As part of Love Audio Week we've asked some of our team here at W.F.Howes HQ to tell us what they love about audiobooks, and what they enjoy most about working in the industry.
Alice Shackleton is our Assistant Acquisitions Editor from our editorial team.
Why do you like audio as a format?
I love how accessible it is. Whether I’m in the kitchen, driving to work or just sitting down to relax, I can always find something to listen to. It also gives me a chance to discover genres and titles that I wouldn’t normally choose to read, for example non-fiction. I’m really enjoying true crime at the moment and audio is the perfect format for it. I can’t wait to listen to Strangeways by Neil Samworth.
What do you do in a typical day?
I work with publishers and literary agents to acquire audiobook rights. We work together as an editorial team to make a decision about what we want to publish. Every day is different! Tasks range from reading over new submissions and working on rights deals to liaising with our production team on narrator choices for some of our upcoming titles. My main focus is on our children’s list for retail and library, which I love because I used to work in a children’s book shop; it’s a part of the market I know particularly well.
What do you love about working in audio?
I love the range of titles and genres I get to work with, from thrillers and crime to sagas and romance. Audio narration brings the book to life, especially the children’s titles. To hear the character voices read out loud is a wonderful experience; whatever the story or topic you can find yourself immersed in it for hours.
What I’m Listening To...
Want to find out more about the other roles involved in creating audiobooks? Then take a look at our other interviews