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

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.

Amazon and Wattpad are about to go head-to-head in fanfiction, but who will come out on top?

Is it time to start treating ebooks like a piece of software?

The average ebook price stays low in the midst of holiday sales.

Will Twitter be the new place to buy books?

Can ebook reading habits ever really be private?

Publicists Contact Sheet 2015

Once again,  Publishing Trends has assembled a contact sheet of freelance publicists. We’ve added some names, and retired some, but the list continues to expand as the need for publicity services grows.

Many firms utilize both traditional and digital approaches to book publicity, and again we have three digital-only firms. To download a PDF of this year’s list, click below.

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2015 sheet.

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2015 sheet.

Editor’s note: This list was updated 12/11/14 and 12/19/14.

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

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.

Has Pamela Paul’s leadership led to a more inclusive New York Times Book Review “100 Notable Books” list?

Is Apple guilty of ebook price-fixing or did prosecutors target the wrong company?

Are debut authors a better choice for publishing deals than known blockbusters?

In a time when bookstores are closing because of real estate costs, should public libraries sell books?

What kids want to read, according to an infographic from Scholastic.

People Round-Up, Early December 2014


Hachette Book Group EVP, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Evan Schnittman is leaving his position as of December 12th, after two and a half years.  The position was created for him and will be eliminated when he leaves.  Chris Murphy was promoted to SVP, Group Sales Director of Hachette and will join the company’s executive board.  He was previously SVP, Retail Sales.  In his new position, he will oversee all of HBG’s sales groups.  He will report to CEO Michael Pietsch.

Former Rodale CEO Steve Murphy stepped down from his position as Chief Executive at Christie’s after four years at the company.

Bruce Tracy returned to Workman Publishing as Senior Editor after a brief stint at Time Home Entertainment, Inc. as Executive Editor.

Shawna Mullen will join Abrams as Associate Publisher, Adult Trade in mid-December.  She is currently Executive Editor at Taunton Press.

Dan Ruffino was named Managing Director of Simon & Schuster Australia. Most recently, he was at Get Reading! Programme as Creative Director. He will report to Simon & Schuster UK Chief Executive and Publisher Ian Chapman.

Jeanne Reina joined William Morrow and Dey Street Books as VP, Art Director.  She was formerly Art Director at Atria Books.

Vanessa Mobley joined Little, Brown as Executive Editor. Previously, she was Executive Editor at Crown.

Caroline Horn is now Director of Institutional Advancement at The Library of America. Previously, she was Director of Development and Marketing at Midori & Friends.

Leah McLaughlin is now a Freelance Editor and Consultant. She was previously Editorial Director at Oxmoor House.  She can be reached at [email protected].

Nick Small joined Grand Central Life & Style as Publicity Manager.  He was previously Associate Publicist at St. Martin’s Press.

Paul Stevens will join Quirk Books as Acquisitions Editor in January.  Formerly, he was Editor at Tor Books.

In children’s publishing, Erin Stein joined Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as Publisher of an unnamed new imprint.  Previously, she was Editorial Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  She will report to Macmillan Children’s President and Publisher Jon Yaged. . . Rachel Lodi is now Associate Digital Publicist at Penguin Children’s. She was previously at Palgrave Macmillan.

Sulay Hernandez launched a book development and editorial consulting company called Unveiled Ink.  It will work with literary agents and writers to prepare manuscripts for traditional and self-publication. She was formerly Editor at Other Press and Touchstone.

Carl Lennertz launched, a service to edit the first 15 pages of a manuscript.  He was formerly Executive Director of World Book Night US.

Ronald J. Domanic joined the Board of Books-A-Million.  He recently retired from his position as SVP and CFO at HD Supply.

Amy Pederson joined the BISG Board of Directors as Board Member.  She is VP at Elsevier.

Ellie Pyle is now Editor at Vertigo, a comics imprint of DC Entertainment.  She was formerly an Associate Editor at Marvel Comics.

Rayhane Sanders will join Lippincott Massie McQuilkin as Agent in January 2015. She was previously Agent at WSK Management.

Kathy Daneman launched Kathy Daneman Public Relations. She was formerly Publicity Director at Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current.

Helen Tobin joined Knopf as Publicist.  She was previously Associate Publicist at Little, Brown.

Meagan Stacey Levinson is Senior Editor of Sociology and Psychology at Princeton University Press. Previously, she was Senior Editor at Crown.

John Leahy joined Cengage Learning as CFO.  Previously, he was Executive VP and CFO of Additionally, Bob Gibney joined as Chief Accounting Officer and SVP, Financial Planning and Analysis, Frank Vari as SVP, Tax and Richard Veith as SVP, Treasurer.

In religious publishing, Jessica Wong is now Senior Acquisitions Editor at Nelson Books.

Jennifer Maloney is now Books Report at Arena, the Wall Street Journal’s national arts section. Read More »

International Bestsellers, November 2014

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: Ireland and Switzerland.  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.  




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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/24-11/28

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 year-long study in the UK reveals that ebook lending does not increase ebook buying in libraries.

Do independent publishers have greater bibliodiversity than larger publishers?

Could Disney’s new Movies Anywhere initiative provide a new sales model for publishers?

When will ebooks outsell print books?

Do advances in digital printing extend a book’s long tail even further?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/17-11/21

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 does Penguin Random House’s refusal to sign with any ebook subscription service mean for the Big Five?

Is the use of aggressive DRM a turn off to readers?

Is the act of trying to keep up with ever advancing technology a futile effort for small publishers?

Do men and women prefer to read books written by their own sex?

Renaissance Learning released its findings on what and how children are reading this year.

