The thing is, I love audiobooks. I love the way my imagination thrives off the words in my ears. I love that I feel like I’m back in kindergarten at story time. I love the way many narrators create voices for the characters, or have an entire cast to read the book as though it were a play. And I love all of this about podcasts too.
Aside from their obvious convenience, audiobooks have established themselves as a hybrid between literary and media entertainment. Listeners are drawn in by hypnotic and dynamic narrations often delivered by well-known celebrities. Because of this focus on vocal value, publishing houses like Penguin Random House invested in their audio department to further advance audiobook quality. They even have the option to include material not present in the original print versions or let narrators go “off script.” Whether audiences know a story or not, listening to it gives them a fresh perspective.
Book marketing is a funny business. First of all, it’s impossible to predict what will sell and what won’t. You just have to put everything you can into attracting an audience and getting the word out, then hope to everything you believe in that people buy your book out of the millions that are already out there. These difficulties are only increased when the book you’re working on isn’t new but, in fact, has been published for twenty-five years.
I caught up with Randall Jahnson recently to talk about the world of transmedia storytelling—or, as it turned out, the peculiar world of transmedia storytelling. First, a bit about Randall. He’s taught film and new media classes in Portland for several years, including one coming up at the Northwest Film Center in early 2017. A […]
A Midwest high school encourages multiracial seating in its segregated cafeteria. (The year was 2005 and the newspaper headline read much differently, though this phrase gets right to the point.) Besides the placement of multiple booties in particular chairs, circled around a particular table, placed in a particular part of the room, encompassed by more […]
I didn’t make the NaNoWriMo goal, not even close. I think I accumulated just over ten thousand words. There were all those assignments to grade, more trips to lead, and a Thanksgiving break with the in-laws. I also had no idea how to write a young adult novel, or any kind of novel really. My […]