What I Love About Working In Audio: Cathy Sellars - Publications
As part of Love Audio Week we've asked some of our team here at Whole Story Audiobooks to tell us what they love about audiobooks, and what they enjoy most about working in the industry.
Publications Assistant Cathy Sellars on what she loves most about working in audio...
Why do you like audio as a format?
I love to read but I’m often too busy to pick up a book. Audiobooks are great because they enable me to listen while I go about my daily tasks. They are also a great way of bringing the characters in a book to life and enable me to get through large chunks of a book at a time rather than a chapter here and there. I’ve also found that as I can get through an audiobook so quickly I’ve started to listen to genres that I wouldn’t normally choose. It’s certainly broadened my horizons when it comes to books!
What do you do in a typical day?
The main part of my role is to coordinate the covers of audio and large print books and ensure that covers are ready in plenty of time for production. A chunk of my day is spent negotiating with publishers on buying the rights to their artwork, working with the designers on creating exciting and eye-catching designs, and obtaining cover approval from authors via their agents.
I get to have a great deal of creative input in my role, which I love. I also spend time organising events. I book the speakers and have had the privilege of booking in a huge range of big name authors in recent years, including Nicci French, Stuart MacBride and Jilly Cooper.
What do you love about working in audio?
I love the fact that I get to work with so many business partners, from publishers to agents to designers. There’s so much variety in my role - there’s never a dull day! Books have always been a big passion for me, so I feel really lucky to be working in this industry, especially in a part of the sector that is becoming increasingly popular and mainstream. It’s a really exciting area to be working in right now.
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