People Roundup, August 2013


Hachette Book Group US President and CEO Ken Michaels is leaving to join Macmillan Science and Education in the new role of Global Chief Operating Officer at the end of August, reporting to CEO Annette Thomas. He will be based out of New York and London.  He will remain Chair of BISG for his full two-year term, ending September 2014.

Martha Levin has been named Acting Publisher of Hyperion, reporting to Michael Pietsch. She had worked at Hyperion from 1998-2001, before moving to Free Press as Publisher. She may be reached at: [email protected]

Gail Gonzales has joined S&S in the newly created role of Director of Integrated Marketing, reporting to Liz Perl, SVP, Marketing.  Gonzales was most recently at Hay House, Inc., where she was Director of Marketing, New Media and Publicity.

Jennifer Baumgardner, has been named Publisher/Executive Director of the Feminist Press, succeeding Gloria Jacobs, who retired after having led publisher since 2006. The board of directors said that Baumgardner’s “deep ties to women’s and gender studies departments will strengthen the dynamic work of the Feminist Press in addressing the critical social justice issues of our time.”

Iris Blasi has been named Marketing Director, Senior Editor at Pegasus Books, effective August 12. She was formerly Marketing Manager at Open Road Integrated Media.

Lots of changes in children’s publishing:

Catherine Onder (Cat) is joining Bloomsbury as Editorial Director of Children’s, reporting to Children’s Publisher Cindy Loh. Cat has been a Senior Editor at Disney/Hyperion since 2010.

Greg Stadnyk has joined Little, Brown Children’s as Associate Art Director. He was previously at Penguin Children’s.

Director of Workman Children’s Publishing Raquel Jaramillo (who writes as R.J. Palacio) will leave that position on October 25 to devote more time to writing, with plans to rejoin the company in February 2014 as Editor-at-Large.  Workman Children’s plans to look for a new Director.

Random House Children’s Group announced that Kimberly Lauber, previously at Chronicle, has joined as Director of Marketing. Laura Antonacci joins as Senior Manager, Library Marketing. Previously she was Marketing Manager, Education and Library Marketing at Penguin Young Readers Group.

Scholastic announced that Katrina Krantz has joined Klutz as Director of Digital Marketing. She was most recently Marketing Manager at StarMakerCaite Panzer has been named Director of Rights and Global Publishing Strategy. She was at Oxford University Press as Brand and Communications Manager. Kelly Smith, previously at Sterling, has joined as Senior Editor, Nonfiction.  Michael del Rosario has been named Managing Editor. He was at becker&mayer!.  Katie Carella has been promoted to Senior Editor.

Laura Pennock has joined Candlewick as Director of Mass Market Sales, from Readerlink, where she was Director, Retail Marketing and Product Management.

Katie Halata will join Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as School & Library Marketing Manager. Previously she was Sales & Marketing Manager at Egmont USA.

Jeffrey Batzli has been named Creative Director, Trade Books at Rodale. He was most recently Creative Director of Barnes & Noble‘s publishing business and also Sterling’s trade division.  Meanwhile, Sterling Editorial Director Michael Fragnito has left the company.

At the Quarto GroupIain MacGregor has been hired as Publisher for Aurum Press. He was formerly Publishing Director of Collins in the UK.

David Morris has been named VP, publisher of Zondervan‘s nonfiction trade books. Previously he was VP, Editorial Director for Guideposts Books. Read More »

International Bestseller Lists, July 2013

Every month, Publishing Trends runs Fiction international bestseller lists from four territories–FranceGermanyItaly, and Spain–with one rotating slot devoted to a list from the country featured in that month’s International Article. In connection with this month’s International feature, July’s featured list is from Hong Kong and lists overall Chinese-language bestsellers, all nonfiction.

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.






