People Round-Up, Early July 2015


Marian Brown is now Executive Publicist at Blue Rider Press and Plume. She was formerly Publicity Director at Bloomsbury. David Hawk joined Ten Speed Press as Senior Marketing and Publicity Manager. He was previously Marketing and Publicity Manager at Chronicle Books, specializing in food and drink titles.

Jeff James joined Thomas Nelson as VP, Marketing. He was CEO and Founder of Mythology LLC.

Sara Sargent joined HarperCollins Children’s as Executive Editor in a new role, publishing books created from or around digital and social media content. She was Editor at Simon & Schuster.

Kelly Bowen is now Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Arcadia Publishing and History Press. She was most recently Publicity Director at Algonquin Books.

Steven Sussman joined Skyhorse Publishing as Director of Sales. He was Director of Sales at Dover Publications.

In a reorganization of the US sales division, DK SVP, Sales Therese Burke and Director of Special Sales Vicki Korlishin’s positions have been eliminated. Burke can be reached at [email protected] and Korlishin at [email protected].

At Bloomsbury, Nick Parker is now Sales Director, Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada. He was Regional Sales Manager, Latin America and Caribbean at Oxford University Press. Sara Kitchen is now Senior Production Editor. She was previously Production Manager at Skyhorse. Additionally, Joe Kreuser joined as Marketing Manager for Philosophy, History, and Linguistics. He was Associate Marketing Manager at Taylor & Francis Group. Jessica Tackett is Conferences and Events Coordinator. She was Assistant Program Officer at Cultural Vistas. Donna Gauthier joined as Inventory Manager. She was Senior Inventory Manager at McGraw-Hill Education.

Andrew Knapp joined Wm. B. Eerdmans as Development Editor, Biblical Studies. He was Acquisitions Editor and Marketing Director at Eisenbrauns. Additionally, Alexander Bukovietski is now Production Editor. He was most recently Owner of the consulting firm In a Word.

Head of Bilheimer & Asssociates Roger Bilheimer, whose company handles the PR for Book Expo America, retired.

Yuka Igarashi joined publishing startup Catapult as Web Editor-in-Chief. She was Managing Editor at Granta.

Dennis Awsumb retired from his position as National Accounts Manager at Gibbs Smith.

Jackie Alston left her position as Social Media Manager at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Tara Gonzalez, Erin Murphy’s Assistant, took over the position.

Antonella Iannarino launched consulting firm AI Strategic. She was previously Agent at the David Black Agency as well as Website and Social Media Manager.

Antonella Pearce joined IPR License as Business Development Manager. Formerly, she was Public Relations Manager at the Publishers Licensing Society.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/22-6/26

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.

Should nonfiction authors only write the complete truth or should they be given some leeway for the sake of a more compelling story?

What can publishers learn from coders, and vice versa?

Why are bookstores any different from video stores in the digital revolution?

The CEO of Goodreads on how publishers can improve book discovery.

Millennials aren’t the primary demographic for ebooks, according to a report from Deloitte.

Technology and the Travel Guide


Fodor’s forthcoming guide for Cuba.

Not so long ago, one of the first steps to planning an upcoming trip was to go to the bookstore. Once the future traveler picked out where they wanted to go, travel guides helped them research and plan their trip. As with many things in publishing, the internet changed that. With the proliferation of websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other free-to-access review-based sites, consumers seemed to feel less and less inclined to buy books to help guide their travels.

While the rise of digital ruffled feathers across the publishing industry, travel guides took a significant hit. Jon Marcus wrote in the Boston Globe that travel guide sales sunk by 41% in the beginning years of the recession, which is more than double the loss that was felt by overall book sales. Many couldn’t pinpoint why travel guides in particular were hit so hard. Former director of Lonely Planet, Eric Kettunen said, “Many attributed this [loss] to the rise of ebook sales, but that wasn’t correct. It was the ease at which travelers could access destination content online, especially ‘perishable’ info like rates at hotels, prices at restaurants, etc.” While there is a need for perishable information, there is also a need for well researched information, and that’s what travelers began to realize. Slowly, but surely, sales are finally looking up, and that’s due in part to the fact that the physical guide has figured out how to coexist with a world full of free, digital information.

