APAC 2017


Phew! It feels so long ago that I was busy sweating the small stuff. I’m back from my adventures in New York and Florida, and still trying to get caught up. It’s busy, busy, busy here. I only had one book officially scheduled for after APAC, but shortly after getting back, I signed on for three more titles, so looks like I have to get back to recording!

NYC was incredible. I’ve never been there before, so getting to see the city was amazing. I never realised how much of my images of New York are from books and movies. Some of my favourite things to see, may sound silly, but Belvedere Castle in Central Park, which features in Peter David’s Knight Life series, and the Dakota building which is what the “Bram” from Rosemary’s Baby was based on. I also got to check out some geeky haunts. The Strand bookstore, which for West Coast people is Powell’s but fancier, Forbidden Planet (not like their Central London store, but worth a visit anyway) and The Mysterious Bookshop, a great store that specialises in mystery novels, which was recommended to me by Lisa M Lilly, who wrote The Awakening series.

One thing I really wanted to see but didn’t get a chance was The Guggenheim. Since so much of my early VO work revolved around Frank Lloyd Wright, and one of the documentaries I narrated (A Girl is a Fellow Here) premiered there, it holds a special significance career-wise.

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I did get to go to the Audio Publisher’s Association Conference which was overwhelming and exhilarating all at the same time. Like last year, I once again learned a LOT, met some truly wonderful, talented narrators, and got to meet a few publishers too.

I made a lot of notes after last year’s APAC, some of which I heeded, some less so. I did NOT eat healthily- how could I when there was real New York bagels, and real New York cheesecake to try? But I did sit in on some of the business panels this time, which was interesting, to see how things are changing marketing-wise. I also got to do what’s called a director’s diagnostic, where you receive one-on-one coaching with a member of the audiobook industry (casting/coach/narrator). It was a really great experience, and I am so glad I took the advice of another coach and recorded it, because being able to play back the conversation was very helpful.

Of course, I didn’t get to meet everybody I wanted to meet at APAC. There were some publisher’s I’ve worked with this past year, that I was hoping to say hi to, but it just didn’t happen. But it was still a wonderful experience.

As for my nerves about the whole networking thing. It’s getting better. There were still some events I didn’t attend, but I have plans to rectify that next time. Big thing for next year- get to events early! It’s a little easier for me to get situated if I get there early, rather than arriving late when the music’s already going and you can’t hear a thing. But all in all it was a successful outing for someone who spends so much time in a 4×4 foot box. Speaking of, having a TARDIS for a booth was a great conversation-starter!

Finally, for those who don’t already know, June is audiobook month! I’m a little behind because of the trip, but keep a look out for me on Facebook or Twitter for giveaways, samples, etc. In the meantime, have a listen to a piece from my newest release, book four in the Ministry of Curiosities series, Grave Expectations:
Eek. It really has been far too long since I last posted. Mostly for good reason. I’ve been very busy with audiobooks these past few months. In fact I’m in the middle of juggling three and possibly a fourth audiobook project, although two are almost ready for retail.

Alas, I did not make it to APAC this year, but that was a very slim possibility. I will say I feel pretty good about being able to attend APAC next year. Which will be in Chicago, another place I’ve never been to, and will give me the opportunity to meet up with an author friend of mine. Bonus!

I’ve also been very busy with video game work. I’ve recorded more voices for Infinifactory, a game by Zachtronics. I voiced four characters and they are all quite different. I also got to voice one of two playable characters for a couple of other titles. One was for Heroes of Newerth in which I played Riptide. The second is for a zombie DLC which is still awaiting release.

They were a lot of fun. I got to channel my inner badass as well as practice my exertions. Exertions, for those not involved in video games, are the grunts, heavy breathing and death cries that you usually hear in games.

Alas, these past few months has left me little time to market. So no Dragon Age: Inquisition yet! The good news is that with all this video game work I have a lot of new samples to add to my demo, which is exciting. I feel like I now have a pretty good range with alien military leaders, fighters, hysterical women, snooty women, villainesses and a whole range of exertion noises to really take my demo and marketing materials to the next level.

Finally, before I forget, June is audiobook month. So in honour of audiobook month, here’s a sample from Aranya by Marc Secchia.