Big Happy Family Audio

Big Happy Family Audio A digital distrbution company, helping independent audiobook publishers place their titles on all major download sites. Jessica Kaye created Big Happy Family, LLC, in response to frustrations she was hearing from publishers and authors she worked with: Major audiobook download sites were hesitant to work with small and medium-sized publishers.

The publishers needed someone to act as a go-between — to aggregate their titles and present them to the sites as a single list. The sites needed someone to whom they could send one set of statements and one royalty payment, who would then report and disburse payment to the individual companies. Jessica created Big Happy Family to fill that need. ABOUT JESSICA KAYE Jessica Kaye holds both a Law Degree and a Masters Degree in Business. In 1990, Ms. Kaye founded The Publishing Mills, an audio and literary publishing company that successfully published nearly 200 titles. Ms. Kaye has produced several Grammy Award nominated works, including "Crank Calls" by Jonathan Winters, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. She has served as President of the Audio Publishers Association and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy for Recording Arts & Sciences. Jessica is admitted to practice law in both California and Connecticut. ABOUT GEORGE HODGKINS Early in 2009 George Hodgkins joined Big Happy Family, LLC, to help develop and organize BHFA’s internet presence. His role also includes ensuring that publishers take advantage of all of the distribution opportunities BHFA offers. George served as one of the early presidents of the Audio Publishers Association, was marketing director of Audio Renaissance Tapes, operations VP for BookZone, and has held positions in book and audiobook publishing and retailing for more than 30 years. During his career he has developed and managed more than 150 websites, from 1-title publishers to major sites like Audio Editions, Audio Publishers Association and IBPA (formerly PMA). He currently owns and operates GEH Consulting, LLC, with an ongoing focus on the audiobook and book publishing communities.

Mission: Our goal is to place our clients' titles in outlets they wouldn't otherwise have access to, and to simplify the placement and reporting process for all outlets.

Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye will be moderating SoCal Chapter, Mystery Writers of America's audiobook panel "Audioboo...
10/30/2019
Luncheon at the Tam O'Shanter: Nov. 10th | Mystery Writers of America - Southern California Chapter

Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye will be moderating SoCal Chapter, Mystery Writers of America's audiobook panel "Audiobook Production By the Pros" on November 10th at the Tam O'Shanter restaurant in Los Angeles, CA. From the event website: "Our panel includes full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator Jeffrey Kafer; award-winning audiobook narrator Nicol Zanzarella; Richard Brewer, author, audiobook narrator, director and producer, and [is] moderated by Grammy Award-winning audiobook producer and director Jessica Kaye."

Visit site below for more information and to reserve a spot.

Join us for... AUDIOBOOK PRODUCTION BY THE PROS Audiobooks have become an increasingly popular format in the past few years, with readers clamoring to get more

Will you be attending the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference in Pasadena, CA? Be sure to check out these two progr...
10/20/2019
Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference

Will you be attending the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference in Pasadena, CA? Be sure to check out these two program events with Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye:

THE A-Z OF AUDIO PUBLISHING: "Publishing lawyer and audiobook producer and director Jessica Kaye, and award-winning audiobook narrator Jorjeana Marie will cover everything from deciding whether your book is a good project for an audiobook to selecting your narrator and much more." (Saturday, 10/26 - 11:30-12:30)

HOORAY, YOU’VE GOT A BOOK CONTRACT! NOW, FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS: "Few things are as exciting to an author as getting a book contract. But what does that contract actually mean? Literary attorney Jessica Kaye breaks down the meaning of standard book contracts so that when you sign, or choose not to, it is because you understand what the publisher is requiring you to do and what they are promising to do. This session will help you to know whether you are being offered a good deal or not. What you do after that is up to you!" (Saturday, 10/26 - 3-4)

For more information about the conference, visit https://novel.writersdigestconference.com/

Writer's Digest returns to the West Coast with many of publishing's most respected and knowledgeable writers, agents, and editors to guide you through the process of writing, editing, and publishing your novel. Hone your craft, refine your characters, explore the future of publishing, and get the to...

