Announcing ACX University

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 12 - October 5

Our annual summer education event is back for its fifth year, and it's bigger than ever! This year, we're excited to announce that in addition to production and narration topics, we're bringing together actors, authors, producers, and publishers for our largest event yet. ACX University is expanding to eight classes, adding publishing and marketing lessons, and introducing you to a new class of industry experts. From casting to recording to marketing, we're covering it all. Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00PM ET to participate in a live chat with our experts, or visit our YouTube channel to watch the broadcast if you're unable to participate live.



Schedule & Curriculum

Episodes air at 6:00PM ET, or view the episode on our YouTube channel any time after.


Peace, Love, & Understanding Your Audio Partner Your producer is your partner, and communicating is key to success. Join us as we talk publishing duo Piers Platt and James Fouhey, an author and narrator who've created eight audiobooks together. As you learn how they auditioned, communicated, and succeeded, you may gain a new respect for your business partner.

The Life of an Audiobook Publisher Audiobooks are one of the fastest growing formats in publishing – are you leaving money on the table? If you're hesitating to create audiobook editions of your work, let us dispel some common myths. Follow Kym Grosso through the process of creating an audiobook from scratch, all the way to completing the finished audiobook.


If You Market, They Will Listen: Marketing 101 Marketing your audiobook can be tough: listeners consume at a different pace than many readers. In this session featuring bestselling author Lauren Blakely and author marketing consultant Kate Tilton, you'll learn audiobook-specific marketing tactics to attract reviews and sell more copies.

September 26


Elements of a Well Reviewed Audiobook Listener reviews are a critical part of the sales ecosystem for your audiobook. But before you submit to reviewers, are you putting your best book forward? We've gathered our favorite reviewers to learn how they choose which audiobooks make their listen lists. From the performance to the cover art, they'll share how to improve your submission and improve your chances of receiving reader and professional reviews.

October 3


Performance Perfection: Go Behind the Mic Developing your narration skills can be can be improved through both practice and coaching. In this episode, we'll take you inside a real coaching session to explore common ways to improve performing in Romance, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, and Mystery genres. Sarah Mollo Christensen performs passages and receive corrections from award-winning director Kat Lambrix.


How to Pass ACX QA Every Time! Files returned by ACX QA? Not after watching this session. We're pulling back the curtain on the five most common reasons your audio files might not pass muster with ACX. We'll discuss editing, mastering, and spacing issues, causes and treatments for the issue, and some fixes for after the fact.


Ahead of the Curve: Prospecting for Pros Finding moderate success on ACX, but looking for more? Get ahead of the curve with this week's program. Audible Approved Producers Steven Jay Cohen and Neil Hellegers share their secrets for how to maximize their profit and time by finding great projects both on and off the ACX platform.

September 28


Beyond the Booth: Monetizing Your Voice If acting is your full-time career, are you making the most out of your voice? Profit, that is! Don't let your microphone gather dust. Join us for a discussion featuring Andi Arndt and Carin Gilfry on how they monetize their voices beyond audiobook work.

October 5

Next Episode

If You Market, They Will Listen: Marketing 101

September 26, 2017, 6:00PM ET

Even before your audiobook becomes available for sale, you have to work fast to spread the word about your work. But how? You have the tools: promotional codes from ACX, Whispersync for Voice, audio clips, your narrator, and most importantly your audiobook! Join us as bestselling author Lauren Blakely and author marketing consultant Kate Tilton cut through the noise of ineffective marketing tactics and show you how to successfully promote your audiobook. We'll discuss how to generate reviews using your promotional codes, then talk about creative promotions with your narrator to promote your audiobook.

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. She enjoys cake.

Kate Tilton is the founder of Kate Tilton's Author Services, LLC, where she has been serving authors since 2010. Kate helps authors of all stripes, from New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and award winners to pre-publication authors, upscale their businesses and connect with readers. Kate has shared her industry knowledge by contributing to The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide (2016) and has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, RT Book Reviews, Kobo Writing Life and The Book Designer. She has also presented at Book Expo America's Blogger Con and other venues.

How to Watch

ACX University 2017 will broadcast live simultaneously on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Be sure to follow our pages on your favorite network to receive notifications when broadcasts go live.





FAQs

  • What's ACX University?
    ACX University was established in 2013 to bring free audiobook production education to a community of new producers. Since then, we've grown from classrooms at Audible to an annual series of weekly webcasts for producers and authors to share knowledge of successful audiobook production and distribution.
  • What's the cost to participate?
    Free! ACX University is available to all viewers of our YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Subscribe or follow us to keep up with the latest audiobook news.
  • When and where can I watch?
    Class is in session every Tuesday & Thursday from 6:00PM ET–7:00PM ET. Tune in September 12 - October 5 on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • What if I can't make the live sessions?
    Not to worry! You may miss the live chat featuring our panelists, but sessions will be posted on YouTube daily after each session.
  • What's the catch?
    No catch! At ACX, we are committed to providing authors, publishers, narrators, and producers with best-in-class training and education to make great audiobooks.

Watch Past Episodes


Author Inspiration

Learn How to Achieve Success

Performance Perfection

Advice from Award Winners

Producer Inspiration

See How Pros Stay Positive

Auditioning

Make a Great First Impression

Recording 101

Get High Quality Sound

Audiobook Marketing

Reach New Audiences