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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.

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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!

Walter Mayes, School Librarian - Part 2

 
Walter Mayes has had a lot of book jobs ---  he’s worked in a bookstore, at a publishing company and as “Walter the Giant Storyteller” (he’s 6’ 7 1/2’’ tall). For the past 13 years, though, he’s been a school librarian at the Girls' Middle School in Palo Alto, California.

Below you can find the second (and final) part of his REAL TALK Publishing interview, where he talks about popular books in his library right now, a memorable intereaction with a student and advice for aspiring teen librarians. If you missed it, read Part 1, here!

 


Walter Mayes, School Librarian - Part 1

Walter Mayes has had a lot of book jobs ---  he’s worked in a bookstore, at a publishing company and as “Walter the Giant Storyteller” (he’s 6’ 7 1/2’’ tall). For the past 13 years, though, he’s been a school librarian at the Girls' Middle School in Palo Alto, California.

Below you can find the first part of his REAL TALK Publishing interview, where he talks about what makes his library unique,  shares a particularly memorable interaction with a student and explains why listening is actually one of the most important parts of his job.  Make sure to check back next Wednesday, June 25, for part two!


Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher of Random House Children's Division, Part 3

For our third Real Talk Publishing feature, we talked to Barbara Marcus, the President and Publisher of Random House's Children's Division. As the head of the division, Barbara handles ALL things children's books, but she has a special place in her heart for marketing. In fact, she did the marketing campaigns for the Harry Potter series and helped with R.J. Palacio's modern classic, WONDER!

Below you can find the final part of this three-part interview, where Barbara talks about marketing, gives some overall career advice and discusses the best adult books she's recently read. If you missed Part 1 --- where Barbara reveals the part of her job that makes her "heart sing" and how she manages to keep track of all things Random House Children's --- or Part 2 --- where Barbara talks about working on HARRY POTTER and WONDER --- make sure to check those out, too!