Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/13-8/17

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.

Can an author ever use an appropriated voice?

Why is the pace of higher ed publication slowing?

Amazon’s earnings this quarter outpaced analysts’ predictions.

Will Barnes & Noble survive because of Len Riggio, or despite him?

A controversial recent author pay figure is now very different after advances were factored in.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/6-8/10

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 should the open access movement do to combat predatory publishing?

Is voice shopping actually changing the market?

How has fanfiction affected the industry over the last few decades?

Does mainstream genre fiction leave room for women writers?

What does it mean for a book to be more like television?

People Round-Up, Early August 2018

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At Barnes & Noble Education, Jonathan Shar joins as SVP, Revenue & Product Development. He was previously Chief Marketing Officer, NOOK at Barnes & Noble. At Barnes & Noble, Chief Digital Officer Fred Argir has retired and his position will be filled by Bill Wood, most recently Chief Information Officer.

Atria has merged its publicity and marketing teams into an integrated marketing department. Consequently, Kristin Fassler has joined Atria in the new position of VP, Director of Integrated Marketing; she was most recently VP, Director of Marketing at Random House, overseeing Ballantine Bantam Dell. Dana Trocker, Director of Marketing at the Simon & Schuster trade imprint, will move over to Atria in that position. Paul Olsewski, VP, Director of Publicity, will leave Atria and his position will be eliminated. Also departing the company is Mitchell Ivers, VP, Editorial Director of Threshold Editions; this leaves Threshold without leadership, though a representative has indicated that the imprint will continue. At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Emily Ritter joins as Digital & Social Marketing Manager. She was most recently Marketing Manager at Bloomsbury Children’s.

Cristopher Garrido has joined HarperCollins Christian Publishing as VP, Publisher for the Spanish publishing program. He previously developed and directed a Spanish publishing program at Lifeway Christian Resources. At Harper, Sarah Stein joins as Senior Editor, moving over from that position at Penguin Books.

Cristina Gilbert joins Flatiron Books as VP, Associate Publisher on August 27. Most recently she was VP, Sales and Marketing for Bloomsbury. Sarah Cantin joins St. Martin’s Press as Executive Editor; previously she was Senior Editor at Atria. At Macmillan Children’s, Alexandra Hernandez joins as Associate Publicist, moving over from her previous position as Publicity Assistant at Oxford University Press. Also, due to restructuring at Picador, Marketing Manager Shannon Donnelly, Creative Director Henry Yee, Senior Designer LeeAnn Falciani, and Associate Editor Pronoy Sarkar are departing. Donnelly, Yee, and Falciani leave this month; Sarkar’s last day is November 30.

Lori Dunbar joins Ingram Content Group as VP, Application Services. She was previously Chief Technology Officer at GE Healthcare. Tori Cushman also joins as Sales & Support Representative, Mass Merchandise; she was most recently Sales Assistant at Skyhorse Publishing. Megan Smith also joins this section of the company as Specialty Retail Manager, having worked previously as Manager, Category Management/VMI at Ingram Entertainment.

At online licensing and admissions exam prep company UWorld, Evan Schnittman joins as VP, Sales & Business Development. He was previously CEO and Co-Founder of OptiQly.

At Chronicle Books, Shelley Sanders has been hired as Director of National Specialty and Mass Market Sales. She worked previously as National Sales Manager and Consultant for Identity Games International BV. Karen Finlay, most recently Senior Manager for National Accounts and Field Sales at Lonely Planet, also joins as National Account Manager, Barnes & Noble and Ingram.

Stephen Hull will join the University of New Mexico Press as Director on September 17 and will also serve as Professor of Practice in Publishing for the University of New Mexico’s College of Libraries and Learning Sciences. He was previously Editor and Publisher at the University Press of New England.

In other university press news, Joe Durepos will retire from his role as Executive Director of Loyola Press at the end of October. He has been with the publisher for nearly seventeen years.

Nancy Sheppard joins Basic Books as Marketing Director on August 13. She most recently held that position at St. Martin’s Press. At Orbit, Priyanka Krishnan joins as Editor, having previously worked in that role at Harper Voyager.

At Harvard Business Review Press, Erika Heilman joins as Commercial Director and Associate Publisher, taking over from Keith Pfeffer, who left to become Associate VP, Trade Sales, North America at Callisto Media. Heilman co-founded Bibliomotion and worked previously as Managing Director at Carpedea.

Also joining Callisto this month is Mary Amiccuci, SVP, Strategic Partnerships and Brand Ventures; she was formerly Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble.

Penny Moore joins Aevitas Creative Management as Agent. She was previously Agent at Empire Literary.

In the Random House Publishing Group, Danielle Siess joins as Manager, Creative Content, moving over from her previous role as Associate Publicist, Social Media & Special Events at Penguin Random House. At DK, Savannah D’Amico joins as Library-Wholesale National Account Manager. Most recently she was Special Markets Sales Associate at Scholastic. And at Portfolio/Sentinel, Mary Kate Skehan joins as Assistant Marketing Manager. Skehan was previously Senior Literary Scout at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

At Kensington, Ann Pryor has been hired as Senior Communications Manager, handling nonfiction and mystery. She was most recently Senior Marketing Manager at Atria.

Annette Windhorn has joined the Association of University Presses as External Communications Manager; she was previously Program Coordinator for the Distinguished Lectureship Program at the Organization of American Historians. Also joining the association are Program Coordinator Angelica DeVoe, previously Associate Program Manager at WebMD, and Communications Program Manager Kate Kolendo, previously Project Manager and PROSE Award Administrator for the professional and scholarly publishing division of the Association of American Publishers.

At the American Psychological Association, Chi Wang joins as Books Marketing Manager, Academic and Professional Publishing and APA Style. Previously she was Books Marketing Manager at the American Chemical Society.

At Bonnier Publishing USA, Brett Duquette joins little bee and Yellow Jacket as Senior Editor; he most recently held that position at Sterling Publishing. Rachel Gluckstern, lately Production Editor at Scholastic, joins BuzzPop as Editor. And Lauren Carr, most recently Publicity Coordinator at Scholastic, joins the children’s group as Publicist.

Kendell Storey has joined Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull as Associate Editor and Publishing Manager. She was previously Associate Editor and Publicist at Archipelago Books and Co-Director of children’s imprint Elsewhere Editions. At Catapult, Matt Ortile joins as Digital Managing Editor. He was most recently Global Publishing Lead for BuzzFeed International and is the founding editor of BuzzFeed Philippines.

 

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/30-8/3

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.

Barnes & Noble announced that sales of books about anxiety are up 26% from last year.

Who are the influencers behind BookTube?

Why does the press give positive coverage to vanity presses?

Where did the floral book cover trend come from?

How do predatory academic publishers make themselves look legitimate?

International Bestsellers, July 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: Greece and Portugal. 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 7/23-7/27

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.

Who are academic books really written for?

What has data opacity cost publishers in library sales?

How are publishing scams keeping up with the changing world?

The newest American Time Use Survey shows that reading is on the decline.

US publishing’s net revenue was $26 billion in 2017, according to the Association of American Publishers.

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?