Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/16-10/20

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.

If Brits aren’t eligible for big American literary prizes, why are Americans eligible for the Booker?

What are the takeaways from this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair?

Is the current literary culture against third person writing?

This year’s VIDA counts are out, and some magazine have made strides toward gender parity and others have slipped.

Here are two different opinions from YA authors about the controversial YA book, American Heart, which recently had a star removed from its Kirkus Review.

People Round-Up, Mid-October 2017


Effective December 4, Brian Napack will join Wiley as President and CEO. He replaces Interim CEO Mark Allin, who resigned in May. Napack has been Senior Advisor for Providence Equity Partners since 2012 and was President of Macmillan from 2006 to 2012.

David Levin is leaving his position as CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. Lloyd “Buzz” Waterhouse will return to the company as Interim President and CEO; he had previously served as President and CEO from 2012 to 2014.

At the National Book Foundation, Beth Harrison joins as Deputy Director. She was most recently Assistant Executive Director, Development and External Relations at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Ann Marie Resnick has left Scholastic, where she was SVP, Marketing and Promotions, and may be reached at [email protected].

At Putnam, Margo Lipschultz will join as Executive Editor on October 23. She was previously Senior Editor at Harlequin. Warren Bass will join Penguin Press as Executive Editor on November 13, and is presently Senior Editor for the Wall Street Journal’s weekend review section. Julie Ertl has joined Vintage/Anchor as Senior Publicist, moving over from her previous role as Publicity Assistant at Little, Brown and Company. Chris Russell has left his position as Associate Editor at Viking to join Axios as Expert Voices Editor. At Random House Children’s, Courtney Paganelli joins as Assistant Managing Editor. She was previously Editorial Assistant at Pearson. Annie Gardner has joined as Associate Email Marketing Manager. She was previously Senior Demand Generation Coordinator at 24Seven.

In agency news…Elianna Kan is now Affiliate Agent at Regal Hoffmann & Associates, with a special focus on Spanish-language titles. She previously worked freelance as an editor and translator. Riddhi Parekh has joined Laura Dail Literary Agency as International Rights Manager and Agent. Most recently, she was Children’s Book Scout at Franklin & Siegal Associates.

Christi (Sheehan) Hagemann joins Workman Publishing as Publicist. She was previously Associate Publicist at DK. Neil Hiremath, most recently an operations, finance, and sales consultant for publishing and media startups, is now Manager of Digital Operations. SarahMay Harel has joined as Assistant, Digital & Web Operations.

Karen Corvello has joined the University Press Sales Associates consortium as Northeast Sales Rep for MIT Press, Princeton University Press, and Yale University Press. She was most recently Regional Manager, New England and upstate New York, for Baker & Taylor.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/9-10/13

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.

Memoirs ruled this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

How does the “gray market” impact authors?

Bowker has released its latest report on self-publishing in America.

What would it mean for publishing to be truly diverse?

How did Amazon book reviews become an arena for political debate?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/2-10/6

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.

Why have critics historically avoided new Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s books?

Should everyone be able to write books about abuse?

Why are romance fans so unhappy with New York Times Book Review’s recent coverage of the genre?

Is there a problem with the Hogarth Shakespeare Project adaptations?

A new report showcases a severe lack of diversity in the romance genre.


People Round-Up, Early October 2017


Jennifer Besser will become SVP and Publishing Director of Roaring Brook Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux Children’s, and First Second on October 30, following the retirement of Simon Boughton. She is currently President and Publisher of Putnam Children’s.

At Candlewick Press, Karen Walsh joins as Executive Director of Publicity for brands and key titles. She was most recently Executive Director of Publicity, Children’s at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Pamela Bobowicz has joined Abrams Children’s as Executive Editor of Licensed Publishing. She was previously Senior Editor for HarperCollins Children’s.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, Veronica Wasserman joins as Executive Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy. She most recently was Brand Director of Wimpy Kid marketing at Abrams. Michael Dudding has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Senior Marketing Manager. Previously, he was Digital Publishing and Marketing Manager at Grove/Atlantic. Sari Kamin has joined HMH as Senior Publicity Manager. Breanne Sommer, most recently Account Executive at Handcrafted PR, has joined as Publicity Manager.