Hong Kong: Launchpad for the Future of Asian Publishing

Mainland China’s book business may be receiving most of the international limelight lately, but Hong Kong’s industry is also worthy of notice, even if its growth hasn’t been as dramatic. Though the British hand-over of Hong Kong took place in 1997, Hong Kong will maintain its established legal and governmental system until 2047. So, while “China is a country that has moved forward something like a century in the last 15 years,” says David Parrish, Sales and Marketing Director at Random House UK’s Hong Kong office, “Hong Kong was already a developed economy.” Book business is one of Hong Kong’s long-standing institutions, and the Hong Kong Book Fair, held this month from July 17-23, has been a steadily growing event since its founding in 1990. This year it attracted more than 500 exhibitors from over 20 countries, and estimates over 900,000 visitors.

Given its well-established market and prime location, Hong Kong seems to offer unparalleled opportunity for global publishers looking East—though not necessarily quick deal- and money-making opportunity. Hong Kong does have a strong book market, says Carmen Kwong, Editor in Chief at Mguru, but “We [Chinese-language publishers in Hong Kong] are not permitted to publish or sell directly in the Chinese market—we have to work in partnership with local companies…and make sure book content is politically correct.” In addition to trade restrictions, the separation is linguistic: In Mainland China, text is printed with simplified characters, while Hong Kong still uses traditional characters.

“There’s a get-rich-quick mythology surrounding China, but there are significant barriers for entry, and at some point reality has to kick in,” says Marshall Moore, Publisher of Typhoon Media, a digital-and-POD-focused publisher. In the long run, argues Peter Gordon, Publisher of Chameleon Press and Founder of the Man Asian Literary Prize “the bulk of [China’s] potential and growth will be reserved for Chinese publishers, authors, and content producers—very similarly to what happened in the United States.” This doesn’t mean China will be without significance, though. Peter Gordon predicts that “as Chinese publishers develop, they will begin to influence international industry trends: copyright laws, export/translation of Chinese works, and investment in and purchase of overseas publishing companies,” predicts Gordon. (CN Times Books, the US branch of Chinese publisher Beijing MediaTime Book Co., launched in spring 2013, is a perfect example of this trend.)

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Books Abroad: Book Business and Publishers in Toronto

FINALlogo04282011This article was originally published on our sister site for young book professionals, Publishing Trendsetter.

By Shannon Kobran

One of the world’s biggest English-language publishing hubs can be found in Toronto. Canada’s largest city boasts an extensive book culture, housing the Canadian offices of the Big Six Five, as well as impressive local independent presses. The Canadians are proud of their literary heritage and its contributions to the global arts scene, and the government actively works to promote Canadian literature throughout the country and around the world.


In Toronto, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is a government agency that “promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation” in the province’s media industry. The OMDC supports trade organizations and industry-wide marketing events; hosts Digital Dialogue, an annual conference that brings together media executives to network and discuss topics about emerging digital opportunities; and administers Ontario’s Trillium Book Award for literary excellence. It also hosts From Page to Screen, an initiative that encourages the screen adaptation of Canadian literature by bringing film and TV executives together with Ontario publishers.

Most independent Canadian presses are members of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), which supports Canadian writers and Canadian literature through professional development and government relations. Among the ACP’s membership are the acclaimed Coach House Books (their office is actually in an old coach house!), Dundurn PressECW Press, and Second Story Press, which published international bestseller Hana’s Suitcase in 2002. The University of Toronto Press publishes scholarly books, as well as textbooks for the Canadian higher education market. Toronto is also home to several major literary agencies, including Canada’s largest agency, Westwood Creative Artists, which represents, among other distinguished writers, Life of Pi author Yann Martel. The globally recognized Harlequin brand, also headquartered in Toronto, continues to be a world leader (and pioneer in) Romance and audience engagement. Read More »

People Roundup, Mid-July 2013


Heather Jackson has been named Vice President, Executive Editor for Harmony Books, reporting to Mauro DiPreta. She was previously a Consulting Editor-at-Large for Harmony Books. Simon & Schuster‘s Dominick V. Anfuso joins Crown Archetype as Vice President, Executive Editor for the Archetype, Harmony, Crown Business, and Crown Forum imprints, and Hyperion‘s Matt Inman has also joined Crown Archetype as Editor for the Crown Archetype and Three Rivers Press imprints. Both will also report to Mauro DiPreta.

