A special thanks to Juergen Berkessel and Polymash for a tremendous amount of extremely useful advice on marketing and promotion. I'll be working tirelessly throughout the summer to completely retool The Limey & the Yank Podcast and this site for even greater success.
I highly recommend the Polymash page on How to Promote a Podcast
I've been working on a new audiobook that's due to come out in June!
Things have gotten difficult around the world, so the bundled collection of The Daedalus Files is stuck in production at ACX
April 2020The Limey & the Yank is taking a summer break to completely re-work the show and the website from the ground up. It's going to be a lot of work, but we think people will really enjoy the new version of our show. For our last set (for now!), we decided to have fun and make these episodes a game for you!
PodFestExpo 2020 was downright amazing...and then the world fell apart. I hope everyone can stay healthy and safe.
I was interviewed on the Yes, But Why Podcast. Host Amy Jordan is a fantastic and positive person and her show truly inspires.For the month of March, The Limey & the Yank looked back 20 years to give us Y2K: Songs from the Year 2000:
Really excited about getting to go to PodFest 2020!. I've been meeting TONS of people on the app Whova - if you ever attend an event that uses the Whova app, definitely jump on board! I'll be giving a presentation on audiobook narration. Come join me!
Lots of business tuning! Tax time, getting used to the new equipment, building some more acoustic panels, and even getting some bonus content that Tim Tippets added to his Audition Ready Online course. February will be a return to landing new gigs.
And speaking of new gigs, I've been asked to speak at PodFest 2020! I'll be giving a presentation in their VO track (March 7th) that's all about Audiobooks. I'm also giving a presentation on Podcasting at the Riverview Public Library in March, with my buddy Steve Atkins.
Time to prep for 2020! This month will be dedicated to skill-building and business improvements.
I'll be studying the Bestseller Blueprint by Cara Stein. This program focuses on book publishers and will help me learn more about how my authors and Rights Holders ply their trade.
I've got new equipment and will be reviewing Tim Tippets' Audition Ready Online course to apply some of the sound engineering principles to my new setup.
The Table to Stage Podcast interview is out! Listen to some great conversation about writing and narrating as host Jordan Werme interviews Benjamin R. Smith and myself about "June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant" at https://www.podbean.com/ea/pb-nxzg6-c8be35
An unprecedented six audiobook projects overlapped each other for me from October through November, and my last one will be going to market in December:
And coming in December is Call to Love, the debut novel by author Mary A. Felkins. Exciting!In November, The Limey & the Yank celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with a special pair of episodes all about the history and the amazing performances of one of music's greatest events.
October 2019June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant is out! The author and I just did an interview for the Table to Stage Podcast, which will likely air in November.
Speaking of November - it's National Novel Writing Month, or "NaNoWriMo". To support local authors, I will be giving a Library Reading at the Riverview branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library. This will be on Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 AM. If you're in the area, stop by!
I'm also hard at work on the next three novels in the Daedalus series, adventurous sequels to Daedalus SWIC.
In October, The Limey & the Yank take on Songs we Landed on the Moon: a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
My comedy audiobook is off to market! June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant, available on Audible/Amazon and iTunes. This one was interesting - it's written in the form of a play script. I had to create a combination of stage-like comedic timing and audiobook entertainment, a very different kind of pacing.
Daedalus is the first of a four-part series. Volume 2 is in production and Volumes 3 and 4 will be recorded in advance of the series' release. Fun stuff going on! We get more fascinating high-flying adventure.
In September, The Limey & the Yank take on songs about Money:
The first of a series of short stories about base-jumping is off to market! Check out Daedalus: SWIC basejump from Fred Noonan Skyport, available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes!
My first-ever comedy audiobook is in progress - details to come!
I signed up for Tim Tippet's Audition Ready Audio course, to learn more about the mechanics of audio production, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), EQ, and software.
In August, The Limey & the Yank share some fun Missed Meanings in music:
Just got a project to do a short-story collection audiobook project for a favorite author! Details to come.
Inspired by the nVidia GeForce Garage build of a custom water-cooled video editing machine, I converted my video editing workstation into a water-cooled, quiet, and blazing-fast production machine in a soundproofed case. More details (and a how-to video) are in the works.
In July, The Limey & the Yank talk about Dirty Bits in music:
Completed a video for the Studio build - a couple of adjustments to the equipment and my production chain will be a lot smoother
Had a fantastic workout and coaching session with one of the biggest names in audiobooks, Johnny Heller. He love my narration pacing and gave me great tips on character voices.
In June, The Limey & the Yank talk about great Solo Artists from music history:
We also came up with a pretty catchy theme song:The Limey & the Yank Theme Song
Finished the studio space just at the very end of the month! It sounds fantastic, and now it's back on the VO train. I've put together a slideshow of all the work (with an explanation of the steps) on Facebook and I'll be releasing a video too.
Speaking of videos, some helpful tips on how Google Drive and attachments work with Gmail:
In May, The Limey & the Yank dared our listeners to discard the dreary and be happy! A two-part series about music that's guaranteed to make you smile:
Building a new studio with help from George "the Tech" Whittam. I'll be doing lots of DIY and my VO work will have to go on hold for a bit.
