Posts tagged HarperCollins
Posts tagged HarperCollins
On BuzzFeed Books: Elmore Leonard Talks Writing In Two Never-Before-Seen Videos
In these newly uncovered interviews shot in the HarperCollins Video Studio in 2009, Leonard discusses his writing process, saying, “I don’t want to know the ending.”
Helene Wecker is the author of the brilliant new historical fantasy, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, from Harper Collins books. I gave it a rave review here at Book Devil not to long ago and am reprinting the review below the interview. Ms. Wecker is extremely busy but since she is a kind, generous…
How long have you worked at HarperCollins and what do you do?
I’ve worked here since October of 2012 and I am the Marketing Assistant in the Academic and Library Marketing department. Basically, we market all of HarperCollins’ trade books so that professors can adopt them into classrooms.
What do you love most about your job?
I was an English major in college and that was definitely the reason I wanted to go into book publishing—I wanted reading to be a priority in my work life as well as in my free time. So I love being in an environment where I am constantly getting recommended great books to read, and that my whole job essentially revolves around recommending books I love to teachers.
What do you love most about HarperCollins?
Well aside from the books, I love HarperCollins because of the people I’ve met here. Even when I was interviewing, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the industry is less competitive than I expected. Everyone is here because they love books so it’s a really welcoming environment, especially in Academic and Library Marketing.
Do you have any favorite books or authors?
My favorite book that I read in the last year is Just Kids by Patti Smith. I just loved it. It’s about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and her evolution as an artist in the late sixties and seventies—it’s so evocative of that period in New York City.
Are there any projects you’re working on that you’re really excited about?
We are in the midst of designing our new common read catalogue for next year, and I think that’s going to turn out very well. We’re also making a website with our new and featured First Year books, and a new website for Common Core. Besides that, I’m working on our Tumblr and other social media.
What are you currently reading?
Was there a specific book that made you fall in love with reading?
Probably the C. S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia series. After reading that and realizing I liked the genre, it was like a whole world opened up for me. I still love those books and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is probably my favorite one.
How did you get into book publishing?
When I graduated, I knew book publishing was what I wanted to do, so I didn’t really apply for anything else, even though I had heard from others how hard it is to get into the industry. I randomly sent in an application for this job, and I was surprised because I didn’t have any connections here. When I was brought in for an interview, I immediately felt comfortable.
Do you have any advice for students interested in pursuing a career in book publishing?
I think that if you’re interested in book publishing, you should try to reach out for informational interviews. Persistence is key, because the job search can be disheartening at times.
What is something surprising that people might not know about you?
I’m double jointed in my right arm…I can twist it around like a circus performer.
Also, I was captain of my bowling team in high school.
Do you have a favorite reading spot?
My family has a shack in Long Island, and that’s where I would consume books when I was younger. It’s quiet and my favorite place in the world.
What do you think are the most important qualities for someone in academic and library marketing to have?
Well the obvious one is a love for books and reading. You can tell people that a book is good, but if you’ve read it and loved it, the way you talk or write about it is different and much more personal. Beyond that, writing skills and being able to express your ideas clearly are extremely important.
From the Shelf Awareness interview with Neil Gaiman:
"I don’t think I get bored enough these days and I think boredom is a brilliant, brilliant way of coming up with ideas…"
photo: Brady Hall
The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King are finalists for the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Congrats to all of the authors who’ve been nominated!
Photo credit: John Nowak/CNN
On the Passing of Elmore Leonard:
As you have probably heard, Elmore Leonard passed away at 7:15 this morning due to complications from a stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family.
It feels not in keeping with Elmore’s “no fuss” persona to try to pay tribute to this great man. But Elmore was a true legend—unpretentious, unbelievably talented, and the coolest dude in the room.
William Morrow has published 47 titles with Elmore since 1980 with more than 8 million books in print in the US, including e-books. He has won more than a dozen literary awards, including a medallion from The National Book Foundation saluting lifetime achievement.
All of us at HarperCollins will miss working with this national treasure and one of our favorite authors of all time.
—Michael Morrison, President ＆ Publisher, HarperCollins
SHORTY, GOT: Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, dead at 87. RIP. (Photo: Daniel Borris / The New York Times)
He was just really great and kind. We used to send each other handwritten notes by fax. We used to eat sandwiches together in the conference room at HarperCollins while he rested his 77-year-old hands between boxes of books to sign. I was sort of joking when I said it, but the more I think about it, it’s true: how you treat your assistant book publicist says a lot about a person.
Sad to share the news of the passing of a literary legend, Elmore Leonard…
Can you guess which book was banned for depicting women in strong leadership roles? Hint: it’s a children’s book.