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2012 APACONFERENCE

The 2012 APAC will be held on Monday, June 4 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City in conjunction with Book Expo America. Two tracks will be offered concurrently at the 2012 APAC; a Publisher Track and a Narrator Track. Agendas for each are listed below.

Attendees who register for APAC are able to participate in a variety of special offers this year. Click on the below links to find out more about:

Publisher Track Special Offers

Narrator Track Special Offers

   
PUBLISHER TRACK AGENDA:
8:00am – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00am –10:00am

Keynote Address: Otis Chandler, Founder and CEO of Goodreads Inc.

 

 
10:00am – 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30am – 11:30am

Concurrent sessions, choose from the following:

 

New Formats

 

Join panelists Liz Kessler (Hachette), Witt Stewart (ScatterTunes.com) and Ian Small (Audiobooks.com) to hear about the latest in new formats.

 

Raising Audiobook Awareness: Improving Discovery, Engagement & Community

 

iPods, tablets and smart phones have significantly increased audiobook accessibility. Downloads are growing rapidly. We know listeners are readers. Yet audiobook awareness continues to be one of our biggest challenges. Join Carol Fitzgerald (bookreporter.com) and Brian Feinblum (MediaConnect) as they look at a few audiobook campaigns, suggest methods for expansion and provide tips for how we as individual companies and as an industry, can engage authors, retailers, listeners and readers to impact awareness and sales.

Industry publicists Esther Bochner (Macmillan Audio), Sean McManus (Scholastic Audio) and Tara Gelsomino (AudioGo) will share a short description of a special campaign they have done and we’ll get advice from the PR experts as to how we can take future campaigns to the next level.

11:30am – 1:00pm

Lunch

 

Speed Dating Opportunity Available During Lunch!

Are you relatively new to audiobook publishing and wish you had the chance to talk to industry veterans about some of the hot button issues you wish you knew more about? Then publisher Speed Dating is perfect for you!

"Dates" (consisting of a 10-minute session with an industry veteran) will cover the following topics:

  • Contracts
  • Publicity/Social Media
  • Libraries
  • Production
  • Metadata
  • Formats
  • Distribution

Interested Publisher Track attendees can enter for their chance to be selected for this opportunity via a survey link in your APAC confirmation email. All Publisher Track attendees who have registered for APAC by Monday, April 30 and indicated their interest in Speed Dating will be included in the random drawing for the Speed Dating sessions.

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Publisher Roundtable

 

Ever wonder what the leaders of other audiobook houses are thinking? How are they approaching the challenges of our business in 2012? The Publisher Roundtable will offer a chance to hear from the leaders of five audio publishers:

Dan Balow of christianaudio
Ana Maria Allessi of Harper Audio
Dick Hefferenan of Penguin Audiobooks
Amanda D’Acierno of Random House Audio
Kevin Colebank of Tantor Audio

The discussion will cover growth opportunities, promotional success stories, mistakes to avoid, and their thoughts about new formats.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Annual Membership Meeting

 

All APA members are welcome to attend this meeting. Hear a review of the past year (including highlights of the 2011 audio sales survey) learn what APA is doing to address your needs now, and find out what’s on the agenda for the year to come. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions of board president, Michele Cobb (AudioGO), and voting members will elect the 2012/2013 board of directors. Non-members may take this opportunity to network with exhibitors.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Concurrent sessions, choose from the following:

 

State of the Audiobook CD at Retail

 

This session will consist of a frank discussion on the state of the CD audiobook business featuring a panel of representatives from major retailers, including Chuck Gorman (Barnes & Noble). Where do they see it headed? How much longer do they see the CD as a viable format in their stores? How much depth and breadth will they continue to give to audiobook CDs? What do they need from publishers in order to sustain and, if possible, grow their audiobook business? Do they plan on integrating their CD business with their digital audiobook service if they have one? How is the rapid growth of ebooks affecting their audiobook strategy, if at all?

 

Navigating The Wild West Library Territory

 

Library lending of digital books and audiobooks is one of the hottest topics in the publishing industry today. Libraries are becoming the new discovery channel as traditional retail bookstores decline. And, as e-material circulation continues to climb, more publishers are withdrawing access to their materials.

Join moderator Nora Rawlinson (EarlyWord.com) and panelists Barbara Genco (Patron Profiles/Library Journal), and Ruth Liebmann (Random House) to find out: more about today’s library patron user, how librarians are quickly becoming the hand-sellers of the future, and views on whether libraries are helping or hurting the retail business.

4:00pm

Cocktail Reception

   
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NARRATOR TRACK AGENDA:


Special Offers For Narrator Track Attendees:

 

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00am – 10:00am

Concurrent sessions, choose from the following:

 

Keynote Address: Otis Chandler, Founder and CEO of Goodreads Inc.

 

 

 

Voice & Breathing: Keeping it Healthy and Quiet

 

Sensitive mics that pick up every breath you take mean that we’d better keep our airways clear of gunk so we can take smooth, quiet breaths. This session will help you do both. Get the advice of Dr. Michele Yagoda, a noted NYC ENT specialist in actors and singers voices, as she dishes up advice and takes questions on how to keep your voice in tip top shape. You will gain insights on allergies and anti-histamines, rhinitis and reflux. Then, find out how to keep those noisy in-breaths under control, without losing vocal volume. Join narrator & conservatory speech teacher Robin Miles (Voxpertise) as she demonstrates the breathing technique that keeps her in-breaths smooth and silent, even with a head cold. Participants are encouraged to step up to the microphone, and try it out!

