature, you’ll need to create a simple “video” for each audiobook.

Don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly what to do. It’s easy.

Once you’ve given us the video, we’ll do the rest.

Result: Much higher online visibility for your audiobooks, which can lead to more sales for you and your authors…

…and which will make you a much more likely candidate for their “narrator of choice.”

We Will Promote You.

Once you have recorded at least one ACX audiobook, we will feature you on our website as an alumnus — with a link directly to your ACX profile.

Result: Higher online visibility for you as an audiobook narrator, increasing the likelihood of your being found by authors searching for people to record their titles.

CURRICULUM

Week One (June 19)

How to Profit from the ACX Marketplace

reddish-box-reflection Inside ACX: How the Pieces Fit
reddish-box-reflection Union Members: The Real Story for SAG-AFTRA members
reddish-box-reflection Union vs. Non-Union
reddish-box-reflection 5 Reasons Why You Want to Be on Audible.com
reddish-box-reflection How You Make Money
reddish-box-reflection How You Get Paid
reddish-box-reflection How ACX Promotes You
reddish-box-reflection 5 Common Misconceptions About ACX
reddish-box-reflection 20 Reasons ACX Is Better for You than “Pay-to-Play” Sites

Creating Your ACX Profile: Step-by-Step Guide

reddish-box-reflection How to Join
reddish-box-reflection Creating a Profile that Attracts Jobs
reddish-box-reflection Most Important Element of your Profile (most people miss this)
reddish-box-reflection 6 Competitive Advantages Your Profile Should Have
reddish-box-reflection 3 Key Elements of Your Professional Summary
reddish-box-reflection “About You”: What to Include
reddish-box-reflection “About You”: What Not to Include
reddish-box-reflection How to Use “Awards & Recognition” if You Haven’t Won Any Awards Yet
reddish-box-reflection “Your Website”: What You Should Link To
reddish-box-reflection “Your Website”: Four Sites You Never Should Include
reddish-box-reflection Uploading Your Samples:
Format
Length
How Many You Should Upload
What if You Don’t Have Any?
reddish-box-reflection Whether to Choose “Royalty Share” or “Pay for Production”
reddish-box-reflection How Much to Charge

Assignments

reddish-box-reflection Narrowing Your Field of Genres
reddish-box-reflection Evaluating the Competition
reddish-box-reflection Evaluating Profiles
reddish-box-reflection Evaluating Demos

Week Two (June 26)

Your Equipment and Software

reddish-box-reflection Computer Equipment
reddish-box-reflection Mac vs. PC
reddish-box-reflection Microphone
reddish-box-reflection Accessories
reddish-box-reflection Recording/Editing Software
reddish-box-reflection Tips for Recording in Your Home
reddish-box-reflection Tips for Recording Away from Home/Studio

Your Opportunities in the Nonfiction Market

reddish-box-reflection Nine Niches for You to Explore

How to Voice Nonfiction Audiobooks

reddish-box-reflection Your Most Important Goal
reddish-box-reflection Proper Titling Structure
reddish-box-reflection Incorporating Visual References
reddish-box-reflection Two Things to Know About Your Audience
reddish-box-reflection Three Requirements of Your Voice Delivery for Nonfiction
reddish-box-reflection Three Requirements for the Listener to Be Happy
reddish-box-reflection Nonfiction Enunciation Calibration
reddish-box-reflection Voicing Steps, Lists and Processes
reddish-box-reflection Identifying & Connecting to Your Audience

Assignments

reddish-box-reflection Downloading Free Recording Software
reddish-box-reflection Nonfiction Practice Auditions
reddish-box-reflection Identifying & Connecting to Your Audience

Week Three (July 3)

How to Record for ACX with Audacity*

*You can use whatever software you prefer. But Audacity is the only software that will enable you to cut your editing time by as much as 75%.

reddish-box-reflection Gathering Your Assets, Software and Hardware
reddish-box-reflection ACX Recording Standards
reddish-box-reflection ACX Mastering Standards
reddish-box-reflection Most Efficient Script Viewing
reddish-box-reflection Auditioning and Performance
reddish-box-reflection How to Match Your Previous Session’s Performance
reddish-box-reflection Input Levels
reddish-box-reflection Audio Silence Standards
reddish-box-reflection How to Build Silences into Your Read
reddish-box-reflection The “Stairstep” Method of Recording and Editing

