For the last two months I have been saying to anyone who asks how my soon- to-be -published book is doing, that thanks to Penny Hartill and her wide-ranging media contacts it’s doing very well, thank you! Penny’s hard work, never letting anything go, following up on every lead, keeping me in the loop at all times, has been nothing short of phenomenal. Any writer lucky enough to have Penny handling his/her publicity is already in with a head start.
Elspeth Sandys, author of A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
My engagement with Penny as my publicist has been one of the most positive aspects of publishing my book. She has been enthusiastic, creative, encouraging, supportive, and generally wonderful. I would (and have) recommend her to anyone who is looking for a sympathetic and intelligent publicist.
Jan Pryor, former Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission
and author of After Alexander: The Legacy of a Son
Penny was fantastic to deal with. A great writer, she made sure our key messages were conveyed effectively and was able to put complex technical explanations into easy-to-understand terms. Her network of media contacts were also invaluable in the distribution and pick up of our press releases. She was definitely an asset in growing our brand awareness and media presence.
Jonathan Wrait, Marketing Manager at Wireless Nation
Penny Hartill is one of the best publicists that I have ever worked with. Every good author needs a great editor and a great publicist and Penny is simply the best publicist any author could ask for. Her schedule of interviews for me has been astonishing and I have enjoyed enormously our working relationship. It goes without saying the book has been marching out the doors.
Sir Bob Harvey
Penny Hartill provided outstanding publicity and communications for the Auckland Writers Festival: professional, clever, creative, hardworking and always positive. She delivers to the highest level and meets challenges head-on with flexibility, quick thinking and a sense of humour. The results of the 2014 Festival, with more than 53,000 seats filled across five days – a 55% increase on 2013 – speak for themselves and are testament to the quality and skills of a small, dedicated team of which Penny was a critical member. We look forward to a long association.
Anne O’Brien, Auckland Writers Festival Director
I had never met Penny when it was suggested that I should use her to promote my book to the media, so I was a bit apprehensive. I need not have been. She performed way beyond expectations, and delivered an excellent range of media interviews and reviews.
Dr Don Brash
I have no hesitation in saying, after three decades in the business of authorship, that Penny is far and away the most professional and the most successful of anyone I have dealt with.
Michael King, Historian
Penny’s role in securing major promotions for our authors as well as a wide range of media coverage has been a significant contribution to our continued growth in the New Zealand market.
David Young, Chief Executive, Time Warner UK
Penny is a first-class implementer in event management, media relations and sponsorship. She is responsive, enthusiastic, and thorough. Give her an event or campaign to manage and you will enjoy superb results.
Owen Gill, Head of Corporate Communications, BNZ
I can honestly say that the speech Penny wrote for me is the best I’ve ever been provided with.
Hugh Rennie QC
I have entrusted Penny with events for some of our most valuable customers and they’ve always gone perfectly. I can always rely entirely on her to do a great job. She manages every aspect of the project from start to finish with every detail covered. She’s a gem!
Gillian Munnik, BNZ Agribusiness Marketing Manager
Penny Hartill is the best in the business when it comes to book publicity. She knows New Zealand books and knows how to pitch and win interviews. She is professional, thorough and great to work with.
Caitlin Cherry, Senior Producer, Nine to Noon
Penny did an extraordinary job of promoting an Auckland author’s new book, getting him in-depth coverage in several national newspapers and magazines, and just as importantly, arranging coverage in local media where you might not even expect literature to get multi-pages of fresh treatment. She even jacked up a television opportunity for him. I certainly plan to use her services again.
Roger Steele, Steele Roberts Publishers
Working with Booksellers NZ as a contractor, Penny has a great knowledge of both the New Zealand book industry and the media and was very effective in raising the profile over a number of years of the Montana and then the New Zealand Post Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
Lincoln Gould, Change Manager
Penny is a creative thinker and highly professional in her approach to her work.
David Malacari, Consultant Director at Parramasala: Australian Festival of South Asian Arts
Penny worked with me on the Montana New Zealand Book Awards which we had sponsored for a decade in 2007. Television coverage (both previews and coverage on the night) increased dramatically and we also saw good print and radio results. Penny did sensational work on Poetry Day which went from a small niche literary activity to mainstream acceptance with coverage across New Zealand in metropolitan and regional newspapers. The coverage really drove the event forward and events of all kinds were organised from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Penny is conscientious, persistent and a pleasure to work with and I recommend her without reservation.
Glen Candy, Contractor at Paul Blomfield Public Relations
I’ve known Penny firstly when she was at Penguin and later in her PR role when she managed a number of projects for me. She’s a brilliant operator who gets things done efficiently and effectively. She’s a joy to work with.
Robert Munro, Group Account Director at Hammond & Thackeray
Penny is an ace communications specialist and a consummate professional. Her attention to detail, lateral thinking and creativity are chief among her strengths, and her client focus is unrivalled. She’s also a fab human being. I’ve loved working alongside Penny and have learnt so much as a result.
Sarah Thornton, Director, Thornton Communications Ltd
Penny is a brilliant all-rounder; strategy, media engagement, campaign planning and implementation are handled in a well-organised and creative manner. Penny gets results and is one of the best consumer PRs I’ve engaged with.
Saffi Haines, PR Manager, Simon-Kucher and Partners
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Penny, she is incredibly professional and talented at what she does. There’s no way I could have got the exposure that I did on my own. Initially when I looked at the investment, I was unsure whether I would get it back in sales but the results have far exceeded my expectations and Penny goes over and beyond to offer incredible service. I would totally recommend her.
Wick Nixon, author of Healthy Lunchbox Love