Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/5-11/9

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.

HarperCollins had a 42% profit bump last quarter.

How can architecture publishing respond to the digital world?

What do the midterms mean for next year’s political titles?

If WH Smith doesn’t buy Barnes & Noble, who will?

Are academic journals best regulated by academia itself?

People Round-Up, Early November 2018

PEOPLE

Simon & Schuster announced the 2019/2020 launch of a new imprint, Avid Reader Press. Jofie Ferrari-Adler and Ben Loehnen will serve as, respectively, VP, Publisher and VP, Editor-in-Chief; both are currently Executive Editors at S&S’s flagship imprint. Julianna Haubner is moving over from the Simon & Schuster imprint as Associate Editor.

As previously reported, Touchstone will be eliminated at the end of this year and its staff will be integrated with Atria and Gallery. Moving to Atria are Executive Editor Matthew Benjamin, Associate Editor Kaitlin Olson, Executive Editor Trish Todd, Associate Director of Publicity Shida Carr, and Marketing Coordinator Isabel DaSilva. Moving to Gallery are Senior Editor Cara Bedick, Executive Editor Lauren Spiegel, Assistant Editor Rebecca Strobel, Assistant Director of Publicity Jessica Roth, and Associate Publicist Sydney Morris. Brian Belfiglio, presently Director of Publicity for both Touchstone and Scribner, will focus exclusively on Scribner. Associate Publisher Meredith Vilarello will manage Touchstone’s backlist. As a result of the restructuring, Senior Art Director Cherlynne Li has left the company. Adene Corns, presently VP, Director, Warehouse Book Sales, will retire from S&S on January 30, 2019. She joined the company in 1994. At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Rebecca Syracuse joins as Designer, Atheneum, McElderry Books, and Beach Lane Books, having worked most recently as Associate Designer at Macmillan Children’s. Also joining the same three lines is Karyn Lee, Junior Designer. Gabrielle Chang joins as Junior Designer for Simon Spotlight and Little Simon. Laura Eckes is now Designer for Simon Pulse; she was previously Design Assistant at HarperCollins.

F+W Media has established a new standalone books group with Heidi Sachner joining as Head of Books. Most recently she was VP, Two Rivers Distribution at the Ingram Content Group. As part of this expansion, Pam Wissman has been promoted to Executive Director and Greg Nock has been promoted to Production Director.

Laura Ferguson joins Open Road as SVP of Business Development. She managed new business development at Time, Inc. SVP and Publisher Jon Fine is leaving his position November 15 to join National Enquirer parent company American Media as Deputy Counsel. Philip Rappaport, who had been Acting Publisher prior to Fine’s hiring, will take over that role.

At Pearson, Deirdre Latour has been hired as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, beginning January 1. She spent the last fourteen years at General Electric, most recently as Chief Communications Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO.

At Hachette Book Group, Adam Guerriero has joined as VP, Pricing. He was most recently Director of Pricing Analytics at Macy’s.

Tara Parsons has joined HarperOne as Associate Publisher, Amistad, Harper Español, and International Fiction. She was previously Editor-in-Chief at Touchstone. At Ecco, Caitlin Mulrooney-Lyski joins as Director of Publicity, having worked most recently as Deputy Director of Publicity at Grand Central.

At Tom Doherty Associates: Sarah Reidy will join as Executive Director of Publicity on November 19, having previously worked as Associate Director of Publicity. Anthony Parisi, formerly Senior Marketing Manager at Simon & Schuster, joins as Associate Director, Tor Teen, Starscape, and School & Library Marketing. Isa Caban joins as Marketing Manager for the same divisions; she was previously YA Associate Marketing Manager at Scholastic. And Zakiya Jamal joins the company as Digital Marketing Assistant, Tor, Forge, Tor Teen, and Starscape. At Macmillan Children’s, Katie Quinn joins as Marketing Manager. Most recently she was Publicist at Penguin Children’s. Nikki Barnhart has joined Farrar, Straus & Giroux as Assistant Marketing Manager, leaving her previous position as Copy Coordinator at Simon & Schuster.

Alice Quinn will leave her position as Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America next June.

In agency news…Rex Ogle joins Aevitas Creative Management as Director of Book Packaging & Story Development. Previously he was Senior Editor at Little, Brown Children’s. Amy Stapp has joined Wolfson Literary Agency as Agent, moving over from her previous role as Editor with Tor. Rob Kirkpatrick has launched his own agency, Kirkpatrick Literary. He was Agent with The Stuart Agency.

At OverDrive, Paul Davighi joins as UK Country Manager. Previously he was Sales and Marketing Director at I.B. Tauris.

M’Bilia Meekers has joined the University of Washington Press as Publicity Manager. Previously she was Publicist and Copywriter at LSU Press. Also joining is Julie Fergus, formerly Associate Marketing Manager at Routledge, now serving as Exhibits and Direct Marketing Manager.

Hayley Kamin joins the American Psychological Association as Content Development Manager, APA Style.

