Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/13-4/17

number_5_redEvery 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.

Why do readers love the serial novel?

The ALA released an infographic about the most challenged books in public institutions in 2014.

Has publishing become a civil war between self-publishers and traditional?

Does Penguin Random House’s audiobook deals with Scribd and Mofibo signify its first step toward embracing subscription services for its ebooks?

Why are some audio stories so compelling?

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/6-4/10

number_5_redEvery 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 changes could be made to print books to ease digitization?

Does the average reader notice when Amazon gets into a dispute with a major publisher?

The 2014 Vida Count shows that literary criticism continues to be dominated by males.

Should publishers limit the amount of translated fiction they publish?

Ebook sales have evened out for now, but will they stay that way?

Editor’s note: An update was added to the promotions section of our People Round-Up, Early April 2015 post.

People Round-Up, Early April 2015

An update was added to the promotions section of the original post on 4/10/15.

Editor’s Note: Looking for an office in Manhattan? Market Partners International currently has a space available in its office near Grand Central Terminal. For more information, please email [email protected].

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Jeannie Mun joined Oyster as CFO.  She was previously CFO at the technology company MediaMath.  Additionally, Barry McCarthy joined as Advisor.  He was previously CFO at Netflix.

The Book Industry Study Group Executive Director Len Vlahos resigned, effective June 12th.  He and his wife Kristen Gilligan will join the Senior Management Team of the Tattered Cover bookstores, acquiring controlling interest of the business over the next two years from current Owner Joyce Meskis¸ who plans to retire when Vlahos and Gilligan take over.

Tom Reale is now COO at Brown Books Publishing Group. Most recently, he was VP, Special Projects at Academic Partnerships.

Alex Merrill joined Skyhorse Publishing in the newly created role of COO. Most recently, he was Group Publisher at Morris Media Network.

Jeanne-Marie Hudson is now VP, Director of Marketing at Berkley/NAL.  She was previously Senior Director, Marketing Communications and Audience Development at St. Martin’s Press.

Lynn Cully returned to Kensington as Director of Sales.  She previously held the positions of Sales Director and Publisher at the company from 1990-2000.

Luke Dempsey is now Executive Editor at HarperOne.  Previously, he was Nonfiction Editorial Director at Ballantine.

Yulia Borodyanskaya is now Rights Director, Subsidiary and Foreign at Abrams Books. Previously, she was Director, International Rights at McGraw-Hill Education.

Susan Reich retired from her position as President at Publishers Group West on March 31st.  She can be reached at [email protected].

At literary agencies, Eric Myers joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management as Agent.  Previously, he was Agent at Spieler Agency.  He will be bringing his client list with him. . . Maria Ribas joined Stonesong as Agent for Nonfiction.  She was previously Agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. Leila Campoli also joined Stonesong as an Agent, specializing in nonfiction.  She was previously Editor at Palgrave Macmillan. . . Alli Brydon joined Bright Group Inc. as Managing Agent.  Previously, she was Senior Editor at Sterling Children’s Books. . . Stephanie Abou joined Lippincott Massie McQuilkin as Agent.  She was formerly at Foundry.

Christine Foltzer joined Tor.com as Associate Art Director.  Previously, she was Assistant Art Director at Hachette.

In children’s publishing, Jennifer Besel joined Black Rabbit Books as Associate Publisher.  She was previously Senior Editor at Capstone. . . Alix Reid is now Executive Editor at Carolrhoda Books and Carolrhoda Lab, overseeing a list of titles acquired from Egmont USA.  Reid was Interim Editor-at-Large at Lerner. . .Kristin Carder joined Klutz as Editor.  She was Designer and Illustrator at Braid CreativeVicky Eva has also joined Klutz as Senior Sourcing Specialist.  Formerly, Eva was Senior Vendor Account Manager at One Kings Lane.

Nadea Mina joined Open Road Integrated Media as Senior Publicist.  She was formerly Senior Publicist at St. Martin’s Press.

Faith Black Ross joined Severn House as Acquiring Editor.  She was formerly an Editor at Berkley.

Kyle Duncan is now VP, Publisher of Books and Media at David C Cook.  Most recently, he was Principal of the publishing consulting firm Scriptorium.

Emily Williams is now Manager, Publisher Relations at educational non-profit Expeditionary Learning.  She was previously Manager, Digital Content at Nook.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/30-4/3

number_5_redEvery 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.

We Need Diverse Books released its annual report.

