Reeling and Dealing Contact Sheet 2016

We present the 2016 Reeling and Dealing contact sheet, our annual guide to contact information for film scouts who work within the book industry. There are some new additions this year; we’ve also updated our listings to reflect all changes in company structure and removed companies that no longer exist or represent books to the film industry. Click the image below to download Publishing Trends‘ Reeling and Dealing 2016 Contact Sheet.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/28-12/2

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.

Does reading a book always have to mean completing the whole thing?

Should publishing consider the digital revolution as a shift in overall culture?

How can libraries best cater to non-readers?

Are self-published authors clogging up the Amazon’s discovery algorithms?

Is blockchain the right solution for today’s copyright issues?

People Round-Up, Early December 2016


Gail Brussel has joined Penguin Press as Publicity Manager; she most recently ran her own PR company, Gail Brussel Book Publicity. Kelly Joseph is joining McClelland & Stewart on December 5 in the newly-created role of Publishing Manager. She spent the last eight years at House of Anansi Press, serving most recently as Managing Editor, and helped develop the French-language imprint Arachnide.

Dan Lubart will be leaving his position as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Publishing Operations, at Hachette Book Group at the year’s end in order to focus on his data strategy and modeling company, Iobyte Solutions. Shawn Donley has been hired for a newly-created HBG Sales Rep position covering Washington State and Oregon. He had previously been Purchasing Director at Powell’s Books and is Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Jason Wells is joining in the newly-created role of Vice President, Marketing and Publicity. He was previously Executive Director, Publicity and Marketing, at Abrams Books for Young Readers and had worked there for fourteen years. Lucille Rettino, Vice President, Director of Marketing, is leaving Simon & Schuster after over ten years.

George Gibson will join Grove Atlantic as Executive Editor in January. He is leaving his role as Publishing Director at Bloomsbury US, which he has held since 2008.

Stacy Creamer has left Regan Arts. She joined as Senior Vice President, Executive Editor in April of this year.

Maureen Cole is now Associate Director of Publicity at William Morrow. She was previously Senior Publicity Manager at Simon & Schuster.

At agencies…Quressa Robinson has joined D4EO Literary Agency as Associate Literary Agent. She was previously Editor at St. Martin’s. Larissa Helena, having relocated to New York, is now Manager of Subsidiary Rights and Associate Literary Agent at Pippin Properties. She was previously Executive Editor at Fantástica Rocco in Brazil. Kathleen Schmidt has joined Empire Literary as Agent, focusing on commercial nonfiction and select women’s fiction. She was most recently Associate Publisher at Rodale Books. Beth Vesel has left the Irene Goodman Literary Agency to reopen her own agency, which she ran until joining Goodman as Senior Vice President in early 2014. Cullen Stanley is leaving her position as Partner, Managing Director and Head of Foreign Rights at Janklow & Nesbit, which she has held since 1991. She will be forming her own firm, Cullen Stanley International Agency. Janklow & Nesbit has announced that it is “spinning off its foreign rights department” in support of the new firm, which will handle UK/Commonwealth and translation rights for J&N.

Rebecca Schmidt has joined the sales department at Abrams as National Accounts Manager, having previously worked as National Accounts Manager at Workman. Kelsey Albertson has also joined the department as Special Markets National Accounts Sales Representative. She was previously Corporate and Premium Sales Coordinator at Macmillan. Kim Sheu has joined the company as Associate Marketing Manager, Adult Division, and was formerly Associate Marketing Manager at Monacelli Press. Peggy Garry has joined as Contracts Director; she was previously Assistant Director, Legal Affairs at Perseus. Tree Abraham has joined as Junior Designer, Children’s. She had previously worked as a cover designer with Penguin Random House UK, Faber & Faber, and Little, Brown UK.

Jeanette Shaw has left her position as Editor at Tarcher Perigee after twelve years to start a freelance editorial service firm, JS Editorial.

At Scholastic, Mindy Stockfield has been appointed Senior Vice President of Marketing, Creative and Multiplatform Trade Publishing. She had most recently worked as Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing at MTV.

At VitalSource, Mike Sugarman has joined as Director of Platform Sales and will work out of the company’s Boston office. He was previously Senior Vice President at Emerald Publishing Group, leading the North American sales group and publishing operations.

