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  • 12 Sep 2019 3:32 PM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    Calling all freelance audiobook editors...

    ...are you being asked to edit/proof/master/CD master for a fee as low as £20pfh?

    JUST...SAY...NO!

    Don't undervalue yourself and your skills. The industry average for editing is £35pfh. Proofing should be an additional £15pfh. And mastering to anything other than digital standard should be a further fee.

    Of course...anyone can charge anything they like. But please be aware of just how low this fee offer is, and help us safeguard the value of the editor's art by saying no to such low fees.


  • 6 Sep 2019 8:34 AM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    After an initial year of building the ACA membership and awareness of the organisation, as well as researching what issues our members would like us to tackle, the ACA Working Group is pleased to announce our Manifesto for the year ahead, taking us until the end of 2020:

    • UK rates (narrator and production) to be increased to reflect international sales revenue (either buy out + % of sales, or increased buy-out)

    • Standardised guideline minimum pfh rates for editors & proofers

    • Prep Sheets from Authors/Publishers + access to authors/editors for info)

    • Fees for Prep Work where above the norm

    • Credits to include production (e.g. Producer + Editor + Proofer)

    • Standardised increase to proofer fees (e.g. £15pfh minimum)

    • Standardised scheduling (e.g. 10-14 days prep time/access to final pdf)

    • Industry standard contract + terms & conditions

    • Industry standardised editing guidelines

    • Creation of shared resources – pronunciations, experts list, research resources, etc…

    • Create ties and partnerships with other organisations (Equity, SoA, PA, WG, etc…)

    • Seek to find new ways to promote UK audiobooks and audiobook creativity to the public through press, publicity, events and outreach

    If you have any views, insights or thoughts on any of these issues, please reach out and feedback. If you'd like to help with any of these issues, please do get in touch.

    The ACA represents all creatives within the UK audiobook industry, from narrators and producers, to editors, proofers, studios and others. The aim of the organisation is to build stronger collaborative ties between these creative professionals, and between the creative side of the industry and the commissioning/publishing side.

  • 16 Aug 2019 10:57 AM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    Hey everyone, our friends at the Equity Audio Committee are throwing a summer picnic on Sunday 1st September, and it is free to attend for all audiobook creatives and their friends and family.  Here are the details:

    2.30pm St Andrews Gate, Regents Park, London (opposite Royal College of Physicians) - look for the EQUITY flag.  Nearest tube - Gt. Portland Street.

    For more info please check out the Equity Audio Committee's twitter account: @EquityAudio

  • 9 May 2019 12:50 PM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    NEWS RELEASE - Thurs 9th May 2019

    The Audiobook Creators Alliance is honoured to be partnering with Equity, through the Audio Committee) to raise the voices of all creatives working in the UK audiobook industry. This exciting, growing marketplace has a long, proud history of incredible talent working together to produce entertaining and incredible audiobook titles.  Every day talented narrators partner with highly experienced producers, engineers, studios, editors, proofers and other creatives. Audiobooks are a truly collaborative artform, and everyone in the process deserves recognition and representation. Together, the ACA and Equity, aim to build a collaborative creative community, build best-practise resources, offer knowledge and advice, and push for improved fees, rights and terms for audiobook creatives.

    Neil Gardner, founder of the ACA says, "I have always admired the tireless work that Equity does, and as a technical audiobook creative, have wished they could represent me and my fellow technical colleagues.  As audiobooks continue to grow as a worldwide business, it is only right that those who create them come together to represent our artform, our craft and our professionalism.  Together we are stronger, and together we can help raise all of our voices."

    Sheila Mitchell, Chair of the Equity Audio Committee says, "Equity’s Audio Committee thoroughly endorses a united ACA campaign for fair remuneration and working practices for everyone who contributes to the making of an audio book."

    INFORMATION

    The ACA is a collaborative organisation representing UK audiobook creatives, with over 260 active members, comprising narrators, producers, editors, proofers, authors, sound designers, abridgers, engineers and other professions.

    For More Information Please Contact: Neil Gardner, info@aca-uk.org


  • 19 Mar 2019 2:37 PM | Neville Teller

    I joined ACA today under the category "abridger", well aware that the concept is obsolete.  The past is indeed a different country.  I am interested, however, in any views on the relationship in today's world between audiobooks and podcasts.  Is there a meaningful distinction?  Would you say Audible recognizes one?


