Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/11-12/15

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.

Should we end the Bad Sex in Fiction Award?

Why do men dislike female fiction?

Wattpad released their newest report on reading trends.

What does the future hold for commercial publishers?

Will malls survive much longer?

Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2017

The 2017 general US publishing industry contact sheet is our most popular annual feature, listing publishers large and small, accounts, trade associations, and more. Taking into account mergers, acquisitions, and new additions, we are proud to offer our most comprehensive updated version as a free PDF. Click the image below to download the Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2017.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 12/4-12/8

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.

The publishing industry needs to talk about sexual violence.

Is it time to abandon “the great American novel”?

BookCon will broaden its programming in 2018.

What is trending in international children’s publishing?

Basic literacy is rising worldwide – but not in the United States.

FutureBook17 and Global Kids Connect

Two excellent conferences took place recently, one in London and one in NYC.

FUTUREBOOK 2017: Don’t Delegate the Future

FutureBook2017, now coming up to its tenth year, took place on December 1st in East London, and was attended by some 600 publishers, vendors and tech firms from the UK, EU and US.  The conference had four tracks, two on publishing and technology, one on audiobooks, and another on EdTech, causing some consternation among attendees as to which to choose.  Thankfully a storm of tweets (#FutureBook17) and articles by sponsors like Frankfurt Book Fair’s Publishing Perspectives helped them and others find out what’s happening, and will happen, in publishing and media.  Though there were traditional publishers and  well-known industry figures – like Bonnier’s iconoclastic Richard Johnson, HarperCollinsChantal Restivo-Alessi and Canongate’s Jamie Byng –  on the dais, startups, EdTech companies, agents and platforms like Audible and Kobo were also represented.  The mood of the day was upbeat, but that didn’t stop a number of speakers like Richard Johnson and Awesome Media’s Jeff Norton from exhorting publishers to re-examine traditional business models and attitudes.

The day-long conference ended with awards being given out in nine categories;

FutureBook Award 2017 Winner
FutureBook Leader of the Year Bolinda founder Rebecca Herrmann
FutureBook Disruptor of the Year The Good Journal founders Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford
FutureBook Campaign of the Year Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire global serialization
Booktech Company of the Year Unrd
EdTech Company of the Year Enroly
FutureBook of the Year (Adult) Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert (Amazon Publishing)
FutureBook of the Year (Children) The Golden Ticket (Wonderbly)
FutureBook Platform of the Year (Consumer) Penguin Random House UK
FutureBook Platform of the Year (Reference/Education) Kortext


GLOBAL KIDS CONNECT: Publishing in an Unpredictable World

On December 4, the third annual Global Kids Connect conference took place in New York, focusing on international trends in children’s book publishing and areas for future growth. Produced by Publishers Weekly in association with the Bologna Book Fair, the afternoon conference was divided into four segments: a presenter — NPD Bookscan’s Kristen McLean — and three panels.

During the opening session, McLean talked about the latest retail data, including breakdowns on which formats, topics, and categories are trending, such as comics and graphic novels, activity books around S.T.E.M, and classics.  Many of these classics are in the form of board books, whose sales continue to increase by 7% annually.

As with FutureBook, there were many well-crafted tweets (#GKC17) which captured a lot of the data and opinions that were shared.

In “The Professionals’ Perspective: Sales & Acquisitions in a Changing World” panel, moderator Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown Ltd. talked with two literary scouts and a foreign rights specialist about what’s selling where, as well as the impact of Brexit on UK rights. The next panel was on promoting books and brands, and moderator Daniel Nayeri, the publisher of a new imprint at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and his four panelists explored ways of using creative content and technology to reach readers. Finally, Kate Wilson, President of Noisy Crow, led a lively closing discussion on “Publishing in an Era of Perpetual Change,” focused on both the challenges and opportunities facing today’s publishers.  Her panel, comprised of Disney’s Mary Ann Naples, Scholastic’s Lori Benton and agent Jill Grinberg, covered many topics, including the shift to direct-to-consumer.  As they talked about gatekeepers that make it difficult to reach the target market, Facebook announced its new messaging app for children – a timely addition to the conversation.

The conference adjourned for drinks and a celebration of authors, illustrators and translators who received a PW starred review this year.

People Round-Up, Early December 2017


At G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Jennifer Klonsky will assume the position of VP, Publisher on January 2, 2018. She joins from HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she was Editorial Director. At the end of this year, Putnam EVP, Associate Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief Neil Nyren will retire. Milena Alberti, CFO of Penguin Random House since 2015, will also depart at that time. A new CFO will be appointed in the first quarter of next year; Deputy CFO James Johnston will lead the Finance Group in the interim.

At Gallery Books, Associate Publisher Jennifer Long has been named Vice President and will oversee all mass market publications at Simon & Schuster beginning in January. As a result of the marketing group realignment, Marketing Director Liz Psaltis will leave the company at the end of this year. Abigail Novak will join Touchstone as Publicist beginning December 11, having previously worked as Assistant Publicist at HarperCollins.

