Welcome to the 2022 APAC Online!

Thank you for joining the 2022 APA Conference! This year our annual community gathering will once again be held online. Attendees will once again have several days of content and connections brought right to the comfort and safety of their own space.

Our virtual conference hall will be familiar to those who joined us last year, but attendees will notice that the platform has gotten a refresh — ensuring an even more user-friendly experience as attendees navigate between sessions, visit exhibitor booths, meet colleagues face-to-face, and exchange contact information.

And like last year, an online conference means that we are not bound by the time constraints of a single day! Holding APAC over several days allows attendees to learn and network at a leisurely pace and to balance conference attendance with ongoing work demands. Plus we'll be recording sessions (as panelists permit) and making them available to APAC registrants after the event is over, so no more worries about missing anything.

We are excited for you to experience the 2022 virtual APAC!

Registration Fees: Members: $110 | Non-Members: $210

Cancellation Policy

PRE-CONFERENCE AGENDA

Note all times are Eastern Time Zone

Thursday, February 17

12PM - 2:00PM: APAC 2022 What to Know Before You Go

Executive Director Michele Cobb will be talking with Laura Gachko and Natalie Fedewa (Business Track committee chairs) and Leon Nixon (Production Track committee chair) and Laura Jennings (Meet the Producers coordinator) about all the details of APAC 2022 - Watch the Replay!!

Tuesday, February 22

12PM - 1:30PM: SPEED DATING 1

Click here for eligibility details. Voice Talent members present their skills to Casting Directors and Producers in a 4-minute zoom presentation. This session has limited availability for Voice Talent and is only available for those registering by January 28. Producers and Casting Directors should also select this session when registering.

AVAILABLE AT NOON: PRE-RECORDED TOOLKITS

  • Toolkit 1: Audiobook Tools
    It doesn't matter if you are just getting started in the audiobook world or you are a seasoned professional there are always tools and resources that are available to you that you might not know about or that you have heard about but are not yet clear on how they might help you. This is where our audio toolkit comes in — it is a comprehensive guide to a range of different resources available to Publishers & Authors that can help you discover, promote and sell audiobooks. Listen, reach or watch these guides anytime you please! Thank you to Ali Hammond (Publisher Relations Lead at BookBub) for organizing.
  • Toolkit 2: Audiobook Licensing
    From APAC 2021, a conversation with industry professionals who work the various sectors of the rights chain – audio publisher Tanya Eby (Blunder Woman Productions) and audio rights professional Sean Yule (Knopf Doubleday). Moderated by Jessica Kaye attorney, audiobook producer and distributor, and author of The Guide to Publishing Audiobooks (Writer’s Digest Books, 2019).

    From APA seminar, September 15, 2021, titled Audiobook Rights and How They Are Changing. A conversation with industry professionals who work the various sections of the rights chain. In the world where audio continues to grow, what has changed in the audiobook acquisition process and how can we prepare for the future? Panel included Ann Richardson, narrator/publisher of Great Plains Audiobooks; Michele Cobb, audio publisher and Executive Director of the APA a and moderator Jessica Kaye, attorney, author and audiobook producer and distributor.

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Thursday, February 24

1:30PM - 3PM MEET THE PRODUCERS
Click here for eligibility details. Formerly called Director Diagnostics, Meet the Producers is an opportunity for Voice Talent to meet with and be evaluated by Casting Directors and Producers. This session is only available for those registering by January 28. Producers and Casting Directors should also select this session when registering.

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Monday, February 28

12PM - 2PM: NEW NARRATOR MEMBER WELCOME (sponsored by Learning Ally)

New members and their ambassadors will meet and chat face-to-face in this pre-APAC social set up just for new VT members. This event is by invitation only. Registered Voice Talent attendees who joined APA since the last APAC will be invited to this social. Invitations will be sent via email in the last week of February.

Tuesday, March 1

Note all times are Eastern Time Zone

10:30AM - 11AM: WELCOME & ASK ME ANYTHING!
Please join APAC Production Track Committee Chair, narrator Leon Nixon, as we kick off today with this casual chat and Q&A with you!

11AM - 12PM: VIRTUAL NETWORKING DOs & DONTs
production

Networking can be hard, but it's an essential part of finding success in audiobooks. Designed for introverts and extroverts alike, this session will run through numerous tips and tricks to get the most value out of your online networking during and after APAC. You’ll also learn how to use authentic and dynamic networking strategies to meet new people, earn new business, and sell more audiobooks. The session will end with breakout groups to discuss networking strategies and create new contacts!

