Meet the Gatekeepers!

Meet the wonderful Poppy Stimpson, Publicity Director for Pushkin Press!

The Gatekeepers!

Meet the Publicists working hard to get new books into the hands of bloggers, influencers, booksellers, teachers and most importantly….the children.

We are 16 weeks into this blog feature and I am continuously amazed and honoured that the publicists are so happy and willing to share their journeys and jobs with me via this feature. I am always impressed with the level of detail they offer and the insights into what I believe is a fascinating job! At times difficult to be a voice in the crowd shouting about children’s books, these publicists are extraordinary in their creativity and talents.

I have plans to carry this feature on through the summer and into Autumn so if you are a regular reader, then keep your eyes peeled for more!

The sixteenth in my series features Poppy Stimpson, Publicity Director for Pushkin Press! Pushkin Press have a stellar catalogue of books on offer with plenty of exciting titles being released in the coming months.

How did you get your start in the publishing industry?

 I was lucky to be accepted by Penguin Random House Children’s for work experience and within that I discovered the wonderful world of Publicity up close. The role of Publicity Assistant was available at Little, Brown so I put in my application and three interviews later – I was in!

What is the most interesting part of your job?

I love reading submissions from unknown authors and in doing so, discovering new talent. I’m so lucky to be part of the decision-making process behind pitching for books – still feels like a dream!

What are the challenges of your role?

 It’s definitely a juggling process. There are so many brilliant books to publicise and you need to be really deft and moving on and prioritising. 

Describe a typical day or are no two days alike?

No two days are the same. Mostly I’m pitching for review, feature or interview slots, reading submissions, setting up events, speaking to authors and agents, putting together presentations, writing press releases, working with marketing to promote authors online – it’s a lot, but it’s genuinely interesting and satisfying. I’m also moonlighting as a Bookstagrammer (@poppyandherbooks) so I spend my evenings reading books from outside of Pushkin Press, writing reviews and taking pictures!

Tips for Book Bloggers?

Write thoughtful reviews and take your time! Also, sign up to Netgalley.

What are you currently reading?

 Agh, I am currently LOVING The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett which publishes in June from Dialogue Books (a publisher I massively admire). 

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