Work with 750+ authors and 450+ narrators
Library of over 3,000 titles
Audie Award for Best Science Fiction Audiobook (The Martian)
16 Audie Award and 21 Voice Arts Awards wins and nominations
Partnered with beloved and award-winning narrators in top genres through AudioCollab
Podium is an audio-first entertainment company dedicated to developing the careers of emerging, independent storytellers and best-selling authors.
Podium finances, develops, produces and distributes immersive audio content globally with a particular emphasis on the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance. Podium gained international notice for turning once unknown author Andy Weir’s e-book The Martian into one of the most successful audiobooks in the world; today the company is an industry leader in its core genres and has been a pioneer in bringing the popular sub-genres of Gamelit, LitRPG, Progression Fantasy, Wuxia and Xianxia to the fore.
In addition to Science Fiction and Fantasy, Podium also publishes mystery, thriller, young adult, and non-fiction. Recently, Podium has expanded into the ebook market to provide a comprehensive publishing solution to its authors. Internationally, Podium has partnered with European publisher Saga Egmont to translate and produce select titles in myriad non-English languages. Podium is also focused on developing top IP into film and television properties and is represented by global entertainment agency William Morris Endeavor.
Most recently, Podium launched AudioCollab, a groundbreaking venture that elevates the most sought-after voice actors working in the audiobook publishing space through multi-year, guaranteed personal contracts in addition to providing resources to develop each voice artists’ social media footprint and fan following.
We are thrilled to be partnered with some of the top creators in modern audio storytelling.
Independent audiobook publishing is core to the DNA of our company: while we do consider submissions from literary agents and managers, we’re proud that the vast majority of our title acquisitions are independently published by extraordinarily talented authors through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.
Therefore, if you are new to us and would like to have your work or manuscript considered for publication by Podium, we recommend that you first publish your book on Kindle, then submit it to us through the author form below.
Similarly, while we do work with select talent agents and managers, we also enthusiastically partner with performers directly. We’re always looking for new, professional audiobook performers: if you’d like to submit a link to your website or sample page, please do so through the narrator form below.
Alicia is writer and editor making her transition into the publishing world. Prior to joining Podium, she worked for a book and pop culture website and reviewed manuscripts for a small press in Washington. She also has experience in litigation and even dabbled in the entertainment world as a production assistant.
Nicole is a growth marketing leader whose background spans entertainment and e-commerce. Before joining Podium she won various media awards working for clients such as Hulu and Sony Pictures, as well as the title of Cannes Young Lion. She received her MBA from LMU (go LIONS!) and is also a proud mentor for LMU’s undergraduate marketing program, The M-School.
Nazila keeps the CEO and the rest of the Podium Audio team organized with the internal processes and procedures to help achieve our business goals and objectives of the day. She is dedicated, highly-motivated, and a results-driven professional. Prior to joining Podium, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Motor Trend, and also worked as a Human Resources Administrator and Executive Assistant to the CFO and Sr. VP at Cetera Financial Group.
Prior to joining Podium in 2020, Alyssa worked for Bike City Theatre Company as a stage/production manager, director, playwright, and casting assistant. In the audio world, Alyssa has developed several original radio dramas, and is now thrilled to jump into audiobooks, the perfect combination of bibliophilia and drama.
Stephanie Cicatiello is an award-winning audio engineer and audiobook producer with a decade’s experience creating dynamic audiobook productions for high-profile authors. After focusing on end-to-end audiobook production at Common Mode, Inc and Hachette Book Group, Stephanie is excited to be Podium’s Casting Director. She’s passionate about achieving the perfect narration to capture each author’s creative vision and voice. When not casting, Stephanie can be found ballroom dancing or volunteering with New York Cares.
Jessica Cordner joined the Podium team in 2014 when the company was still in its infancy. Starting off in a multi-capacity role, Jessica soon became Podium's first point of contact for all things finance.
Julie Constantine joined the Podium author relations team after 5 years in visual arts publishing. Most recently as Sales Manager for Phaidon Press she oversaw key trade and wholesale accounts in NYC and the northeast. Prior to that she managed PR and marketing strategies for TASCHEN America. She still can't quite believe she now works for a company where her love of sci-fi and fantasy is considered a valuable skill.
