ACX MASTER CLASS 2021 – Registration Now Open for Audiobook Narrators

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



What Is The ACX 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 over 200 audiobooks over the past three decades).

Who Is This Class For?

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.

Each class will be taught in a live conference format. You can join us & participate online, or you can call in via telephone — whichever you prefer.

But what if I miss a session? Don’t worry. You’ll automatically receive access to audio and video recordings of all the sessions.

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

Live Teaching Classes Each Monday

Monday of each week is devoted to a live class that covers two or more modules (see curriculum below).

Remember, afterward you’ll have access to both the audio recording and the video recording of each class, for you to review and replay whenever you wish.

Live Q&A Classes Each Thursday

On Thursdays, we answer every question you have about anything discussed in that week’s modules.

You’ll automatically receive access to audio and video recordings of the Q&A classes, too.

Online Video Instruction

As a member of our ACX Master Class, you’ll receive lifetime access to our private class site, including 40+ videos to walk you through 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 do 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 easy. We’re just making it even easier for you to learn it.)

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.

Student Accountability Reports

Beginning with Week #2, each Monday class will begin with feedback from students on their previous week’s assignments.

You’ll be able to share what you learned…and to learn from your fellow students’ experiences.

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 you 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 4 weeks)

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be invited to join our new, private online Mastermind Group only for our 2021 class.

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.

Private Mastermind Group #2
(forever!)

At the conclusion of the ACX Master Class, 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 eager to help you with your success, as well as to learn from you.

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

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

You’re not in this alone!

Your private Mastermind Groups 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.

We Will Promote Your Audiobooks
(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:

Promote your audiobook via the ACX Master Class website.

Promote your audiobook via a battery of social media sites.

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 teach you exactly how to do it. 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 your 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 (February 1, February 4)

Monday, February 1, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

How to Profit from the ACX Marketplace

What Is ACX?

How ACX Differs from Other “Get Voiceover Work” Sites

Why You Want to Be on Audible.com

Getting Paid

How You Make Money

SAG-AFTRA (aka “The Union”)

How ACX Promotes You

Five Common Misconceptions About ACX

20 Ways ACX Is Better Than Voice123 (And All Other P2P Sites)

How to Join ACX

Adding Your Basic Information

Creating a Profile That Attracts Jobs

Most Important Element of Your Profile (most people miss this)

6 Competitive Advantages Your Profile Should Have

3 Key Elements of Your Professional Summary

“About You”: What to Include

“About You”: What Not to Include

How to Use “Awards & Recognition” if You Haven’t Won Any Awards Yet

“Your Website”: What You Should Link To

“Your Website”: Four Sites You Never Should Include

Uploading Your Samples

Format

Length

How Many You Should Upload

What if You Don’t Have Any?

Whether to Choose “Royalty Share,” “Royalty Share +” or “Pay for Production”

How Much to Charge

Assignments

Narrowing Your Field of Genres

Evaluating the Competition

Evaluating Profiles

Evaluating Demos

What’s Ahead for Week One

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Thursday, February 4, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About How to Profit from The ACX Marketplace

Questions/Clarifications About How to Join ACX

Questions/Clarifications About This Week’s Assignments


Week Two (February 8, February 11)

Monday, February 8, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

Student Accountability Reports

Your ACX Demo Portfolio

Meeting ACX Standards

Preferred Demo Length

How Many Demos Should You Have?

Where to Find Demo Material if You’re Just Beginning

How Often You Should Update Your Demo Portfolio

Your Equipment and Software

Computer Equipment

Mac or Windows?

Microphone

Accessories

Recording/Editing Software

Where to Record in Your Home

Recording on the Road

Your Opportunities in the Nonfiction Market

Nine Niches for You to Explore

How to Voice Nonfiction Audiobooks

Your Most Important Goal

What to Narrate and What Not to Narrate

Handling Visual References

Two Things to Know About Your Audience

Three Presentation Requirements

Nonfiction Vocal Delivery

Three Requirements for the Listener to Be Happy

Nonfiction Enunciation Calibration

Voicing Steps, Lists and Processes

Identifying With & Connecting to Your Audience

Creating Related PDF Content

Non-Fiction Coaching Session with Attendees

Assignments

Installing Software

Exploring Non-Fiction Opportunities on ACX

What’s Ahead for Week Two

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Thursday, February 11, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About Your ACX Demo Portfolio

