Interview with an ACX Author

Are you an audiobook narrator?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the curtain that ACX puts between you and the authors?

What happens after you submit your audition?

How many auditions did they receive?

How did they choose the narrator?

Did they select PFH or royalty share, and why?

In this interview, Tyler Dahl, co-author of the science fiction novel The Compatibility Code, lets audiobook narrators know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of your ACX auditions.

He tells why he decided to use the ACX platform for the audiobook version of his first published novel, how many auditions he received, how he chose the narrator, how the narrator was paid, and how the entire ACX process worked from initial posting to final product.

You’ll be surprised at some of his answers.

The obvious question, of course, is…..why didn’t I, a voiceover talent in my own right, narrate this audio book?

Here’s the backstory:

I’ve known Tyler since he was in high school. His wife and one of my daughters were best friends in Junior High, and remain close to this day. He knows I’m a voice talent, and he graciously asked me if I would like to narrate the book before it went up on ACX.

I turned him down.

Why?

Because I know my own strengths as a voice talent:

Corporate narration

e-Learning and Training videos

Documentaries

Commercials

But fiction audiobooks are just not my strong suit.

Not only are all those character voices a challenge for me,  I have trouble remembering if a character named Mary is the wife, the sister, or the mistress. So I figured that Tyler would be better served by going with someone else.

I’m just a non-fiction kinda guy. No shame in that.

Click on the player below to hear the interview.

 

 

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Author: Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas is a 25-year veteran of the voiceover industry who specializes in e-Learning, corporate narration, and commercials. e-Learning clients have reported that his narration increased the liveliness and interactivity quotient of their courses. His deep, warm voice has been heard on thousands of projects for clients in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, including Verizon, Irwin Vice Grips, DuPont Pioneer, and the New York Red Bulls Soccer Team. He also has ILT experience as a classroom trainer for a Fortune 100 company, and understands first-hand the importance of keeping training engaging and interesting. His studio is approved by the World Voices Organization, a member-driven international association of voice actors. You can reach Greg at greg@DeepWarmVoice.com. He usually responds within 24 hours.