Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/16-7/20

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.

How should children’s books address topics like suicide or the Holocaust?

Do we still need the Nobel Prize in 2018?

What does good design look like on changeable platforms?

Why is Kindle Unlimited vulnerable to scammers?

North American comic sales declined last year.

People Round-Up, Mid-July 2018

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Taneli Ruda joins Wiley as EVP, Chief Strategy Officer. He was most recently Head of Corporate Strategy at Thomson Reuters.

After seven years, Eamon Dolan has left Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he was VP, Editorial Director of Eamon Dolan Books, following news that the imprint is being eliminated. He may be reached at [email protected].

At Random House Children’s Books, Jennifer M. Brown is leaving her role as VP, Publisher of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, effective August 3. She has held the position since 2015 and will take “some time to determine her next step.”

Beth Dunfey returns to Scholastic as Executive Editorial Director, Licensing, Brands & Media. Previously she worked as a freelance editor. Elizabeth Ferrari joins as Publicist, moving over from her most recent role as Associate Publicist at Little, Brown Children’s. Shivana Sookdeo joins as Designer; she previously worked freelance. And Josh Berlowitz joins as Production Editor, Hardcover, moving over from that position at Abrams. At Graphix, Carmen Alvarez joins as Marketing Manager, Chapter Books and Paperbacks. She was most recently Marketing Manager at Abrams Books for Young Readers.

At Zonderkidz, Jessica Westra joins as Publicity Director, having previously run her own events and media consulting business. Zondervan Senior-Editor-at-Large Bob Hudson will retire on September 28 after thirty-four years with the company and plans to play music and “write many more books.” Haley Swanson joins Harper and Harper Wave as Assistant Editor. She was most recently Editorial Assistant at Viking.

In further changes at Quarto, Laurence Orbach – reinstalled two months ago as Executive Chairman – will step down from that position to become Non-Executive Director. Andy Cumming, who joined the board in March, moves up to Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. Additionally, COO Ken Fund has been appointed Executive Director of the Board.

Miriam Sontz, CEO of Portland’s Powell’s Books, will retire in January 2019. Following her departure, the company will be led by President and Owner Emily Powell and Chief Operating Officer John Kingsbury.

In agency news…the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency has been absorbed by Transatlantic Agency as part of the latter’s US expansion. Consequently, Jill Corcoran, President of JCLA, joins Transatlantic as Partner and Senior Agent, while Jodell Sadler, previously Editorial Agent, joins as Senior Agent; Timothy Travaglini retains his most recent title as Literary Agent; and Elizabeth Bennett, formerly Editorial Agent, becomes Literary Agent as well. All clients will move with their agents and be represented by Transatlantic going forward. Elsewhere, Latoya Smith has left the L. Perkins Agency and will now offer representation and editorial services under her company, LCS Literary Services.

Ron Charles, longtime Washington Post Book World Editor, will assume a “redefined job” at the paper that will allow him to focus on writing about books. Succeeding him as Book World Editor is Stephanie Merry, previously Culture Reporter for the Style section.

 

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/9-7/13

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.

Here are the bestselling books of the first half of 2018.

Could Wattpad change other media industries?

If scholarly publishing is broken, how can it be fixed?

Why do publishers like the Big 5 need Barnes & Noble to succeed?

What do we mean when we talk about “the Amazon algorithm”?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/2-7/6

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.

How are American reading habits changing?

What’s wrong with author income surveys?

How can major publishers collaborate with platforms like Wattpad?

Who is the current trend for books about “rebel” women leaving out?

What will digital subscriptions look like in the future?

People Round-Up, Early July 2018

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Barnes & Noble announced that it has fired CEO Demos Parneros for “violations of the company’s policies” and that he will receive no severance. Until a replacement is found, his role will be filled by a committee of executives including the chief financial officer, the chief merchandising officer, and the VP of stores.

Effective August 6, Alison Lazarus joins Hachette Book Group USA as Executive Vice President, Retail Sales. She is presently President, Sales at Macmillan. Also effective August 6, Chris Murphy will become SVP, Retail Sales, shifting over from his role as SVP, Group Sales Director.

