Quarterly Blog: Anthologies and Representation

QUARTERLY BLOG: ANTHOLOGIES AND REPRESENTATION

The value of anthologies over single author books is interesting to consider. The obvious consequence of creating an anthology is that a wider cross-section of insights are represented, whether they be present in poems, short stories or essays. Of course the editor will have curated the pieces present in an anthology, so the over-riding theme is moulded by one person in this way. Nevertheless the anthology can be a very effective way of exhibiting the works, and therefore lived experiences, of a wide range of people.

In the past few months we have found ourselves … Read More >

Quarterly Blog: Poetry

QUARTERLY BLOG: POETRY

October 4th was National Poetry Day 2018, which came at a time of a huge resurgence of poetry writing and consumption in the UK. Poetry book sales have seen a 42% increase over the last 5 years which can only mean that the appreciation of poetry is booming in the UK. Even more encouraging is that the poetry market and poets themselves are diversifying – 1.4 million adults wrote poetry in 2015–16.  In other words, this medium is reaching, and voicing the experiences of an ever-expanding section of society. This has absolutely been reflected in our output … Read More >

Quarterly Blog: Alternative Audio

QUARTERLY BLOG: ALTERNATIVE AUDIO

In the last blog, I mentioned that Strathmore’s output has increased not only in quantity, but also in variety. This trend has continued over the first half of 2018 and, while audiobooks are still very much our bread-and-butter, we have branched out into other kinds of audio recording. From interviews, to podcasts, to apps, Strathmore has been developing a range of new skills and pondering the questions and challenges that come with them: How long will a listener be willing to stay for a bonus feature at the end of an audiobook? What are the differences … Read More >

Quarterly Blog: Heard And Not Seen

QUARTERLY BLOG: HEARD AND NOT SEEN

The second half of 2017 has been some of the busiest months that Strathmore has seen. Not only have we upped the quantity of spoken word that we are producing, but the diversity of it as well – from nursery rhymes to apps to medical instruction videos. And, of course, our production of good old-fashioned audiobooks is flourishing as well. In fact, this trend can be seen throughout the audio publishing industry as a whole (up 28.2% year on year). People seem keener than ever to get their ears around a good story, and … Read More >

Quarterly Blog: Who Speaks For Whom?

QUARTERLY BLOG: WHO SPEAKS FOR WHOM?

In 2015 and 2016 we recorded the vlogger Carrie-Hope Fletcher for her books All I Know Now and On The Other Side, published by Little Brown. For Hachette Children’s, we were delighted to produce YouTuber Hannah Witton’s debut foray into audiobooks, Doing It, an educational and entertaining guide to the world of sex and relationships. As with Carrie’s book, it is refreshing to produce material that treats its young audience with intelligence, and is able to inform with the benefit of experience. Putting vloggers on audiobooks helps engage an audience – … Read More >

Honest Pretence

HONEST PRETENCE

This article was originally published in the Publisher’s Weekly/BookBrunch London Book Show Daily, 16 March 2017.

In his preface to Pygmalion (a story perhaps better known to some as My Fair Lady), George Bernard Shaw avers that “It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.” He was writing in 1912 (forgive his lack of inclusive language; we know he meant ‘man or woman’). That work may be the best known example where speech-based prejudice is at the centre of the story, but the idea is apparent … Read More >

Quarterly Blog: The World Of Audio, And The Audio Of The World

QUARTERLY BLOG: THE WORLD OF AUDIO, AND THE AUDIO OF THE WORLD

The past few months have been some of our busiest in recent memory, with both of our studios being put to use on almost every day of 2017 so far. Recently we have completed one of our most complex productions, that of the masterful Istanbul: A Tale Of Three Cities, written and read by Bettany Hughes. Bettany’s book, published by Orion, is full of digressive nuggets of detail, and possesses a truly global scope spreading out from the crossroads of the world.… Read More >

Andrew Sachs

ANDREW SACHS INTERVIEW

The late Andrew Sachs (1930–2016) is best known to the general public as Manuel, but he was a key player of the audiobook industry over thirty or more years. In January 2010, after he recorded Simon Sebag-Montefiore’s monumental Jerusalem, he stayed on in the studio to talk to Nicholas Jones about his work. The interview was recorded in anticipation of an audio industry website that never happened, so this interview was filed away in the archives and has never been heard. We rediscovered it recently, and release it now in honour of the memory of this brilliant … Read More >

Authors On Audio

AUTHORS ON AUDIO

During the past week we have been recording The Gilded Cage, the first title in Vic James’ Dark Gifts trilogy. In addition to our reader, Avita Jay, and producer, Leo Whetter, Vic herself was able to join us for two of the studio days, drawing upon her experiences to pen a thoughtful blog post about the process. 

Alongside Vic’s insight into the pronunciations, directions, and the spine-tingling feeling of hearing words brought to life which all comprise a good audiobook recording, we’ve compiled some other pieces from our archives of authors blogging about hearing their words … Read More >