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Alison Finch

Alison Finch is a book planning producer and forward planning researcher at BBC Radio, also known as "Books Bitch."


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15. The BBC’s Alison Finch on how to get your book on to Radio 4, 3 & the World Service.
Alison Finch is the book planning producer (aka “books bitch” says she) for an array of BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service programmes. Which ones? She reveals all to presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. And you, dear listener. So listen and find out. She’s the gatekeeper, the first filter for every book sent in by publishers, agents, publicists and writers. If you fail to impress her, then you’re out. So what does impress her? Which programmes like which sort of books? What do Alison and other show producers look for when considering which books and writers to give much coveted airtime to? Which are the best programmes to be featured on? How do they deal with awkward customers? What do they hate? This information is gold - and it’s all here for you to hear. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out once a fortnight on Wednesday evening on radio and on Thursday morning on podcast. Our website is -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. 
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58 minutes, 11 seconds