People Round-Up, Late July 2016

PEOPLE

Current company President, Sara Domville will leave F + W, where she worked for seventeen years.

Betsy Groban left Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she worked as Senior VP and Publisher of children’s books.

Deb Brody, the current Executive Editor at William Morrow/HarperCollins, will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Editorial Director (lifestyle and culinary) on July 18. Also, Cheryl Dickemper is joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as National Sales Manager. She was previously Director of Content Acquisitions at Booksource.

Following the acquisition of Perseus, Mike Heuer, Executive Director of Field Sales, is leaving Hachette Book Group. VP of National Accounts Maha Khalil and National Account Manager James Chan will leave Perseus at the end of the year.

Cliff Manko joined Beacon Press as CFO. He was previously SVP of finance for the Higher Education Group at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Sherry Beck Paprocki is to take over as Board President of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is also President at R.S. Rock Media, Inc. Milt Toby, author and photographer, is to become Vice President.

Current Graywolf Press Publisher, Fiona McCrae will join the National Book Foundation board of directors.

Doug Reil is to step down as Executive Director and Publisher at North Atlantic BooksTim McKee, who was Director of Publishing, will serve as Interim Publisher.

The current Editor in Chief at ExpressEdit, Carl Lennertz will join the Children’s Book Council and Every Child A Reader as Executive Director in August. Previously he was Executive Director of World Book Night U.S.

At agencies…Paula Canal joined Indent Literary Agency as Agent and Foreign Rights Director. She has been the Foreign Rights Manager at Anagrama and will continue to handle foreign rights for the company from her position at Indent. Previously Managing Director of Egmont USA, Andrea Cascardi joined Transatlantic Agency as Agent, where she worked before her post at Egmont. Rich Pascocello joined Glass Literary Management as Agent. He was previously VP, executive director of marketing, at Penguin Random House. Cathryn Summerhayes will join Curtis Brown UK as Agent in September. She comes from William Morris Endeavor where she has worked as Literary Agent.

Alexis Kirschbaum will join Bloomsbury UK in September as Publishing Director. She currently works as Editorial Director at Penguin Press UK.

Starting in August, Jackie Engel will join Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as VP, Associate Publisher. She was previously VP and Group Sales Director at Penguin Books for Young Readers.

At Simon & Schuster, Sean Manning joined as Senior Editor. He formerly worked as Articles Editor at Popular Mechanics. Michael Strother has joined Harlequin Teen as Editor. He was previously Editor at Simon Pulse/ Simon & Schuster.

Priyanka Krishnan joined William Morrow and the Harper Voyager as Editor. She was previously Associate Editor at Ballantine.

Rachel Poloski joined Random House Children’s as Editor. Previously, she was Associate Editor at Disney Publishing’s Marvel. Juliana Horbachevsky joined the Crown Publishing Group as Senior Publicist. She was previously a publicist at AbramsAlexandra Morrison was hired as Email Marketing Manager; she was previously Audience/Email Manager for Library Journal. Dan Franklin will leave Penguin Random House UK where he was Digital Publisher.

Zaneta Jung joined Chronicle Books as Assistant Editor. She was previously Assistant Editor for children’s books at Sterling.

Kyle Radler joined Norton as Senior Publicist. He was previously Publicist at Scribner.

At Ten Speed Press, Natalie Mulford was promoted to Senior Marketing and Publicity Manager.

At Scholastic, Rachel Feld joined as Marketing Director. She was previously Marketing Director at Random House Children’s. Jennifer Powell, previously VP of North American Sales at Igloo Books, has joined as Director of Rights & Co-Editions. Stephen Mei joined as Associate Project Manager, Multiplatform Publishing. He was previously Associate Producer at THIS IS POP.

At Bloomsbury, Brittany Mitchell joined as Marketing Assistance. She previously served as Marketing Associate at Holiday House Books.

Jennifer Metzger has joined Insight Editions as Sales Manager. She previously served as Director of Business Development at Mrs. Grossman’s Paper Company and National Sales Manager at both Cedco Publishing and Palm Press.

Matt Mullin joined Ingram’s Lightning Source as Key Accounts Sales Manager. Previously, he worked as Sales Director at The Reading Room.

Jeremy Matthews is joining MIT Press as Acquisitions Editor for the physical sciences, engineering, and math. He was most recently Books Editor at the American Institute of Physics.

