Presented by Kate Forest, Susan Scott Shelley, Lisa Lang Blakeney, Ann Russek

Four VFRW member authors (including one who does professional voice/voice-over work) will discuss the ins and outs of audiobooks, from the vendors, to the process of selecting narrators, to final products, and how to promote them.

Bio: Award winning author Kate Forest has worked in a psychiatric hospital, as a dating coach, and spent a disastrous summer selling above-ground swimming pools. But it was her over twenty-year career as a social worker that compelled her to write love stories with characters you don’t typically get to read about. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two kids, and a fierce corgi.

Bio: USA Today bestselling author Susan Scott Shelley writes stories with heat and heart, where love always wins. Her romances give readers lighthearted and emotionally satisfying escapes into happily ever after. In addition to crafting stories, she is also a professional voiceover artist and enjoys lending her voice to a wide range of projects. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and is an avid fan of her hometown sports teams. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock, and writing about people from all walks of life finding their special someone. Get in touch with her at

Bio:  Lisa Lang Blakeney is an author of steamy contemporary fiction featuring alpha bad boys. Visit her website for more info –


Bio: Bright, honest, and warm. Ann Russek brings life to educational copy and holds the interest of reluctant employees or students. She currently voices training shows for Knowledge Accelerators on an ongoing basis. Ann Russek has professional acting and VO training. Most recently, Ann was invited to Indiana University of PA to be a guest actor/alumni in their Spring 2018 mainstage production of The Wolves.

In addition, Ann Russek was a college professor of literature and creative writing for over twelve years and has developed a likable, confident instructional voice and style in the classroom as well as the recording booth. As Ann LaBar, writer of young adult fiction, she is represented by Lisa Rodgers of JABberwocky Literary Agency.