Posts tagged HarperCollins
Posts tagged HarperCollins
We’re going to San Diego Comic-Con International again this year, and we hope you’ll stop by HarperCollins Booth #1029 to check out some of our great books! We’ll be giving away posters for How to Train Your Dragon 2 and My Drunk Kitchen bookmarks while supplies last!
We also have some awesome programming lined up:
Aisha Tyler will be signing copies of Self-Inflicted Wounds Thursday. Details here.
Blake J. Harris (author, Console Wars) will be joined by Tom Kalinske (Sega of America), Al Nilsen (Sega of America), Bill White (former Nintendo of America employee), and Perrin Kaplan (former Nintendo of America employee), as well as Julian Rosenberg, producer of the upcoming Console Wars documentary, to discuss the first generation of console wars on Sunday. Details here.
Spotted around the HarperCollins office: A French-inspired bookshelf for Bastille Day.
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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.