Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/8-1/12

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.

Does cover design matter in political nonfiction?

Do we actually need to reinvent the book?

What gets lost in translation between very different cultures?

What kind of sales does it take to become a bestseller?

How should libraries categorize literary nonfiction?

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

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 poetry be funded?

What is an ebook’s intrinsic value?

Is the blog’s long reign over?

Are there any catches to crowdfunding a book?

What does the future look like for the Big Five?

International Bestsellers, December 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: Poland and Canada. 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.

People Round-Up, Early January 2018


Michelle R. Ferguson has been appointed SVP, Chief Operating Officer at Abrams. Most recently, she was SVP, Workplace Strategies at McGraw-Hill. And Jess Braillier has left his position as VP, Publisher of Abrams Plus.

Valentina Rice has joined the newly-formed American arm of Bonnier Zaffre as VP, Sales, Marketing, & Publicity. She was most recently VP, International Sales & Marketing at Penguin Group USA.

At Follett, Patrick Connolly has become President and CEO, taking over from the retiring Ray Griffith. Connolly was previously CEO of Universities Worldwide.

Annette Hughes has joined Midpoint Trade Books as Director of National Accounts, moving over from her previous position as National Account Director at Scholastic.

At Lerner Publishing Group, Rachel Zugschwert is joining as Group Marketing Director. She was previously Director of Marketing for Sparkhouse Family.

Mark Glesne has joined Thomas Nelson as Marketing Director, having worked most recently as Director of Marketing and Digital Commerce at TOL, Inc.

At HarperOne, Mark Tauber is leaving his role as SVP, Publisher. Until a replacement is found, the division will report to Harper Morrow publisher Michael Morrison. At HarperCollins, Samantha Howard has joined as Sales Operations Manager for International Sales. She was previously Associate Consultant at Market Partners International. At Basic Books, Chin-Yee Lai has joined as Creative Director. She was previously a freelance art director at W.W. Norton.

Maria Vigilante is joining Little, Brown as Senior Editor for Tracy Behar’s yet-unnamed new imprint. Vigilante was previously Senior Editor at Rodale.

At Bloomsbury Publishing Group, Group Finance Director Wendy Pallot will leave after a twelve-month notice period to join Euromoney Institutional Investor. A search for her replacement is underway.

Mark Hillesheim has left his position as National Account Manager for Legato. As he was the final dedicated employee for the distribution unit, Legato is formally finished. Its clients have been integrated into PGW.

At agencies…Jennifer Golobov has joined Donald Maass Literary Agency as Agent, representing adult fantasy and science fiction. She was previously Agent at Red Sofa Literary. At New Leaf Literary & Media, Veronica Grijalva, previously Office Manager and Scout at Jane Starr Literary Scouts, is now Foreign Rights Associate, while Jeremy Stern, previously Assistant to the President at Cinetic Media, has joined as Story Editor. Natalie Grazian has joined Martin Literary & Media Management as Associate Literary Manager; she was previously Sales Representative at W.W. Norton.

Jaymie Stuart Wolfe has joined Ave Maria Press as Senior Editor, Trade Books. Most recently she was Acquisitions Editor at Our Sunday Visitor.

At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Jennifer Wattley has joined as Associate Digital & Social Marketing Manager. She was previously Production Associate at St. Martin’s Press.

Mekisha Telfer has joined Roaring Brook Press as Associate Editor. She was most recently Associate Editor at Glasstown Entertainment.

Joyce Lin has joined Chronicle Books as Food and Lifestyle Publicist. She was previously Culinary Publicity Associate at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Jennifer Ildiko Szalai will serve as Nonfiction Book Critic at the New York Times beginning in January, taking over as Jennifer Senior moves back to long-form journalism.

Effective February 1, Michael Lynton will join the board of Pearson as Independent Non-Executive Director. He was most recently Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment.


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Top 5 Publishing Predictions Posts for 2018

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. As we enter the new year, we are instead posting 5 links to articles with predictions for the publishing industry in 2018. 

The Digital Reader examines book cover design trends for the coming year.

Book Business Magazine provides a survey of possible book manufacturing disruptions in 2018.

The Scholastic Book Clubs editors discuss what children will be reading in the new year.

Writer Steff Green lists her predictions, goals, and advice for indie authors next year.

Goodereader uses this year’s audiobook statistics to forecast changes in the market for 2018.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/18-12/22

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.

Could cryptocurrency improve publishing profits?

