Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/14-1/18

­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.

How much did Americans read last year?

How can publishing prioritize fact-checking?

Why are anti-heroines so often one-dimensional?

In the US, Amazon Prime has hit 100 million members.

Why has corporate censorship been overlooked as a silencing force?

People Round-Up, Mid-January 2019


Mike Evans has joined McGraw-Hill as Chief Financial Officer. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and CFO at Renaissance, a company specializing in learning analytics for pre-K through 12th grade.

At Thomas Nelson, Timothy Paulson has joined as VP and Publisher, beginning February 4. He was most recently General Manager, Science Brands at Kalmbach Media. Kristopher Kam joins HarperCollins Children’s Publishing as Publicist, moving over from his previous position as Associate Publicist at St. Martin’s Press.

Peter Mendelsund, longtime Associate Art Director at Knopf, has been named Creative Director of The Atlantic. His frequent design partner Oliver Munday will become Senior Art Director. Both begin in February.

At the American Psychological Association’s APA Books and Magination Press, Kerry Cahill joins as Sales Director and Emma All joins as Sales Specialist. Cahill was previously Sales Director at Johns Hopkins University Press, where All was Publicist.

At Avid Reader Press, Jordan Rodman joins as Deputy Director of Publicity. Most recently she was a freelance publicist for Dave Eggers and Nathan Englander. Cassie Malmo, formerly Cassie McGinty, has joined Simon Spotlight as Publicity Manager, moving over from her role as Senior Publicist at Disney Publishing Worldwide. Also joining the publicity team are Lauren Carr, Publicist, formerly Publicist at Bonnier Publishing, and Annika Voss, Digital and Social Marketing Coordinator, formerly Marketing Operations Assistant at Scholastic. At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Caroline Osborn joins as Subsidiary Rights Manager. She had been Assistant Subrights Manager at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Carina Guiterman joins Simon & Schuster as Editor, moving over from the same position at Little, Brown. Lisa Lauria, formerly Copywriter at Toys R Us joins the imprint as Editor. Senior Editor Ira Silverberg has left Simon & Schuster after three years with the company.

Iris Hsieh joins Penguin Random House International as Associate Director, China Sales & Product Management. She has been working as Associate Marketing Manager for Taylor & Francis. Marnie Cochran has become Executive Editor at Harmony and Rodale, having worked previously as Executive Editor at Ballantine. Lindsay Rose will join Dutton as Executive Editor on January 22. Most recently she was Senior Editor at Grand Central. At Portfolio, Trish Daly, previously Editor at Little, Brown and Company, joins as Senior Editor. Meanwhile, Frank Steinart, Chief Human Resources Officer at Penguin Random House, will leave the company after the first quarter of 2019. Marian Wood, VP and Publisher of Marian Wood Books, departed at the end of 2018, as did Bruce Nygren, Senior Editor at WaterBrook & Multnomah.

At Grand Central, Alexis Gilbert joins as Assistant Director of Advertising. She was previously Brand Marketing Manager at Little, Brown and Company. Claire Potter, previously Associate Editor at Crown, joins Basic Books as Editor.

At Scribd, Greg Voynow joins as Head of Audio and Content Partnerships. He most recently oversaw business development at New York Public Radio. In addition, Stacey Nathan has joined as Content Acquisition Associate.

Bryan Kinney has joined Reed Exhibitions as Sales Manager. Most recently he was Marketing and Events Director for Publishers Weekly.

Theresa Park and Celeste Fine have founded a new literary agency together, Park & Fine Literary and Media, which combines the existing Park Literary & Media with Fine’s client roster and a number of her colleagues from Sterling Lord Literistic. They will run the agency jointly as Co-Founders and Partners. Joining along with Fine, who was VP at Sterling Lord, are John Maas, formerly Agent and now Executive Director, Editorial Development and Strategy; Sarah Passick, formerly Associate Literary Agent and now Executive Director, New Business and Relationships; and Jaidree Braddix and Anna Petkovich, both formerly Associate Literary Agents and now Literary Agents.

In other agency news…Lucinda Karter joins Trident Literary Agency as Senior Foreign Rights Agent. Most recently she was Agent and Foreign Rights Manager at the Jennifer Lyons Agency. At Thompson Literary Agency, Ashley Collom joins as Literary Agent, moving over from her previous position as Agent and Head Assistant at DeFiore and Company. John Butman is joining Kneerim & Williams as Affiliated Agent; he is the Founder and Principal of Idea Platforms, Inc.

Cara Bedick has joined Chronicle Books as Executive Editor of Mark Tauber’s new, to-be-named imprint. Previously she was Senior Editor at Touchstone.

At Audible, Kerri Kolen joins as Executive Editor, Originals. She was most recently Executive Editor at Putnam.

Anne Goldberg joins Phaidon in New York as Project Editor, Food. Previously she was Associate Editor at Ten Speed Press.