The big move of these past few weeks was the resignation of Barnes & Noble’s CEO, William LynchMichael Huseby, who joined B&N as CFO in March 2012, was named CEO of Nook Media and President of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Allen Lindstrom was promoted to CFO, and Kanuj Malhotra was promoted to CFO of Nook Media.

Meanwhile, Sterling Editorial Director Michael Fragnito has left the company.

Thames & Hudson announced Rolf Grisebach was appointed to the new position of CEO. Most recently President of Pearson Germany,  he now will be based in London.

Anthony Ziccardi, former Deputy Publisher at Simon & Schuster’s Gallery imprint, has been named Publisher of Humanix Books, a division of the online media company Newsmax Media. He will be based in Newsmax’s New York offices.

Sydny Miner, VP and Executive Editor at Crown, has left the company and can be reached at [email protected].

HarperCollins Children’s Editor Molly O’Neill is joining Storybird as Head of Editorial, focusing on creative strategy and product/program development.

David Goehring, Director, Digital Book Publishing at Wiley, has left the company due to “recent developments” involving financial restructuring.  He may be reached at [email protected]

After B&T’s acquisition of Bookmasters, President of Distribution Services Larry Bennett has left the company.  He may be reached at [email protected].

Jason Pinter, Senior Marketing Manager at Grove/Atlantic and Mysterious Press, will leave the company on July 19 to launch Polis Books, a digital publishing startup focusing on new and backlist fiction.

Amanda Ridout will join startup Head of Zeus in September as CEO and Publisher, replacing company Founder Anthony Cheetham, who will stay on as Chairman. Amanda was recently Managing Director of Phaidon Press.

Ami Greko has joined Goodreads as Book Marketing Strategist, working from New York. She was previously at Kobo.

Colin Bettam has been named Kobo’s new Chief Marketing Officer. He was formerly the VP of Marketing at LG Electronics.

Julie Trelstad has joined Writers House as Director, Digital Rights. Previously she was an independent Consultant and Founder of Plain White Press.

Former VP, Director of Publicity at Simon & Schuster’s adult trade imprint Tracey Guest has joined Penguin as Advising Director of Corporate Communications, working with Stuart Applebaum, Head of Global Communications for Penguin Random House, and Claire Von Schilling, SVP, Corporate Communications. Christine Ball, who held the position of Advising Director on an interim basis, will be returning to her full-time position as VP, Associate Publisher of Dutton. Erica Glass remains Senior Manager, Corporate Communications at Penguin.

Emma Parry has joined Janklow & Nesbit as a Literary Agent, five years after selling her half of Fletcher & Parry, which she co-founded. Read More »

Columbia Publishing Course 2013 Super-Grad

They’re back! Year after year, the Columbia Publishing Course (formerly the Radcliffe Publishing Course) introduces a preternaturally cosmopolitan and accomplished cast of students to the world of book and magazine publishing. Just as dutifully, every year Publishing Trends collects the most surprising and impressive tidbits from the students’ biographies and constructs a single (slightly more) superhuman narrative. With the exception of a few connective phrases, all words used are the students’ own.


Like all her classmates, Typical Columbia Publishing Course Grad’s passionate engagement with literature extends far beyond her coursework this summer. She is currently reading every Pulitzer Prize-winner in fiction, along with every book on the New York Times bestseller list in the past two years. She can identify the name and author of a novel, given only the first line, at an accuracy almost 1.5 standard deviations above population average. Unsurprisingly, although Grad was initially planning on going into wealth management, she chose instead to intern in the publicity department at Scribner, and hopes to one day work with New Adult fiction.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Typical Grad grew up in a family of history buffs that kept a six-foot replica Alamo-era cannon in the dining room. She spent much of her adolescence competing in Scrabble tournaments, and, as a teenager, started her first zine distribution website.

