People Round-Up, Mid-September 2017


Mark Warren has joined Random House as VP, Executive Editor. He was previously Editor at Esquire for two decades and is the coauthor of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s memoir, The Good Fight. At WaterBrook & Multnomah, Helen Macdonald has joined as Production Editor. Jim Dassise has left his role as West Coast College Field Sales Manager for Penguin Random House after seventeen years and can be reached at [email protected].

At Candlewick Press, Susan Van Metre joins as Executive Editorial Director of the new Walker Books US imprint, which will launch in fall 2018. Van Metre has been with Abrams for fifteen years, most recently as SVP, Publisher of Children’s.

At Author Solutions, Mitch Black has been named CEO, effective immediately. He was previously President of MOBI, a cloud-based, managed-mobility software company in Indianapolis.

Dan Moser has returned to Scholastic as Director of Special Markets and New Business. He was previously International Brand Licensing Manager at Disney Theatrical Group. Heather Daugherty joins as Creative Director of Licensing and Brands, having worked previously as Senior Designer at HarperCollins. Gina Kim is now Product Development Manager for Klutz. Julia Eisler is now Associate Manager of Marketing and Social Media; she was Social Media Manager at Grand Communications. Alexis Kuzma has joined as Mass Market Sales Associate, moving over from her position as Special Markets Assistant for Abrams. In addition, Orlando Dos Reis, previously Assistant Editor for Abrams, has joined Scholastic Press as Editor.

Brian Geffen joins Holt Children’s as Editor. He was most recently Associate Editor at Philomel.

At Transatlantic Agency, Samantha Haywood is now President, having bought controlling interest in the firm from co-founder David Bennett. Bennett will serve as Chairman Emeritus, and co-founder Lynn Bennett will stay on as Treasurer. Rob Firing has joined as Speakers’ Agent and Literary Agent; he was Senior Director of Publicity, Communications, and Speakers’ Bureau at Harper Canada. Marilyn Biderman, previously Principal of Marilyn Biderman Literary Agency, joins as Senior Literary Agent, bringing her clients with her.

Steve Kasdin has left Curtis Brown, where he was Director of Digital Strategy, as well as an agent.  He may be reached at [email protected].

At other agencies: Elizabeth Sheinkman will move to Peters Fraser + Dunlop as Executive Director, Books Department and Senior Agent on October 5. She has been at WME in London since 2012. Rica Allannic has joined David Black Literary Agency as Literary Agent, moving over from her previous position as Vice President, Executive Editor at Clarkson Potter. Wendi Gu has joined Janklow & Nesbit as Associate Agent; she worked previously as Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. At Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, Julie Tibbott, previously Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, has joined as Agent. Quressa Robinson has joined Nelson Literary Agency as Agent. She was previously Associate Agent at D4EO Literary Agency. Caroline Acebo has joined Brower Literary & Management as Director of Foreign Rights. She worked previously as Acquisitions Editor at EverAfter Romance. At Liza Dawson Associates, Monica Odom returns as Agent, bringing her clients from her previous position at Bradford Literary Agency.

Lisa Corrado has joined IglooBooks, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA, as National Account Manager. She was previously Publishing Sales Manager at Guinness World Records.

Tucker Stone has joined Consortium as Client Marketing Manager. He was most recently US Sales and Marketing Director at Nobrow Press. Louisa Brody has joined Two Rivers Distribution and Ingram Academic Services as Manager, Client Relations, having previously worked as Marketing Manager elsewhere in the Ingram Content Group.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/11-9/15

Red Number 5Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

A new study shows that removing illegal book downloads from the internet doesn’t impact sales.

Why is it difficult to “write what you know” as a mixed race writer in a white world?

In terms of education and learning, paper beats screen.

Why didn’t science-fiction writers predict the internet?

Does it take winning massive awards for writers of color to be embraced?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/4-9/8

Red Number 5Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

How should fiction depict the field of natural history?

Can scholarly publishing really avoid Sci-Hub?

