Penguin Australia: Publisher QnA

February 19, 2014 Bookish 3

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Continuing my publisher QnA series, a wonderful penguin from Penguin Books Australia is dropping by to answer our questions 🙂


1. Your official job title is…?

Marketing Manager, Young Readers at Penguin Australia.

2. How long have been in your current position?

For a two years but prior to that I was a Publicist for seven years, and before that a Publicity Assistant. PHEW!

3. How did you break into the business?

I actually jumped straight into the work force from school and was an assistant at PR and Advertising agency for a few years. After a bit of travel around the world, I came back and started working in the Publicity team at Penguin and they haven’t been able to shake me since!

Side Effects May Vary Cover

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. Out March 2014.

4. What are you reading right now?

I’m STALKING publishing for Silver Shadows, Bloodlines Bk 5 (SYDRIAN!). Recent reads that I’m crazy excited about – Side Effects May Vary. It’s just SOOOO good. A few manuscripts due in soon that I can’t name yet but are going to be amazing.

5. Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss?

We use Netgalley – you can request titles from us via Penguin Books Australia but make sure to have your details up to date, it always helps. Check out our titles here.

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

We send out both. ARC’s are quite rare in Australia, we usually send out final finished copies of the book.

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

We have an email newsletter with upcoming releases which reviewers can request copies from. You just need to be on our publicity database to receive it and can do so, by emailing

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

There is never a specific set of requirements for reviewers. We just want to know as much information as possible about your blog/vlog/tumblr so we can send you the best books possible. Sadly, not every request means a book but we try and spread the love around the Aussie YA world as much as possible.

9. Where should potential reviewers send review requests?

For YA novels – send to

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

It’s the bloggers choice but we do prefer reviews to run as close to publication as possible, only because there is nothing worse than reading a great review and not being able to get the book for ages – I speak from personally experience. Two to three weeks ahead of the release date is a good margin of error.

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

We’re more than happy to see reviews on our books. We love hearing what people think about titles, however they read the book.

Finnikin Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.

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

Not to brag but: Melina Marchetta, Isobelle Carmody, Sonya Hartnett, Kirsty Eagar, Will Kostakis, Jennifer Kloester, Morris Gleitzman and more!

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

Seriously, Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is amazing. It will absolutely get looped in as The Fault in Our Star inspired but one chapter will make readers realise that this is a different book and awesome in just as many unique and interesting ways as TFiOS.

We’ve also got a very moody historical novel from début Aussie author Kylie Fornasier coming in August!

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

WAY too many things to list! But the thing that always makes me smile every day is hearing how much someone enjoys a YA book. Be it a character, a couple, a new cover reveal, discovering a new author or finding a new series they love – it’s so brilliant to be part of that conversation, because really, I’m a YA fan-girl at heart!


There you go! Get on the mailing list, request books on NetGalley (like the Bloodlines novels!) and get in touch with the wonderful folk at Penguin AU. They’re a bunch of very friendly, super-nice people! You can stalk follow the amazing PenguinTeenAustralia team at these places:

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Tumblr

3 Responses to “Penguin Australia: Publisher QnA”

  1. Cait

    I know I always say it…but I absolutely love these posts! I’ve been gleaning through the older ones and saving the info. Invaluable. 😉

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