Heading off to college, Typical Grad founded an interdivisional research collective of artists and academics to study unmanned aerial vehicles; worked as a newspaper illustrator/comic artist; joined a competitive ballroom dance team; and published her first children’s book. Through her study abroad program, she also wrote reviews of British plays and international films at the Cannes Film Festival and finished her college career by writing her senior thesis on Harry Potter fan fiction.

After graduation, Typical Grad’s penchant for the arts drew her to other projects, such as making a film about ghost towns in Arizona. Additionally, she taught third grade in the least populated parish of Louisiana and enjoyed the unpredictability of farm work, chasing pigs in the Hudson Valley. She ventured to Florida for six months as an intern at Disney World, but discovered soon enough that, for her, NYC is the happiest place on earth—not to mention the place to pursue her publishing career. When she is out of the office, Typical Grad enjoys the quiet pleasures of yoga, juicing, and the company of her Springer Spaniel, Soup.


The Columbia Publishing Course graduates will be available to meet and greet potential employers at the Career Fair to be held on Monday, July 29th. To find out more about seeing participants’ resumes (or to read all 102 real biographies) can contact Columbia Publishing Course Assistant Director, Stephanie Chan at (212) 854-9775 or swc37 at Columbia dot edu.

New York’s other major summer publishing course, New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute, celebrated its 35th year this summer, ending its six-week intensive with a career fair on July 12th.  To learn more about NYU’s eligible grads or about the program, contact Executive Director Andrea Chambers at (212) 992-3226 or andrea.chambers at nyu dot edu.

People Roundup, July 2013


Seale Ballenger has been named Publicity Director for Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW); he will be working out of New York and begins July 8. He was most recently Director of Marketing and Publicity at Zola Books.

Meanwhile, Russell Hampton, President of DPW until May 2012, has joined NBC Universal in the new position of EVP of Franchise Management and Global Consumer Products for the Media Innovation and Cross Company Initiatives Group.

Nicole Russo has been hired as Director, Children’s Marketing and Publicity for Abrams Children’s, Amulet, and Appleseed. Previously she was Deputy Director of Publicity at Simon & Schuster Children’s. Also at Abrams, Paul Colarusso has been named Marketing Manager for adult trade. Previously he was a Marketing Manager at the Aperture Foundation.

Bryan Christian has been named Brand Manager at Time Inc. He was most recently Senior Marketing Manager, Hyperion Books, Disney ABC-Television Group. (For other Hyperion news, see below.)

Oui Wong has been named the new Finance Director of Rodale Books. She was most recently Business Manager at Knopf.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Ira Silverberg, Director of Literature Programs, will leave the agency and return to New York City. His departure is effective July 11th with Amy Stolls, Literature Program Officer, becoming the acting Director of Literature until a new director is in place.

Cengage Learning announced the appointment of Sandi Kirshner as Chief Marketing Officer.  She joined Cengage from Pearson, where she was most recently Executive Vice President for Higher Education Policy and a member of the Higher Education Executive Committee.

At Twelve, Paul Samuelson has been named Publicity Manager, having previously served as Senior Publicist at Random House Children’s Books.

Stephanie Kim, former Public Relations Coordinator at Hulu, has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Senior Publicist.


July 1st heralded many changes for major publishers, including the sale of Hyperion to Hachette, the official merger of Random House and Penguin, and the first day of the split within HarperCollins between News Corp and 21st Century Fox.

In the sale of Hyperion to Hachette, PW reports that some Hyperion employees are expected to join HBG in such areas as editorial and publicity. Other Hyperion employees will be given the opportunity to interview for other positions at Disney. But Publishing Trends has learned that several employees will stay through the transition, which is expected to be completed in October.

With the merger between Random House and Penguin complete, CEO Markus Dohle has announced many new appointments within the company:

Coram Williams, previously CFO for the Penguin Group, also serves in a dual capacity as Chief Financial Officer for Penguin Random House, in the U.S. and worldwide. In the U.S., Coram will also oversee Random House Studio, corporate services, and Author Solutions.

