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Real Talk Publishing: The People Behind the Books

We know you love to read, but have you ever considered working with books as a career? If so, there are tons of options to explore. With this feature, we'll introduce you to book editors, librarians, booksellers, children's literature professors, book cover designers, publicists, professional reviewers and more. Through interviews, guest posts and sometimes sneak peeks inside their offices, we'll take you into their worlds so you can learn about the book industry.

Erin Hennicke, Film Scout - Part 3

Some of our favorite movies were books first, from The Hunger Games to The Godfather. But have you ever wondered how that transition happens? 

Well, it starts with people like Erin Hennicke --- a film scout at Franklin & Siegal Associates. As Erin explains, it's a film scout's job to "cover the publishing waterfront" in New York City --- reading books and magazines and talking to agents to figure out what might make a great movie, and then reporting back to film studios in Los Angeles.

Below you can find the third and final part of our interview with Erin, where she talks about the biggest change since she began as a book scout 14 years ago, the most surprising part of her job and the popular TV series she hated when she read the script.

Click here if you missed Part 1, and here if you missed part 2!  

Erin Hennicke, Film Scout - Part 2

Some of our favorite movies were books first, from The Hunger Games to The Godfather. But have you ever wondered how that transition happens? 

Well, it starts with people like Erin Hennicke --- a film scout at Franklin & Siegal Associates. As Erin explains, it's a film scout's job to "cover the publishing waterfront" in New York City --- reading books and magazines and talking to agents to figure out what might make a great movie, and then reporting back to film studios in Los Angeles.

Below you can find Part 2 of our interview with Erin, where  she talks about how she knows if something would make a good movie or TV show, who she'd cast in every movie if she had the choice and her favorite book-to-screen adaptations.

Click here if you missed Part 1, and be sure to look out for Part 3 next Wednesday, November 19th. 

Erin Hennicke, Film Scout - Part 1

Some of our favorite movies were books first, from The Hunger Games to The Godfather. But have you ever wondered how that transition happens? 

Well, it starts with people like Erin Hennicke --- a film scout at Franklin & Siegal Associates. As Erin explains, it's a film scout's job to "cover the publishing waterfront" in New York City --- reading books and magazines and talking to agents to figure out what might make a great movie, and then reporting back to film studios in Los Angeles.

Read the first section of our three-part interview with Erin, below, where she talks about how she became a scout, what she looks for when reading manuscripts and the New York Magazine article that inspired American Gangster.

 

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May Wuthrich, Audiobook Producer and Director - Part 3

When May Wuthrich accepted her friend’s advice and listened to the audiobook HATCHET by Gary Paulsen and narrated by Peter Coyote while driving from New York City to the Hamptons, she had no idea that it would launch an entirely new phase of her career. “We were hooked from that first book,” she said. “We were listening on a regular basis, and I got inspired.”

Now, almost eight years later, May is an experienced audiobook producer and director, working on books by such acclaimed authors as Rick Riordan, Jacqueline Woodson, Azar Nafisi and Mary Oliver.

Below you can find the final part of May's REAL TALK publishing interview, where she talks about her favorite audiobooks, why an emotional connection to a narrator and book is so important, and what she really thinks about home studios.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our blog post, where we write about what it was like to sit in on one of May's recording sessions (with Mozhan Marnò, who was narrating Azar Nafisi's latest  book THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION). You can also read the earlier parts of our interview with May --- click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2! 

May Wuthrich, Audiobook Producer and Director - Part 2

When May Wuthrich accepted her friend’s advice and listened to the audiobook HATCHET by Gary Paulsen and narrated by Peter Coyote while driving from New York City to the Hamptons, she had no idea that it would launch an entirely new phase of her career. “We were hooked from that first book,” she said. “We were listening on a regular basis, and I got inspired.”

Now, almost eight years later, May is an experienced audiobook producer and director, working on books by such acclaimed authors as Rick Riordan, Jacqueline Woodson, Azar Nafisi and Mary Oliver.

Below you can find the second part of May's REAL TALK publishing interview, where she talks about the audition process for narrators, how she chooses the music at the beginning and end of audiobooks and just how long it actually takes to record a 300-page book.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our blog post, where we write about what it was like to sit in on one of May's recording sessions (with Mozhan Marnò, who was narrating Azar Nafisi's latest  book THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION), and Part 1 of this interview! Part 3 will go live on Wednesday, September 24th

May Wuthrich, Audiobook Producer and Director - Part 1

When May Wuthrich accepted her friend’s advice and listened to the audiobook HATCHET by Gary Paulsen and narrated by Peter Coyote while driving from New York City to the Hamptons, she had no idea that it would launch an entirely new phase of her career. “We were hooked from that first book,” she said. “We were listening on a regular basis, and I got inspired.”

Now, almost eight years later, May is an experienced audiobook producer and director, working on books by such acclaimed authors as Rick Riordan, Jacqueline Woodson, Azar Nafisi and Mary Oliver.

Below you can find the first part of May’s REAL TALK publishing interview, where she discusses the start of her audiobook career, her mentors and how she prepares for recording sessions. Keep an eye out for part 2, which will go live next Wednesday, September 17th!  Also, be sure to check out our blog post, where we write about what it was like to sit in on one of May's recording sessions --- she was directing Mozhan Marnò, who was narrating Azar Nafisi's latest  book THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION!

 

Annie Philbrick, Bookstore Owner - Part 3

When Annie Philbrick was telling the story of Bank Square Books at a panel on store succession, a fellow panelist exclaimed, "To buy a bookstore never having owned one before --- and never having worked in one before! That’s crazy!” Her response? "Yeah!"

Crazy or not, Annie has owned the legendary Mystic, Connecticut bookstore since 2006, and since then has made it even more of a community institution: she's expanded the space, hosted some unforgettable events and made sure her cocker spaniel makes customers feel at home.

Below you can find the third part of Annie's REAL TALK Publishing interview, where she talks about some of her recent favorite books, advises aspiring bookstore owners and talks about the store's amazing recovery from Hurricane Sandy.  If you missed the earlier parts of the interview, read Part 1 here and Part 2, here!

Annie Philbrick, Bookstore Owner - Part 2

When Annie Philbrick was telling the story of Bank Square Books at a panel on store succession, a fellow panelist exclaimed, "To buy a bookstore never having owned one before --- and never having worked in one before! That’s crazy!” Her response? "Yeah!"

Crazy or not, Annie has owned the legendary Mystic, Connecticut bookstore since 2006, and since then has made it even more of a community institution: she's expanded the space, hosted some unforgettable events and made sure her cocker spaniel makes customers feel at home.

Below you can find the second part of Annie's REAL TALK Publishing interview, where she talks about some of her favorite Bank Square Books author events and how Mystic has influenced the store. initial challenges of buying the store. If you missed Part 1, check it out here, and make sure to come back next Wednesday, July 23rd for Part 3!

Annie Philbrick, Bookstore Owner - Part 1

When Annie Philbrick was telling the story of Bank Square Books at a panel on store succession, a fellow panelist exclaimed, "To buy a bookstore never having owned one before --- and never having worked in one before! That’s crazy!” Her response? "Yeah!"

Crazy or not, Annie has owned the legendary Mystic, Connecticut bookstore since 2006, and since then has made it even more of a community institution: she's expanded the space, hosted some unforgettable events and made sure her cocker spaniel makes customers feel at home.

Below you can find the first part of Annie's REAL TALK Publishing interview, where she talks about the initial challenges of buying the store, a memorable customer interaction and how she chooses which books to sell! Make sure to check back next Wednesday, July 16th for Part 2!