Emily Derr has been at the heart of Podium since its inception, cutting her teeth in the indie audiobook publishing world as a proofer, production coordinator, and producer. She's produced several nominated and award-winning audiobooks at Podium and has helped grow the company from it's small-but-mighty start into the thriving member of the audio community it is today.
At his core, Scott is an operator with a successful track record of building organizations from the ground up. Over the past 25 years, he has become an industry leading CEO with four consecutive successful exits across media, consumer products, event entertainment and sports operating in both in the private equity and public sectors. The four exits delivered aggregate enterprise value of over $700mm. In 2019, Scott partnered with Presidio Investors to take the helm as the CEO of Podium Audio. Prior to Podium, Scott was the CEO of The Enthusiast Network (TEN), now Motor Trend Group which he reorganized and ultimately sold to Discovery Communications. Scott has also been the President & CEO of the Competitor Group, Transworld Media and K2 Licensing. Earlier in his career he held executive positions at the NBA and the Walt Disney Company.
Cassondra is an integral part of Podium's stellar production team. She works behind the scenes (where the magic happens) to bring excellent titles to life and straight into your speakers. She has a background working with some of the best indie-publishers and authors across the globe. Reach out to her for the hottest audio romance recommendations or newest developments in the podcasting world.
As a Production Associate, Marina works closely with our amazing producers to ensure every Podium title released is ready to reach the stars. She has previously worked at Rakuten Kobo as an integral part of its indie platform KWL, and in Publicity at Penguin Canada. Marina is also a co-founder of BIPOC of Publishing Canada, a non-profit collective, and freelances in translation and sensitivity reading. Marina devours romance and mystery books, and has a soft spot for a good HGTV renovation show.
Kyle Gerien is an innovative media professional with an extensive background in entertainment and marketing. Prior to joining Podium in 2022, Kyle served as Associate Producer of On-Air Promotions for the Emmy award-winning, “Rachael Ray Show.” She is thrilled to devote her unique experience as Partner Marketing Associate, while together discovering what’s next for Podium and the ever-evolving universe of audiobooks.
Victoria Gerken has welcomed independent authors into the Podium family since since 2016. She previously worked with authors in traditional publishing roles - at Random House and Alfred A. Knopf - where she was a publicist and sold subsidiary rights. She got her first taste of entrepreneurship in publishing as the founder of the Random House Speakers Bureau.
Hannah has been in audiobook production for almost a decade. Prior to her work on the production team at Podium, she was a free-lance executive assistant and content creator for small businesses, she worked in the real estate industry for many years, and also has an extensive background in the arts.
Emily works as the Distribution Associate at Podium. She received a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from Centennial College and previously worked as the Digital and Design assistant at Coach House Books in Toronto. Her bulldog Balthazar is 90% of her personality.
Cassie Hanjian is a publishing professional with over a decade of experience in author relations, client development, and talent scouting. Prior to joining Podium, Cassie served as Director of West Wind Literary Scouting and worked as a literary agent for bestselling authors at DeFiore & Company and Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Having focused on commercial fiction and nonfiction for the majority of her career, Cassie is thrilled to bring her experience to the Podium team.
Mike joins the Podium team with 20 years of experience in the audio industry and eight years specializing in audiobooks. He has mastered, recorded, and edited hundreds of titles, including many award winners and nominees. He’s dedicated to making sure your audiobook sounds amazing.
Visionary co-founder, publisher, producer, and former CEO of Podium Publishing, specializing in peer-to-peer market strategy and monetization of independent ideation.
Kandis started out in the audio industry in 2016. She has had many roles in the audiobook world; editor, director, recording engineer, studio manager, and mastering engineer. She has worked on hundreds of audiobooks and continues to have a passion for mastering. She enjoys listening to the talented narrators bring these books to life. Her favorite genre of books are fantasy and romance. In her free time, she is either spending time with her 17 year old son, crocheting, or teaching tricks to either her cats or puppy.
Tamara Marston's three-decade career as a Stage, Music, and Choral Director and performer led her to the audiobook industry as a narrator in 2008. While working with Bee Audio from 2009-2013, she was additionally responsible for Engineering and Narrator Training at their studios, and served as the Casting Director from 2010-2013. Tamara joined the Podium Audio team in 2016.
