#TalkingACX Twitter Chat with AudioFile Magazine 10/29/14

ACX.com hosted a Twitter chat with AudioFile Magazine, the audiobook industry's oldest and best publication, so narrators and publishers could learn about AudioFile's purpose and review policies. I added all of the Q&A tweets that I could find, along with some headlines highlighting key points.

  1. @acx_com @AudioFileMag Thanks for setting up this great opportunity for #audiobook narrators to chat with you! #TalkingACX
  2. Hi Michele! Thanks for joining us. Please introduce yourself and @AudioFileMag #TalkingACX
  3. Hi Michele! Thanks for joining us. Please introduce yourself and @AudioFileMag #TalkingACX
  4. 1 of 4 AFis the #1 source for professional audiobook reviews. Since 1992 we have reviewed over 36K titles. #TalkingACX #TalkingACX
  5. 1 of 4 AFis the #1 source for professional audiobook reviews. Since 1992 we have reviewed over 36K titles. #TalkingACX #TalkingACX
  6. 2 of 4 AF reviews help people decide if they want to choose a title. We focus on performance, emotional tone & dramatic style. #TalkingACX
  7. 2 of 4 AF reviews help people decide if they want to choose a title. We focus on performance, emotional tone & dramatic style. #TalkingACX
  8. 3 of 4 AF evaluates Narrative Voice & style; Vocal characterizations; Appropriateness for audio; Enhancement of the text #TalkingACX
  9. 3 of 4 AF evaluates Narrative Voice & style; Vocal characterizations; Appropriateness for audio; Enhancement of the text #TalkingACX
  10. 4 of 4 All the reviews have to meet certain standards. 3 AF editors see each review. #TalkingACX
  11. 4 of 4 All the reviews have to meet certain standards. 3 AF editors see each review. #TalkingACX
  12. .@AudioFileMag AF reviews help ppl decide if they want 2 choose a title. We focus on performance, emotionality & dramatic style. #TalkingACX
  13. @acx_com @AudioFileMag do you have any anecdotes about an interesting way a review seeker has tried to get noticed? #TalkingACX
  14. @CaitlinEKelly Submit your best titles and tell us about them. Send audible link to editor@audiofilemagazine.com with impt info #TalkingACX
  15. Submit your titles for reviews
  16. @CaitlinEKelly Submit your best titles and tell us about them. Send audible link to editor@audiofilemagazine.com with impt info #TalkingACX
  17. Thanks @AudioFileMag! Quesrions are coming in fast and furiously! See anything you want to tackle? #TalkingACX
  18. @joelrichards 35K titles produced in 2013. Getting title pre-pub helps. Yes Please review already avail. #TalkingACX
  19. Do submissions have to come from the rights holder or can a narrator submit them? #TalkingACX
  20. @audionarrator Consumers, pubs, narrators, librarians, authors - we have wide print and dig outreach. #TalkingACX
  21. @acx_com @AudioFileMag Wow! 3 AF editors see each review! Can you elaborate about how you choose the Earphones awards? #TalkingACX
  22. Narrators can submit
  23. @AirbendingMedia Narrators submit too - use method in my previous tweet. Can't review everything, but happy people submit. #TalkingACX
  24. Is it @AudioFileMag policy NOT to review any titles produced solely through @acx_com ? Is it only through prod companies? #TalkingACX
  25. #TalkingACX Do you prefer books from publishers or will you consider a self-published book?
  26. @acx_com @AudioFileMag What's the lead time needed for publication? Is it possible to target a review for a certain issue? #TalkingACX
  27. But what is the main criteria for an earphone designation? #TalkingACX
  28. @Kim_Richards We support independent pubs and authors and have a special ad section in mag just for Indy pubs. #TalkingACX
  29. #TalkingACX What is the magazine's current global circulation? Is the typical reader in the industry?
  30. @audionarrator Bad edits. Background noise. Echo-y room tone. If it doesn’t sound clean and clear the list may get stuck. #TalkingACX
  31. What might be a reasonable length of time between submission and possible review? #TalkingACX
  32. @acx_com @AudioFileMag I'm seeing more theme issues. Do you share/publish your editorial calendar? It helps us to help you! #TalkingACX
  33. @stevenjaycohen No need to submit code just link and little info. Our generous friends at Audible help out. #TalkingACX
  34. @TracyShawn No really funny tales. Small community so reaching out without a bombard works best. #TalkingACX
  35. @stephenjaycohen we reach over 200K listeners every 30 days with print, dig, databases of reviews. Lots of consumer eyes on us. #TalkingACX
  36. Good q: “@stevenjaycohen #TalkingACX What is the magazine's current global circulation? Is the typical reader in the industry?”
  37. How can we find out about the monthly themes & how far in advance do you choose them? #TalkingACX
  38. Are narrators/rights holders notified that their title will appear in an upcoming issue? #TalkingACX
  39. Consumer eyes as in readers, or business consumer as in rights holders? @AudioFileMag @stephenjaycohen #TalkingACX
  40. #TalkingACX Are there online only reviews or do all reviews appear in the print magazine?
