Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/12-2/16

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.

In 2017, bookstore sales fell 3.7%.

What does #MeToo mean for academic publishing?

Do Amazon bookstores point to the future of retail?

Will Barnes & Noble survive its current straits?

What can “junk fiction” bring to literature?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/5-2/9

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.

What does editorial power mean for women?

In the first nine months of 2017, adult sales went up and kids’ sales went down.

How should publishers treat child creators?

As the #MeToo movement unfolds, how will romance novels respond?

Why does contemporary YA shy away from sex?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/29-2/2

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.

Should thrillers depict violence against women?

Are fixed ebook layouts ever a good idea?

How should scholarly publishers approach voice user interfaces?

What’s prompting new changes in the ebook market?

What can a data officer do to build a long-term strategy?

International Bestsellers, January 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: Israel and Russia. 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.

People Round-Up, Early February 2018

PEOPLE

Judith Curr has left her position as President and Publisher of Atria after nineteen years with Simon & Schuster. A search will be conducted for her replacement; in the meantime, Peter Borland and Suzanne Donohue will oversee Atria’s editorial and publishing activities.

Amid many changes at F+W since the departure of CEO Tom Beusse two weeks ago, Steve Madden, VP, Chief Content Officer, is leaving and can be reached at [email protected]Allison Devlin, VP, Director, Book Sales and Marketing, is also leaving and may be reached at [email protected].

As reported elsewhere, HarperCollins Group President and Publisher Michael Morrison is leaving the company after nineteen years. As a result, Jonathan Burnham has been named President and Publisher for Harper, overseeing Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper Perennial, Harper Business, Harper Design, Harper Wave, Broadside Books, Amistad, and Ecco, while Liate Stehlik has been named President and Publisher for William Morrow/Avon, overseeing William Morrow, Avon, Dey Street, Harper Voyager, and Custom House.

At the American Library Association, Mary Ghikas will officially serve as Executive Director through January 2020, having taken that position on an interim basis last summer.

Rachel Fershleiser is now Senior Director of Marketing for Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books. She was previously Executive Director of Audience Development and Reader Engagement at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Emilia Rhodes joins Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers as Editorial Director, having worked previously as Senior Editor at HarperTeen.

At Sourcebooks, Ann Marie LaCasha has joined as Director of Brand Marketing. Previously, she was Senior Product Manager, Global Marketing at Abbott.

At Penguin Random House, Isabella Biedenharn joins as Senior Publicist. She was most recently Editor, Books for Entertainment Weekly. Heather Job has joined Penguin Random House Audio as Associate Publicist, moving over from her previous position as Publicity Assistant at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Catherine Mikula, formerly Associate Publicist at Penguin Random House, joins Random House Speakers Bureau as Lecture Agent. And Kelly Daniel-Richards has left TarcherPerigee, where she was Senior Publicist, to launch a new freelance PR firm, DartFrogg Communications.

Andrew DeSio has joined Fortier Public Relations as Associate Director of Publicity. Previously, he was Director of Publicity at Princeton University Press.

Michael O. Campbell is joining the University of Washington Press as Marketing and Sales Director on February 6. He was previously US Sales Manager at Lone Pine Publishing.

Angela Engel has joined Cameron + Company as Director of Business Development. She was most recently Executive Director of Sales at OILO.

At agencies…Joseph Parsons has joined Holloway Literary as Literary Agent. He was previously Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of North Carolina Press. Elias Altman joins Massie & McQuilkin as Agent on February 1, after three years in that role at Aevitas Creative Management. Going forward, he can be reached at [email protected].

Anna Dobben joins the National Book Foundation as Awards and Relationships Manager. She was previously Publicist at Knopf.

Brittany Leddy joins Klutz as Marketing and Publicity Manager. She was previously Assistant Marketing Manager at Harper Children’s. Shalini Saxena, formerly Editor at the New Teacher Center, also joins as Product Editor. And Jasmine Miranda joins as Marketing Coordinator, Education & Library, moving over from her position as Marketing Assistant at Macmillan Learning.

At Highlights for Children, Jim Colbert joins as Global Content Licensing Specialist. He previously worked in Rightsholder Relations, Special Projects for Copyright Clearance Center.

At Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Alissa Nigro has joined as Associate Marketing Manager. Most recently she was Marketing Associate at Random House Children’s Books. Christian Vega also joins as Marketing Assistant.

At the New York Times Book Review, Amal El-Mohtar will take over as Science Fiction and Fantasy Columnist. The position was previously held by N.K. Jemisin, who is leaving to focus on her own books.

