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Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2013

For more than 15 years, Publishing Trends has published a range of annually updated contact sheets, focusing on everything from Freelance Publicity and Scouting, to more recent additions, like the App Developer Roundup. However, none of our contact sheets is as popular as our general US publishing industry contact sheet, which features publishers large and small, accounts, trade…Continue Reading

Come So Far But So Far To Go: Trendspotting in 2013

While 2011 shouted challenges of the digital “Wild West,” 2012 was a year where players tackled new issues in the digital frontier, along with  figuring out exactly what role publishers would – and should —  take moving forward. In many ways, 2012 can be considered a year where relationships became key: from the big merger possibilities…Continue Reading

Trendspotting 2013: Don Linn

DON LINN DIRECTOR CHICAGO DISTRIBUTION CENTER UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS  In late 2011, I was asked to peer into my crystal ball and make a few predictions for 2012. Most of them were fairly obvious (“Tablets will outpace the growth of dedicated e-readers”) but one was a little off the beaten path. The prediction was…Continue Reading

Trendspotting 2013: Brendan Cahill

BRENDAN CAHILL PRESIDENT AND CEO NATURESHARE  2013 will be remembered as the year that everything came together. Since the dawn of the current Device Age, media consumption has been headed to a Manifest Destiny that experts have called “Convergence”: a new reality in which consumers can access any type of media they want, anywhere they…Continue Reading

DIY IP: How Publishers Develop, Exploit and Deploy Their Own Intellectual Property

While authors have always been – and will continue to be — the driving force behind popular children’s characters, more publishers than ever are now also looking in-house for the ideas that will eventually become the next Fancy Nancy or Hunger Games. Original, publisher-generated intellectual property (IP) is nothing new—Alloy has long perfected this model with…Continue Reading

Who’s Scouting Whom: Literary Scouts Contact Sheet 2012

The 2012 version of our annual Who’s Scouting Whom Literary Scout Contact Sheet remains largely the same as last year’s. The most notable change among the 14 agencies listed is the growth of the Erin Edmison / Peter Harper venture and Liz Gately Book Scouting, both of which have more than doubled their roster of…Continue Reading

Comparing Ereading Devices: A Visual Guide

While the past couple of months have been filled with press conferences with big presentations announcing the latest tablets and ereaders on the market, many older models from the major players have left the market with little fanfare. The iRiver Story seemingly disappeared as soon as it hit the shelves, and Nook has simplified its…Continue Reading

Freelance Publicists Contact Sheet 2012

Publishing Trends’ annually updated contact sheet of freelance book publicists includes 49 firms and individuals specializing in a wide range of genres and approaches. The majority of the publicists listed use both traditional and digital approaches, plus we’ve included eight digital-only publicists who specialize in various aspects of online and social marketing and publicity. Each firm…Continue Reading

Is an MBA “value added”? Ask the grads

While MBAs have long been thought of as a major advantage in the corporate job market, there have traditionally been relatively few in trade publishing.  But that has been changing in the last decade or so – beyond house heads such as HarperCollins’ Brian Murray, Macmillan’s John Sargeant, and Perseus’s David Steinberger who have theirs (Simon & Schuster’s Carolyn Reidy has a PhD), Random…Continue Reading