Amanda D’Acierno, SVP and Publisher of Fodor’s, spoke with me about how technology and travel guides can work together: “Print guidebooks and digital resources work in tandem…There’s nothing like having a print guidebook on the ground in a destination – no roaming charges or worrying about battery.” Of course, there’s more to it than battery power. Advances in digital technology have also been very helpful in the production of print guidebooks: “Our digital content complements our print content…We publish ebook editions of our guidebooks simultaneously or before the print edition.” Technology also helps with the agility of updating existing guides. D’Acierno told me that Fodor’s has “implemented a brand new custom content management system that allows us to be more nimble – not only will we be able to create new print guidebooks and quickly bring them to market, but also develop custom content.”

Digital technology lends a helping hand to the travel guide industry in another way: licensing opportunities. Pieter Van Noordenen, Director of Digital Development at Rowman & Littlefield told Publishers Weekly that they can “easily syndicate to third parties” like or

There’s a middle ground between digital and print to be found in the consumer-facing side of ebooks as well. There is room for a stranger’s Yelp review when a hungry traveler is already settled in to their hotel room, but they can check that review against formally published material as well. Bill Newlin, the publisher of Avalon Travel, said in Publishers Weekly that the ebook versions of their guides have “hyperlinked content listings and pan-and-zoom maps.”

While there is a glut of free online information available to travelers, the realization has settled in that just because it’s free, doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile.  “Smart travelers know that this unfiltered information gathered from average folks can’t compete with selective content compiled by pro writers such as those that work for say, Time Out, Frommer’s, Moon, Rick Steves or Lonely Planet,” said Kettunen.  Another aspect of all the free information out there is that you can never be sure who wrote it, or why. Sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp can be “manipulated by hotels and restaurants,” Arthur Frommer told Publishers Weekly in their most recent look at travel guides. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to know which comments are honest and which are fake.”

But are travel guides truly making a comeback in the face of our increasingly digital age? The best answer to that question is a little. The significant decrease in sales has slowed, and last year there was a 3% rise in travel guide sales according to Marcus’ Globe article.  (It’s important to note that this 3% increase does not include travelogs or travel memoirs, but applies strictly to the guide business. So  perennial travel-related favorites among book buyers like A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson or Into Thin Air would not affect the numbers). 3% is obviously not huge but take against the 41% slide between 2007 and 2012; it is certainly a good comeback.

The travel guide industry rebound from the recession is still ongoing, but it’s clear that this part of the industry has learned to embrace digital technology to make themselves flexible. Travel guides now aim to be agile in terms of the publishing print editions quickly and easily, syndicated content, and ebooks include links to helpful information and maps. Above all, travel guides are here to stay.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/15-6/19

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.

How can traditional publishing stay ahead of digital advances?

Why do female celebrity memoirs make so much money?

A new study looks at representation of race in children’s books.

Will adding “buy” buttons on Facebook make the social media site a threat to Amazon sales?

Does the internet help or hurt science journals?

People Round-Up, Mid-June 2015

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Harold Augenbraum will step down from his position as Executive Director of the National Book Foundation in March 2016, after ten years in the role. No successor has been named yet, but a search is underway. Meanwhile, author Reynold Levy joined the Board of Directors.

Amy Brand is now Director of MIT Press, succeeding Ellen Faran, effective July 20th. Brand was most recently VP at Digtial Science, a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

Maha Khalil is now VP, National Accounts for Perseus Books Group and Perseus Distribution with the additional responsibilities as Sales Director for Running Press. She was Director of Sales and Marketing for Skyhorse.

Karen Thomas is now Publisher of Cleis Press and Viva Editions, following the resignation of Brenda Knight. Thomas was formerly Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing and Founding Editor of Dafina Books.

