People Round-Up, Early April 2016


Adriana Rizzo joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as VP, Marketing. She was previously Senior Director of Marketing for ESPN. Alexandra Primiani joined the company as Publicist. She was formerly Publicity Assistant at Riverhead. Natalie Chapman, Culinary VP and Publisher, is leaving the company and may be reached at [email protected]. SVP of Digital Markets Sanj Kharbanda is also leaving the company.  He may be reached at [email protected].

Steve Rosato joined OverDrive as an International Development Executive, focusing on their global expansion. He was previously BEA Show Director.

Kathryn Huck joined Regan Arts as Editor-at-Large.

Allison Malec Renzulli will join Ten Speed Press in mid-April as Associate Director of Marketing. She was Culinary Marketing Director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Megan Schumann joined Crown Publishing Group as Senior Publicist and Marketer. She was previously Publicist at Dey Street Books and William Morrow. Olivia Taussig is now Publicist at Viking. She was previously Publicist at Other Press. Diana Gill left her position as Executive Editor at Ace and Roc Books. She can be reached at [email protected]. Arabella Brown role of VP, Editor-in-Chief at Fodor’s Travel was eliminated and she left the company.

Mary Hern joined Abrams as Managing Editorial Director. She was Managing Director at Sterling.

Kathryn Sky-Peck is now Creative Director of Red Wheel/Weiser. She was most recently freelancing for production and packaging. Christine LeBlond joined the company as Senior Acquisitions Editor. She was most recently Agent at the Susan Schulman Literary Agency.

At Open Road, Brett Collins is now SVP, Product Development and Michael Gedonius is now VP, Integrated National Sales. Collins was Founder and Digital Strategist at Counterspace and Gedonius was Account Manager at Playboy Enterprises.

Ian Delaney joined Chronicle Books as Indie Trade Sales Coordinator. He was formerly Sales and Marketing Manager at McSweeney’s.

Theresa Collier joined Artisan as Senior Publicity and Associate Marketing Manager. She was previously Publicist at Bloomsbury.

Sarah Broun joined HarperCollins’ Christian Publishing Nelson Books as Senior Publicist.

Sarah Riley will step down as Director of Translation Rights at Aitken Alexander at the end of April, continuing part-time after that to oversee her successor.

Kim Bockius-Suwyn is now Executive Director of the Savannah Book Festival.

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International Bestsellers, March 2016

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: Argentina and Austria. 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 3/28-4/1

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.

Should we be glad that digital could replace paperbacks?

According to a new study from American organization Vida, the number of book reviews written by women has increased over the last year, but reviewers are still primarily men.

What expectations do consumers develop from a book’s cover?

What does a successful book really mean for a small publisher?

How have romance novel cover designs changed over the years?

Literary Agent Contact Sheet 2016

We’ve updated our Literary Agent Contact Sheet for 2016. The 2016 list has contact information for hundreds of literary agents and agencies in the United States. To conserve 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). If you’re unfamiliar with an agency, we encourage you to go to their website to learn more about their specialties and preferred means of communication before contacting them.

2016 Literary Agent Contact Sheet

Updated on 3/29/16 to include Abrams Artists Agency, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency, Book Cents Literary Agency, and Ted Weinstein Literary Management. Additionally, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth was moved to the correct spot.

Updated on 4/19/2016 to include Creative Media Agency

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/21-3/25

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.

Which franchises sell the most copies in children’s publishing?

Does Amazon’s lack of transparency affect people’s perception of the company?

How exactly does social media help sell books?

Does staggering the print and digital releases of a book negatively affect sales?

Humble Bundle earned $6.1 million in e-book revenue last year.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/14-3/18

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 do we read novels and how can publishers use that data to their advantage?

What are the benefits of having students listen to podcasts and audiobooks while simultaneously reading the text?

Is there a market for republishing old novels with significant revisions?

Do ebooks need to re-imagine how an index should work to improve reader experiences?

Why do 77% of children prefer print books over ebooks?

People Round-Up, Mid-March 2016


Andrew Smith is now SVP, Children’s Publisher at Abrams. He was most recently SVP, Deputy Publisher at Hachette’s Children. Abrams Publisher Susan Van Metre will transition to VP, Editor-in-Chief, Children’s Books and Editorial Director of Amulet, reporting to Smith.

Annette Thomas will leave her position as Chief Science Officer and Board Member at Springer Nature (the name given to the merger of Springer Science+Business Media and Macmillan Science and Education). Managing Director of Nature Research Group Steven Inchcoombe will join the board in her place and assume a broader role at the company.