A new Nielsen survey about consumers’ buying habits found that ebook sales increased slightly in 2014, but sales through online retailers and bookstore chains decreased.

Is the Clean Reader application a form of censorship?

Why is crowdfunding gaining popularity and what are the different platforms using it?

Publishing Perspectives and Publishing Technology released a white paper about how Millennials consume content.

International Bestsellers, March 2015

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: Austria and Israel. 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.

BestsellerMar2015.France

 

 

BestsellerMar2015Germany2

 

 

BestsellerMar2015 Italy

 

BestsellerMar2015.Spain

 

 

BestsellerAustriaMar20152

BestsellerMar2015Israel

 

 

Literary Partay: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

The 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival took place March 25-29, with a banner roster of attendees and speakers, including John Waters, Roy Blount Jr., Rick Bragg, Joe Kanon and John Patrick Shanley.  (Laura Lippman missed this year, as she was sick.)

One of the festival’s literary lions was John Lahr, whose biography of Williams came out last year.  In his seventies, Lahr announced to the SRO crowd that gathered to hear him talk: “It took fifty years just to learn how to write.”

The four day event strikes a balance between Williams adulation, New Orleans boosterism,  and celebration of all things bookish – including a panel on “The New New Publishing: Navigating the Industry Right Now.”  When asked what a publisher should do for his authors, Bill Lavender, who founded Lavender Ink and Dialogos, said “Ask not what your publisher can do for you. . .,” which elicited knowing laughter from the fellow panelists and the audience.  The other panelists – authors and indie publishers – talked of how sales in the four and five figures made the prospect of agented books – or even advances — unlikely. Still they were passionate about helping their books find an audience, and author and publisher Radclyffe remarked on how much easier it is when you’re in a category (in her case LGBT) small enough to know all the players.

There were also a lot of theatrical events, including a staging of the winner of the one-act play contest, and a one man show in which Joel Vig played Truman Capote talking of his friendship with Tennessee Williams.

The Festival also attracts aspiring writers with its Master Classes where authors and agents are on hand; and academics, who come for its Scholars Conference, hosted by English professor and Williams scholar, Robert Bray. It’s surely one of the few literary festivals that includes in its lineup the editor of the NYTBR (Pamela Paul), a recipient of the National Medal of Arts for his music (Allen Toussaint); the president of  Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours (Ron Drez); a PhD in linguistics-turned- author (Laila Lalami); a Mad Men actor (Bryan Batt), and a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, with the Times-Picayune staff, for his coverage of Katrina (Ted Jackson).  That’s New Orleans for you.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/23-3/27

number_5_redEvery 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 millennial readers prefer reading print books to digital books.

Book Riot surveyed their readers to find out their reading habits in 2014.

Should rights requests go through a digital platform, or continue to be handled by hand?

Is modern fiction against friendships?

Will cell phones begin recommending content to users?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/16-3/20

number_5_redEvery 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.

Are virtual reality bookstores the next step for retailers who are competing in an on-demand world?

Will Chinese translations find success in the North and South American marketplace?

Can Amazon be both a friend and foe to publishers?

What can publishers do to help literary fiction get noticed?

Can ebooks and print books become companions instead of competitors?

Bonus Video: What do technology trends indicate for the futures of  Amazon, FacebookGoogle, and Apple, according to a lecture from NYU Professor Scott Galloway?

Editors’ note: Don’t forget about Publishing Trends’ free contact sheets. From literary scouts to publishers, these annually updated resources are to help you be in contact with people throughout the industry.

A DRM Primer for a VAT World

The ongoing and increasingly heated debate over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in digital publishing has recently received more press attention because of the EU ruling to charge VAT (value-added tax) on ebooks.

For those in need of a reminder, Digital Rights Management refers to the protections  that are in place on many copyrighted digital products like video games, smartphone apps and ebooks that make illegal downloading more difficult.

In the beginning of March 2015, France and Luxembourg lost their court case to reduce VAT rates for ebooks to those of print editions, Reuters reported.  The countries tried to convince the court to consider ebooks goods rather than digital services so they could charge the same reduced VAT rates as print books.  The ruling against France and Luxembourg means that tax rates on ebooks will rise from 5.5% to 20% in France and from 3% to 17% in Luxembourg.