Paul Morris is joining the Authors Guild in the new position of Vice President, Programming and Outreach. He was previously Director of Literary Programs at PEN America.

Stephanie Cargill-Greer has joined Chronicle Books as Export Sales Assistant.

Cassie McGinty joined Disney Publishing as Senior Publicist; she was previously Publicist at Random House Children’s.

At Diamond Book Distributors, Ashley Kronsberg has joined as Graphic Novel Marketing. She had been working as a ghostwriter and editor.

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International Bestsellers, November 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: Canada and Hungary. 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 11/21-11/25

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.

In the digital age, what is the lifespan of paper?

Amazon, originally “the world’s biggest bookstore,” is pushing into almost every business.

There’s a disparity between ebook prices and what consumers are willing to pay.

Is the term “longform journalism” useful?

Might children raised on ebooks prefer print?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/14-11/18

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.

Where have really negative book reviews gone?

How are people engaging with literature if reading books is on the decline?

What can traditional publishers learn from self-publishing success stories?

Can machine learning technology accurately judge a book by its cover?

The Association of American Publishers saw a significant rise in audiobook revenues in the first half of 2016.

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

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.

Elections affect the book business in a surprisingly predictable way.

How important is it to create a new digital reading experience?

The business of information isn’t getting cheaper anytime soon.

Books vs. ebooks” is a flawed binary.

There are reasons to believe that we’ll always have bookstores.

People Round-Up, Early November 2016


Walter Weintz has joined Guinness World Records as VP, Publishing Sales, Americas. He previously worked as Chief Sales Officer at Workman.

David Young, former CEO of Orion and Hachette Book Group USA, will become Chairman of Canongate Books in January. He is taking over from Christopher Bland, who is retiring.

Sienna Farris is joining Simon & Schuster as VP, Director of Digital Marketing. She was previously Global Executive Director of Corporate Social Marketing at The Estée Lauder Companies. Krista Vitola has joined Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers as Senior Editor. She was previously Editor at Delacorte Press. At Simon Pulse, Jessica Smith has joined as Editorial Assistant.

At St. Martin’s Press, Adam Bellow joined as Editorial Director for a to-be-named imprint of books about politics and current affairs. The imprint will publish across the political spectrum but focus on conservative voices. Bellow was previously Editorial Director at Broadside Books. Libby Burton is joining Henry Holt as Senior Editor, having previously worked as Editor at Twelve and Grand Central. At Macmillan Children’s, Amanda Mustafic joined as Publicist. She was previously Associate Publicist at Penguin Young Readers. Gaby Salpeter has joined as Marketing Coordinator. She had been working as Web Manager and Events Coordinator at Books of Wonder.

Alison Klooster and Tony Forde are now Senior Publicists at Viking and Penguin Books. Klooster was previously Publicist at Henry Holt, and Forde was Publicist at Public Affairs/Nation Books. At Random House Children’s, Emily Bamford is now Associate Publicist. She was previously Associate Publicist at Atria. Kristin Vogt and Jena Debois have joined as Marketing Assistants. Robby Imfeld has joined the licensed & proprietary brand marketing team as Associate Marketing Manager. He previously worked as Brand Marketing Associate at Abrams.

Peter Joseph is joining Harlequin as Editorial Director and will oversee the launch of a new, unnamed imprint. He was previously at Thomas Dunne Books for twelve years, most recently as Executive Editor…Stacey Fischkelta has joined HarperCollins as Manager of Editorial Services. She worked previously as Senior Production Editor at Skyhorse. Gina DeCagna has joined as Assistant of Editorial Services. She previously worked as Digital Communications and Marketing Assistant at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

At Little, Brown, Emma Cueto has joined as Publicity Assistant. She previously worked for Bustle and wrote articles for its Books and Lifestyle verticals.

At agencies…Michael Caligaris has joined Holloway Literary as Literary Agent. He is co-founder of The East Bay Review and previously worked as Publications Assistant for PLOS ONE. Jamie Vankirk has also joined as Associate Agent. She was previously Literary Assistant and Office Manager at Liza Dawson Associates. At Loiacono Literary Agency, Linda Kasten has joined as Literary Agent.