Joseph P. Abbott, Jr. became CFO at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Eric Shuman retired. Abbott was previously an Investment Banker with Morgan Stanley’s Global Media and Communications Group. Shuman will act as an advisor until July.

Andrew Savikas has left his position as CEO of Safari Books Online after 5 years. The role is being eliminated now that O’Reilly is fulling integrating Safari with its other operations.

Steve Rosato left his role as Event Director at Reed Exhibitions after 18 years. Director, Publisher & Studio Relations Brien McDonald will take over Rosato’s responsibilities.

Kathy Huck left her position as Senior Editor at North Star Way. She can be reached at [email protected].

Rhoda Belleza joined Macmillan as Editor. She was Editor at Paper Lantern Lit.

Renee Zuckerbrot will join Lippincott Massie McQuilkin at the end of April after running her own agency for more than 10 years.

Sarah Branham launched boutique editorial services company Sarah Branham Editorial. She was formerly Senior Editor at Atria Books.

Micah Kleit will become Director at Rutgers University Press at the beginning of May, succeeding Marlie Wasserman who is leaving the press after more than 20 years. Kleit was previously Editor-in-Chief at Temple University Press.

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Who’s Scouting Whom?: Literary Scouts Contact Sheet 2016

This year’s scout sheet remains very similar to the 2015 list. There are no new agencies to add nor were any removed. There are many territory changes throughout this year’s update. Each scout’s clients are separated by country or region, and representation for children’s titles is denoted where applicable. We also include the handful of TV and film studios represented by the scouts in our roundup in the last column.

Scout Contact Sheet 2016

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2016 Literary Scouts Contact Sheet.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/7-3/11

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 we expect in publishing in 2016, according to the On the Media podcast?

Is it worthwhile for publishers to resurrect forgotten books?

What can be learned from Data Guy’s keynote at Digital Book World 2016?

How can traditional publishers and hybrid authors work together to increase a book’s success?

Are publishers and Apple to blame for the decline of ebooks?

People Round-Up, Early March 2016


Steve Wasserman will join Heyday Books as Publisher and Executive Director in July, succeeding Founder Malcolm Margolin, who retired at the end of 2015. Wasserman was previously Yale University Press Editor-at-Large and Los Angeles Times Book Review Editor. Heydey’s Editorial Director Gayle Wattawa will be Interim Publisher and Director of Nature and Environmental Publishing. Lindsie M. Bear will serve as Interim Executive Director in the meantime.

Matthew Shatz is the SVP of Sales and Business Development at Open Road Integrated Media. He was previously Chief Revenue Officer at Oyster.

In children’s publishing, Julie Matysik will join Running Press Kids as Editorial Director in mid-March. She was previously Editorial Director at Sky Pony Press. . . Marlo Scrimizzi joined Highlights Press as Editor. He was Associate Editor at Running Press Kids. . . At Scholastic, Nicholas Thomas joined as Publishing Manager for Chicken House and David Fickling Books. He was previously Editorial Assistant at Bloomsbury. . . Jade Yeung joined little bee books as Production Coordinator. She was formerly Production Associate at Norton. . . Senior Editor Sharyn November’s position at Viking Children’s has been eliminated. She can be reached at [email protected].

Mike Conway is now IT Director of Chronicle Books. He was Director, CRM and Analytics at Bare Escentuals.

Vanessa Kehren joined The Overlook Press as Editor. She was previously Editor at Blue Rider Press.

Shara Zaval joined Faber & Faber as US Publicity and Marketing Manager. She was most recently Editorial Manager of and at the Book Report Network.

Michelle Dellinger joined Sourcebooks as Managing Editor. She was Managing Editor at Software Services. Additionally, Monika Ebly joined as Licensing and Strategic Partnerships Manager. She was Program Manager at Media Star Promotions.

At agencies, Hilary Pecheone is now Director of Brand Development at New Leaf Literary & Media She was Senior Marketing Manager at Practising Law Institute. . . Paul Stevens joined Donald Maass Literary Agency as Agent. He was previously Editor at TOR and Quirk Books. . . Courtney Miller-Callihan opened the Handspun Literary Agency in San Diego. She was previously Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. . . Ryann Stevenson Wahl is now Foreign Rights Manager and Literary Agent at Holloway Literary. He was previously Literary Scout at Jane Starr Literary Scouts. . . Teresa Kietlinski launched Bookmark Literary, which will be dedicated to children’s books.

Jeff Golick joined Dover Publications as Acquisitions Editor. He was previously Publishing Director at Dreamscape.

Anne Brewer joined Crooked Lane Books as Senior Acquisitions Editor. She was previously Editor at Thomas Dunne Books and Minotaur.

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