Simon & Schuster Australia: Publisher QnA

January 28, 2014 Bookish 1

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We’re continuing the publisher QnA with Simon & Schuster Australia. Simon & Schuster publish so many of my favourite authors, including Sarah Alderson, Sarah Rees Brennan, Andrew Fukuda, Abbi Glines, Philippa Gregory and Brodi Ashton.

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1. Your official job title is…?

Marketing & Publicity Coordinator – Simon & Schuster Australia.

2. How long have been in your current position?

Two years.

3. How did you break into the business?

I studied Marketing & Management in New Zealand and moved to Sydney after finishing my degree. I got my first job out of Uni at a publishing company working in sales. This experience led me to a sales role at Simon & Schuster before moving internally across to Marketing & Publicity.

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The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton. Released November 2013.

4. What are you reading right now?

I have a few books on the go at the moment!

  • The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton– I really enjoyed Wallbanger so was excited to read her new series.
  • Sumerford’s Autumn by Barbara Gaskell Denvil – Secretly I love anything set in Tudor times! and
  • Creative Personal Branding by Jurgen Salenbacher – I enjoy breaking up Fiction with Non Fiction and this is all about using brand positioning methods to market yourself.

5. Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss?

No.

6. Do you send out review copies or physical Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) to reviewers?

Yes.

7. Are there catalogues reviewers can look at online? If so, where can they find them?

If you are chosen to become one of our reviewers we send out a link of our highlighted titles at the start of each month. Otherwise you can check our website www.simonandschuster.com.au for other titles.

8. What should a review request include? Do you have any guidelines reviewers should meet before they contact you (page views, followers, etc.)?

As much information as possible! We really want to hear what genres you read and love, links to your blog, Facebook & Twitter (if you have them) and any data you can provide in the way of page views and followers.

9. Where should potential reviewers send review requests?

Potential reviewers can get in touch with Simon & Schuster at: pr@simonandschuster.com.au.

10. Do you have a preference for when reviews are posted?

If the review is posted the month of release that is fantastic but it’s also fine if it does go up later as it can give the book another burst of publicity. We know you guys have lots to read!

11. What is your position on receiving reviews for books you have not sent to a reviewer?

We love to read what you think! The easiest way for us to track these reviews is if they’re posted on Twitter and include our Twitter handle @SimonSchusterAU.

12. Speculating on SpecFic is all about supporting Aussie authors. Which awesome Aussies do you publish?

The Simon & Schuster local list is growing year on year. This year we have amazing reads coming from Anita Heiss, Jenn J McLeod, Anna Romer, Kate Belle, Karen Davis, Su Dharmapala, Barbara Gaskill Denvill, Alan Gold & Mike Jones, Posie Graeme-Evans and many more!

13. Any débuts readers should look out for this year?

We’re all very excited to read: Make Way for the Mine Princess by Ilse Oxenburg, Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neil, Milk Blood by Adrian Simon and Chasing the Ace by Nicholas Johnson

14. What do you love most about your job, about the Australian publishing world, and book community in general?

Australia has so much fantastic talent to offer and it’s great to be able to share these stories with readers both here and internationally. The industry is such a fun and passionate one and we take pride connecting people with the books they want to read.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions 🙂

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I love reviewing for Simon & Schuster, and their monthly newsletters are always really exciting.

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