Hannah Long Acquires Books for Harper Collins

Posted by Monica Hoel
Hannah is breaking a long family tradition – and the adventure is paying off.

As an assistant editor for Broadside Books (an imprint within Harper Collins), Hannah Long reads a lot of non-fiction. Broadside is focused on a niche of readers that are conservative or libertarian. She says she experiences a lot of variety in the manuscripts that cross her desk: some are really interesting, but just not marketable; some offer great points of view but aren’t explained very well; and some offer an idea that is so obvious that there isn’t really any mystery about it that makes a person want to read a whole book about it. “Some of these ideas would be a good article, but not a whole book.”

How does she manage to review so many books? Hannah says that she’s not actually such a fast reader; she has an app that reads the manuscripts to her while she’s doing housework or walking. “I’m easily distracted! So this allows me to pay attention to the words while also doing something else.”

Hannah is a big non-fiction reader – but, ironically, her real passion is fantasy. She’s a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, and she found that J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing fulfilled something for her that she heard C.S. Lewis express. “C.S. Lewis said that fantasy shouldn’t make you want to travel to far away lands; it should re-enchant the place you live.”

One day, she looked out the windows of her home in Rural Retreat and realized the Blue Ridge Mountains looked very much like the fictitious mountains in The Lord of the Rings. And perhaps that’s what ultimately gave her the courage to break a long-standing family tradition of “not going anywhere.” She says her family is not known for venturing out from Southwest Virginia, but her father, Allan Long, encouraged her to break that model and venture out in ways he had never had the courage to do. Her father, who listens to the Metropolitan Opera on his truck radio while clearing brush on their family property, pushed her to get past her fears about leaving home, and now Hannah is living in Brooklyn, New York, working for HarperCollins, and experiencing all the culture that she once only saw in the media.

She says her journey began on the internet. “The internet gave me a chance to see parts of the world I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. And I used it to network.” Hannah was writing for a national magazine while still a college sophomore – a gig she got because she found someone on Twitter and asked about submitting something. That same courage led to a great college internship, and then to this great job.

Did we mention that she only graduated in 2018?

You can enjoy a fascinating conversation with Hannah on the Duck Pond Wall podcast platform.

  • Hannah Long
    E&H Class of 2018

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1381-richard-graves-art-featured-on-special-stay"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg" alt="This tshirt is not only fun, it?s a collectors item! It features Richard Graves? original art, an..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1381-richard-graves-art-featured-on-special-stay">Richard Graves art featured on special Stay Homecoming t-shirt</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Artwork was revealed at the E&H Bookstore online shopping event! (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://youtu.be/QzpHaGO795w?t=1040">Click here to see the video! The coupon is “stayhome2020” and is good through Oct. 9, 2020.</a></span>) <a href="/live/news/1381-richard-graves-art-featured-on-special-stay" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/660-how-do-you-love-your-neighbor-in-the-midst-of"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,845/5907_Wil-CasMug_2.5_inches.rev.1548777885.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,845/5907_Wil-CasMug_2.5_inches.rev.1548777885.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,845/5907_Wil-CasMug_2.5_inches.rev.1548777885.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,845/5907_Wil-CasMug_2.5_inches.rev.1548777885.jpg" alt="Rev. Wil Cantrell, E&H Class of 2001." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,845/5907_Wil-CasMug_2.5_inches.rev.1548777885.jpg 2x" data-max-w="750" data-max-h="845" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/660-how-do-you-love-your-neighbor-in-the-midst-of">How do you love your neighbor in the midst of conflict?</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> A book by Rev. Wil Cantrell (E&H ’01) intends to help United Methodists remain committed to the Church during a contentious debate. <a href="/live/news/660-how-do-you-love-your-neighbor-in-the-midst-of" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1231-luke-grooms-eamph-01-has-spent-the-covid-19"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.jpg" alt="Luke Grooms, E&H Class of 2001." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1214,1208/8070_Luke_Grooms.rev.1587556007.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1214" data-max-h="1208" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1231-luke-grooms-eamph-01-has-spent-the-covid-19">Luke Grooms (E&H ’01) Has Spent the COVID-19 Shut-Down in South Korea</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Luke is singing with the <em>Phantom of the Opera</em> World Tour. <a href="/live/news/1231-luke-grooms-eamph-01-has-spent-the-covid-19" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>