How to Edit Raw Tracks for ACX with Audacity

Mastering for ACX with Audacity

reddish-box-reflection Little-Known Free Software to Make Your Audio Sound Incredible

How to Narrate Fiction Audiobooks

reddish-box-reflection How to Choose Your Auditions Wisely
reddish-box-reflection How to Identify Your Audience
reddish-box-reflection How to Create Your Characters
reddish-box-reflection Voicing the Narrator
reddish-box-reflection Voicing Female Characters
reddish-box-reflection Voicing Male Characters
reddish-box-reflection Voicing Children
reddish-box-reflection When and How to Use Accents
reddish-box-reflection Six Vital Presentation Tips
reddish-box-reflection Fiction Enunciation Calibration

Assignments

reddish-box-reflection Downloading & Installing “Secret” Mastering Software
reddish-box-reflection Fiction Practice Auditions

Week Four (July 10)

How to Manage ACX Clients

reddish-box-reflection Three Key Metrics to Help You Identify the Most Profitable Titles
reddish-box-reflection Moving from “Auditioning” to “Booking”
reddish-box-reflection Managing Client Expectations
reddish-box-reflection Setting Expectations When You Audition
reddish-box-reflection Potent Skill Representation
reddish-box-reflection Planning for Success
reddish-box-reflection Booking the Client, Not the Work
reddish-box-reflection Project Payment Clarity
reddish-box-reflection Step-by-Step Client Folder Creation
reddish-box-reflection How to Handle Complex Change Requests
reddish-box-reflection How to Establish a Clear Paper Trail
reddish-box-reflection Using Pre-Written Messages for Each Step
reddish-box-reflection How to “Hand Hold” the Client
reddish-box-reflection Dealing with Client Feedback
reddish-box-reflection How to Handle Slow-to-Respond Clients
reddish-box-reflection Setting Yourself Up as Client’s “Preferred Narrator”
reddish-box-reflection 5 Things You Should Do To Make The Rights Holder Want to Work Only With You (that very few of your competitors do)

How to Manage ACX Projects

reddish-box-reflection Acquiring Necessary Assets
reddish-box-reflection Setting Your Production Schedule
reddish-box-reflection Scheduling Your Delivery Date
reddish-box-reflection When Not to Begin Working
reddish-box-reflection Scheduling for Disaster
reddish-box-reflection Special Research Before You Begin Recording
reddish-box-reflection How to Avoid a Nightmare
reddish-box-reflection Which Files to Save, and for How Long
reddish-box-reflection Responding to Revision Requests
reddish-box-reflection When to Invoice the Client
reddish-box-reflection How to Create Your Own Retail Sample of Finished Audiobook
reddish-box-reflection How & When to “Sanitize” Your Retail Sample
reddish-box-reflection How to Earn More From Every Sale (Even without Royalty Share)

Q&A TELESEMINAR – LIVE! (July 17)

9pm Eastern
6pm Pacific

Your mp3 recordings of the weekly Q&A classes will answer virtually every question you might think of.

This live Q&A class will address any remaining questions you might have.

If you can’t make the call “live,” you’ll be be invited to submit your questions in advance and you’ll hear them answered in your mp3 recording of this Q&A class.

Open to U.S., UK, Canada and Ireland Residents

At present, ACX is open only to

• U.S. citizens with a Social Security
x number.

• U.S residents (not necessarily citizens)
x of the United States who have a valid
x U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number x
x and are able to submit Form W9.

• Canadian citizens and residents who
x have a Canadian Tax I.D., a Canadian
x bank account, and a Canadian address.

• UK citizens and residents who have a
x UK Tax I.D. (your National Insurance
x I.D. will suffice), a UK bank account, and
x a UK address.

• Irish citizens and residents who have
x an Irish Tax I.D., an Irish bank account,
x and an Irish address.

If you don’t meet any of the requirements above, we do not recommend that you join this exclusive Master Class.

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Registration Closes 11:59PM Pacific
Thursday, June 15, 2017

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