"The World's Foremost AudioBooks Narrator"

On November 5, 2001, Frank Muller was in a very serious motorcycle accident near Los Angeles, California. He sustained multiple fractures, lacerations and abrasions, and went into cardiac arrest three times. He also suffered severe head trauma, which was subsequently diagnosed as Diffuse Axonal Injury. Although he is recovering from most of his other injuries, and has made some neurological progress as well, the prognosis for Diffuse Axonal Injury is bleak. The extent and nature of his recovery will likely become apparent in the first six to twelve months from the time of the accident. It is unknown at this time if he will be able to resume his professional career.

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AUDIOBOOK NEWS: APA Jumpstarts 2002 with Exciting Conferences; Frank Muller Benefit

1st Annual Rights Conference, 2nd Annual Buyers' Conference, and3rd Annual Audiobook Job Market set for February
1st ANNUAL AUDIOBOOK RIGHTS CONFERENCE

The first conference of its kind, this year's Audiobook Rights Conference will take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at the Hudson Hotel in New York City. Designed as an easy, efficient way for publishers and rights sellers to meet without having to trek to a myriad of offices, the Rights Conference also gives publishers the opportunity to forge new relationships with rights holders and be exposed to the wide array of potential buys.

Only 35 publishers and 35 sellers will be permitted to attend this conference in order to maximize its effectiveness. Preference will be given to APA members. There will be 3 sessions of comprehensive, face-to-face meetings between publishers and right sellers. The day will conclude with a live auction of the top four or five available audio rights - the first of its kind in audiobook publishing.

For more information about this exciting new event, please call Beth Baxter at 847.562.9516.

2nd ANNUAL AUDIOBOOK BUYERS CONFERENCE

In an effort to increase audiobook sales by improving communications between audiobook buyers and publishers, the APA is again hosting the Audiobook Buyers Conference in Las Vegas February 27 - March 1, 2002. Buyers and publishers will meet to exchange sales ideas, solve marketing issues, and cultivate business relationships. Publishers will also have the opportunity to present new titles and upcoming promotions to the buyers. The top buyers will be present as well as many of the APA's publisher members.

More information about this event will be available shortly. Please call Beth Baxter at 847.562.9516 with any questions.

3rd ANNUAL AUDIOBOOK JOB MARKET

Riding on the overwhelming success of the past two Audiobook Job Markets (JAM), the 3rd Annual Audiobook Job Market is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2002 at the Hudson Hotel in New York City. JAM provides a unique opportunity for potential audiobook narrators to interact with and to perform for audiobook publishers.

The conference is divided into two sections. In the morning of the conference, each talent participant will have approximately 5 minutes to perform a piece that shows off both his/her narrative and "voices" ability for the publishers assembled. Then following an all-conference lunch, the afternoon session consists of individual, face-to-face meetings between voice talent and audiobook publishers.

Last year, 90% of the publishers and producers attending had hired directly from JAM within three months. In fact, one talented actor landed a job for the Monday following the conference. This year 18 publishers are expected to attend. For more information, please call Beth Baxter at 847.562.9516 or Patricia Snyder at 518.274.3200.

As a reminder:
Audiobook Rights Conference February 6, 2002, Hudson Hotel, NYC
Audiobook Job Market February 7, 2002, Hudson Hotel, NYC
Audiobook Buyers' Conference Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2002, Las Vegas

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The APA is a not-for-profit trade organization consisting of over 200 member companies including publishers, resellers, distributors, and suppliers along with other industries related to the production, promotion, and sale of audiobooks. The mandate of the APA is to deal with the concerns of the industry; assure the ongoing production of high quality products; to initiate research and the distribution of relevant data; and to nurture solid relationships among the consumers, the reseller, and the industry itself.

For the latest information about the Audio Publishers Association please visit www.audiopub.org Bestselling Authors to Hold Benefit for Injured Audio Narrator

On Saturday, February 2, Stephen King, Pat Conroy, John Grisham and Peter Straub will participate in readings, talks and book signings to honor renowned audiobook narrator Frank Muller. The benefit, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, The Wavedancer Foundation, and others, begins at 8:00 pm at Town Hall in New York City.

An actor and prolific, award-winning audiobook performer, Muller sustained debilitating injuries, including severe head trauma, in a motorcycle accident last November. He is recovering, but it is unknown if he will be able to resume his professional career. All proceeds from the Town Hall performance are earmarked for the Frank Muller Fund, part of the newly formed Wavedancer Foundation, which has been established to assist disabled performers, writers and members of the production community. Monies from the Frank Muller Fund will provide immediate aid to Muller and his family.

Tickets to the benefit range from $50-$500 and are on sale at the Town Hall box office as well as Ticketmaster. More information on ticket sales is available via e-mail to mullerbenefit@aol.com. In addition, cash donations may be sent to: The Wavedancer Foundation, c/o John McElroy, Director, 44 Kane Avenue, Larchmont, N.Y. 10538.


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