UK-US: Open Road’s Bloodhound Books in Audiobook Deal With Dreamscape

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A UK-US deal, the Open Road-owned Bloodhound in the UK is to see Dreamscape produce at five audiobooks from its list monthly.

Books from the Open Road Integrated Media-owned English press Bloodhound Books. Image: Bloodhound Books

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Ebooks and Audiobooks ‘Available Simultaneously’
As Publishing Perspectives readers will recall, the United Kingdom’s Bloodhound Books, based in Cambridge, was acquired in July 2021 by the States-based Open Road Integrated Media, helmed by David Steinberger.

Today, we have news that Dreamscape, also based in the United States, has struck a first-look audiobook agreement with Bloodhound.

The arrangement, coordinated with Hannah Whitaker at the international rights agency Rights People, is expected to produce and publish at least five audiobooks monthly from Bloodhound’s frontlist, with releases starting in April.

Audiobooks created and published under this new agreement are to get international audio distribution and sales support.

The British Bloodhound Books outfit reportedly has worked with Dreamscape in the past on several audiobook titles, including The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose, a book reportedly optioned by Picture Perfect Federation for film and television, and Dying To Tell by Keri Beevis.

Betsy Reavley

In a comment on the new agreement, Betsy Reavley, the founding director at Bloodhound Books, is quoted, saying, “With a booming audiobook market, this opportunity has come at a fantastic time.

“Being connected to as many readers and listeners as possible is vital and this arrangement will introduce our books to new audiences.

“Having worked successfully with Dreamscape on many titles over the years, this new agreement will allow both ebook and audiobook [formats] to be made available to readers simultaneously, which is brilliant news for our talented authors”

And Sean McManus, publisher and president of Dreamscape Media, says, ” By bringing [Bloodhound’s] compelling fiction titles into the realm of audiobooks, we aim to enhance the accessibility and enjoyment of these stories for our diverse audience.”

McManus’ background includes work with Audible, HarperCollins, and Spotify.

Currently serving as president of the Audio Publishers Association, he was a speaker in October at the 75th-anniversary Frankfurter Buchmesse Publishing Perspectives Forum on a discussion about engaging the “next generation of readers.

In that appearance, he was joined by ESEA Publishing Network’s Maria Garbutt-Lucero and Rebel Girls’ Jes Wolfe, with Frankfurt’s Erin Cox moderating.

More from Publishing Perspectives on audiobooks is here, more on Open Road Integrated Media is here, more on the Audio Publishers Association is here, and more on international publishing rights is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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