Sep 19, 2014

ARC Essentials: HarperTeen


Since I started ARC Essentials a few months ago, this has been, by far, the most requested publisher to get an interview with. So, here it is. I had a chance to talk with Stephanie and Booki, two amazing publicists at HarperCollins about ARCs and their work with bloggers.





1. What should I include when asking for a review copy (Page view stats? Follower count? All social media accounts)? First and foremost, we absolutely love hearing why you’re so excited about this particular book! Chances are, we are too and we can geek out about it together. Aside from that, it’s great to see a link to your blog and social media pages at the bottom of the email, as well as your most recent stats if you have them handy. That way, we can get a sense for your personal reading taste and blogging style!

2. How long should I be blogging before I ask for a review copy?
We don’t have an experience requirement for bloggers. If you love the sound of a book, it never hurts to ask us for a copy!

3. Who should I contact about receiving review copies?
We have a digital publicist who serves as the main point of contact for bloggers and will be able to help with any galley requests. We also offer many titles on Edelweiss, so you can request digital review copies there as well.  

4. Should I email an author about obtaining a review copy and have them forward my request onto their publicist? Also, if I want to interview an author or ask them to write a guest post for my blog, is it best to contact the author directly? It’s better to contact our digital publicist directly with any review copy requests. Same goes for interviews and guest posts. Authors get a LOT of emails every day, and we want to make sure you don’t slip through the cracks!

5. Do you expect me to review books I never requested, such as an ARC or finished copy I was sent but never asked for? No! We love seeing coverage for our books, but you should never feel obligated to read something you’re not interested in. Take a quick look and if it’s not for you, don’t worry about it.

6. When is the best time to post a review?
Typically, within 1-2 weeks of the on-sale date. It’s best if reviews are posted as close as possible to the date the book is released so that your readers can get excited and go get ahold of the book right away!

7. Where can I send in review links?
Reviews can be sent to the same digital publicity contact that handles galley requests. If at all possible, we prefer to receive reviews and requests in separate emails. That way, we can easily keep everything organized!

8. Do you want to see all reviews I’ve done—positive and negative? We do! We want to hear all of your thoughts, no matter which way they lean. It’s also very helpful if you include a rating or impression of your review within the email next to your review link.

9. Am I more likely to get approved if I request an eARC of a book instead of a physical copy? Not necessarily, but we do have a limited supply of physical copies, so those always tend to go faster.

10. When is the best time to request a book or be asked to be put on a list to receive a review copy? The best time to request is 4-5 months in advance of the on-sale date. Of course, whether we’ll be able to send you one depends on supply, but we’ll try our absolute best!

11. Do you have a catalog available that lists all your upcoming books?
We don’t have a physical catalogue, but you can find our digital catalogue on Edelweiss here (http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/HomePage.aspx?pubOrgID=HC) where you can see all of our exciting new titles!

12. Anything else you would like to add that you think bloggers should/need to know?
We absolutely love book bloggers! Building a strong reading community with you all is one of the best parts about our job and we really do appreciate the work you put into promoting our books. Your enthusiasm and passion is incredible and we look forward to continuing to work with you!

*Because the digital publicist job changes hands occasionally, they did not include the current email address for their digital publicist. Comment below if you would like her email address*

GIVEAWAY:

Stephanie and Booki are letting me host an EpicReads themed giveaway to go along with this post. Here's the thing ... it's a mystery. They will ship you a package of HarperTeen titles - might be ARCs, might be finished copies, could be a little of both. 
*Winner must be over 13 & have a US/Canada mailing address*


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51 comments:

  1. What is the digital publicist's email address?

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  2. And thanks for doing the giveaway! :)

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  3. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    What is the publicist's email address?

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  4. Awesom, very helpful article! What's the publicist'a email?

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  5. What is the digital publicist's email address?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I love these posts Hannah, the are always helpful. I will see you next weekend :)

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  7. Hey, doll! Love these posts. HarperTeen has the BEST selection in Edelweiss, and they're fantastic to work with. Plus, look at all those amazing titles! *grabby hands*

    (PS--I was wondering why everyone kept asking for the email, when it was obviously in prior comments...and then I checked the giveaway thingmeabober. Question answered!)

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  8. This is an impossible questions. I love SO MANY of the Harper Teen books. Divergent, Delirium, recently The Jewel, all of Kasie West books. I just can't pick one. Too hard.

    These post are great! They really helped me when I was just starting to blog so thanks!

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  9. Oh by far my favorite Harper Teen title is the Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini <3

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  10. I love the Shatter Me Trilogy and The Selection. I love so many HaperTeen books.

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  11. Most recently my fave is Something Strange and Deadly! Such a great book and I cannot wait to read the rest!

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  12. I recently read the Half Life of Molly Pierce and absolutely LOVED it. And I'm really looking forward to the Red Queen which is coming out soon i think!

    Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers

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  13. My favorite HarperTeen title? THAT IS MADNESS YOU ASK FOR HANNAH!!! But, if I'm being forced to answer, I'll go with Sweet Evil as an all-time favorite, and then Rites of Passage and Snow Like Ashes as recent favorites. SO GOOD:)

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  14. Thank you very much for doing this interview. It's so helpful!
    My favorite Harper Teen title is Divergent. :)

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  15. GAH!!! I love them all!!! But I absolutely love Divergent :D

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  16. My favorite HarperTeen title is probably "Divergent"! It's the one that came to mind right away.

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  17. These are awesome! I always wonder when they really prefer us to post reviews. I know the branches in Canada are super strict and some want like no more than 10 days ahead and they will send a little sticky note with the ARC with that mention underlined and everything. But when it comes to NG and EW it's not as obvious. Anyways, 1-2 weeks is what I try to aim for :) And mt fav harper novel? Eek! Well Divergent of course but something newer I'd have to check. I never really remember who published what to be honest lol!

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  18. I just recently read Get Even by Gretchen McNeil and absolutely adored it!

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  19. Thank you so much for these ARC Essentials posts! As a relatively knew blogger it is really helpful to hear from publishers about how to request a review copy! What is the publicist's email?

    As for my favorite Harper title, that is difficult. I did just read the Something Strange and Deadly series by Susan Dennard and that was fabulous!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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  20. Well, my favorite HT title is *going to be the spin-off series for The Seven Realms...haha. Now? Oh geez, how can I choose?? Under the Never Sky? The Burning Sky? Girl of Fire and Thorns? So. Many.

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  21. Hahahaha you're asking me to name 1 favorite Harper Teen Title?? I can't love most of their books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Hugs,
    Jaime

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  22. This post was extremely helpful! Thank you so much for doing the interview and hosting a giveaway!
    And how am I supposed to pick ONE favorite Harper Teen title? That's impossible!

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  23. I love Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer :)

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  24. What an extremely hard question! :P
    Hmmm, this year's pick would be Split Second by Kasie West!

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  25. Love this feature!!!!
    I read Made for You last week and I'm still thinking about it! :)
    - meghann m.

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  26. Thanks for interviewing HarperTeen, Hannah! They're my favorite publisher and I've been too nervous to send any requests for physical ARCs so far, but after this, I'm very excited to send my first request to them!

    Huge thank you to Stephanie and Booki for participating in this interview! I definitely learned a lot from reading it!!

    And finally, thanks for the amazing, amazing giveaway! As for my favorite title... I don't know if I can pick one! The majority of my favorite authors are Harper authors - Melissa Marr, Claudia Gray, Kiersten White - I'm a HUGE fan of them! But I can tell you my most anticipated HarperTeen titles are The Red Queen (which I downloaded on Edelweiss) and A Thousand Pieces of you!

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  27. My favorite HarperTeen title is The Selection. I am really looking forward to the new books coming out!

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  28. Thank you for this post, it's a big help! I haven't yet sent physical requests, I've been too nervous, but I have started sending them digital requests.

    My favorite Harper Teen title, that's a hard one so I will have to go with current, Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong!

    Thank you to you and Harper Teen for the awesome giveaway!

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  29. This was so awesome. Thank you. I think I would honestly give a body part to Harper to get approved for some of their ARCs!

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  30. This is an awesome series! Thank you for taking the time to do it. :) I think HarperTeen is always the one publisher that never grants me access to their ARCs. I definitely won't stop trying.;)

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  31. Oh no! I couldn't possibly pick only one :-)

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  32. I have read many of the Harper Teens works and I have to say they definitely know what people like. And this is an amazing giveaway, I've never seen one like this before! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  33. A favorite is the Shatter Me trilogy

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  34. This is the coolest blog feature I have encountered yet! And such a helpful reference for all us book bloggers! Thanks for this :] And to answer the question... there is honestly no way for me to pick just one. HarperTeen has been my favorite publisher for a long time. They are also my dream company to work for. I have read soooo many of their titles and RARELY say "meh" to one. How about the one I am most looking forward to? A Thousand Pieces of You By Claudia Gray!! Thanks to Stephanie and Booki for this awesome giveaway as well :D

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  35. Favorite HarperTeen title? That's hard to answer when there are so many. My favorite most recent Harper book is Rites of Passage and my favorite series of theirs is Under the Never Sky! Thanks for featuring HarperTeen and for the great giveaway!

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  36. geez, there are a lot of Harperteen titles I love...maybe On the Fence by Kasie West? that might be the most recent one

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  37. My favorite Harper Teen title (just one??) : The Sweet series by Wendy Higgins.

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  38. My favourite is definitely Pivot Point by Kasie West!

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  39. Anything by Kasie West. She's pretty freakin' awesome!

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  40. Oh its so hard to choose just one! I really enjoyed Shatter Me! :D
    Mary G Loki

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  41. I have so many on my shelf, but I am a sucker for cheesy books, so I will go with The Selection. Thank you!

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  42. Hey just wondering if that email for Stephanie is still good? Is she still the contact person there?

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  43. Such a helpful post! Do you happen to know if Stephanie is still the person to reach out to at Harper? Thanks!

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    1. Stephanie Hoover approved my Edelweiss request a month ago, so I would assume she's still the person to reach out to!

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