Sales at Barnes & Noble were down in the last quarter.

Why are more people visiting libraries?

Are review sites vulnerable to automated attacks?

People Round-Up, Early September 2017


Following the July departure of Tina Pohlman, Publisher, Philip Rappaport is Acting Publisher at Open Road Integrated Media. Libby Jordan joins as Executive Director, Marketing Operations; she was most recently VP, Marketing at Bookshout. Elsewhere in the company, Hillary Tisman has joined as Senior Director of Marketing, having worked previously as Associate Marketing Director for Atria Books. Andrew Chappell is now Digital Marketing Manager, and Juliann Fiorentino is Digital Marketing Coordinator.

Colin Dickerman will join Farrar, Straus & Giroux as VP, Executive Editor as of September 18. He has been working as Editorial Director at Flatiron Books.

In publicity news:

At Rodale Kids, Jason M. Wells has joined as Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Publicity. Previously, he was Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing at Abrams.

Noreen Herits rejoins Random House Children’s as Executive Director of Publicity. Most recently she was Director of Marketing and Publicity at Workman. Alex Field, VP and Publisher of WaterBrook & Multnomah, is leaving the company this month to start an author-consulting business; the search for his successor has begun.

Gwyneth Stansfield joins Crown Publishing Group as Assistant Director of Publicity for Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway Books. Previously, she was Publicity Manager at Blue Rider Press and Plume.

At Time Inc. Books, Laura Gianino has joined as Senior Publicity Manager. She was previously Publicity Manager at Harper360.

Kathleen Carter Zrelak, VP, Director of Publicity at Goldberg McDuffie, has founded Kathleen Carter Communications. She leaves her current role on December 1 and will continue to work with Goldberg McDuffie on select projects going forward.

At university presses:

Susan Wadsworth-Booth is joining Kent State University Press as Director, following her tenure as Director of Duquesne University Press.

Laura Leichum has been named the first Director of Intellectual Property at the University of Chicago Press. She was previously Digital Publishing and Rights Manager and Intellectual Property Manager at Georgetown University Press.

At the Naval Institute Press, Jacqline A. Barnes joins as Publicity Manager. She was previously Publicity and Advertising Manager at Rowman & Littlefield.

At Abrams Children’s, Jenny Choy has joined as Associate Director of School and Library Marketing. She was previously Senior Manager, School and Library Marketing at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Wendy Ceballos has joined Abrams as Sales Manager, Indie Ambassador, having worked previously as Director of Events and Marketing at Seattle, WA’s Third Place Books.

At W.W. Norton, Melanie Tortoroli returns as Senior Editor. She was most recently Senior Content Acquisitions Editor for Amazon’s Kindle Singles.

Amy Kattan is now Marketing Manager for Artisan Books; she was most recently Digital Marketing Manager at Simon & Schuster.

At the American Booksellers Association, Daniel O’Brien has joined as Member Relationship Manager. He takes over from Nathan Halter, who left the ABA in July.

Paul Harrington has joined Berghahn Books as US Sales Manager.

Todd Smith has joined VitalSource as Manager of Campus Store Partnerships. He was previously Director of Campus Store Services at Clayton State University.

At agencies…Lucinda Karter has joined the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency as Agent and Foreign Rights Director. She has been Director of the French Publishers’ Agency for the past fifteen years and will remain there part-time. Ann Leslie Tuttle will join Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as Agent, having worked previously as Editor at Harlequin.

At Amazon Crossing, Liz Darnton has joined as Senior Editor. She was previously a freelance editor specializing in memoir and biography and Editor at The Penguin Press.

Estelle Hallick joins the Forever team at Grand Central as Senior Marketing and Publicity Associate; she was previously Publicist and Marketing Associate at Workman.

Jacqui Small is stepping down from her eponymous imprint at Quarto at the end of 2017, after which she will work part-time as Publisher-at-Large. In addition, Associate Acquisitions Editor Madeleine Vasaly is leaving Quarto after five years in order to pursue freelance editing.

