Confessions of Ksenia Winnicki from Macmillan & Giveaway!!

April 23, 2013 Author Feature, Giveaway, Interview 10

Today we are happy to have as our guest the marvelous Ksenia Winnicki!  Ksenia is a Digital Marketing Associate with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and in addition to answering some of our questions she is also offering us a copy of Cinder  & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles series!  See my reviews of Cinder & Scarlet.  Don’t forget to come back next month for my interview with Marissa Meyer!

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How did you get into your field?  Did you always know this is the sort of thing you wanted to do?

I was an English major and everyone assumed I’d become a teacher. I dabbled with that idea…for like a semester and realized it was not for me. At one point in college, when I went for an interview for a job at a textbook publishing service company, I realized I wanted to be in book publishing, because you know…BOOKS! With each publishing job/internship I did, it was something different: proofreading, advertising, and publicity. Initially, when I graduated college, I thought I would end up in editorial. Because that’s like the dream, right? Far from it! My first job after college was at Scholastic where I did the copyediting/proofreading for the hardcover trade books. After that, I found myself here at Macmillan, working in marketing, and now specifically digital marketing. I never thought I’d end up in marketing but I am so glad I did!

What is the first thing you do when you get on your computer each day?

I click on my Outlook icon and while my e-mail is opening up, I go read my daily webcomics.

What’s your favorite book and/or author of all time?

Oh gosh! There are so many. You ready? I’d have to say Anne of Green Gables for like my all-time and childhood favorite. Every few years I find myself rereading the first few books.

As for an adult book, it’s Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I actually can’t bring myself to reread that book because of the emotional rollercoaster I’d have to face again.

Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore is an epic graphic novel series and pretty much my gateway into comics. When I reread it, I go through withdrawal. As a result, whatever Terry Moore writes or draws, I will without a doubt buy it.

Most recently though, my favorite has been The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I gobbled those books up this past Fall, in like a week.

Do you read all of the titles that you do publicity for?

I really, really do my best! I just read manuscripts for two books that we’re publishing in a year, but I’m also still making my way through Summer and Fall 2013 books!

The Scoop on interacting with Book Bloggers!!
What are a few of your pet peeves when getting a review copy request?

To be quite honest, when the request includes books we don’t publish. It’s nice to get a review request (especially from a blogger whom I’ve haven’t worked with) that includes links to his/her reviews of a couple books that we’ve published.

The worst experience you’ve had with a blogger?

Ok, I spent quite a few minutes thinking about this and honestly couldn’t come up with one. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with all of you!

Have you ever turned down a review book request because of appearance of that person’s blog? (for instance it was just a visual nightmare!)

Not necessarily. I tend to pass on a book blogger if the blog is just full of memes (Waiting on Wednesday, Stacking the Shelves, etc) and no original content, like reviews!

So as far as publicity goes – are you of the mind that even a negative review is publicity? Personally I know I’ve read books just because I’ve read a flamer review on it and just HAD to know for myself.

Kinda-sorta. I do find myself checking out a book because I want to see what all the hubbub is about, whether it’s positive or negative hubbub.

Do you subscribe to any blogs yourself? Whether it is a book blog or some other kind.

I try to go through my reader on a regular basis, which is full of some book blogs that I work with, but I also read industry blogs like Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, and Mediabistro’s Galleycat.

Do you pay attention to the drama that sometimes happens between authors and bloggers? (We try not to personally because oh boy can it get crazy sometimes)

If I happen to be on Twitter and I see something going on, I’ll pay attention…for a few minutes just to know what’s going on.



Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


The Giveaway!

Must have a U.S. mailing address to enter! 2 winners – one to receive a copy of Cinder, the other to receive a copy of Scarlet.
Cinder Scarlet Winners

A few place to find Ksenia and Macmillan:

Twitter: Ksenia

Twitter: Mac Kids Books | Mac Kids Books |  Facebook: Macmillan Kids

Mac Teen Books

Twitter: Fierce Reads | Facebook: Fierce Reads



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10 Responses to “Confessions of Ksenia Winnicki from Macmillan & Giveaway!!”

  1. DannyBookworm

    I love Ksenia! She is amazing and when working with her I never have the feeling of being “just” a blogger. She gives us all the feeling of being valued:))

  2. Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

    This was such a great interview. It’s so interesting to hear the perspective of someone in publishing. It’s really cool to hear about how she got into marketing. I think that would have to be the coolest job!

  3. Leslie @ Working for the Mandroid

    Ksenia is awesome! I got to meet her at Comic Con last summer and she treated me like I was a friend rather than someone who lives 2000 miles away who pesters her on email at times.

    Great interview, Tabitha! It’s nice to stumble into you blogging again. 🙂

      • Leslie @ Working for the Mandroid

        That’s what I get for not being very social outside of Facebook. I haven’t “seen” you around much and I don’t think I’ve stumbled upon this blog except for one other time. I’ve added it to my RSS feed. 🙂

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          I’m working on cleaning out my RSS feed and organizing it. I know you’re in there somewhere. Probably you haven’t seen as much of me because I have an 8mo old and it was hectic. Now I’m starting to be able to visit again more. Darn spitting out babies gets in the way of things I want to read!