JIAM2012 Behind the Scenes Interview #4
Traci Cothran, who works in Sales for AudioGo, said, “everyone forgets us ornery salespeople!” But I suppose we forget them at our peril
TC: Full of paper, but my smiley face light-up pen and New Orleans trolley car ornament are always in sight to inspire.
KW: How did you end up working in the audiobook industry?
TC: I was a book editor, audiobook editor, audiobook club editor, and now an audiobook salesperson, and I’ve loved each challenge.
KW: What was your major in college?
TC: Political Science (English minor), but loving the theory doesn’t get one far in real life politics.
KW: What’s your pet peeve?
TC: When people say, “Listening to audiobooks isn’t reading.” I mean, seriously people? Then what is it? Even my daughter’s teacher told the class that listening was “cheating.” This drives me to drink.
KW: I don’t get that either! Are you able to listen to audiobooks while you’re working?
TC: I can sample while working, but I just can’t concentrate to follow a plot while simultaneously answering 8,000 emails. But I do bulk listening while I’m painting walls – it helps pass the time wonderfully and ensures I don’t rush the job too much.
TC: Mystery/Thriller. Current narrator crush: Simon Vance, reading almost anything but particularly my favorite character of late, Charlie from The Good Thief’s Guide Series, by Chris Ewan. I am also digging Peter Berkrot’s narrations – his Lassiter by Paul Levine, Mortal Terror by James Benn, and The Comedy is Finished by Donald Westlake all rock.
Tip: If you ever hear a salesperson talking about another publisher’s audiobook, listen up – because it must be great. In support of the audio industry as a whole, I will share that this past year I’ve really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, read by the fantastic Kate Rudd – Great book – superb narration. And Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton – this book is exactly why I love audio: I never would’ve gotten through the print version, but just fell in love with it as spoken word.
KW: Anything else you’d like to share?
Job Hazard in dealing with BBC properties: BIG Doctor Who fan – Matt Smith, and the vintage Tom Baker. Favorite episode: Vincent and the Doctor – absolutely extraordinary. And now I am on my way to becoming slightly obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch in the Sherlock series.
- Audiobook Events for June Is Audiobook Month (karenwhiteaudiobooks.com)