My Top 5 Moments at HarperCollins Canada

By Siobhan

When I received the call that I would be the next Marketing and Publicity intern at HarperCollins Canada I was extremely excited. It had been my dream since I started my publishing degree to work for one of the top publishers in Canada. Once the news sunk in, the nerves began to creep in. I was leaving the job I had for five years, and doing something new and unfamiliar. This scared me to death! Now, 3 months later, I wonder why I was so nervous. This internship was one of the best experiences I could have ever asked for, and I have learned so much since I have been here. Since this is my last week at Harper I thought I would share with you my top 5 moments of the last 3 months.  *They are in no particular order.

  • Meeting Frankie Flowers

I was lucky enough to tag along with one of the publicists here to an event she put together for Frankie Flowers from Breakfast Television. This experience gave me a glimpse of the behind the scenes action at this kind of event, and how it runs, from beginning to end. When you are a spectator you don’t really get a chance to see the inner workings—the problems and issues that arise from time to time. This event gave me a new appreciation for what publicists do on a daily basis. I also got the chance to meet Frankie in person. What a lovely man he is. He is very sweet and gracious, and amazing in front of a crowd. No wonder everyone loves him!

  • The Chicken Off/The Ice Cream Apocalypse

Both is these events were hosted at our office, and were put together by the staff. First off was The Chicken Off. This event was both entertaining and delicious! Two of our employees (Jason and Maylene) put together a “healthy” competition to see who could cook the best chicken. Both chickens were brought in secretly and everyone voted on which one tasted the best. After the tasting was finished it became clear that Jason’s chicken was the favorite, but both were very tasty! Overall, it was a fun afternoon and we got a free lunch!

A few weeks after the Chicken Off came The Ice Cream Apocalypse, which featured many different ice cream toppings that people brought in for everyone to try. There were some very unique toppings, like Pop Tarts, chocolate covered Fruit Loops and chocolate mousse. There were also the regular favourites like chocolate chips and caramel chips, but many people liked the unique toppings the best! It was a very delicious afternoon and we all had a blast!

  • Frenzy Blogger Night

One of my favorite memories of my time here was helping with the first annual Frenzy Blogger event. There are many reasons why this memory sticks out for me: 1. It allowed me to see how an event like this gets put together and how it is organized the day of,  2. It allowed me to connect with some amazing YA bloggers from across the GTA. I always love talking about books with book people and this night was filled with people that love books just as much as I do! 3. The bloggers and I were lucky enough to meet and talk with the author of Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi! Not only did I love her book, but meeting her in person made me like her even more. She is such a genuinely nice person that will talk to anyone, and will make you feel like the only person in the room. The whole night was an amazing experience and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

  • Writing for Savvy Reader

I was lucky enough, in my second week to be asked to write for the Savvy  It was something I never thought I would be able to do, but was so grateful for the offer. I am a blogger myself and love to give my opinion to others about the books I read and other book related topics. Writing for Savvy Reader allowed me to see into the inner workings of a professional blog, and how difficult it can be to think of new topics to write about and how to manage everything that comes with having one. I would like to thank Shannon for allowing me the opportunity to share my thoughts with you and giving me free range over the topics I wanted to discuss. It has been an amazing experience.

  • The People!

My last favorite memory about my time here would be the people I have met and the people I have worked with. From the moment I arrived here, everyone has been so helpful and friendly and all around amazing. It is because of all of them that I hate to leave. I learned so much from everyone around me, and I couldn’t think of a better environment to help cultivate my publishing experience. My time here has been an amazing opportunity and something I will never forget!

Thanks for reading!

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