Questions/Clarifications About Your Equipment and Software

Questions/Clarifications About Your Opportunities in the Nonfiction Market

Questions/Clarifications About How to Voice Nonfiction Audiobooks

Questions/Clarifications About This Week’s Assignments


Week Three (February 15, February 18)

Monday, February 15, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

Student Accountability Reports

How to Record for ACX with Audacity

Gathering Your Assets, Software and Hardware

ACX Recording Standards

ACX Mastering Standards

Efficient Script Viewing

Auditioning and Performance: Step by Step

The “Stairstep” Method of Recording, Editing and Mastering

Editing Raw Tracks

How Pozotron Makes You Look Like a Genius to Your RH

Mastering Like a Pro

Audio Silence Standards

Building Room Tone into Your Read

5 Common Time Wasters Among Audiobook Narrators

How to Voice Fiction Audiobooks

Choosing Fiction Auditions Wisely

How to Identify Your Audience

How to Create Your Characters

Voicing the Neutral Narrator

Voicing Male Characters

Voicing Female Characters

Voicing Child/Teen Characters

When and How to Use Accents and Dialects

What if You’re No Good at Accents and Dialects?

Seven Vital Fiction Presentation Tips

Fiction Enunciation

Fiction Coaching Session with Attendees

Assignments

Installing “Secret Weapon” Mastering Software

Working with Pozotron to Proof Your Work

Exploring Fiction Opportunities on ACX

What’s Ahead for Week Three

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Thursday, February 18, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About How to Record for ACX with Audacity

Questions/Clarifications About How to Voice Fiction Audiobooks

Questions/Clarifications About This Week’s Assignments


Week Four (February 22, February 25)

Monday, February 22, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

Student Accountability Reports

How and When to Audition for ACX

Selecting the Best Auditions for You

10 Reasons to Consider Auditioning for a Particular Title

5 Reasons to Decline an Audition for a Particular Title

About That Offer Pending Banner

Preparing for Your Audition

Choosing the Best Passage for Your Audition

How to Slate Your Audition

How to Submit Your Audition

REVIEW: How to Produce the Audiobook

How to Manage Your Clients

Three Key Metrics to Help You Identify the Most Profitable Titles

Moving from Auditioning to Booking

Managing Client Expectations

Setting Expectations When You Audition

Planning for Success

Booking the Client, Not the Work

Project Payment Clarity

Step-by-Step Client Folder Creation

How to Handle Complex Change Requests

How to Establish a Clear Paper Trail

Using Pre-Written Messages for Each Step

How to “Hand Hold” the Client

Dealing with Client Feedback

Assuring Client Approval

How to Handle Slow-to-Respond Clients

Setting Yourself Up as the RH’s “Narrator of Choice”

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 Your Projects

Securing Your Assets

Setting Your Production Schedule

Scheduling Your Delivery Date

When Not to Begin Working

Scheduling for Disaster

Special Research Before You Begin Recording

How to Avoid the Narrator’s Worst Nightmare

Which Files to Save, and for How Long

Responding to Revision Requests

When and How to Invoice the Client

How to Create the Retail Sample of an Audiobook

How & When to “Sanitize” Your Retail Sample

How to Earn More from Every Sale (Even without Royalty Share)

Assignments

12 Next Steps As You Begin Your Narrator Journey

What’s Ahead for Week Four

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Thursday, February 25, 2021
9:00PM – 11:00PM Eastern
8:00PM – 10:00PM Central
6:00PM – 8:00PM Pacific

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About How and When to Audition for ACX

Questions/Clarifications About How to Produce the Audiobook

Questions/Clarifications About How to Manage Your Clients

Questions/Clarifications About How to Manage Your Projects


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

At present, ACX is open only to

  • U.S. citizens with a Social Security number.
  • U.S. residents (not necessarily citizens) of the United States who have a valid U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number and are able to submit Form W9.
  • Canadian citizens and residents who have a Canadian Tax I.D., a Canadian bank account, and a Canadian address.
  • UK citizens and residents who have a UK Tax I.D. (your National Insurance I.D. will suffice), a UK bank account, and a UK address.
  • Irish citizens and residents who have an Irish Tax I.D., an Irish bank account 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.

Final Registration Closes
11:59 PM Eastern

8:59 PM Pacific
Friday, January 29, 2021

“Can I pay my tuition in installments?”

Yes. If you wish, you can pay in 2 or in 3 monthly installments.

Click here for the details of our 2-payment and 3-payment plans.