02/20/2019
SoCal Chapter, Mystery Writers of America

Authors and publishers in the Los Angeles area, join Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye this Sunday as she moderates a panel on book publicity at the SoCal Chapter, Mystery Writers of America's February luncheon. Details below:

Luncheon at the Tam O'Shanter: February 24th, 11:30am – Reserve Your Space Now
More info at: http://www.socalmwa.com/2019/01/luncheon-at-the-tam-oshanter/
Join us for...

Market Your Book Like a Pro!

Do you need a publicist? What exactly is it that they do? SoCalMWA seeks to answer these questions and more with our panel of book publicists explaining the ins and outs of book promotion. When do you send out a press release? How do you get airtime on the radio? Can you land a TV spot? And what does it all cost? Join Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books, Megan Beatie of MB Communications, and Justin Hargett of Kickflip Publicity for an informative, no-holds-barred panel discussion moderated by SoCalMWA board member Jessica Kaye.

02/07/2018

Congratulations to all the 2018 Audie Award finalists! Visit the AudioFile Magazine website linked below for sound clips and reviews.

09/13/2017
Audies Competition 2018 - APA

The Audio Publishers Association has announced that the Audie Awards second call for entries is now open. This is for titles published between August 1, 2017, and October 31, 2017. You may still submit titles that were published earlier in the year, but a late fee applies. Click below for submission instructions.

FIRST: Download and read the 2018 call for entries. This document contains everything you need to know about the submission process including entry deadlines and category eligibility.

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09/10/2017

Big Happy Family Audio

Congratulations to all the Finalists and Winners in this year's Audie Awards competition!
06/02/2017
Audies Award Finalists and Winners

Congratulations to all the Finalists and Winners in this year's Audie Awards competition!

The Audie Awards recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). 2017 is the 22nd year of annual Audies Awards. Finalists are announced in 29 categories.

04/27/2017
Big Happy Family Audio

We are happy to be on a panel about artists' and authors' legal rights at StokerCon 2017!

Big Happy Family owner Jessica Kaye, along with her law partner Kevin Mills, will be appearing on a panel tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, at the Horror Writers Association's StokerCon 2017. The panel is titled "The Deal of the Art: Real Lawyers With Reliable Advise" and the panelists will discuss the screenwriter's and prose writer's needs for an entertainment attorney. For more information visit the StokerCon site at http://www.stokercon2017.org/

04/27/2017
StokerCon 2017

Big Happy Family owner Jessica Kaye, along with her law partner Kevin Mills, will be appearing on a panel tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, at the Horror Writers Association's StokerCon 2017. The panel is titled "The Deal of the Art: Real Lawyers With Reliable Advise" and the panelists will discuss the screenwriter's and prose writer's needs for an entertainment attorney. For more information visit the StokerCon site at http://www.stokercon2017.org/

Join the ghosts of the Queen Mary for 2017's horror event of the year!

Congratulations to all the finalists in this year's Audie Awards competition.
02/09/2017
AudioFile, Discover the World of Audiobooks

Congratulations to all the finalists in this year's Audie Awards competition.

Explore great audio book listening with AudioFile recommendations and reviews. We help you find your next great audiobook. Independent reviews help you discover the best narrators, great listening, and spoken word programs worth your listening time. We talk all audiobooks, all the time.

02/08/2017

Follow the hashtag #Audies2017 here and on Twitter for news about the 2017 Audie Award finalists.

Congratulations to Julia Whelan, winner of the Voice Arts Award in the category "Audiobook Narration – Teens, Best Narra...
11/22/2016

Congratulations to Julia Whelan, winner of the Voice Arts Award in the category "Audiobook Narration – Teens, Best Narrator" for her narration of PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama, a Big Happy Family publisher. The Voice Arts Awards is a program of the Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences.

Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye is "out and about" again, this time to New Orleans, where she will be on a panel at the ...
08/25/2016
CLE Schedule

Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye is "out and about" again, this time to New Orleans, where she will be on a panel at the 24th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference. The panel will take place on Saturday, August 27, and will cover "What and where are the sources of income for publishers in film and digital media, how should attorneys advise their clients to position themselves to take full advantage of these sources?" Click below for details.

New Trends and Hot Topics in Music, Film and Interactive Contracts Including… Publishing, Copyrights and Trademarks Update Other visual medias (TV, Video games, Internet, Advertising, etc.) & I…

Nice post about "discovering" audiobooks.
08/25/2016
Quirk Books

Nice post about "discovering" audiobooks.

We're convincing you to give audiobooks a try. Have at it, hard-copy-lovers.

Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye, a lawyer and award-winning audiobook producer, joins Audiobook Narrator Karen Commins -...
08/02/2016
Audiobook Narrator Karen Commins - A VOICE Above The Crowd

Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye, a lawyer and award-winning audiobook producer, joins Audiobook Narrator Karen Commins - A VOICE Above The Crowd for a webinar on the intricacies of rights acquisition.

"How Narrators Can Acquire Audio Rights for Current and Backlist Titles" is the topic of a webinar I'm hosting on 9 August. In addition to being a prolific audiobook producer and director, my guest speaker Jessica Kaye is also an attorney who specializes in intellectual property, publishing law, and licensing.

The cost is $49 per person, and you can register at this link:
http://bit.ly/AudioRightsWebinar

Nice article in the Wall Street Journal.
07/23/2016
The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks

Nice article in the Wall Street Journal.

Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks. Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.

07/18/2016
Audie Awards - APA

The 2017 Audie Awards are now open for submission. The competition is sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), but you do not have to be a member to take part. Follow the link below for details, including deadlines, the first of which is August 26, 2016.

The Audies®, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Publishers and rights holders enter titles in various categories for recognition of achievement. Finalists are sel...

For audiobook narrators, a SAG-AFTRA Foundation voiceover lab on June 27. It's sold out, but there is a waitlist.
06/23/2016
Voiceover Lab Jessica Kaye: Audiobooks for Intermediate and Advanced Level Narrators

For audiobook narrators, a SAG-AFTRA Foundation voiceover lab on June 27. It's sold out, but there is a waitlist.

Participants are required to bring one (1) book excerpt that you have rehearsed and are familiar with for this workshop.  Source material should be at least 1 minute in length.  Read the event desscription and event rules.No RSVP? No problem. Just add your name to the Waitlist.  It's…

It's time to celebrate Audiobook Month!
06/02/2016

It's time to celebrate Audiobook Month!

Congratulations to all the 2016 Audie Award winners!
05/12/2016
AudioFile, Discover the World of Audiobooks

Congratulations to all the 2016 Audie Award winners!

The Audie Awards recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). 2016 is the 21st year of annual Audies Awards.

How to Distribute Your AudioBook into Audible and Other Audio Platforms – Interview with Jessica...
11/19/2015
How to Distribute Your AudioBook into Audible and Other Audio Platforms – Interview with Jessica...

How to Distribute Your AudioBook into Audible and Other Audio Platforms – Interview with Jessica...

Jessica Kaye The Founder of Big Happy Family (AudioBooks Distribution Company), A former President of the Audio Publishers Association and A Grammy Award-winning audiobook producer with more than 500 audio titles to her credit, she’s also Lawyer specialized in the Entertainment Law. What’s…

11/19/2015
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards - 1 Month to Go!

For all of our indie book publishing friends, this reminder that the final deadline for submitting your titles to the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)'s Benjamin Franklin Awards is fast approaching.

All books published in 2015 are eligible for the current cycle, but your entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2015 to qualify.

For those of you in the Los Angeles area: Author/lawyer Charles Rosenberg and Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye will be sp...
10/26/2015
Luncheon: What Every Writer Should Know about Copyrights | Mystery Writers of America - Southern...

