Q&A with Hachette Audio VP Anthony Goff

A little background on yourselves. Do you specialize in any genre, or do you release titles across the board?

Hachette Audio publishes titles across a wide spectrum. There’s truly something for everybody to enjoy each season of the year.

What are some of your biggest sellers?

Our best-selling audiobooks include blockbusters from James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Brad Meltzer, Malcolm Gladwell, David Sedaris, Elin Hilderbrand, David Foster Wallace, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, John C. Maxwell, Ted Dekker, Laini Taylor, Lois Duncan, Iain M. Banks, Gail Carriger, and Brent Weeks, to name a few across Hachette Book Group’s various divisions.

We also publish an array of best sellers from some of the greatest celebrity personalities, including Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey [Fey’s Bossypants recently snagged Audie Awards for Biography/Memoir and the much-coveted Audiobook of the Year], Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Moore, Dan Rather, Julie Andrews, Chris Colfer, Chelsea Handler, Roger Ebert, Keith Richards, Carole King, and more.

Our recent feature “Audiobooks: A Multitasker’s Dream” (LJ 4/1/12) discussed the challenges facing the audio industry. What’s your take on how the industry can move forward?

Coming out of this year’s BookExpo America and Audio Publishers Association Conference, I am confident that Hachette Audio as well as many of our colleagues at other houses are very actively trying to continue to gain ground on the good progress that has been made over the years in our industry.

Our goal is to produce more titles that make the most sense, be very efficient and economical where needed, offer something for everyone to enjoy, and never stop spreading the word!

There is so much you can do with audio in terms of growth, both professionally and personally. Nobody seems to have any spare time these days, which lends itself well to multitasking with audiobooks, so we’re grateful to everyone helping to get the word out about the positive benefits of listening to your favorite books, authors, and narrators in your daily routine.

Although the year is more than half over, what special releases are still coming from Hachette?

Hachette has quite the list to round out 2012. Coming off of a summer featuring stars like Elton John (Love Is the Cure) and Chris Colfer (The Land of Stories), as well as some new stars to our list including Mathew Quirk (The 500) and Liza Klaussmann (Tigers in Red Weather), we have in the pipeline a virtual Who’s Who in best sellers with new titles by Sandra Brown, James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Joel Osteen, Stephen Colbert, Rhoda Janzen, Wm. Paul Young, Emma Donoghue, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, The Onion, Michael Bolton, and much more—an embarrassment of riches that I am quite proud to have the opportunity to [produce].

Some other fall 2012 highlights: Lemony Snicket (Who Could That Be at This Hour?), Tom Wolfe (Back to Blood), and J.K. Rowling (The Casual Vacancy). This will be a wild and unforgettable ride. I can’t wait.—Michael Rogers

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