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Industry Insider – Turning your Book into an Audiobook

11 May @ 18:30 - 19:30 BST

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**This event will no longer be hybrid, but will only be held online via Zoom. Please register below to attend this #SoAatHome event**


Join us for an online streamed discussion with British author Ruth Ware. Ruth will be in conversation with the narrator of her audiobooks, Imogen Church, to discuss Ruth’s work, career and creative process. They will also cover the experience of having your novel brought to life for audio, audio-specific fanbases, and the role of audiobooks in modern publishing.

This event is in conjunction with the SoA’s Scriptwriters Group.

This is a hybrid event and will be taking place in person at The Society of Authors, click here to book your in person tickets.



  • 6.30pm – Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Imogen Church
  • Introduction from Ruth Ware and a glimpse into her creative routine (25 mins)
  • Imogen Church will do a short reading from The It Girl. (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience moderated by Imogen Church (30 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)


What will this session cover? 

  • Ruth Ware’s writer’s life: creative routines, processes, inspiration, research and plotting
  • Adapting for audio: what it is like to have your book adapted into audio, how/if the fan base differs, how it feels to have someone else interpret your stories
  • Navigating success: how long it took for Ruth to find the voice that sold and how it has been to become so successful, both in the positive and the negative.


Who is this session for? 

This event is for Ruth Ware fans, fans of audiobooks and fans of mystery and crime books.


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Turning your Book into an Audiobook’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line-up 

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.

Website: https://ruthware.com/ | Twitter: @RuthWareWriter | Instagram: @ruthwarewriter 


Imogen Church

Imogen Church is an award-winning actor and scriptwriter. Her debut novel Death and the Burlesque Maiden was published by Audible Originals in 2021 and she wins lots of awards for narrating audiobooks like an absolute boss. She also lends her voice to audio dramas, comedy, documentary, cartoons and games. Imogen narrates Ruth Ware’s novels.

Instagram: @imogenchurchgobshite | Twitter: @ImogenChurch | Website: www.imogenchurch.com


Need to know 


  • Attendees will have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk /spam email folder.
  • Please add [email protected] to your Safe Senders list so you receive our confirmation, and reminder emails

During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • This event is 60 minutes.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place using the registration form below.

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11 May
18:30 - 19:30 BST
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