Key Takeaways:

  • Attendees will understand what networking is - it is meeting people and engaging them to form a relationship.
  • Attendees will learn skills and tactics to create connection, conversations, and mutually beneficial relationships. They will be able to practice applying these to discover what tactics work best for them.
  • Attendees will learn how to prepare and perfect their elevator pitch when in networking situations.

1PM - 2PM: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Todd Dewett
brings his leadership expertise to the APAC stage to discuss the importance of authenticity and adaptation when faced with change. As the audio industry faces emerging technology, international markets, and business models, Dewett will walk the audience through how to lead teams, both big and small, and even yourself through periods of transformation.

2:30PM - 4PM: BUILDING YOUR BEST BOOTH: HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR RECORDING SPACE FOR QUALITY
production

In this session, attendees will explore with a panel of engineers how to optimize their recording space to get the best sound. Specialists in this field will show proper pop filter/microphone placement and sound treatment options, as well as go over different DAWs, waveform patterns and a sample recording with a live demonstration. Studio engineers will give their advice on mastering, engineering tips, what is expected from home narrators who self-direct and those who work with a publisher.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • Actionable ideas to improve their existing recording space.
  • An expanded knowledge and vocabulary of booth acoustics.
  • A better understanding of acoustic materials.
  • Having learned how all of these factors affect their mastering on the backend of production.

4:15PM - 5:15PM: COLLABORATION IN THE ONLINE WORLD OF AUDIOBOOKS
production

Curious about how multicast audiobooks get produced? Have you participated in a multicast production and felt like you needed to up your game? Are you just looking for a better way to communicate with your publishing clients? Follow along with other industry professionals as they walk through their multicast production process through the lens of three different online collaboration tools: Airtable, Google Drive, iAnnotate, and Dropbox file organization.

Folks from all corners of the audiobook world will leave with:

  • A better understanding of multicast audiobook productions.
  • New ideas of how to collaborate with fellow content producers.
  • Examples of online tools that ease the collaboration process.

4:15PM - 5:15PM: ALL THINGS EAR: THE CONVERGENCE OF AUDIOBOOKS, PODCASTS, AND MORE

business
This session aims to provide an in-depth look at how the listening landscape is changing. A race to become the home to “all things ear” is upon us as platforms like Spotify and Sirius XM begin offering a mix of music, podcasts, and audiobooks. Platforms are also competing by producing their own exclusive original content. Audiobook publishers need to prepare for how such a shift will affect everything from how audiobooks are produced to the new revenue models that will inevitably come from bundled services. Listen to industry experts who are close to this market evolution discuss and debate when this shift may occur, how big of an impact it will make, and how best to prepare for it.

Wednesday, March 2

Note all times are Eastern Time Zone

11AM - 12:30AM: HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND, HEALTHY NARRATOR
production

Narrating can be a grind. In this session, health professionals and/or knowledgeable narrators will run through key tips, tricks, and strategies to get your body healthy and your mind right for those long recording sessions. You’ll come away from this session with resources to turn to in troubled times and the information you’ll need to design a comprehensive physical and mental health program that works for you.

Key Takeaways:

  • Attendees will understand what works for one narrator won’t necessarily work for another and will come away with tools to allow them to build a program that works over the long term to meet their physical, mental, and vocal health needs.
  • Attendees will learn strategies and tactics to get through tough times, warning signs to watch for, and how to change their plan to meet changing health concerns. This will include small breakout groups to practice some of these strategies and tactics (e.g. stretches, meditation, and posture).
  • Attendees will know where to access ongoing resources for education, improvement, and application. Attendees will be given a narrator specific resource package to take away from the session.

11:00AM - 12:30PM: MEET THE PRESS: A SPEED DATING SESSION FOR PUBLISHERS AND THE MEDIA
business

Pitch your buzziest upcoming audiobook titles directly to the media. Sign up to meet face-to-face with a writer or editor who covers audio; register for APAC early — spaces will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. This session will feature national media outlets that cover audiobooks, and give publishers the chance to talk up their exciting releases, casting news, and audio extras.

Publishers: select this session when you register; if all spaces have been reserved, you will no longer be able to register for this session.

1PM - 2:30PM: AI — DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY OR TECHNOLOGY TO EMBRACE?
business

Artificial intelligence (AI) is having a transformative effect on a huge range of industries, and the world of media and entertainment is no exception. In this session we will explore the questions: What role is AI currently playing with the audio industry; How is the growing trend likely to develop in the future; and How can audio professionals prepare to deal with the AI revolution.

This session will be presented in two parts:

PART A: 1PM - 1:45PM
Beginning with an overview of how AI is currently being used In the audio industry around the world, three companies currently providing services that use AI will discuss what they are doing as well as predications as to where they think the technology will be heading in the future

PART B: 2PM - 2:30PM
Point and Counterpoint: two audio publishers will discuss opposite viewpoints – one on the importance of the human in audiobooks and the other on how they are currently using AI to enhance their publishing process.

