Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/17-9/21

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.

Could the audiobook boom keep going forever?

Are the days of big-box bookstores over?

How does publishing marginalize disabled authors?

Fiction readership has declined, while poetry readership is taking off.

What do editors owe their readers in the #MeToo era?

People Round-Up, Mid-September 2018


Adam Miller has been named President and CEO of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. He has been VP, Retail Strategy at Ricoh for the last year following the departure of Mark Wilson.

Mark Tauber joins Chronicle Books as Managing Director of a yet-to-be-named imprint. Launching Fall 2019, the new imprint will publish six to eight titles of narrative and inspirational nonfiction per season. He was previously SVP, Publisher at HarperOne. Elsewhere in the company, Samantha Allen joins as Subsidiary Rights Manager, having previously held that position at Simon & Schuster Children’s.

As part of Hachette Book Group’s acquisition of Worthy Publishing, Worthy CEO and Publisher Byron Williamson becomes VP, Publishing Development for Hachette Nashville. Worthy’s sales and distribution will move to HBG in early 2019.

SVP and Group Publisher David Moberg will retire at the end of HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s financial year in June 2019. His role will be filled by Brian Hampton, currently SVP and Publisher of Nelson Books.

Rob Rogley is leaving his position as Director, Interactive Media at DK. At Random House Children’s, April Ward, previously Art Director at Macmillan, has been hired as Middle Grade Art Director, while Erica Stone joins as School & Library Marketing Coordinator. Previously she was School Partnership & Offsite Sales Assistant at Greenlight Bookstore.

At Wattpad Studios, Deanna McFadden joins as Publishing Director. Most recently she was Associate Publisher at Joe Books.

At Georgetown University Press, Alfred Bertrand joins as Director. He replaces interim director Hope LeGro, who has held the position since the departure of Richard Brown in October of last year. Most recently Bertrand was Editor-in-Chief at Princeton University Press.

Jill Corcoran will leave her position as Partner and Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency on October 1 to become Director, Published Licensing Sales at Smithsonian Enterprises.

In agency news…Leigh Eisenman joins MacKenzie Wolf as attorney and agent. She was most recently Agent and Contracts Manager for Hannigan Salky Getzler. Jennifer Grimaldi, previously Scout at Barbara Tolley & Associates, joins Chalberg & Sussman as Agent. At Martin Literary & Media Management, Britt Siess joins as Associate Literary Agent, moving over from her previous position as Sales Assistant at becker&mayer!. At Azantian Literary Agency, Masha Gunic joins as Junior Literary Agent. Previously she was Editorial Assistant at Abrams.

Kate Weiss has been named Communications Coordinator at the BINC Foundation. Most recently she was Events & Marketing Manager at Carmichael’s Bookshop in Louisville, KY.

At Atria, Michelle Herrera Mulligan joins as Senior Editor. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Cosmo For Latinas.

At Abrams Children’s, Russell Busse joins as Senior Editor, Entertainment and Licensed Publishing. Previously he was Associate Editor at Little, Brown Children’s.

Brittani Hilles and Carla Bruce-Eddings both join Algonquin and Algonquin Children’s as Senior Publicists. Most recently Hilles was Publicist at St. Martin’s and Bruce-Eddings was Associate Publicist at Riverhead.

Lauren Cepero joins Macmillan’s Page Street Publishing as Kids/YA Publicist.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/10-9/14

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.

Should prisoners be allowed to write freely?

Are Amazon’s in-search ads effective?

The newest NEA report shows a small decline in adult reading.

Is interactive fiction really a new category?

How did become a publisher in its own right?

Columbia Publishing Course Super-Grad 2018

It’s back-to-school season, and the Columbia Publishing Course (formerly the Radcliffe Publishing Course) has already launched a new crop of graduates for 2018. Here at Publishing Trends, we’re once again marking the occasion by compiling one mega-profile from the most interesting and surprising parts of the students’ biographies. With the exception of some connecting phrases, all words are the students’ own.


After moving seven times across three continents, Typical Columbia Publishing Course Grad, a dual US-UK citizen, opened her own private detective agency at the ripe age of seven. Typical Grad spent her childhood hiking, rock hunting, sailing, volunteering at a wolf sanctuary, and reading under the California sun. In elementary school, she wrote and directed a class play and founded a school newspaper. During her senior year, she broke the school record for the 4 x 400 relay and was valedictorian of her high school.

Typical Grad attended Kenyon College in Ohio as a break from California’s sunny weather, where she created a social network for LGBT+/POC publishing creatives and founded an intersectional LGBT+ genre magazine. As a college student, she challenged herself by learning American Sign Language and hiking the Grand Canyon and spent summers in Alaska commercially fishing. Internships with WXAC News and the Emily Post Institute strengthened her skills in writing, web development, and etiquette. She crafted an honors thesis on a reading of Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur based on a Foucauldian model of knowledge and power.

Typical Grad spent the next two years teaching in the Czech Republic and Russia, where she learned to love linguistic mishaps and freezing temperatures. She served in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching a small business class and serving as the director of programming for a national youth leadership class, and has also taught teenagers in both a state prison and a Basque ikastola. In her spare time, she attended writing classes and learned zouk, a Brazilian partner dance that taught her life skills both on and off the dance floor.

Typical Grad is pursuing a master’s with a focus on fin de siècle periodicals. Her time editing for a Japanese/English surf art and history magazine has inspired an intentional consideration of aesthetics that extends to every aspect of her workings. She is trilingual and hopes to learn more languages throughout her life; her main goal in entering a career as a book editor is to change attitudes about publishing in translation.