Dan Gerstle will move to Liveright as Senior Editor on November 12. He has been Acquiring Editor for Basic Books since 2013.

At Sourcebooks, Eliza Swift has joined as Senior Editor, Fire and Jabberwocky. She was most recently Editor at Albert WhitmanStephanie Levasseur joins as Sales Account Manager, having previously worked as Sales Account Representative at ReaderLink. Margaret Kelly has joined as Customer Service Manager.

Tessa Meischeid joins Penguin Children’s as Senior Publicist; she was previously Associate Publicist at Abrams Children’s.

At Columbia University Press, Miranda Martin has joined as Editor for Life and Physical Sciences, replacing Patrick Fitzgerald, who retired in June. She was previously Assistant Editor, Linguistics and assisted on the life sciences list at the University of Chicago Press.

Jenny Florence, previously Editor at Princeton Architectural Press, joins The Monacelli Press as Editor, Design, Interior Design, Gardening, Lifestyle, and Fine Art.

At Chronicle Books, Jon Glick joins as Senior Designer, Entertainment, a position he previously held at Insight Editions. Julia Marvel joins as Designer, Children’s; she was previously Associate Designer at Abrams. Also joining are Patrick Rafanan, now Marketing Photography and Visual Content Coordinator, formerly Ecommerce Photographer at Randa Accessories, and Eva Avery, Assistant Editor for Mark Tauber’s new imprint. Avery was previously Editorial Assistant at HarperOne.

At Abrams, Steph Stillwell joins as Designer for Abrams Children’s and ComicArts, moving over from little bee.

Maria Mann joins Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Publicity Associate. She previously held that title at Page Street Publishing.

Jessica Dartnell joins Holiday House as Sales Coordinator. Most recently she was Client Relations Assistant at Ingram Content Group.

 

Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/29-11/2

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.

Has Amazon Prime growth hit a plateau?

How is the romance genre approaching consent?

What happened to the 2000s vampire boom?

Could tiny books change our reading habits?

Is it possible to write about trauma nongratuitously?

International Bestsellers, October 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: Hungary and Malaysia. 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 10/22-10/26

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.

Are diverse books reaching their readers?

How should a “good” translation be judged?

What can Data Guy’s numbers really show us about the industry?

Why are so many imprints beginning to consolidate?

If copyright protections won’t boost author pay, what will?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/15-10/19

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.

In Canada, women lead audiobook consumption.

How has the single-function ereader endured?

What caused the monetary crisis in scholarly publishing?

Is subscription bundling the way forward for services like Scribd?

Will Walmart take the ebook market seriously?

People Round-Up, Mid-October 2018

PEOPLE

Ben Schrank will become SVP, Publisher of Henry Holt effective November 1, succeeding President and Publisher Steve Rubin. Schrank is presently Publisher at Razorbill. On May 1, 2019, Schrank will become President and Publisher and Rubin will become Chairman. Also at Holt, Jack Macrae is retiring after thirty-five years. Most recently he has managed the Holt imprint John Macrae Books.

Susan Moldow, President of Scribner and Publisher of Touchstone, will retire at the end of the year. Eamon Dolan has joined Simon & Schuster as VP, Executive Editor. Most recently he ran Eamon Dolan Books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, leaving when it was shut down in July. At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Lili Feinberg joins as Associate Publicist, moving over from her previous role as Publicity Assistant at Tor/Forge, and Devin MacDonald joins as Marketing Manager. She most recently worked as Brand Manager for Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and Dog Man at Scholastic. Francie Crawford has also joined the company as Marketing & Publicity Assistant.

At Bloomsbury, Valentina Rice joins as VP, Sales & Marketing. Previously she served as VP, Sales, Marketing, and Publicity at Bonnier Zaffre in the US. Lily Yengle joins Bloomsbury Children’s as Marketing Manager, having worked previously as Publicist at Penguin Children’s.

Founder Steve Piersanti announced that he will relinquish his position as President and CEO of Berrett-Koehler in mid-2019 but will continue as Acquiring Editor.

Kim Anderson rejoins Chronicle Books as VP, Sales & Marketing. For the past five years, she has worked as a consultant.

At Melville House, Tim McCall joins as VP, Sales and Business Development. He was most recently Trade Sales Director for LSC Communications. Also joining the company are Stephanie Valente, formerly Social Media Editor for Men’s Journal, as Digital Marketing Manager and Michael Seidlinger, previously Digital Producer for Publishers Weekly, as Library and Academic Marketing Manager.

At Ingram Content Group, Steve Marshall joins as VP, IT Services. He was previously VP, Infrastructure at C&S Wholesale Grocers in Keene, NH.

At Ingenta, Scott Winner has been formally appointed CEO. He has served as Acting CEO since May.

At Scholastic Education, Pam Allyn joins as SVP, Innovation & Development. She is the author of twenty-seven professional books and founded global literacy organization LitWorld.