Jim Childs will retire as Publisher at Globe Pequot on October 31, after three years at the press and forty years in publishing.

At Sourcebooks, Jordan Kost has joined as Creative Director, Children’s, moving over from her previous role as Creative Director for Albert Whitman.

Byrd Leavell is now Literary Agent at United Talent Agency. He was previously Partner at the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, which will now revert to its original name, Waxman Literary Agency.

At other agencies…Adrienne Rosado has joined Stonesong as Literary Agent, having worked previously as Literary Director at Leibo Literary. Rachel Vogel, formerly Agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, is now Agent at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Jennifer Chen Tran joins the Bradford Literary Agency as Agent, moving over from her position as Associate Agent at Fuse Literary. At Root Literary, Molly O’Neill, most recently of Waxman Leavell, is now Agent. Margo Beth Fleming has joined Brockman, Inc. as Agent; she was previously Senior Editor at Stanford University Press.

Hannah Moushabeck will join Nobrow/Flying Eye Books as Associate Director of Sales and Marketing mid-month. She has been working as Associate Marketing Manager at Chronicle Books.

Caitlin Sweeny will join Simon & Schuster Children’s Books as Associate Marketing Director on October 10, moving over from her role as Senior Marketing Manager at Macmillan Children’s. Vanessa DeJesus has joined as Associate Publicist; she was previously Assistant Manager of Author Events for Macmillan. Jasmine Hodge is now Publicity Assistant, and Nicole Benevento joins as Marketing & Publicity Assistant.

Michelle Campbell has joined Little, Brown Children’s as Senior Manager of School and Library Marketing. Most recently, she was Manager of Library and Educational Marketing for Scholastic.

At the University Press of Florida, Peter Van Woerden has been hired as Assistant Director of Business and Finance. He was most recently Director, Finance and Operations at American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Former Editor-in-Chief Becky Nesbit is returning to Howard Books as Editor-at-Large. Philis Boultinghouse has retired from Howard following the closing of its Nashville office.

At Holiday House, Miriam Miller joins as Senior Subsidiary Rights Manager. She was most recently Subsidiary Rights Manager for Macmillan Children’s.

Lindsey Hall joined Tor as Senior Editor; she was previously Editor at Orbit.

Shannon Jamieson Vasquez is now Senior Acquisitions Editor at Crooked Lane. She will continue to run SJV Editorial and was previously Editor at Berkley.

At Rodale Books, Shane Danaher joins as Associate Web Producer and Maureen Cirnitski joins as Project Editor.

Nina Shield moves to TarcherPerigee as Editor. She was previously Editor and Backlist Manager for Plume/Blue Rider Press. Alison Coolidge, previously Associate Publicist at Blue Rider, has joined Portfolio/Sentinel as Publicist. At Random House Children’s, Connie Le is now Brand Manager. In addition, Nancee Adams has joined as Copy Editor and Bess Schelper has joined as Associate Copy Editor.

At Verso Books, Jessie Kindig has joined as Editor. She was formerly Associate Agent at Roam Agency.

At HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Jocelyn Bailey has joined as Acquisitions Editor for Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.

At DK, Kelsey Curtis has joined as Publicist. Previously, she was Account Executive for Zeno Group.

Sandra Law is joining Abraham Associates effective October 11 as Sales Rep for Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and parts of Chicago. She replaces Roy Schonfeld, who is retiring at the end of the year, and has most recently worked as Store Manager at Anderson’s Bookshop in La Grange, Illinois.


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International Bestsellers, September 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: Australia and United Arab Emirates. 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 9/25-9/29

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.

Should authors get political on Twitter?

What makes US and UK book jackets so different?

How accurate is climate-themed fiction?

Why are graphic novels so frequently banned?

How far is the publishing industry from gender equity?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/18-9/22

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.

Books about the 2016 election are selling unexpectedly well.

How will Amazon‘s latest moves affect physical retail?

What can sci-fi illuminate about countries like Nigeria?

What are the hackable weaknesses of Kindle Direct Publishing?

After Charlottesville, how should we think about children’s literature?

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?