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Veteran Publishing Executive Kate Runde Appointed Director of Acquisitions and Author Relations at Podium Audio

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Leading independent studio Podium Audio announced earlier today the appointment of Kate Runde as Director of Acquisitions and Author Relations. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing the rapidly growing list of self-published authors, securing new works in key genres, and deepening partnerships with new and existing storytellers to support their growing fan bases.

Runde brings fifteen years of industry experience to Podium. She served as the Director of Publicity for Vintage Books and Anchor Books (Knopf Doubleday Group) at Penguin Random House since 2013, working on media, events, and publishing strategies for authors such as Jon Krakauer, Jennifer Egan, Toni Morrison, Richard Russo, Lawrence Wright, Jeffrey Toobin, Tom Hanks, Andre Agassi, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Oliver Sacks, Justice Stephen Breyer, Karen Russell, Emily St. John Mandel and many more.

“I’ve known Kate personally and by reputation for years, and I’m thrilled she decided to join the team at Podium to work with the most successful independent authors writing today,” said Victoria Gerken, Head of Acquisitions and Author Relations for Podium. “I look forward to sharing and applying our collective passion for publishing the best audio stories while continuing to give our authors the outstanding resources they need to help them reach global audiences.”

“I am thrilled to join the innovative team at Podium,” said Runde. “Helping authors reach their widest possible audience has always been my passion, and Podium’s forward-thinking approach to the ever-expanding audio market is a fantastic opportunity to introduce vibrant new voices to the millions of readers out there eager for their next great audiobook.”

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About Podium Audio:

Industry-leading independent audiobook publisher Podium Publishing recently changed its name to Podium Audio to better reflect its vision of an audio-first entertainment studio that finances, develops, produces and distributes immersive audio content.

Best-known for supporting, nurturing and discovering independent authors and narrators from the U.S. and around the world, Podium remains on the forefront of discovering new literary and voice talent. The company has enjoyed commercial and critical acclaim, releasing 1,300+ audiobooks, with numerous NYTimes and Washington Post best-sellers, and winning an Audie Award and 13 Voice Arts Awards to date.

Lean and data-driven, Podium is on the bleeding edge of what’s trending in the audio space. An industry leader in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, Podium also publishes titles in Romance, Mystery/Thriller and YA, and has been a pioneer in bringing Science Fiction sub-genres of Military Sci-Fi, GameLit, LitRPG, Cultivation/Wuxia to mass audiences.

The company gained international notice when it took a risk on one-time unknown author Andy Weir and turned his e-book, The Martian, into the most successful audiobook in the world. The Martian was the first fiction audiobook Podium distributed, proving the independent model and creating a strong foundation for the business.