All About Audiobooks: Top Ten Questions Finally Answered!

Room 2105, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Attention novice and seasoned writers alike! Discover the answers to the top ten questions about audiobooks. In this workshop we will cover everything from: writing with audio in mind, how to find/hire a narrator (or narrate yourself), pros/cons of various publishing and distribution options, addressing AI in the audiobook industry, understanding the importance of casting diverse narrators, learn current sales data, and gain new marketing tips and resources. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_Audiobooks.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Audiobook_Industry_Terms_and_Definitions.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Audiobook_Industry_Terms_and_Definitions.pdf



Sarah Nessel is an audiobook narrator whose career has also included three decades of copyediting for newspapers, magazines, and independent fiction authors, and a stint as a newspaper columnist. She earned a BA from Drury University and an MS in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Andy is an award-winning, SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator of both fiction and nonfiction books, narrating for traditional and indie publishers. Andy has presented at thirty plus conferences and is a former graduate-level adjunct professor. Andy also writes YA and children's books and serves on DEI committees.

André Santana is an award-winning and Audie-finalist narrator of dozens of titles from contemporary YA to adult science fiction. He's worked with major audiobook publishers including Penguin Random House Audio and Dreamscape Media, and serves as a mentor through the Audio Publishers Association.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center