To find out more about seeing participants’ resumes (or to read the real biographies) please contact Columbia Publishing Course Assistant Director Barbara Clark at bkc2124 at Columbia dot edu.

New York’s other major summer publishing course, New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute (SPI), has similarly talented alumni with rich backgrounds and interests. SPI celebrated its 40th year this summer. To learn more about NYU’s eligible grads or about the program, contact Executive Director Andrea Chambers at (212) 992-3226 or andrea.chambers at nyu dot edu.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/3-9/7

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.

How does America view publishing?

Should higher education be so predicated on digital technology?

Sales dropped slightly in the first half of the year.

Is it time to move on from the read-and-publish model?

Which numbers are the most worrying for Barnes & Noble?

People Round-Up, Early September 2018


David Rosenthal, Founder of now-closed Blue Rider Press, has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Editor-at-Large.

Nicole Vines Verlin joins Simon & Schuster in the new position of VP, Special Sales. She was previously Director, Special Sales, Mass Market and Export Sales at Sterling Publishing. Jimmy Iacobelli has joined Atria as Art Director, having previously served in that role at HarperCollins. And at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Kate Bouchard joins as Digital & Social Marketing Assistant.

At Bloomsbury, Frank Bumbalo has joined as US Director of Sales, including Canada. He was most recently Senior Sales Manager at Disney Publishing Worldwide.

At Sourcebooks, Claire Payne joins as Director of Sales, Mass & Special Markets. Most recently she was Senior Director of Sales at Parragon.

At INKubator Enterprises, a new book packager launched by Ruth Pomerance, Adam Wilson has been hired as Director of Content. Most recently he was Senior Editor at Gallery Books. INKubator will generate approximately ten books a year across genres and is working in partnership with Folio Literary Management.

Michael Signorelli has been hired by Gotham Ghostwriters as Managing Director, Bookwriting Group. Most recently he was Senior Editor at Henry Holt.

In January, Rebecca Smart will join DK as Managing Director, Publishing. For the last four years she has been Managing Director at Ebury.

Executive Editor Jennifer Schuster has left Crown Archetype to launch Jen Schuster Editorial Services.

At Princeton University Press, Hallie Stebbins joins as Editor, Computer Science and Neuroscience. She was previously Editor, Linguistics and Communication Studies at Oxford University Press.

Zachary Schisgal has joined Wiley as Senior Acquisitions Editor. He previously ran The Schisgal Agency.

In other agency news…Kirsten Kim joins Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as Scout. Previously she was Associate Editor at Skyhorse. At Hannigan Salky Getzler, former Rodale Subrights Director Rhea Lyons joins as Agent.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/27-8/30

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 white writers write about whiteness?

Does social media influence cover design?

Who’s really losing the feud between Apple and Amazon?

Male authors profiled in “By the Book” overwhelmingly recommend other male authors.

Does Barnes & Noble need deus ex machina to survive?

International Bestsellers, August 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: China and Turkey. 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 8/20-8/24

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.

Teenagers spend less time reading than using social media.

Does a subscription model work for textbooks?

What could a bookstore chain of the future look like?

Sales fell at Barnes & Noble Education in the first quarter.

How is Kindle Direct Publishing evolving past CreateSpace?

People Round-Up, Mid-August 2018


At Atria, Lindsay Sagnette will join as VP, Editorial Director on September 10. She was previously Editorial Director for Fiction at Crown and helped launch both Hogarth and Sarah Jessica Parker for Hogarth. Caitie Hawthorne also joins Atria as Associate Editor for Julia Cheiffetz’s yet-unnamed imprint. She was most recently Researcher at NBC News.

At Bloomsbury Children’s, Annette Pollert-Morgan joins as Editorial Director, having worked previously in that position at Sourcebooks Fire.

Jen Keenan joins Macmillan Children’s as Art Director for Farrar, Straus Children’s and Roaring Brook Press. She was most recently Associate Art Director at Little, Brown Children’s.

At Abrams, John Passineau joins as Associate Art Director, Calendars and Children’s Licensing. He worked previously as Designer at Workman.

Pam Bobowicz joins Workman Children’s as Senior Editor, moving over from her previous role as Executive Editor at Abrams. In addition, Maria Elias joins as Associate Art Director. Previously she was Senior Designer at Disney-Hyperion.

Ben LeRoy, founder and former publisher of Tyrus Books, has been hired as Executive Director of the Independent Publishers Caucus (IPC). Additionally, Veda Kamra joins as Staffer. Both will work for the first year on a part-time basis.

At Random House, Stacy Horowitz joins as Partnerships Manager. She was most recently Senior Publicist at Hay House.

Karen Auerbach, Director of Publicity at Kensington, has departed her role after eleven years in order to pursue “new adventures.”

Matthew Barblan joins the Association of American Publishers (AAP) as VP, Public Policy on August 27. Most recently he was Executive Director of George Mason University’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Assistant Professor of Law.

Mick Silva joins Zondervan as Senior Acquisitions Editor, Nonfiction Trade. He worked most recently as Editor at WaterBrook Multnomah.

Cheryl A. Young is retiring from her position as Executive Director of the MacDowell Colony, which she has held since 1997. She will remain until her successor is in place in early 2019.

At Scribd, Suzannah Bentley joins as Content Acquisition Associate. She was formerly Foreign Rights Coordinator at Janklow & Nesbit.

In agency news…MacGregor Literary now operates as MacGregor & Luedeke as Amanda Luedeke becomes Partner. Tom Miller has joined Liza Dawson Associates as Senior Agent; he was previously Agent at Carol Mann Agency.

At Chronicle, Maggie Haas joins as Website and Ecommerce Coordinator. Previously she was MuseumStore Customer Service Assistant at SFMOMA.


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