Frank Radell has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Sales Representative. He was previously Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Norwood House Press.

Jamie Real joins Chronicle Books as Assistant Managing Editor, Children’s; she was most recently as Managing Director for Litquake. Sandy Frank joins as Junior Designer.

At The Paris Review, Nadja Spiegelman is joining as Web Editor for The Daily.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/28-9/1

Red Number 5Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

Will autumn see 2017’s big breakthrough book?

How should authors incorporate technology in their fiction?

Is reader participation a path forward for the ebook format?

What can booksellers do to keep their shelves diverse?

If Barnes & Noble went bankrupt, how would the industry change?

International Bestsellers, August 2017

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: China and Norway. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original. Where applicable, the US publisher is listed after the local publisher, separated by a “/”. The lists are taken from major newspapers or national retailers, which are noted at the bottom of each list.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/21-8/25

Red Number 5Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

Is the Trump presidency propelling sales of dystopian novels?

There’s a new crop of books popping up encouraging children to learn to code.

What does fan fiction do for writers and readers?

Is there a downside to reading only books you know you’ll like?

What lies ahead for print books in research libraries?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/14-8/18

Red Number 5Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

What will book coverage look like after Michiko Kakutani‘s departure?

How should publishing address the gender gap in its highest levels?

In film adaptations of YA novels, is diversity becoming more popular than dystopia?

Will augmented reality tech ever come into its own?

Have we drawn the wrong model from Gone Girl‘s success?

People Round-Up, Mid-August 2017


Jennifer Bergstrom has been named Senior VP, Publisher of the Gallery Books Group, succeeding Louise Burke, who retires August 18. Bergstrom joined Simon & Schuster in 1998 and led the launch of Scout Press in 2015.

Adam Eberle has joined OverDrive as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, focusing on expansion of the K-12 market. He was previously VP of Sales and General Manager for the Sungard K-12 unit at the Powerschool Group.

In children’s news, Neal Porter will join Holiday House as VP and Publisher for Neal Porter Books on September 18, moving the imprint over from Roaring Brook Press.

At Scholastic Trade, Mara Lander is now Senior Marketing Director, Licensed Publishing and Brand Management. She was previously Executive Director, Licensing and Brand Management, at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Sarah Jacobson has also joined Scholastic as Assistant Production Editor, having previously freelanced for the publisher. Carolyn Bull joins as Designer for Licensed Publishing; she was previously Junior Designer at Little, Brown Children’s.

Alana Yuster has joined Igloo Books as National Account Manager. She was previously Brand Manager at Penguin Random House.

On September 12, Ryan Doherty will join Macmillan’s new trade book division, Celadon Books, as Executive Editor. He has been working as VP of Literary Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment. At Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Julia Ringo has joined as Assistant Editor, having worked previously as Editorial Assistant at Knopf. At Henry Holt, Marian Brown has joined as Publicist at Large; she was previously Executive Publicist for Blue Rider Press.

Brian Ulicky has joined The New Press as Director of Publicity and Marketing, moving over from his previous role as Director of Publicity for Blue Rider Press.

Cristobal Pera has joined Vintage Español as Publishing Director, succeeding Jaime de Pablos, who has resigned. Pera was Founding Director of The Wylie Agency España and had worked there since 2015. Julianne Clancy joins the Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books marketing group as Marketing Manager.

At Harper, Tracy Locke joined as Director of Publicity on August 7; she was previously VP and Associate Publisher at Penguin Press until mid-2014.  At HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Becky Melvin has joined the W Publishing Group as Director of Publicity, having worked most recently as Director of Public Relations, Social Relations and Social Media for the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. In addition, Joey Paul has joined Thomas Nelson and Zondervan as Senior Editor. He was previously Executive Editor at FaithWords.

Sherrie Slopianka has been hired to take over as Publisher, VP of the Willamette Group. She was most recently Executive Director of Sales at Worthy Publishing. LaRae Weikert will retire as Publisher at Harvest House on August 31, after nearly 32 years with the company.