2:30PM - 4:00PM: FINDING YOUR WHY! AUTHENTICITY IN SOCIAL MEDIA
production

Social media is a key part of your marketing toolkit. In this session, you'll hear directly from narrators and publishers who stand out on different social media platforms and understand how they established their online persona and social strategy. You’ll also learn the key information for each social media platform, understand how you can define your personal brand, and how to apply these to your day-to-day social media posts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Attendees will have the confidence to delve into social media by being informed about different social media platforms, including:
    • What are the different platforms and what are they good for?
    • What is the audience on each different platform?
    • Social media is a 2-way street, users can learn where to find relevant information.
  • Attendees will learn strategies and processes for how to define their social media persona and how to stay authentic to that persona.
  • Attendees will understand that there is no one way to succeed in social media, and this session will give attendees the tools to find out what strategies work for them and how to continually assess those strategies.

4PM - 5:15PM: BEYOND AUDIOBOOKS: HOW YOUR CURRENT CAREER CAN OPEN DOORS
production

Are you interested in expanding your career beyond audiobook narration? Join industry leaders as they examine how to successfully transition into other aspects of the business including audiobook production, coaching, writing, audio description, and podcasting. Find out which path might be right for you and the best way to break into the field. After the discussion, choose which professions you’d like to learn more about and join that panelist for additional tips and focused Q&A sessions.

In this session, attendees will learn about new narration-adjacent careers in the publishing and media industries, meet professionals who have successfully expanded into these fields, and have an opportunity to ask questions about these other careers.

Thursday, March 3

Note all times are Eastern Time Zone

11AM - 12:15PM: SO YOU WANT TO BE A NARRATOR? THE BUSINESS OF NARRATING
production

In this masterclass, we will address the fundamental skills of treating your narrating career as a business. Featuring three seasoned pros who have taken their voiceover job full time, we'll explore

  • Basic productivity tips from seasoned professional coaches
  • Road markers for transitioning from part time to full time
  • Scheduling considerations as your calendar begins to fill up
  • Key relationships that will cement your success

11AM - 12PM: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS AUDIO GOING? FOCUS ON ASIA
business

This session's focus is to highlight top Asian countries where there is interest for audiobooks in English. China and India have been previously covered therefore this session will focus on Korea, Japan and another major country (countries of focus subject to change based on further research). At this point the main questions to address during the session will be:

  • Overall market focus (regional likes, dislikes)
  • Preferred Genres
  • Size of market (including gender split, etc)
  • Opportunities for English
  • Companies to contact if interested in entering any specific country.

1:30PM - 2:30PM: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE AUDIOBOOK INDUSTRY
business

The publishing industry, just like so many any other industries, is taking a serious look at itself in the mirror. The question of whether we are doing enough to make sure to honor diversity, equity, and inclusion in all things related to storytelling is upon us. How can we in the audiobook world make sure we are playing our part? A panel of engaged industry experts discuss how everyone who touches audiobooks, from the editors and licensing professionals and the studio and casting side to the marketers and merchandizers, can make a deliberate and conscious effort to ensure inclusion and representation every step of the way.

3:00PM - 4:30PM: THE PROFESSIONAL EAR
production

The traditional Listeners Lounge is now an active learning experience focused on technique, and the elements of great storytelling. Catherine Ho, Graham Halstead, and Billie Fulford-Brown will perform live narration with directorial coaching from Nick Martorelli (Penguin Random House Audio), Lisa Cahn (Hachette Audio), and Alison Larkin. Through this process they will explore script interpretation and ways to elevate the text. Sophie Amoss and Matthew Lloyd Davies will moderate this session; there will be time for audience Q&A at the end.

5PM - 7PM: NETWORKING SOCIAL (sponsored by Pozotron)
Pop in whenever your schedule allows, or stay for the entire time!

POST-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

Note all times are Eastern Time Zone

Friday, March 4

SPEED DATING 2
12PM - 1:30PM ET:
Voice Talent members present their skills to Casting Directors and Producers in a 4-minute zoom presentation. This session has limited availability for Voice Talent and is only available for those registering by January 28. Producers and Casting Directors should also select this session when registering.

Friday, March 11

SPEED DATING 3
12PM - 1:30PM ET: Voice Talent members present their skills to Casting Directors and Producers in a 4-minute zoom presentation. This session has limited availability for Voice Talent and is only available for those registering by January 28. Producers and Casting Directors should also select this session when registering.