Editors’ note: Our People Round-Up, Mid-November 2014 was updated to acknowledge recent changes at HarperCollinsNorton, and Hachette.

People Round-Up, Mid-November 2014


Jeanne Reina will join the Morrow Group as VP, Art Director, where she will oversee the art group and be responsible for Morrow hardcover, trade paperbacks, and Dey Street Books.  She will report directly to HarperCollins SVP, Publisher Liate Stehlik.  Previously, she was Art Director at AtriaUpdate added to the original post on 11/21/14.

Meredith McGinnis will join the Trade Department of W.W. Norton & Company in the newly created position of Director of Marketing.  She was previously Director of Marketing at Harmony Books and Clarkson Potter. She will report directly to President Drake McFeely. Update added to the original post on 11/20/14.

Hachette Book Group will acquire Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers in a deal that is expected to close over the next few months.  It will become an imprint in HBG’s newest division Hachette Books, which is led by Publisher Mauro DiPreta.  Black Dog & Leventhal Founder J.P. Leventhal will continue as Publisher and the company’s management will stay in place.  Rebecca Koh will be promoted to Editorial Director and Maureen Winter to Associate Publisher. Update added to the original post on 11/20/14.

Ed Park joined Penguin Press as an Executive Editor.  Previously, he was Senior Editor at Amazon’s Little A imprint.

Katherine McCahill joined Penguin Random House as Senior Director, Digital Development.

Courtney Young joined Riverhead Books as Executive Editor. Previously, she was Senior Editor of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Emi Battaglia joined Regan Arts as Director of Marketing and Publicity. She was previously VP, Associate Publisher and Marketing Director at Grand Central Publishing.  Additionally, Alexis Gargagliano joined the imprint as Executive Editor of Fiction and Nonfiction.  Formerly, she was Executive Editor at Atavist Books.

Elizabeth Bennett has joined Perseus Book Group as Associate Director, Client Services.  She was most recently at Random House.

Maha Khalil joined Skyhorse Publishing as Director of Sales and Marketing while Rodger Weinfeld joined as Managing Editor.

Paul Gazzolo joined Gale as Senior VP and General Manager.  Previously, he was VP and General Manager of Research & Learning at CCH Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting.

Louis F. Yonke is now Senior Director of Finance at Macmillan Higher Education.  Previously, he was Director of Finance at Hachette Book Group.

Becky Nesbitt is leaving her position as VP, Editor-in-Chief at Howard Books at the end of the year to pursue opportunities as a freelance editor.

Tracy Locke joined Henry Holt & Company as Publicist-at-Large after leaving her position as Associate Publisher at Penguin Press in May.

Amelia Possanza joined Touchstone as Publicist.  She was formerly Associate Publicist at Little, Brown.

Lisa Kaufman will step down as Marketing Director and Senior Editor of PublicAffairs at the end of November after 17 years with the company.  She will continue to work with some of her authors and may be contacted at [email protected]

In children’s publishing, Jennifer McClelland-Smith joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as Marketing Coordinator. Previously, she was Temporary Administrative Assistant in Hachette’s International Sales Department . . . At Klutz, Hannah Rogge joined as Director of Product Development while Caitlin Harpin joined as Senior Product Editor and Flora Kim joined as Product Editor.  Before moving to Scholastic, Rogge was Creative Director of ROBIE, Harpin was Assistant Editor at Potter Craft, and Kim was freelancing as a Developmental Editor for Springer Science + Business MediaKatie Benezra joined as Senior Designer. She was previously Designer, Book Group for becker&mayer!.  Additionally at Klutz, Barrie Zipkin is now Assistant Managing Editor and Emily Feliberty is Marketing Manager. Zipkin was formerly Reader-at-Large at The Literarian and Feliberty was Assistant Manager of Marketing and Brand Strategy at Toys R Us.

Mark Brokering joined LID Publishing as Associate Publisher. Previously, he was VP of Content Strategy and Acquisition at Safari Books Online.

Ryan Sheehan joined Yorkshire Publishing as Manager.

Sarah Mangiola joined TheReadingRoom as Editorial Manager and Jin Kang joined as Chief Product Officer.  Mangiola was Associate Editor at Penton Media.

At literary agencies, Richie Kern joined Foundry Literary + Media as Director of Filmed Entertainment.  He was previously Senior Editor, Television Development Executive at Macmillan Entertainment/Thomas Dunne.  Additionally, Peter Steinberg and Roger Freet have joined Foundry Literary + Media as Agents.  Steinberg was previously Agent at The Steinberg Agency while Freet was Executive Editor at HarperOne . . . Sandy Hodgman left her position as Rights Director at Einstein Thompson Agency to launch Hodgman Literary, which will handle foreign rights for a select group of agencies.

In religious publishing, Steve Cobb, President and Publisher of Crown imprint WaterBrook Multnomah, announced his retirement after 19 years with the company. Meanwhile, it was announced that Alexander Field will join the imprint in the new position of VP, Publisher.  Previously he was Publisher at David C. Cook.  Additionally, WaterBrook VP and Editor-In-Chief Kenneth Petersen will leave the company at the end of the month.

At university presses, Richard Henning joined the University Press of New England as Director, Marketing and Sales.  Previously, he was Director of Marketing at Northeast Foundation for Children. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/10-11/14

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 should Wattpad handle plagiarism of independent authors on its site?

Does anyone care about classifying genre fiction and literature separately anymore?

The Bookseller’s Digital Census for the year presents 10 findings on key digital shifts in the industry.

How are millennials bringing books to other media?

What is it like to have an open space office in publishing?