Allen & Unwin: Publisher QnA

February 25, 2014 Bookish 5

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My publisher QnA series continues, with an awesome onion from Allen & Unwin Book Publishers stopping by today to answer my questions about reviewing for them.


1. Your official job title is…?

Publicist, Allen & Unwin Book Publishers.

2. How long have been in your current position?

Almost two years.

3. How did you break into the business?

I studied Media in Writing, did a bunch of volunteer work at my local newspaper, a news agency and two magazines and then got a job as a marketing and publicity co-ordinator for Australian book distributor, Footprint Books.

Every Word (Every #2) by Ellie Marney. Out June 2014.

4. What are you reading right now?

The manuscript for the follow-up to Ellie Marney’s fantastic 2013 novel, Every Breath. The new book is called Every Word and will publish in June.

A little envious of that! I can’t wait for Every Word!

5. Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss?

No. We do use Book.ish and offer complimentary e-proofs and e-books to reviewers and bloggers.

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

Both! We often have advance copies ready a month before the official release date for our books, and we also supply review copies for reviewers who have requested a copy of a book when the advances have already been sent out.

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

Definitely! See them here.

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

If a reviewer is able to let us know the web address for their blog and how many page views and followers they have this is always useful.

9. Where should potential reviewers send review requests?

Our publicity email address is best, This way the request can be fielded to the right publicist and we can get the book out to the reviewer ASAP.

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

Preferably within a month of the official release date for the book, but a little later is fine too.

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

Does this happen? Yes please! We always like receiving reviews for our books – no matter where the book originally came from.

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

Allen & Unwin are Australia’s leading independent publisher and the majority of our children’s and YA books are written by Aussie authors – so there really are too many to mention! Take a look at our website or our new books catalogues to get an idea of the kinds of books we publish.

Afterworld by Lynnette Lounsbury. Out February 2014.

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

Once again, there are just too many to mention here, but Afterworld by Lynnette Lounsbury (released in February), Night Vision by Ella West (publishing in April) and Cracked by Clare Strahan (publishing in June) would all be good places to start.

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

To sum this up in one sentence, I love working with people who are passionate about books – be they reviewers, authors or other people who work in publishing. It really is a privilege to share this love with other people and as cheesy at it sounds, I can’t imagine working in any other industry.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions 🙂 Thank you Shaheen – it’s been a pleasure!


Allen and Unwin publish some really awesome books! They’ve brought us Tahereh Mafi’s The Juliette Chronicles, Karen Healey’s When We Wake, Brigid Kemmerer’s Elementals series, and great Australian fiction like Sean Williams’ Jump. Reviewing for them is a blast, and they organise great blog tours!

5 Responses to “Allen & Unwin: Publisher QnA”

  1. Kelly

    My favourite too. Michael Adams is another of their authors, The Last Girlbseries is worthy of bookgasm status. Clever Onion 🙂

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