presents ...
AWESOME
AUDIOBOOK
NARRATION
MONTH!
FEBRUARY 2021
Top trainers in the audiobook industry share how to succeed in audiobook narration - inside advice for both newcomers and experienced narrators.
Choose the webinars you need now to boost your career ... or enjoy them ALL at great discount! You receive recordings and slides, too, in case you can't attend the live online events.

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YOUR AWESOME LINEUP ...
February 2, 2021
NON-FICTION AUDIOBOOOK NARRATION
with Sean Pratt
(limited coaching available)

February 4, 2021
FICTION AUDIOBOOK NARRATION
with Paul Ruben
(limited coaching available)

February 9, 2021
RECORDING & EDITING AUDIOBOOKS
with George Whittam

February 11, 2021
PUT YOURSELF IN THE ACX DRIVER'S SEAT
with Karen Commins

February 16, 2021
MARKETING YOUR AUDIOBOOK NARRATIONS
with Sean Pratt

PS: Can't attend live?
Registrations include recordings & slides
CHOOSE WHAT WILL HELP YOU NOW ...
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5 pm PT
Includes Video & Audio Recordings & Slides

SEAN PRATT
NON-FICTION NARRATION
"Let Me Tell You A Story"

Sean Pratt is a leading coach and author on non-fiction audiobook narration, and a multi-award winning narrator of more than 1,000 audiobooks.
(See more below in MEET YOUR TRAINERS)
Audiobook publishers are always looking for voice actors who excel at narration. In this webinar, Sean Pratt will teach you the narration techniques he uses when recording - a step-by-step guide to non-fiction narration, plus opportunities in audiobook narration today AND real-world business advice. It's a wealth of thought-provoking, actionable and inspiring info that you can immediately use in narrations and to further your career.

Then Sean will coach six narrators (hurry to register separately) to improved performances. We'll all learn from watching and listening to these performances and directions.
YOU WILL LEARN ...
  • The basic differences between fiction and non-fiction audiobooks.
  • Sean's "3 Step Method" for digging into the text of any non-fiction book and prepping it for recording.
  • Tips on dealing with WHEN and WHY to alter the text of a non-fiction book.
  • The "TED Talk" concept of narrating a non-fiction audiobook.
  • How to balance speed vs. nuance and precision.
  • The "secret sauce" of non-fiction narration: sense of humor!
  • The "4 Voices of Non-Fiction".
  • Why the only thing that should be consistent about your narration is its inconsistency!

Plus, Sean will answer your questions in a lively Q&A.

PS: Can't attend live? Registration includes recordings & slides
WHICH LEARNING OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4
8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5 pm PT
Includes Video & Audio Recordings & Slides

PAUL ALAN RUBEN
FICTION NARRATION
"Be A More Compelling Storyteller"

Paul Alan Ruben is a multi-award winning audiobook producer and director, and teaches and coaches emerging and professional narrators.
(See more below in MEET YOUR TRAINERS)
Compelling fiction narration is a 100% acting proposition and 0% voicing, says Paul Alan Ruben, adding that this is achieved only when you connect the story's subtext to the listener. In this webinar, Paul will guide you into that realm to "up your game" - or get you started right on the path to becoming a compelling storyteller.

Then Paul will coach six narrators (hurry to register separately) to improved performances. We'll all learn from watching and listening to these performances and directions.
YOU WILL LEARN ...
Specific self-directions ... what you can actually tell yourself while narrating ... that organically connect you to the subtext. Including:
  • What's the feeling? You must know.
  • First person: Place your narrator. Who are you actually talking to? You should know!
  • Third person: Play the POV. Get closer. Step back.
  • Play the subtext, not the words.
  • Match the stakes.
  • Speak like a REAL person.
  • Take your characters seriously.
  • Don't push (help) the works (aka -overact). Think: they (listeners) get it.
  • Drama (non-dialogue): Less, less, less.
  • When I connect, am I connected at a 10? I'd better be.
  • Act the description.

Plus, Paul will answer your questions in a lively Q&A.

PS: Can't attend live? Registration includes recordings & slides
WHICH LEARNING OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5 pm PT
Includes Video & Audio Recordings & Slides

GEORGE WHITTAM
RECORDING & EDITING AUDIOBOOK NARRATIONS

George Whittam is a worldwide leading authority on voice over recording technology, helping clients with training, studio design, tech support and more.
(See more below in MEET YOUR TRAINERS)
Audiobook narration is the marathon genre of voice over. Are you spending more time than necessary in production? Are your production skills competitive with narrators who consistently book with publishers and authors who demand top-notch audio quality services that those narrators provide?

In this webinar, George Whittam will demonstrate production techniques that will pay for themselves many times over in time savings and productivity.
YOU WILL LEARN ...
  • Proper audiobook narration studio setup.
  • Recording techniques for efficient editing.
  • Editing methods that sound "unedited".
  • Proofing workflow.
  • Mastering that nails the specs every time.