Courtney Andree joined Yale University Press as Publicist; she was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.

Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/18-7/22

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 does publishing as a whole benefit from small, independent publishers?

An author shares his experience using NetGalley to promote his books.

What’s behind the audiobook boom?

How did children’s literature shape a generation of kids in the UK?

Does the experience of reading differ between print and digital for students?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/11-7/15

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.

A new study from NYU identifies areas in the United States with little to no access to bookstores.

How can authors classify their books when there are multiple aspects to their identity?

Can ebook pricing change reading habits?

Can the Pokémon Go craze boost bookstore sales?

GoodeReader shares results of their reader poll asking where they purchase ebooks.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/4-7/8

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.

What are the most common traits of Booker Prize winning novels?

Can one study show how many kinds of stories there are?

Why is Amazon taking list prices off their site?

Are there divisions between self-published authors?

How does Amazon’s group of book reviewers influence book sales?

People Round-Up, Early July 2016

PEOPLE

Stephen Twillinger will join Rodale as EVP and CFO in August. He is currently CFO at Dorling Kindersley. Rhea Lyons is now Subsidiary Rights Director. She was previously Senior Literary Scout at Franklin & Siegal Associates.

Sara Nelson joined HarperCollins in the new role of VP, Executive Editor and Special Advisor to the Publisher. She will acquire titles and act as strategic advisor to Jonathan Burnham. She was previously Editorial Director for Books and Kindle at Amazon.

Brent Gordon is now VP, Education Sales & Strategy at Penguin Random House. He was most recently SVP, General Manager at Wiley. Andra Miller joined Ballantine Bantam Dell as Executive Editor. She was previously Senior Editor at Algonquin. Stevie Mac joined Crown as Marketing Manager, Ad/Promo. She was most recently Lead Bookseller and PT Health Care Aide at Barnes & Noble.

Michelle Howry is now Executive Editor at Hachette Books. Previously, she was Executive Editor at Touchstone.

Brian Napack has joined the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Board of Directors. He was previously President at Macmillan and is now a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity.

Kelly Barrales-Saylor joined Sourcebooks Children’s as Editorial Director. She was previously Editorial Director at Albert Whitman & Company.

Simon Skinner has left his position as Sales Director at Nielsen Book.

At agencies, Rachel Hecht launched Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting. She was previously Children’s and YA Scout at Mary Anne Thompson Associates. . . Laura Lee Mattingly joined Present Perfect Dep’t as Agent and Partner. She was most recently Senior Editor at Chronicle Books. . . Julie Stevenson joined Lippincott Massie & McQuilkin as Agent, and will split her time between New York and Missoula, Montana. She was previously Agent at Waxman Leavell and Sobel Weber Associates. . . Novelist Madison Smartt Bell is now Affiliate Agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. . . Rachel Crawford joined Wolf Literary Services as Agent and Film Rights Manager, returning to New York after previously moving to Australia to work at University of Queensland Press.

Lauren Le Pera joined Insight Editions as Senior Production Editor. She was previously Production Editor at Bridgepoint Education.  Mark Irwin joined as Senior Editor and Jordan Hamessley as Senior Editor of Children’s. She was most recently Editorial Director at Adaptive Books.

Aditya Otiv joined Open Road Integrated Media as Social Media Manager. He was formerly Editor at Sky Pony Press.

Kathryn Santora joined Regan Arts as Publicity Manager. She was previously Senior Publicist at Atria.

Sabrina Wise joined Tin House Books as Publicity Manager. She was most recently Publicist at Pomegranate Communications.

Joe Jackson is now Senior Editor of Economics at Princeton University Press. He was previously Economics Editor at University of Chicago Press.

Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/27-7/1

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 editor of The Bookseller shares his thoughts on what Brexit could mean for the publishing industry.

Audiobooks are outselling ebooks.

What can publishers learn from the success of podcasts?

What does a book deal mean for a YouTube star?

Can a computer examination of a book’s contents predict if it will be a bestseller?

International Bestsellers, June 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: South Korea and Sweden. 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.

BestsellerJune2016.France

BestsellerJune2016Germany

BestsellerJuneItaly2016

BestsellerJune2016Spain

BestsellerJune2016FSkorea

BestsellerJune2016Sweden

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.”

Read More »

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.