(Note: I mulled around for quite a while deciding whether or not I would actually post this.)
This post is indented to be a resource for book review bloggers in the US who wish to establish relationships with young adult (YA) publishers.
Please use this information ONLY if you are a serious and dedicated blogger who has been ACTIVELY blogging for more than 6 months and have at least 300 followers (preferably more) under your belt. ARCs are not for everyone. Do not waste the publisher’s time if you are only out for “free books”.
As a young adult book blogger, one of the greatest thrills you can imagine is reaching that point when the book publishers actually want YOU to review their books and rely on YOU to help promote them. It’s a big step to develop a relationship with publishers, one that should be taken seriously and not as a means for personal gain (or free books). I know how much work, time and dedication it has taken me to establish relationships with the publishers, and although I won’t be giving you my own personal contacts below, I AM giving you a resource to help make building relationships a bit easier.
Below I provide:
- General contact information for the publishers who release the widest assortment of titles on the market.
- Publicity contacts for a handful of authors (the information is publicly available on their web sites). That’s right, these are direct contacts for publicists who work for each publisher (aka. real people). Having these contacts is beneficial as it gets your leg in the door beyond a general/catch-all email address.
- A sample template for a blogger email submission to a publicist. (How’s that for a one-stop resource?)
I recommend that you read my other post, Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers, for even more information about blogging in general as well as working with publishers.
Disney, Hyperion Books for Children
They prefer that you initiate contact using the form on this page.
HarperCollins, HarperTeen, Balzer + Bray, Greenwillow Books, Katherine Tegen Books
Sandee Roston Sandee.Roston@harpercollins.com
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Macmillan, Feiwel & Friends
Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Martin’s Press email@example.com
Henry Holt BYR firstname.lastname@example.org
Penguin Group, Dutton Children’s Books, RazorBill, Dial Books for Young Readers, G.P Putnam’s Sons, Philomel Books, Viking Children’s Books, Puffin
Random House, Delacorte
Simon & Schuster BYR, Simon Audio
A good place to start building personal contacts for other titles within the same imprint, as these publicists may also represent other authors. *The information below was obtained from the author’s public web sites, as linked*
Here is a good email template I recommend you use for requesting ARCs and adjust accordingly: (Again, ONLY use this template if you are ABSOLUTELY qualified to make such a request. Again, ARCs are not made for any “Joe Schmoe” or “Jane Doe” on the street.)
Subject: Blogger Review Inquiry
My name is [Your Name] and I am the administrator of a young adult book review blog, [Blog Name]. I would be honored to have the opportunity to receive an advance copy in order to review the following title on my blog. Readers of our blog are a great fit for the promotion of this title:
[Book Title] by [Author] (ISBN)
BLOG STATS: [BLOG NAME] is actively promoting new and upcoming books; all in the form of book reviews, ARC tours, news and giveaways. As of [DATE], [BLOG NAME] averages ____ unique visitors a month, with a current trend of ___ page views a day. The site has maintained a following of ____ followers distributed across social networks like Facebook and Twitter and email subscriptions.
On the Web [URL]
On Facebook [URL]
On Twitter [URL]Again, I would be honored to have the opportunity to review your upcoming titles on the blog.
Thank you for your time and consideration!