Working at Harlequin: Amazing Books (and Car Troubles) with Brandie Kirk
Happy Wednesday! It’s the middle of the week, which means you have the weekend to look forward to very soon. In the meantime, why not take a break and join us here at Harlequin. We’re taking you behind the scenes again, and this time we’re chatting with Assistant Brand & Promotions Manager Brandie Kirk!
What does the average day in your role look like for you?
I work on brand and promotion initiatives for Harlequin series, which is a ton of fun. On any given day I am helping execute campaigns that excite our readers and encourage dedicated and new readers to discover new books!
What got you interested in the publishing industry?
Being an avid reader my entire life, I knew when it came time to choose a career it had to involve books in some way, shape or form! I later discovered that the marketing side of book publishing, specifically helping other readers like myself find a book they couldn’t put down or stop talking about, was the side of publishing that I was most passionate about.
What piece of information or advice do you wish you knew going into your role?
Be prepared for anything! Every day is different, and you never know when you need to act at a moment’s notice to either solve a hiccup, or to put more support behind something that is trending positively.
Tell us a funny story about something that happened while you were at work.
When we were filming the new Make a Date with a Harlequin Prince video, we had a few issues getting a Rolls-Royce to the set, which was needed for the very first scene! We waited for three different Rolls-Royces, but either they kept breaking down on the way or we couldn’t find a driver for them! We were really cutting it close for time, but we were able to get the gorgeous white Rolls Royce, the one you see in the video, just in time to shoot the undercover video.
What upcoming books are you most excited about?
I am really excited about Coming Home to Crimson by Michelle Major, a sweet love story about a woman who returns to the town she never planned on coming home to. This book will definitely make you smile!
I am also really happy that The Cactus by Sarah Haywood is out! It’s a hilarious account of a curmudgeon named Susan’s unexpected pregancy and the antics that disrupt her previous exceptionally well-ordered life. Definitely worth checking out if you liked The Rosie Project and are looking for a laugh!
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