At Crown Publishing Group, Jessica Brown joined Convergent Books as Publicist/Marketer and David Hawk has joined Ten Speed Press as Senior Marketing and Publicity Manager. Brown was Publicist at Howard Books and Hawk was Senior Marketing and Publicity Manager, Food and Drink at Chronicle Books. At Puffin, Jennifer Bonnell resigned as Executive Editor after 16 years with the company. She plans to pursue freelance editorial consulting opportunities.  She can be reached at [email protected].

Ebony LaDelle joined Simon & Schuster as Marketing Manager. She was Marketing and Promotions Manager at Henry Holt & Company.

Sandy Smith joined Chronicle Books as Marketing Manager, Entertainment & Art. She was previously in the marketing department of Wiley.

Michael Connole will join Quarto in September as CFO. He is currently CFO of Global Radio Group.

At literary agencies, Daniel Menaker joined McCormick Literary as Affiliate Agent. He was formerly Editor at the New Yorker and Editor-in-Chief of Random House. . . John Cusick joined Folio Literary Management’s Folio Jr. as Agent. Previously he was Agent at Greenhouse Literary.  . . Matthew DiGangi joined Bresnick Weil Literary Agency as Affiliate. He was previously in the contracts department of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. . . Thérèse Coen joined Madeleine Milburn Ltd. as Rights Agent and Sarah O’Halloran as Agent.  Coen was Rights Executive at Ed Victor Ltd. and O’Halloran was Literary Scout at Louise Allen-Jones Associates.

Additionally at university presses, Kerry Cahill joined Johns Hopkins University Press as Sales Director of the Books Division. She succeeds Tom Lovett, who retires at the end of June. Cahill was formerly Associate Director, College Sales and Marketing at Cambridge University Press. . . Justin Race was named Director at University of Nevada Press. He was Acquisitions Editor at Rowman & Littlefield.

Lia Hunt joined Princeton Architectural Press as Sales and Marketing Director. She was VP at Folio SocietySarah McKay joined as Program Director of the gift and stationary line, Paper+Goods. She was at the New York Times. Stephanie Leke is now Publicist. She previously worked for publicity firms The Eighth Floor and The Musmanno Group.

Mary Glenn joined Humanix Books as Publisher. She was most recently Publisher at McGraw-Hill Professional.

Margaret Coffee joined Sourcebooks as National Account Manager, Schools and Libraries. She was Sales and Marketing Director at Egmont USA. Additionally, Stephanie Graham is now Marketing Coordinator. She was Communications Assistant in the International Education office at Marquette University.

Samantha Frontera joined Triumph Books as Publicist. She was Publicist at Exclusive PR and Exact Publicity.

James Hadley Billington will step down from his position as Librarian of Congress at The Library of Congress in January 2016 after almost three decades.

Hut Landon will retire from his position as Executive Director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association at the end of the year, after 15 years in the role.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/8-6/12

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.

According to the Association of American Publishers, total sales in the US publishing industry rose 4.6% in 2014, with the largest increase being in K-12 instructional materials.

Does categorizing female writing as “chick lit” make it less recommendable to other readers?

New studies from Nielsen show that  53% of consumers are aware of self-publishing and 23% thought they had bought a self-published title, leading some to say that self-publishing is becoming more mainstream.

Will there be any more major changes in book publishing in the near future?

Would a year of publishing women be good for the trade industry?


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Not New York: Book Business and Culture in Toronto, Canada

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Publishing Trendsetter and was written by a guest contributor, Suman Seewat, Marketing Coordinator for HarperCollins Canada. We’ve added contact information for several of the companies mentioned in the article at the bottom of this post.

Those of us living in Toronto are a lucky bunch. Torontonians have access to one of the best library systems in the country, are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great selection of independent bookstores we can support, and live in a city home to some of the nation’s most celebrated authors.

Toronto also houses the offices of numerous publishers, including HarperCollins Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, House of Anansi, Simon and Schuster Canada, Hachette Canada, Kobo, Harlequin (one of several principal offices), and University of Toronto Press, as well as independent  publishers like ECW Press and Coach House Books. Given the number of publishing houses in Toronto, we have a strong community of industry professionals who are passionate about Canadian literature and literacy. Since I began working in publishing three years ago at HarperCollins, I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet with people working for various publishers, who really are the best of the best.


