Today we have Text Publishing hopping by to answer some questions about reviewing about them!
1. Your official job title is…?
Publicist at Text Publishing.
2. How long have been in your current position?
3. How did you break into the business?
I worked in a bookshop for five years and decided to try and move into publishing, applying for whatever I felt vaguely qualified for which wasn’t much. Text advertised for a publicist and said publicity experience not required and I spent a very long time writing that cover letter…and now here we are. I have a university degree that is unrelated, though the skills have been invaluable.
4. What are you reading right now?
My tram rides are currently not long enough because I am having trouble putting down Shimmer by Paula Weston (jealous?!), and The Secret Abyss by Darrell Pitt. Never am I only reading one thing!
5. Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss?
No we don’t.
6. Do you send out review copies or physical Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) to reviewers?
Yes, review copies. Occasionally we do bound proofs a bit earlier but usually in very limited numbers.
7. Are there catalogues reviewers can look at online? If so, where can they find them?
Absolutely, titles go up on our website three months in advance and we do 2 catalogues a year. The one for the second half of 2014 is being worked on at the moment, the current one is online here. We also have a monthly email newsletter with information on forthcoming titles.
8. What should a review request include? Do you have any guidelines reviewers should meet before they contact you (page views, followers, etc.)?
You’d be surprised how many people don’t include their blog address the first time they contact us. It really doesn’t help your case! Also include your postal address and information about visits, like unique monthly view stats. Anything about followers is always good, Twitter etc. If you’ve reviewed a title of ours in the past, link that. More information is better, tell us what genres you like and so on. Also proofread your email! If you make spelling mistakes or are too casual you might look lazy and not like someone we want writing reviews of our books.
We don’t have hard and fast guidelines for who gets review copies though and we like hearing from you.
9. Where should potential reviewers send review requests?
You can lodge a publicity enquiry through the contact tab of our website or email us. It will come to the relevant publicist either way.
10. Do you have a preference for when reviews are posted?
As soon after publication as possible really, in the first month is ideal. Publication date is the embargo date for reviews. If you’re an incredibly fast reader and would like to post before that date it’s best to check with us first.
11. What is your position on receiving reviews for books you have not sent to a reviewer?
Send them over! Love to hear what you think of our books, especially if you’re hearing about it from somewhere that’s not us, that’s lovely. If you don’t have our email addresses, tweet us @textpublishing with a link.
12. Speculating on SpecFic is all about supporting Aussie authors. Which awesome Aussies do you publish?
We also love Aussie authors, where do I start? Vikki Wakefield, Paula Weston, Darrell Pitt, Rebecca Lim, Steph Bowe, Tim Hehir, Alyssa Brugman…not to mention our Text Prize winners: Diana Sweeney, A.J. Betts, Myke Bartlett, Leanne Hall, Richard Newsome (and Jane Higgins, a Kiwi, but I can’t leave her out!)
13. Any débuts readers should look out for this year?
The Minnow by Diana Sweeney. It’s the Text Prize winner from 2013. Just, read it. You will laugh and cry and all that good stuff. A truly remarkable and utterly unique novel.
14. What do you love most about your job, about the Australian publishing world, and book community in general?
I love being able to read books like The Minnow and help it go from a dream to a reality and then getting to tell everyone how amazing it is. I love that despite all the challenges the local industry is facing there are still Australian publishers pushing boundaries, local bookshops with their doors open (may it forever be so) and people reading books and having impassioned discussions about them in real life and, of course, on the internet. And I love reading!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions 🙂 No worries, thanks for asking!
Text Publishing are iconic for quality reads. I’m yet to read a book published by them that hasn’t mesmerised. They’re also always unique books – far removed from the norm and brilliant because of it. The Text folk are super nice and always ready to squee over books. I also recommend following them on Twitter – lots of talk about books, cake and reading.