Books “Plus” = Complex

ABPAlogoOn November 18, the Association of American Book Producers (ABPA) hosted a panel onDeveloping Winning Kits for Kids and Adults.”  The three panelists, ably moderated by Karen Matsu Greenberg, were Richard Burgess, Associate Director Manufacturing Planning at Scholastic, Nanette Delumpa-Roach, the Director of Vendor and Product Compliance at Barnes & Noble and Brooke Lindner, Director of Product Development for Kits and Gifts at Parragon International.

Each panelist gave a presentation about his or her company and job.  Burgess talked about sourcing product for Scholastic, mostly in Asia (although less now from southern China because of wages and tariffs on dumping), and primarily for the clubs and fairs.  Lindner showed product from Parragon’s many lines including its own brands like Craft Factory, which has moved out of the book aisles and into toy and craft sections.  But licenses are a huge part of Parragon’s business, and Disney products can produce stratospheric sales:  a Disney Princess “happy tin” containing books, stickers and felt pens, has sold a million units in the UK so far (it’s coming to the US in January).  And when a product is successful, the package is reproduced for other licenses.

In fact, given the labor and logistics involved in producing book/kits, the panelists agreed that successful formats should be applied to as many licenses and material as possible.  At the same time, B&N’s Delumpa-Roach cautioned that U.S. laws make both producers and retailers responsible for the materials that go into any product, regardless of the age of the target market.  The audience, many of them packagers, asked all three panelists detailed questions about responsibility and liability, and were assured that, once the files were sent to the publisher, their hard work was done.  Still, finding a winning format that can be produced safely, cheaply and on schedule, provoked one audience member to mutter: “It makes producing a book seem pretty easy.”

People Round-Up, Mid-November 2015


Miriam Parker joined HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint as Associate Publisher. She was previously Marketing Director at Little, Brown.

Additionally at HarperCollins, Harper Paperback and Perennial Editorial Director Cal Morgan will leave his position at the end of this week after 16 years, and will be taking some time off.

As posted earlier, Libby McGuire will step down as EVP and Publisher at Ballantine Bantam Dell at the end of 2015. She can be reached at [email protected].

At Crown, Kevin Callahan joined as Marketing Director of Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway. He was Associate Publisher of It Books at HarperCollins. Additionally, Kelsey Lawrence joined as Marketing Manager for Archetype and Three Rivers Press. She was previously Associate Marketing and Digital Strategy Manager at St. Martin’s Press.

Millicent Bennett is now Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing. She was previously Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster. Also at Hachette, Maggie Southard joined Little, Brown as Publicist. She was Associate Publicist at Knopf.

John Joseph Adams joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Editor-at-Large, running the company’s new science fiction and fantasy line, the first three titles of which will be reissued print versions of Hugh Howey’s SHIFT, DUST, and BEACON 23.

Ronit Wagman left her position as Senior Editor at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday to work as a freelance editor. She can be reached at [email protected].

Macmillan COO Peter Garabedian will retire from his position at the end of December after 16 years.

At Melville House, Chad Felix is now Manager of Direct Sales and Library Marketing. He was Bookseller at WORD Bookstores and Digital Coordinator for the New York Public Library. Ena Brdjanovic also joined as Director of Digital Marketing and Editor of the company’s blog, MobyLives. She was Digital Marketing Coordinator for HarperCollins. Additionally, Kait Howard is now Publicist. She was previously Publicist at Hudson & Thames.

At literary agencies, Wendy Levinson is rejoining Harvey Klinger in the newly created role of Director of Development, beginning at the end of November. She will seek new clients for the agency, focusing on adult fiction and nonfiction, and occasionally YA or middle grade. . . Rachel Burkot joined Holloway Literary as Agent. She was Editor at Harlequin. . . Fuse Literary promoted Connor Goldsmith and Sara Sciuto to Agents. . . Jake Bauman joined New Line in the newly created position of Literary Scout. He previously worked as a Literary Scout for Chernin Entertainment. . . Adriann Ranta is now at Foundry Literary + Media, bringing her clients from Wolf Literary Services with her. . . Anna Stein will join ICM as Agent in their New York office in December. She was previously Agent at Aitken Alexander, where she opened and ran their New York office.