This ruling comes a little less than two years after the French government’s move to reduce the VAT rate, specifically for the benefit of non-DRM-protected ebooks.  French Deputy Isabelle Attard originally distinguished between DRM-laced ebooks as services and non-DRM ebooks as goods on the theory that “Everything that goes against interoperability, or imposes reading constraints would be subject to a VAT of 19.6%, in the capacity of services, and not sale of a book, therefore of a product,” Attard said at the time.  This motion failed to pass, so the country decided to give all ebooks the same reduced VAT rate.

DRM systems are often controversial because while they protect copyright, they also prevent people from converting ebooks into different formats, from sharing with multiple users or between different devices, and from printing the ebook. Although there are some movements to eradicate DRM completely, none seem to propose a viable alternate solution to protect against piracy, thereby protecting author and publisher income.

In an interview with the anti-piracy company Rightscorp, Good e-Reader learned that there will be an estimated 700 million pirated ebooks in 2018.  According to Rightscorp, approximately 300 million ebooks were pirated in 2013. Based on these numbers, it seems this method isn’t preventing piracy.

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People Round-Up, Mid-March 2015

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Andrew Solomon joined PEN American Center as President after being elected for a two-year term.

Karen Fink is now Deputy Director of Publicity at Grand Central Publishing.  She was most recently Associate Director of Publicity at Random House.

Colleen Lawrie joined PublicAffairs as Senior Editor.  She was previously Editor at HarperCollinsTony Forde is now Publicist.  He was previously Associate Publicist at Twelve.

Sara Weiss joined Ballantine Bantam Dell as Senior Editor.  Formerly, she was at Grand Central Publishing where she was recently promoted to Editor.

Stephanie Davis joined Clarkson Potter and Harmony as Marketing Manager.  Previously, she was Assistant Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press.

In children’s publishing, Barry Harbaugh joined Little A as Senior Editor.  Previously, he was Editor at Harper. . . Barbara Cho joined Little Bee Books as Production Manager.  Previously, she was Production Supervisor at Random House Children’s.

Robin Barnett is now Director of Public Relations, Nonfiction Trade at Zondervan.  Previously, she was Senior Publicist at Baker Publishing.

Adia Colar joined HarperOne as Publicity Manager.  She was previously Senior Publicist at New Harbinger.

Flatiron Books hired Steven Boriack as Senior Publicist and Molly Fonseca as Marketing Manager.  Boriack was previously Publicist at HarperCollins and Fonseca was Coordinator, International Sales at Penguin Random House.

At literary agencies, David Patterson is now Agent at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, where he will continue to represent his current clients.  Previously, he was Agent at Foundry Literary + Media. . . Linda Camacho joined Prospect Agency as Agent.  She was previously Marketing Associate at Random House. . . Chelsea Heller joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as Subsidiary Rights Director.  She was formerly Subsidiary Rights Associate at Writers House. . . Amy Williams resigned from McCormick & Williams to start her own agency, The Williams Company.  McCormick & Williams will be renamed McCormick Literary and continue under David McCormick.

Ginia Hairston will rejoin Waterbrook Multnomah as VP, Director of Marketing in April.  She was most recently VP, Marketing at David C Cook after holding various positions at Waterbrook Multnomah. With the separation of Convergent Books from Waterbrook Multnomah, Carie Freimuth is leaving her position as VP, President, Associate Publisher of Waterbrook Multnomah, Convergent, and Image Books at the end of April.  Her position will be eliminated.  She can be reached at [email protected].  Senior Editor Gary Jansen will transition to Convergent.  Publicist Katie Moore will leave the company at the end of the year. Additionally at Waterbrook Multnomah, Laura Barker was promoted to VP, Editorial Director, Debbie Mitchell to VP, Director of Operations, Beverly Rykerd  to Publicity Director, and Susan Tjaden to Editor.

Tim MacDonald is now Chief Advancement Officer at David C. Cook.  Previously, he was President of The Dexter Group.

Lil Copan joined Wm. B. Eerdmans as Senior Acquisitions Editor, General Trade.  She was formerly Senior Acquisitions Editor at Abingdon Press.

Rachel Small is now Publicist at Europa Editions. Formerly, she was Translation Quality Manager at Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Jandra Sutton joined PR by the Book as Digital Media Coordinator. She was previously Marketing Director at Turner Publishing Company.

Anne-Elisa Schaffer joined Rightscenter as Sales and Business Development Manager.  Previously, she was in the Book Department Coordinator at William Morris Endeavor.

IPR License hired Stacey Riley as Transaction Manager.  She was formerly Permissions Assistant at Nature Publishing Group. Read More »