At Scholastic Trade, Samantha Swank rejoins as Editor, Licensing, Media, and Brands. She had been working with the Scholastic Cartwheel team. The company has added a number of other new hires: Sales Associate Brigid Martin, previously Sales and Subrights Coordinator at Disney Publishing Worldwide; Branches, Acorn, and Graphix Production Editor Holland Baker, previously Assistant Managing Editor at Topix Media Lab; Graphic Designer, Trade Creative Services Nicole Surman, formerly Graphic Designer at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; Assistant Brand Marketing Manager Katherine Forester, formerly Marketing Assistant at Tor/Forge; Production Editor, Trade Paperbacks Caroline Flanagan, previously Assistant Editor, Computer Science at Springer Nature; Advertising Coordinator Vicky Kopidakis, formerly Advertising Promotions Coordinator at HarperCollins; and Brand Publicity Specialist Taylan Salvati, previously Associate Publicist at Wunderkind PR.

Samantha Simon has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Associate Marketing Manager, Lifestyle. Most recently she was Digital Content Manager at Coaction Public Relations.

At Diversion Books, Melanie Madden has joined as Editor, Nonfiction. She was previously Acquiring and Development Editor at The Quarto Group.

Andrea Concaildi joins Sourcebooks as Marketing Associate, Ecommerce.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/7-1/11

­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.

Will scholarly publishing have to choose between better science and open science?

Barnes & Noble announced improved comparable sales this holiday season.

Why has the book world responded so strongly to Marie Kondo?

Rakuten OverDrive‘s end-of-year report is here.

What is the current state of author pay?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/31-1/4

­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’s driving the acceleration of publishing?

Will Plan S change the landscape of open access?

Can publishers design for responsibility?

What makes this year’s copyright releases different?

Why does Hollywood think publishing looks like…Hollywood?

International Bestsellers, December 2018

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: Ireland and South Korea. 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 Predictions Posts for 2019

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 2019. 

Rob Eagar predicts what authors and publishers are facing in the new year.

Kris Rausch surveys the state of disruption in 2019.

99designs takes a look at cover design trends to watch for.

Marketing Christian Books notes patterns in the religious market.

The Scholastic Book Clubs editors use 2018 trends to make suggestions for 2019’s kid favorites.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/17-12/21

­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 is the Bad Sex in Fiction Award so frequently won by men?

Are there limits to publishing’s gratitude movement?

Is “By the Book” responsible for its interviewees’ responses?

What does the ReDigi appeal mean for digital first sale?

At Wattpad, readership of Muslim romance is up 51% this year.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/10-12/14

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.

Has the teen rom-com changed or rebranded?

How are some late-night TV hosts bringing books into the spotlight?

English-language sales of Canadian authors have fallen in Canada.

Does it matter if an author is who they claim they are?

Can the University of California system change how research is paid for and published?

People Round-Up, Mid-December 2018


As a consequence of October’s merger of Crown Publishing Group and Random House, Molly Stern, SVP and Publisher, is departing her position. EVP and Deputy Publisher David Drake will replace her. Gillian Blake, previously Editor-in-Chief at Henry Holt, will join as SVP and Editor-in-Chief of Crown Trade.

Elsewhere in the company…Katie Ziga will move over from her position as SVP, Executive Director, Business Operations at the former Crown Publishing Group to become SVP, Strategy and Finance at the Penguin Publishing Group beginning in January. Effective December 12, Gayley Avery joins DK as VP, Marketing and Publicity. She previously held the position of Marketing and Publicity Director at Bonnier. At Random House Children’s, Sara Sargent joins as Senior Executive Editor, having worked most recently as Executive Editor at Harper Children’s. Whitney Leopard, previously Editor at BOOM! Studios, joins Random House Graphic as Senior Editor. At Penguin, James Jayo, formerly Editor at Sterling Publishing, joins as Senior Editor, and Margaux Weisman joins as Editor, moving over from that position at Vintage/Anchor.

At Harlequin, Heather Connor joins as VP, Publicity, overseeing Park Row Books, Hanover Square Press, Graydon House, MIRA, HQN, and Inkyard Press. She most recently worked as Director of Publicity at Berkley. Tara Feehan joins Harper Children’s as VP, Finance and Administration, moving over from HarperCollins’s Operations & Technology Finance Team. She succeeds Randy Rosema, who is retiring in January. Alexis Banyon also joins the children’s division as Director, Marketing, having worked most recently at Disney Publishing Worldwide as Director, Product Development. At HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Shari Black joins as Senior Director of Marketing, Specialty Publishing. Previously she was SVP, Retail Business Development, Global at Warner Bros. Entertainment.

UK children’s publisher Imagine That has announced plans to set up a North American office in New York. Risa Beckett, most recently EVP, Sales & Marketing at Parragon, joins as VP, North American Sales.

