Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/20-6/24

number_5_redEvery 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 publishers launching so many new imprints?

How would the closing of Barnes & Noble affect consumers?

Are crime novels by women better than those by men?

Are ebook sales down because people are switching from e-ink readers to tablets?

Why are independent and nonprofit presses opening bookstores?

Bonus: An infographic of the Big 5’s US trade imprints.

With Great Power, Comes Meh Comic Sales

Superhero movies – and to an extent TV shows – are one of the biggest trends in entertainment of recent years.  But success on the screen doesn’t guarantee comic book sales. To better analyze the correlation, I took a look at the trade paperback sales of two comic books for two of the most popular superhero films in 2016 so far: Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, both of which happened to be Marvel titles.  In addition, I reviewed what some industry professionals have said on the subject.

The Deadpool movie grossed over $132 million during its opening weekend and over $778 million in theaters worldwide since its release in mid-February 2016. Deadpool Volume 1: Dead Presidents (trade paperback collection of issues 1-6, ISBN 9780785166801) has sold 32,269 copies since its release date of June 11, 2013. Deadpool Volume 8: All Good Things (the trade paperback collection of issues 41-44, ISBN 9780785192442) was published closest to the movie’s theater release and sold 5,772 copies since coming out on June 1, 2015.

I took a look at their sales on Nielsen Bookscan before and after the movie’s release, by looking at their sales during its first week available, the week after the trailer premiered in September, during the film’s first week in theaters, and when the movie was released on DVD. With Vol. 1, I saw a slight upward tick in sales during the week of the movie’s release in theaters, but the number was nowhere near its initial sales week. With Vol. 8, the sales’ rise and fall seem to reflect the movie’s prevalence in media at the time.

Comics Chart FINAL

Why don’t more movie fans decide to pick up the comic? A big part of the problem, according to Ian Warren on Comic Book Daily, is the vast universes don’t always match up. For example, “the movie Iron Man cherry-picked the most fun, glamorous, dynamic elements of the 60s-80s,” Warren said. So when fans tried to shift from the movie franchise to the comic, they found a completely different Iron Man from the Robert Downey Jr. version.

This isn’t a problem limited to the films, but extends to cartoons as well, where storylines and characters from the comic books don’t always match up with the ones that make people fall in love with the universe on the screen.

On top of this, Warren feels “DC and Marvel don’t make it easy for new readers. Their broad sweeping storylines can be daunting to a new reader for sure.” And even more annoyingly for new readers, “the writers champion existing readers by making stories about incidents from years ago without any thought about trying to garner a new audience.”

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/13-6/17

number_5_redEvery 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.

Nielsen released data on who’s reading romance novel.

Will intelligent personal assistants like Apple’s Siri change the publishing industry?

Could James Patterson‘s new BookShots imprint herald a second era of pulp fiction?

New statistics show that US publishing has lost a significant amount of its workforce in the last ten years.

Bookstores saw sales growth in April.

People Round-Up, Mid-June 2016

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DK CEO John Duhigg will resign from his position at the end of June. Ian Hudson has been named his successor, and will relinquish his current positions as Penguin Random House International CEO and Penguin Random House UK Deputy CEO.

Meghan Deans is now Marketing Director at Ecco. She was Director of Social Media at Little, Brown.

Betsy Gleick will join Algonquin as Editorial Director at the end of June. She was most recently Creative Editorial Director for Audible’s Channels.

Maria Middleton joined Random House Children’s as Art Director. She was Associate Art Director at Abrams.

Louisa Hager joined Workman Publishing as Digital Content and Social Media Community Manager and Estelle Hallick joined as Publicist. Hager was previously Marketing Associate for academic at HarperCollins and Hallick was Associate Publicist at Oxford University Press.

Kathy Kleidermacher joined Open Road as Copy Director. She was previously Copywriting Director for Berkley/NAL.

Lauren Hill is now Publicist, Adult Trade at Bloomsbury. Previously, she was Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.

Quynh Do is re-joining Norton as Trade Editor, Science, Math, Philosophy, and Natural History. She was most recently Associate Editor at Basic Books, and before that, was Associate Editor in Norton’s college division.

