Q&A: Blackstone Audio’s Anne Fonteneau | November 15, 2012

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

With more than 5,000 best-selling and award-winning titles and 40 new releases each month, Blackstone offers contemporary fiction and nonfiction as well as a variety of great classics.

What are some of your biggest sellers?

Defending Jacob by William Landay, No Easy Day by Matt Owen with Kevin Maurer, Raylan by Elmore Leonard, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison, The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens, The Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tessa Harris, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. I, by Mark Twain, and Watership Down by Richard Adams, to name a few.

Our feature “Audiobooks: A Multitasker’s Dream” discussed the challenges facing the audio industry. What’s your take on how the industry can move forward?

The explosion of the digital market in recent years is a testament to the growing popularity of the audio format, audiobooks included, and we will continue to reach a wider demographic as we increase awareness and exposure.

Although the year is almost over (hard to believe), what special releases are still coming from Blackstone and what do we have to look forward to in 2013?

We’ll have numerous top titles coming next year. Examples include The Intercept by Dick Wolf, Margaret from Maine by Joseph Monninger, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. 3, by William Manchester and Paul Reid, By Stone, by Blade, by Fire by Kate Wilhelm, The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, The Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri, Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, For Crew and Country by John Wukovits, Indiscretion by Charles Dubow, Daybreak and Ray of Light, both by Shelley Shepard Gray, The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood, Did You Miss Me by Karen Rose, Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2, by Mark Twain, and I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty.

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