Emily Cervone joined Chronicle Books as Trade Sales Representative, New England. She was Trade Sales Representative at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Colleen Lindsay is now Senior Marketing Manager at Open Road Media. She was Associate Director of Marketing, Social Media and Reader Experience at Berkley/NAL.

Jason Kincade joined Parson Weems Publisher Services as Sales Representative, New York City. He was previously Director of East Coast Operations at Pacific Beach Vinyl.

David Ivester joined digital publisher Reputation Books as Marketing and Publicity Director. He was Marketing and Publicity Manager at Oceanview Publishing.

Elizabeth Rine joined IglooBooks as US Sales Manager. She was Sales Associate at Macmillan.

Janea Brachfeld joined Storey Publishing and Timber Press as Trade Sales Coordinator. She was previously National Accounts Coordinator at Macmillan.

Lisa Sitlwell joined Howard Books as Senior Editor. She was most recently Senior Acquisitions Editor, Gift Books at HarperCollins Christian.

Jolene Barto joined Turner Publishing as Marketing Coordinator. She was Communications Associate at HarperCollins Christian.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/9-11/13

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.

Is it possible that ebooks will go from 5% to 25% of India’s total book sales in the next two to three years?

According to a Nielsen industry report, the deciding factor for consumers when choosing between print and ebook is price.

Digital audio remains the fastest growing trade format, and other industry trends are noted in the latest Association of American Publishers sales and revenue report.

Why did Oyster fail, and how are ebook sales doing in general?

How are Instagram and Tumblr affecting the popularity of poetry?

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/2-11/6

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 responsibility do writers have to interact with their readers?

What are the struggles of publishing art news in an increasingly digital age?

Bloomberg takes a look at the future of academic journals.

Do a person’s reading habits change as they age?

Studies show that ereader ownership has fallen.

People Round-Up, Early November 2015


Libby McGuire will step down as EVP and Publisher at Ballantine Bantam Dell at the end of 2015. She can be reached at [email protected]Editor’s Note: Update added to the original post on 11/6.

Millicent Bennet is now Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing. She was previously Senior Editor at Simon & SchusterEditor’s Note: Update added to the original post on 11/6.

Craig Young rejoined Hachette Book Group as Deputy Publisher of Little, Brown. The position was previously held by Heather Fain, who will now focus entirely on her other role as SVP, Director of Market Strategy while also joining the Executive Management Board. Young was most recently VP, Associate Publisher at Ecco and was Sales Director at Little, Brown before that.

Mark Gompertz joined Skyhorse Publishing as Group Editorial Director. He was previously Creative Director, Content Extensions at Hearst Magazines.

Lindley Boegehold joined Clarkson Potter as Editorial Director, overseeing the Potter gift line. She was previously Editorial Director of Calendars, License, and Custom Publishing at Abrams. 

Additionally at Penguin Random House, Random House VP, Executive Editor David Ebershoff has left the imprint after more than 20 years to focus on his own writing. Sophie Vershbow joined Penguin Random House as Publicity Social Media Manager. She was Digital Content Strategist at Verbal + Visual.

Priscilla McGeehon joined Thames & Hudson as Publisher of the textbook division. She was most recently Publisher at Bloomsbury imprint Fairchild Books.

becker&mayer! Co-Founder Jim Becker retired from the company. Mike Oprins will continue to oversee the 30-year-old company.

In children’s publishing, Sophia Pestun rejoined Scholastic Trade as Senior Financial Analyst. She was most recently Associate at Standard & Poor’s, and before that held various positions at Scholastic for three years. Suzanne Lagasa joined as Senior Designer. She was previously Designer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. . . Georgia Morrissey joined Time Inc. Books as Art Director, Children’s and Beth Sutinis joined as Executive Editor, Children’s. Morrissey was most recently Art Director at Sky Pony Press and Sutinis was a freelance consultant at Time Inc. Books.

Joan Lee joined Insight Editions as Director of Marketing. Additionally, Kelly Reed joined as Senior Editor. Lee was most recently Senior Marketing Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers and Reed was Senior Acquisitions Editor at Ulysses Press.

