In 2010, Greg Lawrence and James Tonn started talking about the impact of the digital revolution on their respective industries – about the rapidly expanding indie economy, and the diminishing role of record labels, publishers, and brick-and-mortar retail.
A partnership took root.
Greg, having graduated from the prestigious Trebas Institute, established himself as one of the foremost audio engineers in neuroscience-based audio products, before designing and building an independent recording studio – from which he produced indie bands and provided voiceover recording and post-production. After a natural transition to audiobook production, Greg has since worked on over 500 audiobooks to date, with over 100 narrators, and become a multi-award winning audiobook producer.
James, having received two international procurement designations, consulted on the strategic spend of public money including a number of multibillion-dollar public-private partnership projects. Along with his understanding of strategic partnerships, he also developed his publishing expertise as an editor of a business magazine that features best-selling authors. James is also a life-long lover of audiobooks and has been the Executive Producer on every one of Podium’s titles.
In July of 2012, after much research and strategic planning, Greg and James launched Podium Publishing, focusing exclusively on audiobooks, with three primary directives:
In less than 2 years from launch, Podium has over 70 audiobooks on the market, has received rave reviews by the industry’s top critics, has been selected as an Audie Award Finalist and is already valued as a seven figure company.
…and that’s just the execution of the foundational plan: Phase 1.
Phase 2 begins now!
We took a risk on an unknown author we believed in. Andy Weir was giving away the ebook for free on his website and selling it for 99 cents on Amazon, purely for reader convenience.
Podium heard a story that needed a voice, and that voice was R.C. Bray. Hailed by many long-time Audible members as easily one of the best combinations of story and narration they had ever heard, the resulting audiobook edition was an immediate hit!
The Martian became the #1 bestselling audiobook in Contemporary Science Fiction on Audible.com – the largest audiobook seller in the world – and was a runner up for Audible’s Best Science Fiction Audiobook of 2013.
The Martian received an Audie nomination, the most prestigious accolade awarded to an audiobook. And it won the Listener’s Choice Award (Best Audiobook of the Year) from the Armchair Audies.
After Podium released the audiobook, we supported Andy Weir in pursuing a major publishing deal for print and ebook editions and almost a year after our audiobook release, Crown Publishing (Random House), released the hardcover print edition in 21 countries. It became a New York Times Bestseller in its first week.
20th Century Fox has optioned the film rights. Ridley Scott has been hired to Produce and Direct it using a screenplay created by Drew Goddard. And guess who is now on board to play the lead role of Mark Watney? Matt Damon!
Needless to say, the author has quit his day job as a computer programmer and is now focused on writing full-time.
An excellent author with a supportive publisher can accomplish great things.
We love to hear from authors, agents, print publishers and listeners, so feel free to use the contact form below. Before you do, please take a moment to understand how our publishing philosophy is unique.
The publishing landscape has drastically changed.
Similar to the recent ebook revolution, the audiobook market is growing exponentially.
And while most publishers are slowly trying to adapt, Podium Publishing is already perfectly positioned – now.
Authors are becoming increasingly well-informed and are taking things into their own hands: growing their platforms, negotiating their own agreements and looking for the earnings they deserve.
So, at Podium Publishing, we do things differently.
We reach out to authors that are a good fit for us, rather than accept author submissions.
We prioritize the author’s interests, which may or may not include working through a literary agent.
We maximize author earnings through royalties, rather than advances.
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