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Marcy Henshaw

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ACX production deadlines
Posted: May 4, 2016 2:13 PM
 
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For those who have used ACX, and your producer did not meet the final deadline, how long did you go before giving up on that producer and ending the contract? It's well beyond my current contract's deadline and I feel like my producer keeps giving me the runaround. All I have ever been sent or heard is the 1st 15 minutes and the revised 1st 15. :-/ I don't even know what the different characters sound like, aside from the 2 in that 15 minutes. Thanks...
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Re: ACX production deadlines
Posted: May 4, 2016 2:20 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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Marcy Henshaw wrote:
For those who have used ACX, and your producer did not meet the final deadline, how long did you go before giving up on that producer and ending the contract? It's well beyond my current contract's deadline and I feel like my producer keeps giving me the runaround. All I have ever been sent or heard is the 1st 15 minutes and the revised 1st 15. :-/ I don't even know what the different characters sound like, aside from the 2 in that 15 minutes. Thanks...
For me it would depend upon how far over the deadline the person is and how much I really wanted that producer. That said, the person does sound flaky.
Marcy Henshaw

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Posted: May 4, 2016 2:24 PM   in response to: billhiatt in response to: billhiatt
 
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The deadline was February 29th. So far it seems to be me who always initiates communication (how's the schedule looking, etc). I tend to be a very patient person, but I'm starting to lose that patience. I even asked for the first few chapters so I can get started listening for final approval. She said she'd try to get the hired producer (who I was 100% unaware of, she had only ever mentioned an editor) to get material ready for me for that day or the next...that was a week ago...she never replied or sent material on. I just messaged her to ask that we officially extend the deadline until later in May (just over 2 weeks). I want record of the extension agreement just in case.
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Posted: May 4, 2016 2:46 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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I had one not long ago that kept stretching out - a week past the deadline, two weeks, a month. When the second month beyond the deadline rolled around I sent a message telling her I understood it was a lot of work and probably took more time than she'd expected. I told her I understood if we needed to terminate the contract, and that I'd let ACX know. She responded that she in no way wanted to terminate, and would get right on it. It still took a month, but at least she kept in touch and I could see steady progress. Had I not seen that steady progress, I would have asked ACX to terminate.
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Posted: May 4, 2016 2:55 PM   in response to: Melinda Clayton in response to: Melinda Clayton
 
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Did she (or he) send you files as they went, or just all at the end?
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Posted: May 4, 2016 2:58 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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She had said her plan was to send them all at the end, but I requested them as she recorded. I told her if there was an issue - a name mispronounced, etc. - it made sense to correct it in the beginning instead of having to go back and correct everything at the end. Plus, it's really hard to find time to listen to 30 chapters all at once. I have a producer right now who sends 4-5 chapters at a time. Luckily, I wrote short chapters for that book. :-)
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Posted: May 4, 2016 3:03 PM   in response to: Melinda Clayton in response to: Melinda Clayton
 
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That's a worry of mine. There are a lot of words in my series that are tricky (mostly Native American names of towns). Based on the first 15 I had to ask for a change in MC voice. I worry there's going to be a lot more.
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Posted: May 4, 2016 3:09 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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Mine agreed with me, after I explained my reasoning to her, that it would be a lot easier for her if we caught a mistake in the first chapter so she could correct it than it would be to correct the same mistake in dozens of chapters.
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Posted: May 5, 2016 11:01 AM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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My producer went over but we kept in touch quite often. You need to hear your characters speak well before the books finished because I think you can only ask for three??? changes in all. I was fortunate, my producer was excellent. I did, however, pay outright. Not a shared royalty. I think your producer may be dragging his/her feet. Perhaps new at audio books? I think there is more work involved than new producers realise. Good luck.
Josh Cook

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Posted: May 5, 2016 11:39 AM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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It seems a lot of people are far nicer than I. My producer started hinting he was going to go over the deadline. My response was "OK, are you saying you can't fulfill your contract?" Suddenly all talk of going over ended,and he got it done. Of course now I'm waiting for the reading to go through the acx audio check, whatever that is.. sigh