Allison Janice joined Rodale Books as Editor. She was previously Associate Editor at Berkley.

Heather Morris has joined Sourcebooks as Senior Designer. She was previously Art Director at Ball Horticultural Company. Sarah Kasman has joined as Editorial Assistant for Jabberwocky and Fire.

Matt Rohal has joined Princeton University Press as Assistant Editor. He was previously Assistant Editor at Oxford University Press.

At Cambridge University Press, Tim Hoey has joined as Library Sales Representative for New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

At Anthology Editions, Casey Whalen has joined as Director of Sales. She had been working as Sales Manager at Kikkerland. Jesse Pollock, founder and of Unpiano Books, has joined Anthology Editions as Senior Project Manager. In addition to his work as publisher, he had also worked as Manager, Digital & Emerging Media at USA Network and NBCUniversal.

At Insight Editions, Katrin Hagerty has joined as Foreign Rights Manager. She previously worked as German Copywriter for Gap Inc. Alison Corn has joined as Assistant Design Manager.

Frank Autunnale has left his position as VP, Finance at Hachette Book Group and can be reached at [email protected]. Sarah Guan and Bradley Englert have joined Orbit as Associate Editors. Guan was previously Assistant Editor at DAW Books. Englert was previously Editorial Assistant at Night Shade Books.

Janine Webb has joined Highlights Press and Boyds Mills Press as Director, Specialty & Gift Sales. She most recently worked at Quarto as National Account Manager. Monica Jankauskas has joined Highlights Press in the newly-created role of  Retail Marketing Manager.

At Stanford University Press, Stephanie Adams has joined as Marketing Manager; Kate Templar as Sales and Exhibits Manager; Ryan Furtkamp as Publicist; Kendra Schynert as Marketing and Publicity Assistant; and Linnie Green as Marketing and Sales Assistant. Furtkamp was previously Associate Marketing Manager at the University of California Press.

Steven Smith, formerly Editorial Director of Casemate Publishers, is now Editorial Director at military and historical publisher Savas Beatie.

Radhika Jones has joined the New York Times as Editorial Director, Books. She was previously Deputy Managing Editor at Time Magazine. Jones will oversee all review coverage and work on features, news, and digital strategy.

Meredith Burks has joined Redleaf Press as Marketing Copywriter and Publicity Specialist. She previously worked as Publicity Manager at Viking and Penguin Books.

Amy Li has joined McGraw-Hill as Editorial Assistant.

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In Case You Missed It…PT Picks: Written in the Dark, ed. by Polina Barskova

PT Picks: Written in the Dark, edited by Polina Barskova (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016)

From Nina:

wrtitteninthedark_giant_300dpi-copyIn the best of times, translating poetry is difficult; Russian poetry, doubly so. By that logic, it’s frankly miraculous that Written in the Dark made it into English at all. The five men collected in this volume were writing in the midst of World War II’s Siege of Leningrad, which claimed the lives of some million and a half Russians – one of the deadliest blockades in history. The poetry they produced describes the resulting hunger and death in unsparing detail. As this ran contrary to the Soviet policy of depicting only heroism, this work was quite literally hidden away from the censors by the poets and their heirs for decades.

For this project, poet and professor Polina Barskova led a fleet of students in the translation effort, presenting the English directly alongside its Russian original. Literary critic Ilya Kukulin contributed an essay for the back matter. The book provides a brief and brutal window into the past, as recorded by artists who doubted their own survival – and who, even so, continued to innovate the Russian language and poetic form. There’s much to appreciate here, whether you’re new to the Slavic corpus or already a scholar, because the poetry dazzles in its own right.

A note: Ugly Duckling Presse is a micropress based out of Brooklyn, NY. Its catalogue features a number of forgotten, lost, or obscure texts, particularly of Soviet origin. Though their print runs are small many titles are available through UDP’s distributor, Small Press Distribution, or through their website. UDP also has partnerships with a number of bookstores across the US, as well as Canada and Europe.


The five poets in this anthology survived the deadly Leningrad winter of 1942. Their poetry, written in during tremendous horror and now collected and translated into English for the first time, reflects an era of Soviet suffering in the vernacular of the avant-garde.