Liz Gorinsky will leave her role as Senior Editor at Tor Books on February 2. She will continue on as a consulting editor for some of her authors and will edit short fiction at Tor.com.

 

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/22-1/26

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.

What can non-Bookscan data tell us about Amazon‘s dominance?

What words must a children’s dictionary include?

Where are the prizes for bestselling women authors?

Why is accessibility still an issue for so many publishers?

How can we champion noncommercial writing in the internet era?

People Round-Up, Mid-January 2018

PEOPLE

Jason Rekulak has resigned as Publisher of Quirk Books after 18 years with the company. Brett Cohen, President, will assume the responsibilities of publisher, and the company will conduct a search for a new Editorial Director.

Rachel Chou joins Celadon Books as Associate Publisher. Previously, she was General Manager and Chief Content Officer for Open Road Integrated Media. Sarah Murphy, most recently Editor at Harper Wave, will join Flatiron Books as Senior Editor on January 26.

Anne-Lise Spitzer has joined Philip Spitzer Literary Agency as EVP and Literary Agent. She was most recently VP, Director of Marketing at Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books.

At the University of California Press, Tim Sullivan will become Executive Director in February. He had been Editorial Director of Harvard Business Review Press.

Two booksellers’ associations have named new Executive Directors. Heather Duncan is now Executive Director for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. She has worked most recently as Director of Marketing & Events at the Tattered Cover. At the New England Independent Booksellers Association, Beth Ineson takes over as Executive Director from Steve Fischer, who is retiring. Ineson was previously Executive Director, Retail Book Sales, Marketing and Operations at America’s Test Kitchen.

At Capstone, Patricia Stockland returns as Publisher. She most recently served as Publisher for Cantata Learning. Darin Rasmussen joins as VP, Digital Product Development and Management.

John Sellers is Publicity Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. He was Children’s Book Editor at Publishers Weekly. At Houghton Mifflin, Brianna Yamashita will join as Marketing Director, Lifestyle & Culinary later in the month. She has been working as Executive Publicity & Marketing Director for TarcherPerigee.

At Workman Publishing, Traci Todd is joining as Director of Children’s Publishing, moving over from her previous role as Editorial Director of Abrams Appleseed. In addition, Sara Corbett joins as Art Director of Children’s Publishing. She worked in the Workman art department from 2009 to 2011 and returns to the company from Penguin Workshop, where she was Associate Art Director.

Hanna Otero has joined Lonely Planet Kids as Publisher. She was most recently Editorial Director at Sterling Children’s.

At Macmillan Children’s, Kristen Luby has joined as Marketing Manager, School & Library. She was previously Marketing Associate at Penguin Random House. Allegra Green joins as Associate Marketing Manager, moving over from Assistant Manager of Brand and Licensed Marketing at Little, Brown Children’s. Morgan Rath joins as Associate Publicist, having worked previously as Assistant Publicist at BookSparks.

Amber Hoover has joined Perseus Books as Director of Subsidiary Rights. Previously, she was Foreign Rights Manager at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Tim Murray has joined Bonnier Publishing USA as VP, Sales for all children’s imprints. He was most recently SVP, Business Development and Sales at BookShout. Nadia Almahdi is now Marketing Manager for little bee books and Sizzle Press. She was previously Marketing Manager at Bookspan.

Emily Eakin and Tina Jordan join The New York Times Book Review as Fiction Preview Editors. Eakin worked previously as Senior Editor at The New Yorker. Jordan is the former Books Editor for Entertainment Weekly.

Laura Simeon is now Young Adult Editor at Kirkus Media. Most recently, she was Library Learning Commons Director and Diversity Coordinator for Bellevue, WA’s Open Window School.

At Crooked Lane, Jennifer Myers joins as Production Editor. Previously, she was Associate Production Editor at Berkeley.

Amanda Yee is now Associate Managing Editor for The Princeton Review. Maria Whelan has joined Dutton as Senior Publicist. She was previously Publicist at Other Press.

 

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/15-1/19

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 2017, women dominated literary fiction.

How do prisons decide which books are banned?

What do digital libraries reveal about consumer interest?

How can writers address the politics of gentrification?

What does “reading comprehension” mean for AI?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/8-1/12

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.

Does cover design matter in political nonfiction?

Do we actually need to reinvent the book?

What gets lost in translation between very different cultures?

What kind of sales does it take to become a bestseller?

How should libraries categorize literary nonfiction?

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

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.

How should poetry be funded?

What is an ebook’s intrinsic value?

Is the blog’s long reign over?

Are there any catches to crowdfunding a book?

What does the future look like for the Big Five?