The following interview with Leigh Newman appeared in the premier edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our summer newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.
Leigh Newman: Amy Bloom’s novel and “Inside the Box.”
MC: When you’re not at the office, what do you like to do?
LN: Write books, ski, play with kids, cook, travel, SLEEP.
MC: What’s your biggest pet peeve when working with publicists?
LN: Just would love one contact per house.
MC: What is one of the best success stories you’ve experienced working with a publicist?
LN: Every day I have them!
MC: What’s your favorite part about working at your job?
LN: Reading and working with such talented writers.
MC: What types of books are you tired of covering? What are you hoping to do more of?
LN: Literary fiction, memoir, self-help, business, spiritual. Hoping to do more: poetry!
MC: What’s your preferred lead time? Will you consider older, but timely titles?
LN: Two months.
MC: What’s one piece of advice you have for book publicists?
LN: Be yourself.
MC: What is the best way to reach you (phone, email, etc.)?
MC: When pitching, what is the best way to get your attention (i.e. subject lines)?
LN: Email and sending the book.
MC: What is the strangest/craziest tactic someone has used to get your attention?
LN: Sending books to my private home, which is just… Scary.
MC: Rather than straight book reviews, are you interested in slideshows, Q&As, guest posts, live chats or roundups?
LN: I’m interested in book reviews, literary essays, video experts, and articles written by nonfiction authors, graphic novel or memoirs slideshows, excerpts. No: guest posts, or Q and A.