Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/16-4/20

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 could AI change publishing workflow?

Bookstore sales turned a corner in February.

What turned Los Angeles into a publishing hub?

Will 2019 going to be a banner year for public domain?

Are scholarly journals vulnerable to author-service scams?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/9-4/13

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.

Comic sales were down in 2017.

How can romance treat authors of color better?

Does publishing have a problem with sexism…towards men?

Do master’s programs in publishing improve the industry, or just their students?

What does the boom in books about identity and race tell us about the state of nonfiction?

The 2018 Book Distributors Profiles

Publishing Trends has assembled an updated version of our annual book distribution chart.

We welcome your feedback to help make it more accurate and comprehensive. Please click the link below to download a PDF of this year’s Book Distributors Profiles and Contact Sheet.

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2018 Distributor Profiles and Contact Sheet.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/2-4/6

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.

What did Kindle owners read in March?

The Association of American Publishers released new revenue data for November.

Could blockchain change the mechanics of scholarly publishing?

A new cooperative study from the IPA and WIPO provides global publishing statistics.

If humans have trouble translating poetry, can computers do it better?

People Round-Up, Early April 2018

PEOPLE

Judith Curr has joined HarperCollins in the newly-created role of President and Publisher of HarperOne, Amistad, and Rayo. She was, until January, the President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group.

Aimee Bell will join Gallery Books as VP, Editorial Director on April 17; she had been the longtime Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair until February. At Simon & Schuster, Seth Russo, VP and Director of International Sales, will retire on April 20.

Nancy Mercado joins Dial as Associate Publisher and Editorial Director beginning April 9. She was previously Editorial Director at Scholastic.

Karen Allman joins Rowman & Littlefield as VP, Sales and Marketing. Most recently she was VP, Business Development at Blackboard Inc. Elsewhere in the company, Dave Horvath, Senior Marketing Manager, is retiring after 41 years in publishing.

At Scribd, Jared Fliesler joins as Chief Operations Officer. He was most recently General Partner at venture capital firm Matrix Partners.

Rebecca Vnuk joins LibraryReads as the organization’s first Executive Director. Previously she was Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach with the American Library Association’s Booklist publications.

At Emerald Publishing, Phill Jones joins the board as Chief Technology Officer. He was previously Director of Publishing Innovation at Digital Science.

Marie-Claire Wastiaux will retire as Secretary General and Chief Financial Officer of Hachette Livre on July 1. Her successor will be Fabrice Bakhouche, who has been promoted to Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

At the American Psychological Association, Jason Wells has joined as Director, Books Marketing. He was most recently Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Publicity for Rodale Children’s.

Tim Bugard has been announced as Senior Acquisitions Editor at HarperCollins. He was most recently Senior Editor for AMACOM.

At Oni Press, Sarah Gaydos joins as Editorial Director of Licensed Publishing. Previously she was Editor at IDW Publishing.

At Scholastic Trade, Amanda Shih has joined as Associate Editor, Nonfiction. She was most recently Assistant Editor at Tarcher Perigee. Rachel Weinert moves over from Scholastic International to her new role as Rights and Co-Edition Manager, while Crystal McCoy, most recently Senior Publicist at little bee and Sizzle Press, joins as Publicity Manager.

Josh Zajdman joins Picador as Senior Publicist, having worked previously as a Publicist at Media Connect. At Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Trisha de Guzman has joined as Associate Editor. She was previously Editorial and Subsidiary Rights Associate at Rodale.

Jenna Huerta joins Chronicle as Senior Publicist. She was previously Lead Designer at Pixar. In addition, Rachel Nuzman, most recently Rights Manager at Insight Editions, joins as Subsidiary Rights Manager, and Lydia Ortiz joins as Designer, having most recently held that position at MudPuppy.

At Bonnier Publishing USA, due to Crystal McCoy’s departure as Senior Publicist, Gayley Avery will serve as the main contact for children’s PR until a replacement is found.

At IPG, Diana Calice is retiring as Managing Director, Spanish Distribution Program. Spanish Sales Manager Kelsey Wayne will succeed her and will handle all Spanish-language client publishers moving forward.

Stacey Kondla joins The Rights Factory as Associate Agent, Children’s Books. She previously worked as Customer Experience Manager at Indigo.

Jaime Levine is leaving her position as Publisher at Diversion Books.

Chris Artis has joined Shreve Williams Public Relations as Affiliated Publicist. He was most recently Head of Editorial Communications at Reuters.