Gregory Henry joined Regan Arts as Assistant Publicity Director. He was Senior Publicity Manager at HarperCollins. Additionally, Gwyneth Stansfield joined as Publicity Manager. She was Senior Publicist at Scribner.

Paul Lamb joined William Morrow as Marketing Manager. He was a Literary Agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

Jen Keenan joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as Senior Designer.

Caroline Nitz joined Graywolf Press as Publicist. She was previously Publicist at Henry Holt. Additionally Casey O’Neil joined as Sales and Marketing Manager. She was Marketing Associate at Milkweed Editions.

Zachary Greenwald joined Artisan Books as Managing Editor. He was most recently Digital Product Manager at HarperCollins.

Jennifer Mishler is now Editor at Entangled Publishing. She was previously Literary Agent at Literary Counsel.

At literary agencies, Mitch Hoffman will join Aaron Priest Literary Agency as Senior Agent at the end of November. He was Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing. . . Adriann Ranta joined Foundry Literary + Media as Literary Agent. She brings her clients from Wolf Literary Services with her. . . Michelle Brower joined Kuhn Projects and Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as Agent. She was previously Agent at Folio Literary Management. Lori Galvin also joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as Agent, based in their Boston office. She was Executive Editor at America’s Test Kitchen. . . Mandy Hubbard has left D4EO Literary Agency to form Emerald City Literary Agency, which will focus on middle grade, YA, and romance.

Author Aimee Nezhukumatahil joined Orion as Poetry Editor.

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International Bestsellers, October 2015

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 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.








Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/26-10/30

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 can editors do to foster more diversity in publishing, according to one PEN America roundtable?

Why do hotels want to provide books for their guests?

Should literary journals charge fees for submissions?

According to a Women’s Media Group panel, what are the latest trends in young adult publishing?

What paradoxes are libraries facing while trying to remain relevant in a digital world?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/19-10/23

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.

Publishers Weekly’s Annual Salary report is out, showing the industry still as predominately white and young.

How did Amazon become one of the largest publishers of translated literature?

What does the modern-day book tour look like?

What’s the real reason ebook sales have leveled out?

Fewer Americans are reading books, but which demographic is reading less?

People Round-Up, Mid-October 2015


The NY Post reports that Scott Schulman is leaving his position as President of Rodale after two years. President and CEO Maria Rodale will be taking “a more active role” going forward.

In children’s publishing, Jevon Bolden joined Scholastic as Senior Editor, Tangarine Press and Scholastic Book Fairs. She was previously Senior Acquisitions Editor at Charisma House.  Elissa Tomasetti was named SVP, Marketing for Scholastic Education. She was most recently VP, B2C Communities at Pearson Education. . . Elizabeth Peskin joined Random House Children’s as Production Supervisor. She was previously Production Associate at Abrams. . . Robyn Burwell joined Zonderkidz as Acquisitions Editor and Kevin Traub as Senior Marketing Director for Kidz Bibles and Storybook Bibles. Burwell was Acquisitions Editor for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Traub was Children’s Product Buyer at Family Christian Stores.

Phoebe Kosman is now Assistant Director of Marketing, Publicity and Events at Candlewick Press. She was previously Publicity Manager at Harvard University Press.

Lisa Cheng joined Hay House as Senior Editor. She was previously Senior Editor at Running Press.

Erin Kottke left her position as Publicity Director at Graywolf Press. She can be reached at [email protected].

Simon & Schuster Director of Paper Purchasing and Inventory Management Ann Ralph will retire at the end of October. Christian Grzancic has been named Senior Manager, Paper Purchasing and Inventory.

Molly Templeton is now Publicist at She was Events Director at WORD Bookstores.  Meanwhile, Ally-Jane Grossan was named Event/PR Director at WORD. She was Commissioning Editor of Popular Music, Sound Studies, and Politics at Bloomsbury USA.

Corrina Lesser joined Scripps as Director of Public Events and Community Programs. She was Director of Programming at Chicago Humanities Festival.

Heidi Hess Saxton became Editorial Director of the Servant imprint of Franciscan Media. She was Acquisitions Editor at Ave Maria Press.

Meanwhile, Lisa M. Hendey joined Ave Maria Press as Editor-at-Large. She is the Founder and Editor of

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