Another great part about the publishing scene in Toronto is that there are three great programs offered here, that are perfect for recent graduates, individuals already in the publishing industry who are looking to further their skills, or those looking for a career change.

Humber College offers a four-month Creative Book Publishing program taught by industry professionals. The program starts with two months of publishing courses, after which students choose three of five specializations: editorial, marketing, literary agenting, technology, or a research project. The program ends with a group “Enterprise” assignment where students create their own fictional publishing company.

Ryerson University’s Certificate in Publishing, offers a range of courses on the editing, business, design, sales, marketing and publicity aspects of book publishing. I discovered Ryerson’s program when I graduated in 2012 with my Masters in History and was trying to figure out what my next step would be. After taking two courses, I was hooked and determined to work in publishing. I landed an internship at HarperCollins and a few months later started as Marketing Assistant!

Finally, Centennial College’s publishing program prepares students to work in a variety of positions in the industry, with hands-on education, practice publishing e-books, and offering them the chance to work on the bi-yearly On the Danforth magazine.

The publishing professionals and book lovers living in and around Toronto also get the chance to take part in some truly great events that celebrate Canadian and international authors. The Word On The Street is one of the Toronto’s literary scene’s most-anticipated events. The free annual outdoor festival promotes Canadian literacy with a variety of programing and activities for both adults and children.  I’ve been lucky enough to run the HarperCollins Canada festival booth for the past three years, and it’s the event that I most look forward to all year. It’s an incredible thing to see people of all ages excited about books and literature, and to actually get to talk to people in person about what they’re currently reading! Since I mostly interact with readers online through the social media accounts I manage, this is definitely my favourite part of the festival.

The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is another really exciting event that brings some of the world’s best authors to Toronto each fall for eleven days of readings, interviews, discussions, and signings. Over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries have participated in IFOA, including Sherman Alexie, Junot Diaz, Margaret Atwood, Michael Cunningham, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Salman Rushdie. The event truly celebrates literature from around the world and offers readers the chance to engage with the finest literature of our time.

Then, of course, there’s the much-anticipated Book Lover’s Ball every February, where I once sat next to award-winning novelist Heather O’Neill, who I maintain is the single coolest author on the planet. There are also regular author readings and discussions at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, (which has featured the likes of Lena Dunham! And Judy Blume!), book launches, and so much more.

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HarperCollins Canada 416-975-9334; [email protected]

Penguin Random House Canada 416-925-2249; [email protected]

House of Anansi 416-363-4343

Simon and Schuster Canada 647-427-8882

Kobo 416-977-8737; [email protected]

Harlequin 416-445-5860; [email protected]

University of Toronto Press 416-978-2239; [email protected]

ECW Press 416-694-3348; [email protected]

Coach House Books 416-979-2217; [email protected]

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/1- 6/5

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 are there so few literary agencies in the Middle East?

What is the prevalence of digital services doing to physical audiobooks?

Why aren’t magazines utilizing more video streaming services to promote their content?

What are the benefits of proprietary ebook formats?

Why do new authors cling to physical books?

People Round-Up, Early June 2015


Catherine Makk joined HarperCollins as VP, Global Insight.  She was Director, Retail and Consumer Insights at Vogue.  Additionally, Allison Jarvela is now Senior Manager, Consumer insight. Previously, she was Market Research Analyst at Wiley.

Laura Owen joined Nieman Journalism Lab as Deputy Editor.  She was previously Managing Editor of GigaOM.

Mark Kuyper was named Executive Director of Book Industry Study Group, effective June 15th. He came from Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

Chriscynethia Floyd joined David C Cook as VP, Sales and Marketing for Books and New Media, effective July 6th. She is currently VP, Marketing, Trade for Harper Christian and VP of Marketing for Zonderkidz.

Terry Newell joined Insight Editions as Head of Sales and Marketing.  Most recently, he was President of Weldon Owen.

Publisher of Cleis Press and Founder of Viva Editions Brenda Knight has left the company, citing irreconcilable differences with the new ownership, Start Publishing.  The rest of the original staff resigned as well. Knight announced plans to launch an author-centered marketing consulting firm.