Julia Cheiffetz joins Atria as VP, Publisher of a yet-unnamed imprint. Previously she was Executive Editor at Dey Street Books. At Grand Central, Albert Tang has joined as Creative Director; he was most recently Art Director at Atria.

At Quercus US, Nathaniel Marunas has left his position as Publisher after six years of building the list. All inquiries should be directed to Elyse Gregory.

Liz Wetzel has joined Basic Books as Director of Publicity, succeeding Betsy De Jesu. Previously she was Publicity Manager at Crown.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Matt Schweitzer has joined as SVP, Marketing for all adult, young reader, and lifestyle titles. Most recently he was Senior Director, Integrated Marketing at HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Jamie Lockard has joined Thomas Nelson as VP, Marketing. She most recently worked as VP, Marketing and Chief Strategist at Oyster Allegoria.

At Random House Children’s, Dani Valladares joins as Editor for the Rodale Kids imprint, moving over from her prior role as Associate Editor at Little, Brown Children’s.

Brandi Larsen has left DK, where she was VP, Publishing, and can be reached at [email protected].

At Celadon Books, Christine Mykityshyn has joined as Director of Publicity. She was most recently Publicity Manager at Random House Publishing Group. Sara Beth Haring joins St. Martin’s as Marketing Manager, having worked previously as Marketing Coordinator at FaithWords. In addition, Cassie Gonzales joins Farrar, Straus Children’s and Roaring Brook Press as Associate Designer; she was most recently Assistant Designer at Little, Brown Children’s. And at Imprint, Weslie Turner, formerly Assistant Editor at Scholastic, has joined as Associate Editor.

At Nation Books, Remy Cawley has joined as Assistant Editor, having previously held that position at W.W. Norton.

Ann Bramson has retired from Workman Publishing after twenty-six years with the company. Most recently she was Executive Director, Special Projects.

Tom Hallock, Associate Publisher of Beacon Press, has retired from that role after twenty-two years and will pursue his interests in political and electoral organizing.

Emily C. Chiu, Principal at Square, has joined Barnes & Noble Education’s Board of Directors.

Following operational changes and layoffs at Novel Audio, Director of Publishing Michelle Kaatz and Acquisitions Editor Katie Robinson have departed the company.

In agency news…Kristin van Ogtrop, former Editor-in-Chief of Real Simple, joins InkWell Management as Literary Agent. Kelli Martin and Nicki Richesin join Wendy Sherman Associates as Agent; Martin was most recently Founding Editor of Montlake Romance.

Jennifer Senior, former Book Critic at the New York Times, will rejoin the paper in September as Opinion Columnist. She stepped down from her position in December and is currently on leave.

 

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/25-6/29

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.

Is it time to stop italicizing foreign words?

Why are text-free children’s books still effective?

Writers’ wages in the UK are falling dramatically.

Would textbooks benefit from augmented-reality tech?

How should we think about an author’s comeback after abuse allegations?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/18-6/22

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.

Where are adult women in spy books?

Are audiobooks more “emotionally engaging” than video?

What percentage of genre sales does traditional publishing account for?

Attendance rose at BookExpo this year and held steady at BookCon.

The VIDA Count for 2017 shows that gender representation in literary publications is still skewed.

Who’s Scouting Whom?: Literary Scouts Contact Sheet 2018

This year’s scout sheet remains very similar to the 2017 list: no agencies have been added or removed. There are many territory changes throughout this year’s update. Each scout’s clients are separated by country or region, and representation for children’s titles is denoted where applicable. We also include the handful of TV and film studios represented by the scouts in our roundup in the last column.

Click the image above to download the 2018 Literary Scouts Contact Sheet.

Updated 6/25/18.

Updated 7/6 to reflect changes at Sanford Greenburger.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/11-6/15

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.

Could AI reform citation review?

What effect could morality clauses have on past and future books?

How does book stuffing hurt Kindle Unlimited authors?

Are video and audio already superseding the written word?

Does a Google-owned journal threaten the industry’s infrastructure?