  41. @TiffanyW_AMP I personally send publisher of title their reviews each month. Nar and pubs in our guide get e-RTR weekly reviews. #TalkingACX
  42. @CanfieldDennis There are online only reviews - yes. we review way more than can be in print. #TalkingACX
  43. @AudioFileMag @acx_com Do your reviewers ever hear of a book and decide to review it without being asked? #nicesurprise #TalkingACX
  44. @johnmierau Consumers eyes/ears as in listeners. 75% of our audience. Only 5% industry. We are consumer focused. #TalkingACX
  45. #TalkingACX Any chance at this point of getting on online review for December (I'm asking because I've written a Christmas story).
  46. Each bi-monthly issue has a theme
  47. @joejrandfriends themes year in advance f/m black hist, a/m kids, j/j Abmonth, A/s Audie winners plus his/bio, o/n tech plus fall#TalkingACX
  48. @CanfieldDennis no guarantees but feel free to send in with a note about when pubbing #TalkingACX
  49. @qallen Submissions taken 24-7 all year round. Email doesn't go stale. #TalkingACX
  50. #TalkingACX This might sound basic but does buying an ad guarantee a review?
  51. If at first you don't succeed...
  52. We get thousands of submissions. Don’t be discouraged if your first submission isn’t reviewed. #TalkingACX
  53. What's the 'etiquette' of a narrator directly submitting a book for review (rather than the publisher or the rights holder?) #TalkingACX
  54. @Kim_Richards As with anything in life there are no guarantees. Our goal is to help listeners see your titles via reviews & mktg #TalkingACX
  55. @acx_com @AudioFileMag How much experience should a narrator have before seeking a review? #TalkingACX
  56. 3 great tips for review requests follow
  57. @ChristineRendel Same rules apply - let us know why we should look at it, don't take it personally if no review and be friendly. #TalkingACX
  58. @SlashedReads Doesn't help to submit same title multiple times. Once submitted we have it. #TalkingACX
  59. @audionarrator No rule of thumb - do you have an audiobook you feel is special. Pick your superior works to highlight. #TalkingACX
  60. 1 of 2 Good vocal tone is not enough. Narrators need to create good performance – especially when they are working alone. #TalkingACX
  61. 1 of 2 Good vocal tone is not enough. Narrators need to create good performance – especially when they are working alone. #TalkingACX
  62. 2 of 2 AF reviews provide insights "An exciting listen" vs. "The narrator ratchets up the tension of the chase making this..." #TalkingACX
  63. @SlashedReads Varies by season, month, day. Again 35K audios in 2013 and a lot of those submitted. #TalkingACX
  64. @AudioFileMag Good vocal tone isnt enough. Narrators need to create good performance, especially when they're working alone. #TalkingACX
  65. #TalkingACX Can I leverage a "top 10" review my book earned to gain a review from @AudioFileMag?
  66. @SlashedReads A/M is Children & Family Listening with our recommended listening list - readalongs, chapter books - everything #TalkingACX
  67. @KFVoiceWorks Top 10 review of book is a fact to emphasize when you submit. Highlight impt points. #TalkingACX
  68. We are, of course, always listening for the best stuff. Remember focus for us is on performance. #TalkingACX
  69. Is it purely the performance of the narrator or does the audiobook content weigh in the decision to review? #TalkingACX
  70. For independent publishers showcase advertising options please email michele@audiofilemagazine.com #TalkingACX
  71. @qallen Submit the book as a whole we are less likely to review single story. #talkingacx
  72. @kelli_stokes Focus is performance but great marriage of narration and story always a plus. #TalkingACX
  73. Do sales numbers or social media play into whether a submission gets reviewed? #TalkingACX
  74. @AudioFileMag @acx_com Are AF reviewers privy to/influenced by @audible_com listener comments on a title or other reviews? #TalkingACX
  75. Are AF Mag reviewers specific to genres, as agents often are? Are they of different ages (YA, etc) geographic origins? #TalkingACX
  76. @KarenCommins Our purpose is different - not a focus on why "I" like it as with listener reviews. #TalkingACX
  77. Just 5 minutes left for #TalkingACX! Get your questions in now!
  78. @bradenwright We try to pair reviewers with areas of interest/expertise. Wide range of people review for us. #TalkingACX
  79. @kelli_stokes We love to hear a title before it starts selling. Pre-pub listening. #TalkingACX
  80. Great questions gang! My fingers are flying and hands hurt. #TalkingACX
  81. @AudioFileMag Awesome, thanks so much for this insight and for the opportunity to chat with you! So welcome and Appreciated! @acx_com
  82. Great session - very helpful, informative. Thank you all at AF and ACX #TalkingACX
  83. About to wrap up tonight's chat. Thanks for joining us everyone! #TalkingACX
  84. Thanks to all and @acx_com for inviting us to powwow. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into producing great audio. #TalkingACX
  85. Thanks to all and @acx_com for inviting us to powwow. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into producing great audio. #TalkingACX
  86. @AudioFileMag @acx_com Thanks so much for chatting with us tonight! I got some great info about AF's process! #TalkingACX
  87. Thanks for joining us for #TalkingACX! Hope you enjoyed our chat.
  88. @TracyShawn I did make sure our editorial team received. Thanks for reaching out.
  89. Contact info for Michele Cobb and review requests
  90. @Merlinvoice editor@audiofilemagazine.com for review submissions, michele@audiofilemagazine.com for me direct