James Ernest is now Editor-in-Chief at Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing. He was Executive Editor at Baker Academic and Brazos Press.

Baker Publishing Group VP, Editorial Director Susan Allison will retire in July after 40 years in publishing.

Martin Barabas joined Regan Arts as Publicity Manager.  He was most recently at Ingber & Associates Talent Agency as Associate.

Avalon Radys joined Inkshares as Marketing Manager.  She was previously Editor-in-Chief at Umano.

In children’s publishing, Jessica Shoffel will join Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as Director of Publicity, leaving her current position as Associate Director of Publicity at Penguin Young Readers Group.

Publicists Kimberly Burns, Whitney Peeling, and Michael Taeckens have formed a full-service publicity group called Broadside: Expert Literary PR. They have previously worked for Random House, Perseus Books Group, and Graywolf, respectively.

Katharine Smalley Myers joined Little, Brown as Publicity Manager. She was previously Director of Sales at Princeton Architectural Press.

McKenna Jordan, the owner of independent bookshop Murder By the Book, was appointed to the newly created role, Publishing Consultant at Minotaur Books.  The position will report to Associate Publisher Kelley Ragland. She will provide her expertise on the positioning, selling, and marketing of mysteries and crime fiction exclusively to Minotaur.

Sarah Knight left her position as Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster to launch Sarah Knight Books, which provides editorial, book doctoring, and ghost writing services.

Declan Taintor joined Picador as Senior Publicist. Previously, he was Publicist at powerhouse Books.

Ariel Lewiton joined Sarabande Books as Director of Marketing and Publicity. She is also Interviews Editor at Guernica Magazine.

Brad Woods joined VIZ Media as Chief Marketing Officer.  He was SVP at DreamWorks Animation.

At literary agencies, Julie Barer, Faye Bender, Brettne Bloom, and Elisabeth Weed have teamed up to launch the full-service literary agency The Book Group. Rebecca Stead has also joined the agency as Agent. Anna Geller, Jenny Meyer, Caspian Dennis and Lora Fountain will act as Foreign Rights Agents. Bloom was previously Agent at Kneerim, Williams, & Bloom, which will revert to its previous name Kneerim & Williams. . . Amanda O’Connor will join Trident Media Group as Agent in mid-June. She was previously Editor at the discontinued Image Books imprint at Crown. . . Frances Coady joined Aragi Inc. as Literary Agent.  She was formerly Publisher at Atavist Books and Picador. . .  Moe Ferrara joined BookEnds Literary Agency as Literary Agent and Subsidiary Rights Director. Previously, she was Contracts Manager at The Guild Agency. . . Fuse Literary acquired Penumbra Literary.  Penumbra Principal and Owner Jennifer Chen Tran joined Fuse as Associate Agent. . . Hannah Bowman, Senior Agent at Liza Dawson Associates, will open a West Coast office of the agency in August 2016.

Imani Mixon joined Sourcebooks as E-Commerce Copywriter/Storyteller.  Ami Vanderhoof has also joined the company as Brand Marketing Manager, E-Commerce.  She was Marketing Manager at Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc.

Sherrie Slopianka joined Humanix Books as Director of Publishing, replacing Andy Brown who was recently named COO of Humanix’s parent company, Newsmax Media.  Slopianka was Executive Director of Online Sales at Worthy Publishing.

Neil Strandberg is now Director of Technology and Operations at Shelf Awareness. He was Director of Technology at the American Booksellers Association.

Alicia Simons joined Bibliomotion as Senior Director of Marketing. She was most recently Senior Consultant at Monaco Associates.

Debra Woodward is now Sales Manager at Red Wheel/Weiser.  She was New England Rep at Candlewick Press.

Tobi Harper joined Red Hen Press as Development Associate.

Trent Hart joined Diversion Books & EverAfter Romance as Marketing Manager. He was previously Convention Coordinator at RT Booklovers Convention.

New York Times Book Critic Janet Maslin has switched from full-time to contributor, effective July 1st.

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