The Starchild Trilogy is now out on Audible! Stop by here to check it out and get a great deal on three books in one go. Robert G. Williscroft and I put a lot of effort into making all three books the same consistent experience: making it easier to navigate, combining all the free downloadable goodies into one supplemental PDF, and more.
Flowers from Afghanistan is now out on Audible too! This touching story of loss and closure by Suzy Parish is a wonderful read, and you can check it out at Audible today.
The Limey & the Yank saw the release of two episodes - a look back at 1959, SIXTY years ago. Hard to believe. I think these two are our funniest and best to date:
While bundling The Starchild Trilogy for ACX, I had to touch multiple spots of every chapter of the saga, over 100 separate chapter files. I quickly had to come up with a workflow to make this process efficient, and in the end, I even made a video on how I did it to help other people who need to produce an audiobook bundle.
Another great badge from VO2GoGo - this time for helping others. Very thoughtful of them!
The Limey & the Yank saw the release of two episodes - "Odd Couples", where we talk about some of music's strangest pair-ups:
Big news! Moving to a new home in March, building out a studio with the help of George the Tech Whittam, and by the end of April I'll have quite the home studio. :)
The Limey & the Yank Podcast now has a Sponsorship page! Check out our Sponsorship program at our Sponsorship page
Working on The Starchild Trilogy and producing a huge downloadable supplement for the product--it's fun to be able to add illustrations, diagrams, and other supporting information to an audiobook. This bundle and its supplement will be huge!
The Limey & the Yank Podcast has gained a sponsor! Seven Seas International has kicked off a sponsorship campaign that includes fun audio and video content that features The Limey & the Yank alongside their character of Sven the Fisherman.
The Starchild Trilogy is available in book form on Amazon! And coming in 2019 it will also be available as an audiobook trilogy too.
The Iapetus Federation is coming this month to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes!
My Animation & Videogame Demo is complete - check it out!
The award-winning Starchild Trilogy has on official commercial for its release--and it's narrated by yours truly!
I'm thrilled to announce that I'm now Featured Talent at VO2GoGo.com. Check out my profile at https://www.vo2gogo.com/trentonbennett/
The trailer for Rust: A Novel by Corbin Bernsen is out - and it uses footage from the Netflix original movie! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nRMlKze7UU
Work on the audiobook for The Iapetus Federation has begun! This sequel to Slingshot and The Starchild Compact will be coming soon to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
I'm an official member of Voice123: check out my talent profile at http://trentonbennett.voice123.com
I'm working on the audiobook for a novel that was also a Netflix Original Movie, now available on Amazon Video! Rust: the Novel by Corbin Bernsen will be an audiobook narrated by yours truly, coming to Amazon/Audible in June!
My podcast has a sponsor! The Limey & the Yank is a rock-talk podcast that tackles the great debate: from the UK to the USA, who really knows how to rock?
More details as the agreement gets hammered out...
I've also got an exciting new project coming up in audiobooks very soon!
I've also just started work on Ransom in Rio by Theresa Lynn Hall and White Rose Publishing. Tremendous fun!
I'm now an official member of Voices.com - you can check out my profile at https://www.voices.com/actors/tbbennett
I've also just started work on the audiobook for Christmas Couragement by LoRee Peery and White Rose Publishing. Exciting!
Pleased to be working with Pelican Books Press on the audiobook for First Noelle: a Second-Chance Christmas Romance by Delia Latham
December 2017In addition to completing 37 training courses at VO2GoGo and 2 at other places, I'm also pleased to announce that I am officially a VO2GoGo.com affiliate
November 2017A year of professional training at VO2GoGo is almost complete! I'm excited to be in some of the deeper-dive classes as I enter the home stretch. 2018 will be my "year of doing", where I try a bit of everything and see what works best!
Produced videos with author Robert G. Williscroft--interviews about writing, Slingshot, The Starchild Compact, and a sneak-peek at the coming sequel The Iapetus Federation...plus a bonus interview all about audiobooks! You can check them out on the Media page.
On Saturday, Septebmer 30th I will be performing a library reading from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Saint Petersburg North Library branch - learn more about audiobooks and audiobook narrators!
Recording a demo for Interactive Voice Response (IVR) with David H. Lawrence XVII - exciting, a bit nerve-wracking, and fun!
I just got my first IVR gig! An outbound recording for a staffing company. Really easy to do thanks to my training at VO2GoGo.com.
Recording demos for documentary narration, working in tandem with the Tampa Bay Community Network at tbcn.org
The Limey & the Yank Podcast is now live! Rock talk and the great debate: from the UK to the USA, who really knows how to rock?
Coming June 30th! My very first Podcast: a nostalgia chat about classic rock & roll, from the UK to the USA. My partner Steve Atkins is the living encyclopedia of Brit Rock & Roll. Our show is The Limey & the Yank live on June 30th!
Audiobook auditioning! Here's one of my favorite audition recordings, for a book called The Blue Spong & the Flight from Mediocrity: at Soundcloud
Training time! Professional member of VO2GoGo.com: http://www.vo2gogo.com. I've been building my skills on documentaries, training films, IVR, animation and more.
I'm also working on my very first Podcast - more details to come!
I'm also a participant in Dan O'Day's Aikido Self Promotion for Audiobook Narrators, a highly focused class about building your brand.
Currently taking training at VO2GoGo.com - thrilled!