Jaime Green is now Romance Columnist at the New York Times Book Review. The quarterly column will debut in June’s Summer Reading Issue. Green is Contributing Editor at Catapult and Series Editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing.

At Ohio State University Press, Ana M. Jimenez-Moreno joins as Acquisitions Editor, Literary and Cultural Studies. She was previously Editorial Assistant at University of Notre Dame Press.

 

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/26-3/30

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.

Is Amazon to blame for the death of retail?

When authors are accused of sexual harassment, what happens to their books?

How should scholarly publishing engage with social media?

What caused the first independent bookstore boom?

Macmillan‘s pay gap is 34%…in favor of women.

International Bestsellers, March 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: South Africa and Bulgaria. 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 3/19-3/23

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 can romance publishers better address race?

What do booksellers owe marginalized readers?

What is making feminist bookstores so successful under Trump?

OverDrive just hit its one billionth book loan since the platform launched in 2003.

Why are the allegations against Sherman Alexie especially painful?

People Round-Up, Mid-March 2018

PEOPLE

Mitzi Angel, President for Adult Publishing at Faber & Faber, will return to the US “later this year” to take over as Publisher, SVP of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Jonathan Galassi is leaving that position but will remain as President and will continue to acquire and edit books. At Celadon Books, Anne Twomey will join as Creative Director on April 2. She has been working as VP, Creative Director at Grand Central Publishing.

Following its acquisition of Rodale Books, Crown Publishing Group has hired a number of former Rodale employees. These include Gail Gonzales, VP, Director, Publishing Strategy, Harmony, Rodale Books, and Clarkson Potter; Dervla Kelly, Senior Editor, Rodale Books and Ten Speed Press; Brianne Sperber, Senior Marketing Manager, Harmony and Rodale Books; and Holly Smith, Senior Digital Marketer. Separate from the acquisition, Shauna Barry joins as Marketing Assistant, Harmony and Rodale, and Courtney Mocklow joins as Publicity Assistant.

Stephanie Smirnov joins Scholastic as EVP, Head of Global Corporate Communications. She was previously Managing Director, Brand Practice at Edelman New York.

Rachel Neumann is joining Shambhala Publications as Associate Publisher on April 23. She will be leaving her present position as Publisher and Editorial Director at Parallax.

Jonathan Symington, formerly VP, General Manager at Disney Publishing Worldwide, has launched LA-based consultancy The Lantic Group.

At IDW, Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has announced that he is leaving the company.

At AAP, Tina Jordan is departing from her role as VP after twelve years to “temporarily explore her lifelong passion of becoming a professional surfer.”

Associate Publisher and Executive Editor Sandy Vander Zicht will retire from Zondervan in July after thirty-three years with the company.

Whitney Hu has joined the National Book Foundation as Director of Public Programs. She was previously Communications Director for the office of New York City council member Brad Lander.

At Holiday House, Michelle Montague joined as Director, Trade Marketing. Most recently she was Executive Director, Marketing & Publicity, Adult at Abrams.

Steven Wallace joined the University of Georgia Press as Director of Marketing and Sales. He was previously Business Development Manager at New Leaf Distributing.

At agencies…Tina Pohlman, most recently EVP, Publisher at Open Road Integrated Media, joins Union Literary as Agent. Chris Clemans, previously Agent at The Clegg Agency, joins Janklow & Nesbit in the same position. Sarah Murphy Mannheimer joins The Tuesday Agency as Senior Agent. She was previously Lecture Agent and Account Executive at the Leigh Bureau Ltd. Leslie Meredith, most recently Editor at Atria and Free Press, joins Mary Evans as Literary Agent. Melissa Edwards has launched MLE Consulting, a publishing contract service for literary agents and authors, and will continue as Literary Agent at Stonesong.

Brooke Borneman has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Senior Marketing Manager, moving over from the same position at Tarcher Perigee. Samantha Ruth Brown also joins as Publicity Assistant, and Samantha Trovillion joins as Publicity Associate.

Amanda Pelletier has joined Scribner as Senior Publicist. She was most recently Publicist at HarperCollins.

Johanna Dickson joins Skyhorse as Senior Publicist. Most recently she was Publicist at Holt.

Scott Gast joined the University of Chicago Press as Editor, Life Sciences. He was previously Features Editor at Orion Magazine.

 

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/12-3/16

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 the short story really having a renaissance?

Ebooks and audiobooks continue their rise.

How does the dominance of English damage scholarly publishing?

Why should we keep reading problematic books?

What qualifies someone to lead the American Library Association?