At literary agencies, Latoya Smith is now Agent at L. Perkins Agency. She was previously Editorial Director at Samhain Publishing. . . Allison Hunter joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates as Agent. She was previously Agent at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. . . JL Stermer joined New Leaf Literary & Media as Agent. She was Literary Agent at N.S. Bienstock. . . Erica Rand Silverman joined Stimola Literary Studio as Senior Agent. She was previously at Sterling Lord Literistic. . . Jen Marshall joined Kuhn Projects and Zachary Schuster Harmsworth as Agent. She will continue to work at Vintage and Anchor as Publicist-at-Large. . . Katie Zanecchia is now Agent at the Ross Yoon Agency. She was previously Digital Rights Manager at Writers House and Content Manager at CreativeMornings.

At Sounds True, Melissa Valentine is now Acquisitions Editor and Caroline Pincus is Freelance Editor-at-Large. Valentine was Editor at New Harbinger Publications and Pincus was Associate Publisher at Red Wheel Weiser.

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

number_5_redEvery 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 prevalent is plagiarism in self-publishing, and what are the consequences for plagiarizers?

Are literary critics too nice?

How should scholarly publishing organizations address the gender gap?

What can publishers do to enable a companies like Google and Apple to increase ebook sales?

What do the statistics about increasing print sales really mean?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/30-6/3

number_5_redEvery 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 Author Earnings Report was released this week, indicating some changes in Big Five book pricing.

Nielsen released their report on the performance of book publishing in 2015.

A recently published European study shows correlation between children who grow up surrounded by books and earning a bigger salary in adulthood.

Why are short story collections so widely disliked?

The Guardian put together a timeline of occurrences of publishers being taken to court.

People Round-Up, Early June 2016

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At Penguin Random House, Windy Dorrestyn is now Director of Marketing at Ten Speed Press. She was previously Senior Merchandiser at Old Navy. Additionally, Lisa Beech is now Assistant Director of Publicity at WaterBrook & Multnomah. She was Associate Director of Publicity at David C Cook.

Rachel Fershleiser will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in late June as the Executive Director of Audience Development. She was previously Director of Publisher Outreach at Tumblr.

In children’s publishing:  Kate Keating joined Random House Children’s as Director of Digital Marketing. She was Director of Social Media at L’Oreal USA. . . Emily Hutton joined Simon & Schuster Children’s as Sales Manager. She was National Accounts Manager at Macmillan Children’s. . . At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Becky Munich is now Associate Art Director and Karina Granda joined as Senior Designer. Munich was Associate Art Director at HarperCollins Children’s and Granda was Designer at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Maris Kreizman is leaving her position as Publishing Outreach Lead at Kickstarter.

Dark Horse VP of Trade Sales Michael Martens will leave the company at the end of August.

Faith Black Ross is now Acquisitions Editor at Crooked Lane Press. She was most recently Acquiring Editor at Severn House.

Alexandra Brown joined Chronicle Books as Marketing and Publicity Manager, Lifestyle. Scott Haney is now Human Resources Manager.

Shane White joined Sourcebooks as Business Development Manager, Special Markets. He was National Sales Manager at Harvest House Publishers.

At university presses, Scott Ditchik is now Editorial Director at Yale University Press. Previously, he was Group Publisher for Social Science and Executive Editor for Economics and Finance at Princeton University Press. . . John Tryneski is retiring from his position as Executive Editor for Political Science and Law at University of Chicago Press after four decades. . . Linda Bathgate will join the University Press of Florida as Chief and Deputy Director in July. She is currently Publisher in Communication at Routledge.

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International Bestsellers, May 2016

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: Finland and Japan. 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.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/23-5/27

number_5_redEvery 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 supporting authors via Patreon the future of publishing?

The UK wants to collect value added taxes for adult coloring books, to some controversy.

Is big publishing’s shrinking inevitable as self-publishing and small press sales grow?

Should we fear the power reader analytics has over publishers?

Are print books obsolete in the classroom?

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

number_5_redEvery 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.

Bookstore sales rose 10.7% in March, compared to March 2015.

Do literary words lose their meaning because we overuse them?

Is the end of Bookslut indicative of the end of internet freedom?

Why are online retailers creating brick-and-mortar stores?

How can libraries help publishers develop new business opportunities?