For those of you in the Los Angeles area: Author/lawyer Charles Rosenberg and Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye will be speaking this Sunday, Nov. 1, at a luncheon sponsored by the SoCal Chapter, Mystery Writers of America.

For more information, and to register, visit: http://www.socalmwa.com/2015/09/luncheon-what-every-writer-should-know-about-copyrights/

Attorneys Charles Rosenberg and Jessica Kaye in concert doing Beethoven's "What I Wish I Knew About Copyright Law Before they Stole my Ninth."Learn the best way

10/07/2015
Bouchercon 2015

If you're attending Bouchercon in Raleigh, NC, be sure to say hello to Big Happy Family's Jessica Kaye, who will be on the panel "The Advance of Audiobooks & Niche Publishing" at 1:00 pm this Thursday. For more info about Bouchercon 2015: http://bouchercon2015.org/

World's Largest Mystery Convention

Congratulations to Big Happy Family's founder and owner Jessica Kaye who was elected to the Audio Publishers Association...
07/09/2015
APA Board Directory

Congratulations to Big Happy Family's founder and owner Jessica Kaye who was elected to the Audio Publishers Association's board of directors at the APA's recent annual membership meeting. (Click below for the complete list of board members.)

Sound Learning | Audio Publishers Association
06/25/2015
Sound Learning | Audio Publishers Association

Sound Learning | Audio Publishers Association

Audiobooks have come to the forefront of education, giving children of all ages the power to learn to listen and listen to learn. This Audio Publishers Association (APA) Literacy Toolkit provides you with the resources you need to discover the power of audiobooks and fully integrate them into your o…

Penguin Random House Audio
06/20/2015

Penguin Random House Audio

When your audiobook is a little too good!

05/23/2015

If you'll be posting about audiobooks on social media during the next month or so, keep this request from the Audio Publishers Association in mind:

"Want to help spread the word about the Audies, APAC, and June is Audiobook Month? Please use the following hashtags in order to direct attention to our season of celebration, education, and community! With your help, we can reach more audiobook lovers and new listeners than ever!

" #Audies2015, #APAC2015, #Audiomonth "

Remember: Hashtags work great on Twitter, Instagram, and Google+; not so great on Facebook; and not at all on Pinterest.

Congratulations to Jennifer of Literate Housewife, the APA's Audiobook Blogger of the Year!
05/05/2015
The APA announces THE AUDIOBOOK BLOGGER OF THE YEAR!

Congratulations to Jennifer of Literate Housewife, the APA's Audiobook Blogger of the Year!

Contest Winner, The Literate Housewife, To be crowned at Audies Gala on May 28th May 4, 2015 — The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced that Jennifer Conner who runs the book blog “The ...

If you're in the Los Angeles area, or will be on May 17th, mark your calendars for this audiobook luncheon-panel from th...
04/26/2015
Audio Book Creators Reveal Their Secrets | Mystery Writers of America - Southern California Chapter

If you're in the Los Angeles area, or will be on May 17th, mark your calendars for this audiobook luncheon-panel from the SoCal Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Moderator Jessica Kaye will be joined by panelists Kirby Heyborne, Cassandra Campbell, and Richard Brewer:

"Award-winning audio book narrators and producers tell behind-the-scenes tales about the making of best-sellers, the surprising differences between acting and narrating, and how best to tailor your writing for the spoken word. These guys are the best in the business."

Audio book stars shine at the Tam O'Shanter for another great MWA SoCal luncheon. Get the inside scoop on production tips, best-seller stories and more.

How to Get the Audiobook Industry’s Ear
03/20/2015
How to Get the Audiobook Industry’s Ear

How to Get the Audiobook Industry’s Ear

Backstage chats with Audio Publishers Association President Michele Cobb on what it takes to be an audiobook narrator and how to break into the industry—if you’ve got the pipes and the chops, that is.

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Hi Can anyone suggest how I can play my copyright Bible on my new laptop the media rights cant be found anymore from spokennetwork.com which has closed down ? Thanks 😟