David Shanks has stepped down as CEO, Penguin Group (USA), and is now Senior Executive Advisor to Marcus Dohle and the U.S. executive team. Madeline McIntosh, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Random House (USA), is now President and Chief Operating Officer of Penguin Random House in the U.S., overseeing sales, operations, fulfillment, IT, and digital company-wide.

Also in the U.S., Kathy Trager is named Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Penguin Random House.

A press release with additional appointments can be found here.

Brian Dauphin, Senior VP of Ingram Content Group, has been named the company’s Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Frank Kerrigan. Dauphin joined Ingram in 1999 as Controller for its Lightning Source division and is currently Senior VP for the unit. Read More »

International Bestsellers, June 2013

We’re pleased to revive our monthly international bestseller lists, a popular feature from Publishing Trends’ newsletter days. In addition to Fiction bestseller lists from four regular territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain–one rotating slot will be devoted to a list from the country featured in that month’s International Article. In connection with this month’s article on the Seoul International Book Fair, June’s featured list is from South Korea (and lists fiction and nonfiction).

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 title. 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.






The Seoul International Book Fair’s Quest for a Global Audience

SIBF2013Like many small book fairs around the world (see our recent articles on the Buenos Aires and Jerusalem Book Fairs for a few examples), the Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF), a once domestic and consumer-directed event, is looking to professionalize and internationalize its image. In the past 5 years, major funding and programming from the Korean Publishers Association (which founded the Fair in 1995) has significantly grown the number of international agents, scouts, and editors who attend, including those from outside Asia. Even within South Korea, editors and agents who once wrote off the event as a noisy market where children’s publishers hawked their wares say they have begun attending again, with renewed interest in the event’s professional potential.

Historically, setting up a stand at SIBF served principally as a way for Korean publishers to sell their books directly and “to introduce their name-brand value to the public,” says Michelle Nam, Executive Director of Minumsa Publishing. She points to the Korean-language SIBF Facebook page as evidence of the event’s ongoing success as a consumer brand in its own right: as of this writing, SIBF has over 11,750 Likes on Facebook, representing a popularity far beyond the bounds of the Korean publishing profession. (Compare these numbers to just over 12,000 Likes on the Frankfurt Book Fair’s main Facebook page, and 7,700 for the London Book Fair). Events aimed at readers remain popular, as do “refurbished” books, sold by their original publishers at steep discount prices, reports Jungha Song, Foreign Rights Senior Manager at Sigongsa. All these factors point to an event that has been successful and widely known among consumers: they are the target audience, and they attend in droves to buy large quantities of books at discount prices.

But increasingly, popularity among consumers isn’t the kind of cache that the Korean Publishers Association (KPA) think it most important for the SIBF to cultivate. “We are trying to turn the SIBF into one of the main copyright trade-oriented book fairs in the region,” says Seung-Hyun Moon, Director of the KPA’s International Project department, and the shift is palpable in a number of ways. Tables in the Rights Center are still free to all applicants, but general admission to the event, long free, now costs 3,000 won (still only about $2). Over a third of this year’s 620 exhibitors are international and hail from 25 countries, more than ever before.

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Literary Agent Contact Sheet 2013

The 2013 Literary Agent Contact Sheet marks the return of one of our most extensive and oft-requested contact sheets, and provides updated contact information for over 225 literary agents and agencies around the United States. In the interest of space, the word “agency” has been omitted from most listings. Those agencies doing business under a single last name are listed alphabetically, with the agent’s first name in brackets (e.g. [Jane] Smith). Please click the image below to download the free PDF.

* Updated 6/20 to include Stonesong, BookEnds, and The Zack Company, Inc. in chart.

* Updated 6/21 to include Nancy Yost and Paradigm in chart.

2013 Literary Agent Contact Sheet

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2013 Literary Agents Contact Sheet.