How should the industry report on sexual harassment?

What draws teenagers to apocalyptic fiction?

Will Iceland’s legendary “book flood” improve the nation’s sales?

How will Brexit affect British authors?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/11-12/15

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.

Should we end the Bad Sex in Fiction Award?

Why do men dislike female fiction?

Wattpad released their newest report on reading trends.

What does the future hold for commercial publishers?

Will malls survive much longer?

Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2017

The 2017 general US publishing industry contact sheet is our most popular annual feature, listing publishers large and small, accounts, trade associations, and more. Taking into account mergers, acquisitions, and new additions, we are proud to offer our most comprehensive updated version as a free PDF. Click the image below to download the Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2017.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/4-12/8

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.

The publishing industry needs to talk about sexual violence.

Is it time to abandon “the great American novel”?

BookCon will broaden its programming in 2018.

What is trending in international children’s publishing?

Basic literacy is rising worldwide – but not in the United States.

FutureBook17 and Global Kids Connect

Two excellent conferences took place recently, one in London and one in NYC.

FUTUREBOOK 2017: Don’t Delegate the Future

FutureBook2017, now coming up to its tenth year, took place on December 1st in East London, and was attended by some 600 publishers, vendors and tech firms from the UK, EU and US.  The conference had four tracks, two on publishing and technology, one on audiobooks, and another on EdTech, causing some consternation among attendees as to which to choose.  Thankfully a storm of tweets (#FutureBook17) and articles by sponsors like Frankfurt Book Fair’s Publishing Perspectives helped them and others find out what’s happening, and will happen, in publishing and media.  Though there were traditional publishers and  well-known industry figures – like Bonnier’s iconoclastic Richard Johnson, HarperCollinsChantal Restivo-Alessi and Canongate’s Jamie Byng –  on the dais, startups, EdTech companies, agents and platforms like Audible and Kobo were also represented.  The mood of the day was upbeat, but that didn’t stop a number of speakers like Richard Johnson and Awesome Media’s Jeff Norton from exhorting publishers to re-examine traditional business models and attitudes.

The day-long conference ended with awards being given out in nine categories;

FutureBook Award 2017 Winner
FutureBook Leader of the Year Bolinda founder Rebecca Herrmann
FutureBook Disruptor of the Year The Good Journal founders Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford
FutureBook Campaign of the Year Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire global serialization
Booktech Company of the Year Unrd
EdTech Company of the Year Enroly
FutureBook of the Year (Adult) Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert (Amazon Publishing)
FutureBook of the Year (Children) The Golden Ticket (Wonderbly)
FutureBook Platform of the Year (Consumer) Penguin Random House UK
FutureBook Platform of the Year (Reference/Education) Kortext


GLOBAL KIDS CONNECT: Publishing in an Unpredictable World

On December 4, the third annual Global Kids Connect conference took place in New York, focusing on international trends in children’s book publishing and areas for future growth. Produced by Publishers Weekly in association with the Bologna Book Fair, the afternoon conference was divided into four segments: a presenter — NPD Bookscan’s Kristen McLean — and three panels.

During the opening session, McLean talked about the latest retail data, including breakdowns on which formats, topics, and categories are trending, such as comics and graphic novels, activity books around S.T.E.M, and classics.  Many of these classics are in the form of board books, whose sales continue to increase by 7% annually.

As with FutureBook, there were many well-crafted tweets (#GKC17) which captured a lot of the data and opinions that were shared.

In “The Professionals’ Perspective: Sales & Acquisitions in a Changing World” panel, moderator Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown Ltd. talked with two literary scouts and a foreign rights specialist about what’s selling where, as well as the impact of Brexit on UK rights. The next panel was on promoting books and brands, and moderator Daniel Nayeri, the publisher of a new imprint at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and his four panelists explored ways of using creative content and technology to reach readers. Finally, Kate Wilson, President of Noisy Crow, led a lively closing discussion on “Publishing in an Era of Perpetual Change,” focused on both the challenges and opportunities facing today’s publishers.  Her panel, comprised of Disney’s Mary Ann Naples, Scholastic’s Lori Benton and agent Jill Grinberg, covered many topics, including the shift to direct-to-consumer.  As they talked about gatekeepers that make it difficult to reach the target market, Facebook announced its new messaging app for children – a timely addition to the conversation.

The conference adjourned for drinks and a celebration of authors, illustrators and translators who received a PW starred review this year.