Over the last couple of days we created the foundation for your profile on ACX. Authors and publishers will take a quick glance at this info when they are trying to decide who to choose to narrate their book.

But the most important thing to them is getting to hear your voice.

That’s why we are going to be creating some audio samples today to add to your profile.

This part is going to be really fun.

Plug in your microphone and fire up Audacity because we are going to be doing some actual recording today!

DAY 3 Assignment

Step 1: Watch the Day 3 video lesson.

Step 2: Read the Day 3 Assignment Details and tips below.

Step 3: Choose one (or more) short sample scripts (see instructions below.)

Step 4: Record your audio sample in Audacity (you can go here to download the program if you haven't yet.)

Step 5: Edit your sample (remove mistakes/outtakes/loud mouth sounds.)

Step 6: Export your audio sample as an MP3 file.

Step 7: Add your sample to your ACX profile.

Step 8: Add a title and description to your sample.

Step 9: Post a comment below to let us know you finished your audio sample!

Assignment Details

Today I’m going to show you how to create your first audio sample, upload it to your profile, and tag it so that you are searchable in the ACX narrator database.

The more samples you have available, the more likely you are to be found by an author or publisher who is actively looking for a narrator.

You also want to have additional samples available that authors/publishers can listen to in addition to your audition.

Once you have submitted an audition OR narrated a full book, you can and shouldadd a sample of the audition or book to your ACX profile.

But what if you haven’t recorded an audition or completed a book yet?

The best material to use for your samples is content from public domain books. These are classic books that are no longer protected by copyright. ACX mentions that you can use a small sample from any book you own, but I like to play it safe.

Here are few short sample scripts from a couple popular classics you may have heard of before :)

Sample Script #1: Excerpt from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Sample Script #2: Excerpt from “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”

Sample Script #3: Excerpt from “Pride and Prejudice”

You can choose one of these to use as your sample or all three if you are feeling ambitious!

Of course, you are NOT limited to the samples I provided. There are thousands of free public domain books on Project Gutenberg that you can use to create a sample as well.

A couple of tips to keep in mind when recording your samples:

  1. Record in a quiet space. I know this is obvious, but you don’t want excess noise in your sample.
  2. Only record excerpts from books. No commercials or other radio voice over work. People on ACX are specifically looking for audiobook narrators so these types of samples aren’t necessarily relevant.
  3. No need to state your name or the book title when reading your sample. Just get right into it!


Exporting Your Audio to MP3 Format

If you are having issues converting your audio sample to MP3 format (or if you recently installed Audacity for the first time), you may need to install the LAME MP3 Plugin. This is an Audacity plugin that allows the program to export audio to MP3 format. You can click here to go to the plugin download page.