Victoria Burwell has joined Scholastic Education as SVP, Strategic Marketing. She was previously SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at McGraw-Hill Education. Carol Chanter has also joined as SVP, Professional Learning Services, and most recently held the same title at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Jodie Cohen is now Director of Marketing for Algonquin Young Readers. Most recently she was Senior Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House.

Ray Wolf has joined Leisure Arts as SVP, Sales & Marketing. He was previously Director, Sales & Business Development at Fox Chapel Publishing. Peg Couch has likewise joined as VP, Publishing, having worked most recently as Editorial Director at Fox Chapel.

Julie Temple Stan has joined Highlights as VP, Editorial Director, Highlights Learning. Previously, she was President of Bluum, a baby gift box company.

Christina Boys has launched CEB Editorial Services, a publishing and editorial consultancy. She was most recently Senior Editor at Hachette Nashville.

Nina Nocciolino has joined Cave Henricks Communications as Publicity Director. Nocciolino was previously Senior Media & Communications Manager at Harvard Business Review Press.

At No Starch Press, Sean Concannon has joined as Sales Director. Most recently he was Account Manager at HighWire Press, Inc.

Eve Scalzo has joined Speilburg Literary Agency as Agent, representing romance and YA fiction, while Deborah Hofmann, previously Editor of the New York Times bestseller lists, is now Agent at the David Black Literary Agency.

At The Authors Guild, Cheryl L. Davis has joined as General Counsel. Davis was formerly Partner at Menaker & Herrmann.

Alex Coumbis has joined Laurence King Publishing as Senior Publicist. She was most recently Publicist at Del Ray Books.

Saraciea Fennell has joined Tor, Tor Teen, Starscape, and Forge as Publicist. Most recently, she was Publicist at Little, Brown Children’s.

Pippa White has joined Callisto Media as Editor, having worked previously as Associate Editor at Chronicle Books.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/27-12/1

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 will the Koch Brothers do with Time Inc?

Why do independent bookstores often get left off of major publicity tours for new books?

New statistics show at what point readers quit on an audiobook.

What’s the real cause of America’s poor reading comprehension?

How are independent bookstores fighting back against Amazon?

International Bestsellers, November 2017

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: Brazil and Canada. 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 11/20-11/24

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.

LGBTQ love stories are hitting the mainstream in young adult fiction.

Do we really need to choose between analog and digital?

A study shows that readers who dismiss science fiction read the genre less closely.

How should a female author look?

Can – or should – we separate art from a monstrous artist?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/13-11/17

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.

How have ebooks changed reading over time?

How do Asian-American writers combat stereotypes in their work?

Could technological advances affect how manga is published?

Why do beloved children’s books fall to the wayside as we grow older?

What’s next for the EPUB file format?

People Round-Up, Mid-November 2017


John Kulka has been named Editorial Director at Library of America, replacing the retiring Geoffrey O’Brien. Kulka was most recently Executive Editor at Basic Books. In addition, Leslie Schwartz is now Publicity Manager, having worked previously as Associate Director of Marketing for New American Library.

Radhika Jones has been selected as the next Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair. She replaces Graydon Carter, who announced his retirement in September, and was previously Editorial Director of the books department at The New York Times.

Michael Selleck, EVP, Sales and Marketing at Simon & Schuster, will retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years with the company.

Maris Kreizman, Editorial Director of Book of the Month Club, will leave the company on November 30 to pursue her own writing.

Tina Jordan will leave her role as Senior Editor for Books at Entertainment Weekly when the publication relocates to LA in March 2018. She has been with EW since 1989.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kate Napolitano has joined as Senior Editor. She was previously Senior Editor at Plume/Blue Rider.

Chad Felix has joined Grove/Atlantic as Digital Marketing Manager. He was previously Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House.

At Workman, Caitlin Rubinstein has joined as Senior Manager, Children’s School and Library Sales/Marketing. Most recently, she was Marketing Manager at little bee. Diana Griffin has also joined the company as Senior Publicist, having worked previously as Publicist at Tor/Forge.

In agency news, Alia Hanna Habib will join The Gernert Company as Agent on November 27. She was previously Agent at McCormick Literary.

Faye Bi joins Holiday House as Publicity Manager; she was most recently Senior Publicist at Simon & Schuster.

Lucy Silag has joined Amazon Publishing as Publicity Lead, having worked most recently as Assistant Director of Publicity for Random House Publishing Group.

At Sourcebooks, Katie Cooper has joined as Digital Content Specialist. Previously, she was Social Media Manager at Wyzant.

Hannah Bennett is now Acquisitions Editor for Cleis Press/Viva Editions and Start Publishing. She was previously Associate Publisher at Rosetta Books.

At Westchester Publishing Services, Mark DaGrossa has joined as Director of Creative Services. He was previously co-founder and principal of Folio Designhaus, LLC.

Ken Brooks will leave his position as Chief Operating Officer at Macmillan Learning at the end of the year in order to return to his consulting practice, Treadwell Media Group.

At Abrams, Michael Kaserkie has joined as Associate Production Manager. He most recently worked with Color-X.

Laura Ayrey Burnett has resigned as Executive Director of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. She has held the position since 2010. A search for her replacement is underway.


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