Eric Kuennen has joined VitalSource as VP, Professional Learning. He was previously VP for Pearson.

At Melville House, Stephanie DeLuca is now Director of Publicity. She was previously Publicity Manager for Gallery Books. In addition, Alexandra Primiani joined as Senior Publicist, having most recently worked as Publicist for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

At university presses: Barbara Kline Pope will become Director of Johns Hopkins University Press at the end of September, replacing Kathleen Keane, who retired in April. Pope was most recently Executive Director for Communications and Executive Director of the National Academies Press at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. At Oxford University Press, David Clark has been appointed to succeed Tim Barton as Managing Director, Academic Division. Barton will depart in September and Clark, currently Senior VP for Health and Medical Sciences at Elsevier, will begin his new position in January 2018. In addition, Richard Brown is stepping down as Director of Georgetown University Press on October 6; Hope LeGro, current Director, Languages Division, will serve as Interim Director.

At Amazon Publishing, Colleen Lindsay has joined as Publicity Lead for Montlake Romance, 47North, and Skyscape. She was previously Marketing Director at Open Road Integrated Media. Hafizah Geter has joined Little A, as well as Amazon’s digital literary magazine Day One, as Editor. She was most recently Editor and Publicity Coordinator for Poets House.

At agencies: Julie Dinneen has joined D4EO Literary Agency as Agent. Joshua LaMorey has left his position as Scout at Franklin & Siegel.

Kristen Radtke joined The Believer as Art Director and New York Editor. She was previously Managing Editor at Sarabande Books.

Erin Vandeveer returns to Abrams as Senior Production Manager. She was most recently Studio Manager for St. Martin’s. Hannah Babcock has joined the publisher as Assistant Manager, Subsidiary Rights, having worked previously as Assistant Scout for Baker Literary Scouting. Tessa Meischeid has joined Abrams Children’s as Associate Publicist, moving over from her previous role as Assistant Editor at HarperCollins Children’s. In addition, Lora Grisafi has joined the children’s group as Trade Marketing Designer. In addition to her freelance work, she was previously Associate Art Director for Random House Children’s.

At the National Book Foundation, Mark Lee has joined as Communications and Marketing Manager. He was previously Associate Publicist at Doubleday.

At Chronicle Books, Katherine McKim has joined as Contracts Manager; she was previously Senior Contracts Manager at Penguin Random House. In addition, Camaren Subhiyah joined as Senior Editor for Food and Lifestyle. She was previously Editor at Abrams.

At Ingram Content Group, Tricia Racke Bengel has joined as Library Sales and Services Manager for Ingram Library Services, moving over from her previous position as Assistant Director of the Nashville Public Library. Anne Ugarte, most recently Manager, Client Sales at Simon & Schuster, joined Perseus Distribution and Ingram Academic Services as Client Relations Manager. Andrew McGarrity has become Director of Digital Solutions for Tennessee Book Company, following their acquisition of Thrivist, which he founded. As part of that acquisition, Derrick Greer is now Senior Manager of Customer Success.

Gisselle Guillen has joined Fabled Films Press as Publicity and Marketing Manager. She was previously Public Relations Account Manager for Rachel Litner Associates.

Shannon Criss has joined EverAfter Romance as Senior Acquisitions Editor. She was previously Editor at Harlequin.

Jennifer Kurdyla joined The Experiment as Editor. She had been Assistant Editor at Knopf.

Michael Seidlinger has joined Electric Literature as Social Media Editor. He was previously Director of Publicity for Dzanc Books.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Stephanie Buschardt has joined as Publicist, moving over from her role as Editorial Assistant at Kirkus Reviews.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/7-8/11

Red Number 5Every week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

Vulture took a look into the tricky combination of YA and Twitter.

Why haven’t more readers embraced the romance genre?

Has Amazon taken Walmart’s unenviable place of being the most-hated retailer?

Shouldn’t Google offer their own e-ink ereader?

Is swearing on the rise in books?