Grand Central Publishing will fold its Life & Style imprint into the flagship list at the end of the year. Karen Murgolo, EVP and Editorial Director, will depart the company at that time. Additionally, Heather Fain, previously SVP and Director of Marketing Strategy at Hachette Book Group, has left that role to become Chief Marketing Officer at Pushkin Industries, the podcast company founded by Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell.  Elsewhere at HBG, John Radziewicz has retired from his position as VP and Publisher of Da Capo Press. At Grand Central Publishing, Staci Burt joins as Publicity Manager; she was previously Publicist at St. Martin’s Press.

Chris Ryall is rejoining IDW Media as President, Publisher, and Chief Creative Officer after leaving his position as Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief earlier this year. During the interim, he worked in the editorial department at Skybound Entertainment.

Beginning January 15, Gwydion Suilebhan will assume the position of Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He is currently Director of Brand and Marketing for Woolly Mammoth Theater Company and is also a playwright, screenwriter, and poet.

Meghan O’Rourke will become Editor of The Yale Review on July 1, 2019, the 200th anniversary of the magazine’s founding. She is an author and has worked as Editor for The New Yorker, Slate, and The Paris Review.

At Arcadia Publishing, Paul Raffle is stepping down as COO, to be succeeded by former Perseus Books COO Charles GallagherHampton Ryan joins Arcadia Books as Field Sales Representative. He previously worked at Waldenbooks, Borders, and Ingram Book Company.

At Tom Doherty Associates, Stephanie Sirabian, previously Associate Director, Advertising at Grand Central Publishing, joins as Associate Director of Advertising, Promotion, and Trade Operations. In addition, Jennifer McClelland-Smith joins as Marketing Manager for Forge Books. Most recently she was Marketing Coordinator at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. And at Celadon, Jaime Noven has joined as Marketing Manager, having worked previously as Publicity and Marketing Manager at The Monacelli Press.

Roisin Davis is now Director of Foreign Rights at Haymarket Books. She was previously Associate Agent at Roam Agency.

At the American Psychological Association’s APA Publishing arm, Emily Ekle joins as Director of Editorial Acquisitions for academic and professional books. Prior, she was Senior Acquisitions Editor at Elsevier.

In agency news…Cheryl Pientka has joined the Nancy Yost Literary Agency as Director of Foreign and Audio Rights. She was previously Director of Foreign and Subsidiary Rights at Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Marie Campbell is retiring as Transatlantic Agency Partner and Senior Agent but will remain on as an advisor. On March 1, Rick Christian will step down as Founder and CEO of Alive Literary Agency; the company has been sold internally to Bryan Norman, President, and Lisa Jackson, EVP.

At BookBub’s newly-created partner relations team, Wade Lucas, formerly Senior Agent Director at Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, joins as International Account Manager. Kayin Patton has also been hired as Account Coordinator.

Following the 2019 Winter Institute, Meg Smith will retire from her role as Membership and Marketing Officer at the American Booksellers Association.

Bridget Flannery-McCoy has joined Princeton University Press as Senior Editor, Political Science. She was previously Editor, Economics and American History at Columbia University Press.

Jack Perry, VP, Director of Retail Sales at Highlights for Children, is leaving the company at the end of December.  He plans to return to consulting and may be reached at [email protected].

At Diversion Press, Mark Weinstein, formerly Executive Editor at Rodale Press, joins as Senior Editor.

Senior Editor Christine Pride is leaving her role at Simon & Schuster to pursue writing and freelance work. Rachel Bergquist and Amanda Livingston join as Marketing Assistants, Education & Library.

Alison Petersen has joined Chronicle Books as Managing Editor, Entertainment. She was most recently Book Production Manager and Editorial Manager at The Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

At Workman, Ashley McPhee joins as Promotion Coordinator for the eponymous imprint. Previously, she was Children’s Book Editor at becker&mayer!.

At Abrams, Mary Marolla joins as Publicist, Children’s. She had been running her own freelance PR company, Mare Public Relations. Borana Greku, formerly Associate Marketing Manager at Macmillan, also joins as Marketing Manager.

At Holiday House, Talia Levitt, Della Farrell, and Eryn Levine have joined as Editorial Assistants. Levitt was previously Agent at Studio Goodwin Sturges; Farrell, Assistant Editor at School Library Journal; and Levine, Publishing Assistant at Penguin Random House Audio Publishing.

Publisher Andrew Hoyem and Senior Editor Diane Ketcham are retiring from Arion Press, the San Francisco publisher and fine letterpress printer. Day-to-day operations will be managed by current staff and the companies operating under the aegis of the Grabhorn Institute. Book Advisors continues to solicit and evaluate interest from potential investors and owners.

Mallory Hyde joins Sourcebooks as Marketing Specialist, Children’s, while Jaclyn Puccini joins Sourcebooks Fire as Social Media Specialist.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/3-12/7

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 are American books so long?

What are book critics for?

How has the president changed publishing this year?

Do exclusive deals threaten scholarly work?

How does the future look at FutureBook?