  • 27 Feb 2019 3:01 PM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    It is with pride that the ACA today can announce the members of the initial Working Group. The group will help formulate the aims and direction of the ACA in 2019, as well as offer advice, expertise and insight to the ACA membership. In addition, the members of the group represent the various creative roles in our industry, and will help Founder Neil Gardner take the ACA out into the wider world and forge partnerships with other interested parties (e.g. Equity, SoA, PA, etc...)

    The members are:

    • Neil Gardner (Founder) - Ladbroke Audio/Spokenworld Audio - Studio Owner/Producer/Editor/Narrator
    • David Monteath - Narrator (Studio/Home)
    • Billie Fulford-Brown - Narrator (Studio)
    • Morrison Ellis - Producer/Editor/Proofer/Narrator
    • Greg Patmore - Narrator (Studio/Home)
    • Chris Thompson - Heavy Entertainment - Producer/Editor
    • Victoria Riley - Narrator (Studio)
    • Christian Gates - Editor
    • Claire Calverley - Producer
    • Ana Clements - Narrator (Studio)
    • Malk Williams - Narrator (Studio/Home)
    • Rachael Beresford - Narrator (Studio)
    • Helen Lloyd - Narrator (Studio/Home)
    • Peter Noble - Narrator (Studio/Home)
    • Kate Aldworth - Sound Proof - Proofer/Editor

    The ACA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Working Group members for volunteering their time and experience.


  • 13 Jan 2019 1:06 PM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    Well, 2019 is already here, and after six months of existence, the ACA has now reached over 200 members! That's simply incredible, and something we are very proud of. The membership consists of audiobook creatives from all areas of the industry - narrators, editors, proofers, producers, studio owners, authors, composers. This is exactly what we aimed to create, and thanks to you all, we have a strong, powerful collective voice!

    So, now that the membership is at a high enough level, and of such a varied background, it is time to really get the motor running. In 2019 the ACA will have its voice heard. To do this, we need to build a team of volunteers to help organise and run things. The work won't be onerous, and no-one is expected to travel to meetings! E-meetings/Skype/tele-conferencing will be our modus operandi to begin with. To start with we are looking for:

    10 people - a mix of narrators (home & studio), editors, proofers, producers, studio owners, and others.

    These ten people will form the initial Working Group, which will put together the AIMS and AGENDA for 2019. This will all be done in consultation with the membership.

    In addition, the ACA will begin to reach out to our fellow organisations and unions (Equity, AudioUK, WG, PA, BECTU, etc...) to establish working relationships and see where partnerships can be formed. We have already begun this process with Equity and AudioUK and hope to have more to report in the coming months.

    There is a lot for us to be looking at, and a lot for us to work out how to approach...but with YOUR help, we think 2019 will be the first of many exciting years for the ACA, and UK audiobook creators - working TOGETHER to make audiobook voices heard!

    So, if you'd like to offer you expertise, time and help to form the Working Group, please get in touch with me (info@aca-uk.org) and we'll get this ball rolling.

  • 11 Jan 2019 4:08 PM | Robert Scarborough

    Hi, I just joined, but no mention of a password, will I need one to log in in future?

  • 24 Jul 2018 5:19 PM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    More and more people are being converted to audiobooks according to this article in The Guardian. Great news for 'narrators!

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/09/easy-listening-rise-of-audiobooks-alex-clark

  • 17 Jul 2018 12:26 PM | Neil Gardner (Administrator)

    Well, we are here...in proto format true, but here!

    Welcome to all of my fellow UK audiobook professionals and creatives. THis is very early days of the ACA and there's a lot of planning, building and growing to do. But I am excited to be here at the launch of what I hope will become a valuable resource to you all.

    As with any collaborative organisation, the ACA will only work with YOUR help and input. So please join up (free, of course, and open to anyone who works in the UK audiobook industry no matter where you are geographically located), share the news and encourage your friends and colleagues, and get involved by offering whatever help you can offer.

    There will be a small organising committee/group set up soon - I hope with at least 2 representatives of each of our professional areas of expertise (narrators, producers, studios, agents, editors and proofers).

    And if you have any useful articles or information you'd like to share with us all, please get in touch and help me build an amazing library of helpful info.

    So...here we go...let's get the ACA off the ground and flying high!

    Warmest wishes and thanks

    Neil :-)

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