Education for Southern California’s Independent Publishers



AUDIOBOOKS: How to Make and Sell Them

7:00 PM

(If you miss the panel, the recording will be available by May 25 or before.  See our PROGRAMS and RECORDINGS page)

According to the Wall Street Journal, audiobooks are the fastest growing format in publishing today. With smartphones and digital downloads, audiobooks offer book buyers easy access and convenience.

This month’s panel will walk you through the steps of publishing an audiobook today. A narrator, an audiobook publisher, and an author/recording studio cofounder will share their insider insights and tips for making quality products.

Join us and consider how your books could be adapted for this hot market. Our speakers will address the following topics and more:

– How to publish through the Amazon-owned ACX audiobook service
– How to choose and work with a narrator
– When to consider doing the narration yourself as an author/publisher
– How the production process works at an audiobook publisher
– How to work with an independent recording studio
– Where and how audiobooks are distributed
– How to promote audiobooks

 APRIL SUGARMAN is a professional narrator/audiobook producer with Amazon’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). Her projects include the Adult Romance Renaissance of the Heart. An accomplished SAG actress, April decided to channel her creative energies into audiobooks after taking time off to raise her two children. She is also involved with Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization that provides dyslexia support via audiobooks.



 ANDRE STOJKA has enjoyed a full-time career as a voiceover actor for over 35 years. He can currently be heard as the voice of the Owl in much of the Winnie the Pooh franchise. Six years ago, Andre and his wife, Leslie, decided to combine their interest in history with his acting, writing, and production abilities and form an audiobook company, Listen2Read. Their first series, The American Adventure Library, now consists of 16 audiobooks of American history available for download at Audible, iTunes, Barnes and Noble,, and more.



 TONY PERESLETE is cofounder of Runkee Productions, an audio recording studio in Culver City. Under the name William Anthony, he is also the author of the Young Adult Sci-Fi Adventure trilogy I Am Fire and Air, Shadows and Crosswinds, and Anthems. Currently in the works is his forthcoming series, The Case Files of Belliver Holmes, to be released first as a radio serial and later in book form.



book coach and editor, has provided editorial support to the independent publishing community for over 25 years. She specializes in uplifting memoir and self-help nonfiction. She also regularly produces and moderates panels for publishers and writers groups in the Los Angeles area.






TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Corner of Overland & Culver. Parking is free on site. The parking entrance is on Culver. The PALA sign will be on the meeting room door. NOTE: Wear layered clothing. The room is usually comfortable, but the temperature may vary.

COST: $5 for PALA members; $10.00 for IWOSC members, $15.00 for nonmembers. See “Reservation/Paymentjust below this notice. Click the arrow on the right of the payment list and choose either “PALA Member,” “IWOSC Member,” or Non-Member.” Then click on “BUY NOW” to be taken to the payment page. Advance admission can be purchased until the day before the program with PayPal (BELOW).

QUESTIONS: Contact Sharon Goldinger, PALA Vice President,, 949-581-6190.

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