Harlequin Australia: Publisher QnA

January 24, 2014 Bookish 4


Hi guys! Today we have Harlequin Enterprises Australia stopping by as part of my publisher QnA series. They publish fan favourites like Julie Kagawa, Maria V. Snyder and Katie McGarry, as well as Australian talent like Vanessa Garden and Nicola Marsh.


1. Your official job title is…?

Digital & Marketing Executive at Harlequin Enterprises.

2. How did you break into the business?

I studied a degree that allowed me to major in literature, as well as media & communications. Whilst studying, as well as after, I did a number of internships to gauge what I wanted and then I decided to combine my passion for books into a profession!


Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. Released August 2014.

3. What are you reading right now?

Im reading quite a few titles, one that is already out Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (she can write no wrong!) and an upcoming title Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (comes out in August).

4. Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss?

We use Netgalley – browse some of our titles on our NetGalley page.

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

We’re doing less print review copies and moving more to digital copies, but with some lead titles we will still do physical ARCs.

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

Most upcoming titles can be found on our Netgalley page, for more information or other titles reviewers need to get in touch.

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

Love this question, as it really helps when a reviewer includes relevant information. We have some criteria, which would be really helpful to know about when seeing if a reviewer is a true reviewer and not just out for free books.

  • Please include a direct link to your reviews either via your own blog or if you review on another hosted site.
  • Your book blog should be established and active for 6 months or more.
  • It should be clear that you regularly update your book blog with posts.
  • Please provide information on your unique visitors per month or number of followers.
  • Links to activity on any social media sites, such as Facebook page, Twitter followers, Goodreads Friends.

8. Where should potential reviewers send review requests?

You can either send it over through our help section and it’ll get passed on, or send it over to digitalmarketing@eharlequin.com.au.

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

Please do not publish / post your review earlier than one month prior to release date.

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

Send them over!

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

Fiona McCallum, Tricia Stringer, Victoria Purman, Rachael Johns, T.M. Clark, Vanessa Garden, Nicola Marsh, Isolde Martyn, Jennie Jones, Ainslie Paton, Juliet Madison … and the list goes on! We are incredibly privileged to have published over 200 Aussie and Kiwi authors, with more to come!

Enmity by E.J. Andrews. Out April 2014.

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

A special one to keep an eye out for is E.J. Andrews’ Enmity, which is a fantastic YA dystopian read. And Ryan Campbell’s Born to Fly – a memoir from a 19yo Aussie who turned his crazy idea of flying solo around the world to breaking the world record! Others include:

  • The House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones
  • From the Feet Up by Tanya Saad
  • Dust of the Land by John Fletcher
  • Under Seige by Belinda Neil

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


This is just my opinion, but I think reviewers are best off getting Harlequin titles from NetGalley. Maybe make a NetGalley account, gather a following and establish your blog, and before long you’ll be reviewing awesome books for HarlequinAU 😀

4 Responses to “Harlequin Australia: Publisher QnA”

  1. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    Ah, Shaheen – these posts are so awesome! Whilst I have had contact with most of the publishers that you have QnA’d, it’s awesome to learn about the ones I haven’t had contact with. And I absolutely love seeing how these publicist-ish people got to where they are! Gathering information about what degree or diploma can get you into the doors of a publishing house is pure gold 😀
    Thank you so much for hosting these interviews!

  2. Cait

    This is super interesting! I’ve requested and reviewed a few titles from Harlequin’s NetGalley page. They’re great publishers!

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