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Celebrating Audiobooks: Are you attending APAC and the Audies?

By Lin Parkin

May 27, 2014

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smiling-woman-japanese-listening-to-music-headphones.jpgDo you work in the audiobook industry? Then there's no better place to be than New York City this week!

On May 28, 2014, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) will host their annual conference (APAC) where audiobook producers and narrators can mix, mingle and learn from each other to heighten the audiobook experience for both consumers and those working in the industry.

This years' APAC key-note is Alan Iny, a nationally-recognized writer and speaker. He'll bring a well-rounded perspective to the event having also narrated his own book, Thinking in New Boxes.

Alan will hold a business session to discuss current challenges and opportunities in the industry, followed by an interactive panel presentation that's designed to leave APAC attendees with new skills. This year APAC is bringing publisher and narrator tracks together in the first-ever panel Publishers and Narrators Promoting Together session, which promises to be an enlightening experience.

Join VOX Daily to learn more about what to expect at APAC and get a glimpse at the finalists in THE audiobook event that will wraps it all up.

Other Highlights:

  • Back by popular demand, Morgan Baden will lead a session on Advanced Social Media Techniques.
  • Publishers Round Table, Children's Audio and a session on useful apps.
  • Director Diagnostics appointments will be scheduled again this year.

APAC 2014, will be held at the Javits Center in NYC. It is a SOLD OUT event. Following the conference will be the 19th Annual Gala and Audie Awards Presentation, where top performing audiobooks and their narrators are honoured and the previous years' successes celebrated.

Snapshot of 2013 Achievements and Initiatives

  • 13.5% increase in revenue
  • A near-100% increase in the number of titles published (a total of 13,255).
  • Six member mixers were held, in New York City, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
  • Record attendance at APAC 2013
  • Mega media coverage including CBS News This Morning and features in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Book Review, and USA Today.
  • Educational Webinars on Social Media and Narrator Techniques.
  • APA-sponsored Drop Card promotions, including Book Expo America (BEA) Consumer Day.
  • A narrator and author audio panel at American Library Association (ALA) Chicago.

What's In-store for 2014?

  • More in-depth research, with an updated Industry Sales Survey and Consumer Survey.
  • Increased Advocacy and PR, with new initiatives including World Book Night, BEA BookCon, an Educator Literacy Tool Kit, and strategic partnerships.
  • A new APA blog, offering APA and industry news as soon as it becomes available.
  • New, innovative webinars that offer continuing education opportunities for members.
  • The 7th annual PLA Supper on March 13th. 400 librarians are expected to attend this always sold-out event!

Who's up for Audiobook of the Year?

Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 29, 2014, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York, along with the winners in 29 other categories. The two most coveted awards at the Audies are Audiobook of the Year and The Distinguished Achievement in Production.

Finalists for Audiobook of the Year are:

  • Still Foolin' 'Em; written and narrated by Billy Crystal; Macmillan Audio.
  • The Testament of Mary; by Colm Tóibin; narrated by Meryl Streep; Simon & Schuster Audio.
  • The Things They Carried; by Tim O'Brien; narrated by Bryan Cranston; Audible, Inc.

Finalists for Distinguished Achievement in Production are:

  • Ender's Game Alive; by Orson Scott Card; narrated by a full cast; Audible, Inc.
  • Matilda; by Roald Dahl; narrated by Kate Winslet; Penguin Audio.
  • Pete Seeger: The Storm King; by Pete Seeger, edited by Jeff Haynes; read by Pete Seeger; Hachette Audio.

Will you be attending APAC or the Audies?

With both Business Tracks and Performers Tracks to take-in at APAC, it is a rich resource for anyone in the business. Which sessions are you most looking forward too?

Did you attend last year? What did you find most helpful about the event?

The information contained in this post was sourced from the APA. If you'd like to learn more about the APA, APAC and the Audies, visit: http://www.audiopub.org/

Best wishes to all, and best of luck to the Audies finalists!

Lin

© iStockphoto.com/Chris Schmidt

Related Topics: Alan Iny, APA, APAC, Audies, Audio Publishes Association, audiobook producers, Audiobooks, Finalists


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