Plus, George will answer your questions in a lively Q&A.

PS: Can't attend live? Registration includes recordings & slides
WHICH LEARNING OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5 pm PT
Includes Video & Audio Recordings & Slides

KAREN COMMINS
PUT YOURSELF IN THE
ACX DRIVER'S SEAT

Karen Commins is an award-winning audiobook narrator, producer, publisher and leading curator of information about the audiobook industry.
(See more below in MEET YOUR TRAINERS)
Have you wanted to narrate audiobooks but don't know how to get started? Or have you created a profile on Audible's marketplace site ACX.com - the Audiobook Creation Exchange - but have not moved forward? Perhaps you've read horror stories about how bad projects, low pay, and even narrators who've been scammed.

Karen Commins was one of the beta testers for ACX 10 years ago, before Audible launched the site to the world. She has been using ACX ever since - as both a narrator and a rights holder - and has developed tremendous insider experience that she'll share in this webinar FOR THE FIRST TIME.

With Karen as your tour guide in this info-packed webinar, you'll be able to navigate ACX to success.
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO ...
  • Understand ACX payment systems.
  • Set up your ACX profile to your best advantage.
  • Use the ACX search engine to find titles of interest.
  • Spot scam listings.
  • Vet the title to ensure it's one worth doing - even BEFORE you audition.
  • Learn best practices about workload, from audition to payment.
  • Communicate effectively with the rights holder throughout the project.
  • Dive into contract clauses and protections.
  • And much more!

Karen is well-known among narrators as the Queen of Links. Organization is her superpower. You can be sure she'll deliver many resources to explore and expand your knowledge.

Plus, Karen will answer your questions in a lively Q&A.

PS: Can't attend live? Registration includes recordings & slides
WHICH LEARNING OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?


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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5 pm PT
Includes Video & Audio Recordings & Slides

SEAN PRATT
MARKETING YOUR
AUDIBOOK NARRATIONS

Sean Pratt is a leading coach and author on non-fiction audiobook narration, and a multi-award winning narrator of more than 1,000 audiobooks.
(See more below in MEET YOUR TRAINERS)
What's your marketing IQ? It's crucial to long-term success in audiobook narration.

In this webinar, Sean Pratt will discuss key ideas and concepts of marketing as they relate to your narration career. And he'll emphasize the importance of discovering YOUR personal brand, and how that should influence your advertising efforts.
YOU WILL LEARN ...
  • How to describe your voice in terms of it's market position.
  • How this influences your demo selection.
  • How to create a website that reenforces your brand.
  • The importance of using social media to define and grow your audience.
  • Tips on how to raise your profile - in the industry, with authors, and audiobook fans.

Plus, Karen will answer your questions in a lively Q&A.

PS: Can't attend live? Registration includes recordings & slides
WHICH LEARNING OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?


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MEET YOUR AWESOME TRAINERS ...
KAREN COMMINS is an award-winning audiobook narrator, producer, publisher and leading curator of information about the audiobook industry. Since 2002 she has recorded audiobooks solely from her home studio and been a member of the Audio Publishers Association. She is a five-time audiobook juror for the Voice Arts Awards competitions, and in addition to publishing articles about audiobooks on her own website, the ACX blog, VoiceOverXtra and additional websites, she has spoken about audiobook creation and marketing at the VO Atlanta conference, on ACX University, and numerous podcasts. After years of helping narrators on their journeys through her articles, videos, online advice and private consultations, in 2019 Karen launched NarratorsRoadmap.com - THE destination for narrators of all levels, including a knowledge base, videos and an incredible number of resource links.
SEAN PRATT has been a working actor for over 30 years and an audiobook narrator for 20 years (AKA Lloyd James), recording more than 1,000 books in almost every genre. He has received 8 AudioFile Magazine Earphone awards, 3 Voice Arts Awards nominations, and 5 Audie nominations from the Audio Publishers Association. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be - The Top Ten Differences Between a Successful Actor and a Starving Artist. Sean is also an industry-leading coach on non-fiction audiobook narration technique, and conducts classes and writes articles about the business of audiobook narration.
PAUL ALAN RUBEN has produced and directed award-winning audiobooks - including numerous Audie awards and nominations, and two Grammy awards - since 1990. He is an acclaimed and foremost coach and teacher of fiction audiobook narration for emerging and professional narrators, and has contributed numerous essays focusing on performance for AudioFile Magazine.
GEORGE WHITTAM is a worldwide top authority in voice over recording technology, and has been serving the technical needs of voice actors and recording studio owners since 2005. In August 2017 he launched GeorgeTheTech.com to assist voice actors with tech support, training, studio design, recording equipment and training materials. His many clients have included voice over stars Melissa Disney, Randy Thomas, Joe Cipriano, Scott Rummell and the late Don LaFontaine. He was co-founder of the SAG Foundation's Don LaFontaine Voice Over Lab, and is co-host of the popular Monday night Voice Over Body Shop webcast.
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