Prior to joining Podium Audio's acquisitions team, Ben worked with some of the entertainment industry's premier writers in The Gersh Agency's literary department. His experience largely exists in film production, graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and contributing to such companies as FilmNation Entertainment, Big Beach Films, and Def Jam Recordings. At Podium Audio he continues to make an impact on the entertainment industry, work alongside talented writers, and create content for worldwide consumers.
Danielle is a marketer with a passion for social media and building connections with audiences online. Before joining Podium in 2022, she worked at Rogers and Cowan PMK, where she created social media marketing strategies for clients in a variety of industries. At Podium, she is excited to interact with community members and share her love of audiobooks with them.
Lewis is a data tinkerer and business puzzle solver. He draws his finance and data analytics experience from large and well-established companies as well as from small startups. His background in Finance, Accounting, and Economics combines into a data driven approach to solve business problems that require data and quantitative analysis. Always enjoying a good story, Lewis now helps to tell data driven stories for all things Podium.
Troy joined the Podium team officially in June 2019, but has been working in the industry for 10+ years. Between his time spent working for Brilliance Publishing, Featured Audio, and Podium Audio, he has produced hundreds of titles.
Jon is an experienced finance professional and business executive. Prior to joining Podium, he was Managing CFO and market leader for Signature Analytics, a finance and accounting consulting firm located in Southern California. Jon started his career at Arthur Andersen in San Diego; he is a licensed CPA and holds a master's degree from San Diego State University.
Nicole is a publishing professional with more than a decade’s experience producing and distributing print and digital content. Prior to joining Podium, she held the position of executive managing editor at Open Road Integrated Media, shepherding thousands of classic and contemporary works by bestselling and award-winning authors to new life in “e” and print-on-demand.
Mitch is an audio engineer and project manager who cut his teeth in the industry with Brilliance Publishing. Over the last 15 years in audio he has worked as a sound designer, composer, and SFX artist in digital media, as well as an engineer and project manager for a bevy of Audie award nominated titles. He is an avid musician, reader, gamer, and White Sox fan.
“Alex” Rito is a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience in design and as a creative director. Recently, he has specialized as a book cover designer and works with authors from all over the world to create the perfect packaging for their creative work. Alex’s work at Podium is a distillation of these years of design projects and his audiobook covers trigger the listener’s imagination and entice them to click “play.”
Kate has been in the author relations business for almost two decades. Prior to joining Podium she served as the Director of Publicity for Vintage/Anchor Books at Penguin Random House, where she worked with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning authors on their communications strategies, book media campaigns, branding, and specialized, large-scale initiatives for top-level, high profile thought leaders.
Prior to joining the Distribution team at Podium, Meghan worked in Marketing for University of Toronto Press and in Publisher Operations for Rakuten Kobo. She is passionate about digital publishing and believes that everyone has a story that deserves to be told. She spends her days listening to podcasts and her evenings reading the latest fiction.
"Maggie" Silver is an award-winning digital entertainment executive. Prior to joining Podium, she served as the Co-Head of Marketing & Insights for the AT&T-backed global entertainment studio Gunpowder & Sky where she led the marketing and insights team, as well as launched the company's venture into the audio space by producing DUST, an award-winning, narrative sci-fi podcast. Other companies include AwesomenessTV, Studio71 and MyTable.
Gina White started her career in audiobook publishing in 2016 at Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books as a production assistant and later as casting associate. She has cast several nominated audiobooks throughout the years and has fostered lasting relationships with professional narrators. Her passion for books and publishing are palpable through her previous ventures as well, facilitating events for many well-known authors through an independent bookstore and maintaining a book review blog for her university newspaper.
Ryan is a multidisciplinary designer and creative director that creates eye-catching graphics, video content, and strategic branding for the entertainment industry. Before joining Podium, Ryan worked as Creative Lead at Gunpowder & Sky in leading a team of editors, motion graphic artists, and visual effects designers that created trailers and branding for a range of high-profile clients.
A Florida native turned Angeleno, Leah has worked as a multimedia graphic designer professionally for many years, serving in various fields ranging from tech repair & package design to teaching. She has a passion for storytelling that shows through her drive in her work in both personal and professional projects.
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Congratulations to our SOVAS winners! We're especially proud that our two wins were in two of our beloved and core categories — Fantasy and Science Fiction. [...]
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