10:00am – 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30am – 11:30am

Concurrent sessions, choose from the following:

 

Casting the Voice: Audiobook Matchmaking

 

If it truly is 85% casting that makes the audiobook, then what makes a voice match a book or suit a genre of writing? Moderator Paul Ruben leads this panel of impressive panel of producers and directors Karen Dziekonski (Harper) Claudia Howard (Recorded Books), and others as they offer up their insights, methods and secrets to the challenge of audiobook casting. What qualities in the text demand certain skills? Does vocal age or timbre matter much? What’s the difference between a personality actor and a transformational one? How important are character voices and accents really? And, maybe most importantly, are there “hot” vocal styles/qualities and what are they right now? Come hear the answers to these and other burning casting questions yet to be asked.

11:30am – 1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Concurrent sessions, choose from the following:

 

Listening Lounge

 

The Listening Lounge is back by popular demand! Join emcee Johnny Heller (award-winning narrator) for exciting bits from award-winning work in different genres read by award-winning narrators. This year’s longer and looser format will allow for some audience interaction. Stay the whole time or check the schedule to catch either a favorite narrator or title you’ve been itching to hear.

 

Home Studio Realities Roundtable

 

Relaxed, but in-depth, come hear what working narrators consider best practices with regard to home production. The discussion is what you make it, but will be sure to include estimating recording time needs; open record vs. punch-in editing costs; using a director; paying for editing as finished-hour vs. hourly; QC estimates & costs; how do royalty or profit shares work; booth rental costs; estimating project times to completion; software settings and adjustments, file formatting and spec sheets; and achieving a good sound environment.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Networking Break -or- Annual Membership Meeting

 

Narrator Track attendees may take this opportunity to have a break between sessions, or they may attend the Annual Membership Meeting.

Non-members may take this opportunity to network with exhibitors.

3:00pm – 4:30pm

The State of Audiobook Narration

 

Knowing how to narrate used to be all we needed to know. Now, we need technical, marketing, and trending knowledge. Facilitator John McElroy will lead the discussion to find out who is hiring for in-studio work, who is hiring for home studio work, who are the new publishers & producers on the block, what are they seeking from narrators (narration, vs. full production, etc.), and how what’s happening in their business may affect us. What genres are most highly produced? Do agents help or hinder? How is social media being used by narrators? EBook apps with audiobooks?

Occuring through out the day:

Director Diagnostics

 

Back by popular demand! Narrators seek face time with industry professionals who screen and work with talent. “Director Diagnostics” pair narrators with industry professionals for a ten minute evaluation session that will affirm your strengths and/or offer suggestions to make your performance more competitive. Participating directors and producers will evaluate your work on several key points of narration benefiting those trying to get in the door and those re-focusing their established style and brand. Selected participants will have 10 minutes to show their stuff and get feedback from one of several notable and award-winning producers/directors. Sessions, spaced conveniently throughout the day, allow narrators to play demo clips or read aloud (2 pieces, 2.5 maximum text length for each).

Please note: Limited pairings are available and will be offered via a lottery. Interested Narrator Track attendees can enter for their chance to be selected for this opportunity via a survey link in your APAC confirmation email. All Narrator Track attendees who have registered for APAC by Monday, April 30 and indicated their interest in the Director Diagnostics will be included in the random drawing for the Director Diagnostic sessions.

4:00pm

Cocktail Reception

   
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Vendors: Be Seen at 2012 APAC

The Audio Publishers Association Conference continues to draw decision- makers from across the audio industry… Don’t miss out on this key opportunity to showcase your products and services to nearly 200 professionals in a friendly and intimate environment.

As in the past, APA plans to create an exciting and fun atmosphere that will have attendees clambering for your attention.

Back by popular demand:

  • Low-cost options to make supporting APAC easy and affordable – there are over 15 different sponsorship opportunities for under $2,500, including sponsorships as low as $200!

  • The Sponsor/Exhibitor Questionnaire – Attendees must answer a question that can only be found by visiting your booth or reading about your sponsorship.

  • Programming designed to interest every attendee.

  • Want to sponsor a part of the program but don’t want to exhibit? We’ll trade your booth space for an additional attendance pass!

  • Want to sponsor a part of the program but don’t want to exhibit and you don’t want to bring additional attendees? We’ll lower the cost!

PLUS: Most sponsorship opportunities includes a website advertisement.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity—sign up now!

Click here to download a copy of the exhibitor/sponsor brochure.

Contact APA Headquarters today for more information and to reserve your booth space!

   
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2012 APAC REGISTRATION FEES:

Member

 

Early Bird (on or before 4/15) – $300

(after 4/15) – $350

Additional Attendee from
Same Company (on or before 4/15) – $250

Additional Attendee from
Same Company (after 4/15) – $300

 

 

Non-Member

 

Early Bird (on or before 4/15) – $400

(after 4/15) – $450

Additional Attendee from
Same Company (on or before 4/15) – $350

Additional Attendee from
Same Company (after 4/15) – $400

 

AUDIOFILE GUIDE LISTING FEE:

Member or Non-Member
AudioFile Guide Talent Listing – $42


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