If you completed your challenge assignments so far, you already have a complete narrator profile setup on ACX and some impressive audio samples to knock the socks off of the authors and publishers who check you out.
In today’s video lesson, I’m going to show you how to find the right book for your voice. I’m also going to share my strategy for finding royalty share books that are likely to sell a lot of copies and make you a LOT of royalties.
DAY 4 Assignment
Step 1: Watch the Day 4 video
Step 2: Read the "Book Research" and "Audition Prep" tips below.
Step 3: Download or print your "Book Research Worksheet" below.
Step 4: Browse Available titles on ACX and list the titles that interest you on your worksheet.
Step 5: Select at least one title that you will audition for tomorrow (you are welcome to do more than one!)
Step 6: Read through audition scripts for the titles you chose (practice reading them aloud)
Book Research Tips
- Make sure that you pay attention to the author’s audition notes.
- Audition for books that are a good natural fit with your age, gender, and accent (I’ll show you how to easily find this info in the training video.)
- Shorter books are much less overwhelming if you're just getting started.
- There is less competition for royalty share titles than for flat rate or “PFH” books (I'm not saying that you shouldn’t submit an audition for a PFH title, just know that royalty share books are generally easier to get offers for.)
- Nonfiction titles are usually a little easier for beginners than fiction because they don’t require as much acting or character voice development (but you are welcome to experiment with fiction as well.)
- Books are being awarded to narrators all the time, so when you are doing your research, it’s a good idea to pick out a “back up” book or two just in case your first choice happens to be gone tomorrow. Hopefully this won’t happen, but I don’t want you to get derailed on the final day :)
Audition Prep Tips
- Read the audition script several times to make sure you understand what is happening in the scene - audition scripts are usually only 1-2 pages so this shouldn’t take you long.
- Look up the author to see if they have other books available on Audible.com and listen to samples of those books. This can give you some ideas about pacing and other vocal nuances that the author likes.
- If the author doesn’t have another audiobook available on Audible, listen to a few samples of “best sellers” that are in the same genre as your book.