Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/12-5/16

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 can booksellers make the most of their brick-and-mortar retail stores?

What can ebook subscription services learn from the cable model?

Following heavy recruitment of managers from technology companies, the gender dynamics at the top of publishing is shifting.

Long-standing digital-first publishers have struggled in the past months.

Why are teens reading less?

Lifecycle of a Book in Translation

Two and a half years ago, our sister website, PublishingTrendsetter, launched an infographic called Lifecycle of a Book,which showed the process of publishing a book, from inception to final product. The infographic also came with accompanying videos of young professionals from each department talking about what they do and how they do it.

Now, Trendsetter has rebooted the Lifecycle of a Book series and has posted its newest incarnation: Lifecycle of a Book in Translation, showing how a book published in one country is then published in another. To celebrate, they’ll be highlighting videos from publishing professionals at each step of the infographic, every day this week. (If you can’t wait to watch all of the videos, you can visit their dedicated page to watch them all.)

Click here to download a PDF of the Lifecycle of a Book in Translation

Click here to download a PDF of the Lifecycle of a Book in Translation.

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

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 will HarperCollins and Harlequin benefit from the merger?

To what extent do literary agents help their authors earn more money?

Jane Friedman remains optimistic in the face of digital disruption.

Are all the “Is the book dead?” think pieces, well, dead yet?

What lessons can publishers learn from Michael Lewis’ Moneyball?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/28-5/2

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. 

How can authors, retailers, and publishers each work to improve the ebook industry?

Huffington Post’s books editor Maddie Crum offers three trends.

What are the best guerrilla marketing tactics for books?

Why are YA heroines portrayed differently in film adaptations?

Children’s book sales grew over 43 percent over last January’s numbers.

People Roundup, May 2014

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April was a busy month for industry moves:  Lee Boudreaux, Editorial Director of HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint, was given her own imprint at Little, Brown. Boudreaux will have the title of VP and Editorial Director and will start on September 2, overseeing an eponymous line publishing eight to ten titles per year.

Stacy Creamer was named VP and Executive Editor of the newly announced imprint at Hachette, built off of the Hyperion backlist, Hachette Books. Creamer had been most recently Publisher of Simon & Schuster‘s Touchstone imprint.  Creamer, who starts at Hachette on June 16, will report directly to Mauro DiPreta, who was recently named Publisher of Hachette Books.

The National Book Foundation announced that Benjamin Samuel is joining the organization as Program Manager. He has been an Editor of the online journal Electric Literature since 2009 and Co-founded the digital magazine, Recommended Reading, and his writing has appeared in Publisher’s Weekly, McSweeney’s, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications.  He will report to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Harold Augenbraum. 

St. Martin’s VP, Associate Publisher Marketing and Sales Ops, Matthew Baldacci, moved to Scholastic as VP of Marketing for the trade publishing division on April 28. Baldacci will oversee marketing and brand strategy for all trade imprints, reporting to Ellie Berger. He has worked at SMP since 1998.

Phaidon Press announced it has appointed  Deb Aaronson as VP Publisher at Phaidon in NY; she was previously Publisher at Abrams.  Emily Takoudes was named Executive Commissioning Editor for Food, also working out of the New York office. Takoudes was previously Senior Editor at Clarkson Potter. Elinor Smith has joined the London office as Commissioning Editor for Food; she was previously at Pan Macmillan.

Allison Renzulli has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the new position of Culinary Digital Editorial Director. She will be working from the New York office with the Culinary Marketing, Editorial, and Digital teams to oversee multiple digital initiatives. She was formerly Senior Marketing Manager at Clarkson Potter.

Elyse Turr has been named Sales and Marketing Manager at Shire Publications and Old House Books, part of the Osprey Group. She was formerly an Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.

Mike Salisbury has joined Yates & Yates as Associate Literary Agent. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Trade Books at David Cook.

At David R. Godine, David Goldberg has been named Director of Sales and Marketing. Previously, he was a Sales Representative at W.W. Norton. In addition, Megan Sullivan has joined as Publicity Manager. Previously, she was an Assistant Editor at America’s Test Kitchen.

Kate Sullivan is joining Delacorte Press as a Senior Editor on May 5. She was previously at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Grace Kendall is joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers as an Editor; she was previously an Associate Editor at Scholastic.

Krestyna Lypen has joined Algonquin Young Readers in the newly created position of Associate Editor. She was most recently Associate Editor of Children’s Books for Workman Publishing.

Ashley Woodfolk has joined Random House Children’s Books as Assistant Marketing Manager for Trade. She was previously at the Random House Publishing Group.

Cassandra Galante has joined Simon & Schuster as a Digital Sales Manager. She was previously Marketing Manager at Macmillan.

Karen Holt has joined the staff of CN Times Books as Editor, Acquiring Nonfiction Books. Holt, who will report to VP and Associate Publisher Paul Harrington, was formerly Deputy Editor at Publishers Weekly and Contributing Books Editor at O, the Oprah magazine. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Gypsy da Silva, “one of the legendary copy editors in the world of trade publishing,” as the S&S announcement stated, has retired from S&S as of April 30.  Nancy Inglis, Director of Copy Editing for Simon & Schuster’s Adult Publishing, has also retired. She first joined S&S in 2000, after having held a series of positions at Random House for thirty years, and has been in her current role since 2003. Navorn Johnson has joined S&S as Director of Copyediting for Adult Publishing. Navorn worked for nearly 20 years at Hyperion, most recently as Associate Director, Managing Editorial; she also held positions as Managing Editor, Copy Chief and Production Editor. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/21-4/25

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. 

Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss the implications of mining real relationships for literary material.

Bookish editors predict the next big trends in YA.

What percentage of children are reading on tablets and e-readers?

What does Amazon’s purchse of ComiXology, mean for the genre of comic books overall?

What is the value of “literary citizenship”?

International Bestsellers, April 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: India and South Africa.  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 4/14-4/18

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. 

Graywolf PressFiona McCrae offers advice for independent publishers.

Is it time to reevaluate genre fiction?

How can writers break into the video game industry?

Should all small American businesses follow the example of the indie bookstore?

The stigma surrounding fan fiction is fading and giving some unknown/unsung writers a chance to be published.

Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2014

The 2014 general US publishing industry contact sheet is our most popular annual feature, listing publishers large and small, accounts, trade associations, and more. Taking into account offices that have moved and new acquisitions, we are proud to offer our most comprehensive updated version as a free PDF. Click the image below to download the Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2014.

Contact Sheet 2014

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/7-4/11

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. 

In what ways can the video game and publishing industries collaborate?

Authors see value in self-publishing audiobooks.

How can university presses implement a direct-to-consumer sales model?

Are our reading abilities being compromised by online skimming?

At London Book Fair‘s Digital Minds conference, industry leaders discussed the merits of print and electronic books.