I guess for me.. a Contract is a Contract. They agreed to it, and if they found out it was to much, then the contract needs to end and find someone who can. Not being punitive, but deadlines matter.
STEPHEN W BENNETT

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Re: ACX production deadlines
Posted: May 6, 2016 11:39 AM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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Marcy Henshaw wrote:
For those who have used ACX, and your producer did not meet the final deadline, how long did you go before giving up on that producer and ending the contract? It's well beyond my current contract's deadline and I feel like my producer keeps giving me the runaround. All I have ever been sent or heard is the 1st 15 minutes and the revised 1st 15. :-/ I don't even know what the different characters sound like, aside from the 2 in that 15 minutes. Thanks...

Marcy, My first four eBooks were fortunate enough to receive a stipend for the narrators, which required them to finish in 60 days to get that bonus. A double edged sword.

My books are long, and the first book was 26.2 hours when finished, and all the chapters, with multiple changes needed for each one, arrived in a rush on the last few days. I stayed up late at night to hurry through corrections, and skipped some things that would take too long to finish in the 60 day limit. Some poor narration got through in that rush. Not to mention that my first book was not well put together.

The new narrator, for all six of my later books, had that 60 day deadline for our first three books together, but he was much better at avoiding errors, and spotted and reported my own typos to me (I was grateful, to fix the eBooks), and we managed to get in just under the wire for the stipend offer. Now, on the last three books there haven't been stipends offered, so we adjust the completion date on the contract offer to match the producer's workload, and the extra time makes us both less stressed. He also told me that ACX is flexible on his delivery date, if I am. I could hold him to the finish date, but if I'm seeing (or hearing about) good progress, and we share feedback, then going longer would be better that starting fresh. I have felt less stressed for the last two books, when we gave ourselves the luxury(?) of not having to meet the agreed-to contract completion deadline if life threw us some curves. I don't think it sounds like you've been receiving adequate feedback from your narrator. I'd consider a month late as enough patience, if there were no extenuating circumstances offered. And some samples of the work in progress would be required to keep me happy.
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Re: ACX production deadlines
Posted: May 6, 2016 12:26 PM   in response to: STEPHEN W BENNETT in response to: STEPHEN W BENNETT
 
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How do you make corrections in an audio narrated by someone else?

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Re: ACX production deadlines
Posted: May 6, 2016 12:54 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Have you not done audiobooks, NJ? One listens to the whole thing, notes down (with the exact time in the file) anything that's wrong, and sends the list of corrections to the narrators, who then re-records that bit.

Marcy, I'm sorry you're having problems! It seems like you and audiobooks are flying under a curse!
STEPHEN W BENNETT

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Re: ACX production deadlines
Posted: May 6, 2016 1:06 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
How do you make corrections in an audio narrated by someone else?

Email them the description of the problem, or talk on the phone if in a hurry, to rerecord the problem found. Such as wrong word spoken, sentence missed, pronunciation of a name far off the mark. Then wait for the corrected chapter to be returned and listen to it again.

Hmm. This reply sat in limbo overnight, so I answered it again. Guess I need to learn patience on this forum, when a moderator stares at my words for so long.

Edited by: STEPHEN W BENNETT on May 7, 2016 10:57 AM

STEPHEN W BENNETT

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Re: ACX production deadlines
Posted: May 6, 2016 6:26 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
How do you make corrections in an audio narrated by someone else?

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NJ, I didn't mean I made the corrections to the audio myself. I listened to hours of chapters and I found errors (lots of them actually), noted the exact times when there were wrong words spoken, missing words, missed sentences, alien names pronounced incorrectly, etc. Then either emailed the narrator with that information, or with a short time constraint, called him and had the section rerecorded and edited back into the chapter where it was found. Then listened to the returned chapter again.
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