Karen Mayer will retire this month from her role as SVP, Associate General Counsel at Penguin Random House after thirty-three years with the company. At Viking Children, Tamar Brazis joins as Editorial Director, Picture Books. She previously held the position of Editorial Director at Abrams Children’sWarren Bass is leaving his role as Executive Editor at Penguin Press to return to the Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Review Section. And at Random House Graphic, Patrick Crotty joins as Designer. He was previously Publisher and Co-Founder of Peow.

Jeff Li joins Serial Box as Chief Operating Officer. Most recently he was Head of Ventures at NBCUniversal.

Mary Gannon will become Executive Director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses on November 5, succeeding Jeffrey Lependorf.

Alessandra Bastagli joins Dey Street Books as Executive Editor; she was most recently Editorial Director of Nation Books. At MIRA, April Osborn has joined as Editor, moving over from her previous position as Senior Associate Editor at St. Martin’s.

In agency news…Laurel Symonds, previously Associate Marketing Manager at Albert Whitman & Company, joins The Bent Agency as Literary Agent. Dana Spector, most recently Agent at Paradigm, joins Creative Artists Agency in the same position, while former CAA Agent Sally Willcox makes the reverse move to Paradigm. Chris Rogers joins Dunow, Carlson & Lerner as Agent; he was previously Editorial Director at Yale University Press. And Lucinda Karter, formerly Director at the French Publishers’ Agency, has joined the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency as Agent.

Ed Several, SVP of Reed Exhibitions, is leaving the company after fourteen years. Event Manager Jenny Martin will step into his role for the foreseeable future.

Kara Plikaitis joins Shambhala Publications as Senior Director, Production and Design and Creative Director, Roost Books and Bala Kids on October 31. She was most recently Associate Creative Director at Ten Speed Press.

William Brandt joins Arcadia Publishing as Director of IT, having worked most recently as IT Project Manager at C&S Wholesale Grocers.

At PEN America, Katie Zanecchia has joined as National Outreach Program Director. She was previously Literary Agent at Ross Yoon Literary Agency.

Bonnier Publishing USA has hired Shari Lichtner, previously Production Director at Hachette, as Production Manager; Patricia Alvarado, previously Backlist Manufacturing Controller at Oxford University Press, as Production Coordinator; and Evan Oare, previously Sales Manager, Specialty Retail at Penguin Random House, as National Account Manager.

Caroline A. Hayes has joined W.W. Norton as Metadata Operations Manager. Most recently she was Manager, Cataloging and Metadata at Barnes & Noble.

At Sourcebooks, Sierra Stovall joins as Rights and Exports Manager. Previously she was Subsidiary Rights Manager at W.W. Norton. Morgan Vogt joins as Marketing Associate.

At Open Road Integrated Media, Stephan Moore joins as Digital Marketing & Analytics Manager. He was previously E-Commerce Manager at Books of Wonder. James Barry also joins as Senior Manager, Email Marketing.

Karen Edwards has joined Workman Children’s as Senior Editor of Curriculum-Based Trade Publishing. She was previously Managing Editor at William H. Sadlier. Chris Duffy, formerly Managing Editor of SpongeBob Comics, also joins as Senior Editor, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts. At Workman, Sofije Brija joins as Digital Marketing and Advertising Assistant; most recently, she was Associate Manager of Customer Service and Social Media at ESPN.

At Page Street Publishing, Maria Mann joins as Publicity and Marketing Associate and Kayla Tostevin joins as Publicity and Marketing Assistant.

At The Paris Review, Hasan Altaf has joined as Managing Editor. He previously held that title at Harper’s Magazine. Fiction writer, poet, and musician Christian Keifer joins as West Coast Editor. Joining as Advisory Editors are former Poetry Editor Robyn Cresswell and poets Saskia Hamilton and Christopher Merrill.

Megan Schumann has joined Rutgers University as Senior Public Relations Specialist. Previously she was Publicity Manager at Crown.

At Post Hill Press, Heather King joins as Managing Editor and Amy White joins as Accounting and Contracts Administrator.

At UNC Press, Alison Shay joins as Publicist. She was previously Acquisitions Editor at Syracuse University Press.

Lara Blackman joins Audible Originals as Associate Editor, having most recently worked as Assistant Editor at Touchstone.

Kathryn Notestine has joined JKS Communications as Associate Publicist.

Head of Corporate Communications Gil Schwartz (who writes under the name Stanley Bing) will retire from CBS on November 1. He has been with the company for over twenty years.

 

Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/8-10/12

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 bookstores survive on sales alone?

How much are editors actually responsible for?

Last year, the number of self-published books topped one million.

Why won’t the first-ever Medium book reach its maximum readership?

Barnes & Noble‘s sales of political books are up 57% in 2018.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/1-10/5

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 does it mean to write political fiction?

Where are the prizes for older authors?

How will NAFTA’s new copyright terms affect Canada?

What did the “Sokal Squared” hoax really prove?

Does poetry have the power to spark real change?

International Bestsellers, September 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: Australia and the United Arab Emirates. 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.