In Case You Missed It…Publishing Trends Picks: Rise by Karen Campbell

We’re all big readers here in the Publishing Trends office; so today we’re happy to announce a new feature on Publishing Trends, In Case You Missed It. Whenever we read a great book that we think might be flying too low under the radar, we’ll share it with you here. Our interests are wide so we can’t wait to share a variety of books with you.

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In Case You Missed It…Publishing Trends Picks: Rise by Karen Campbell (Bloomsbury, 2015)


From Amy:
I happened on to this title due to a good NYT review and a strong predilection for fiction by Scots. (Don’t ask.) Though Campbell has written a number of earlier books, this is the first to be published here and it’s accomplished, original, moving…all around terrific. A bit hard to categorize as there’s an element of suspense and threat but I think the appeal will go well beyond genre readers. Campbell’s protagonists are sympathetic, distinctive, and believable and she writes with a strong sense of irony that lends dark humor to the story.

Imagine a very contemporary drama set in a small, inbred town in remote Scotland.  Wonderful writing rounds out the many pluses of Rise.

Justine is on the run from her old life, and Michael and Hannah relocate in an effort to repair their broken marriage, landing all three of them in remote Kilmacarra, Scotland. An accident brings them all together, and Justine’s past might have consequences for all three of them.

People Round-Up, Mid-August 2015


Kathleen Schmidt has been named VP, Director of Marketing and Publicity at Perseus imprint Running Press at the publisher’s Philadelphia office.  Schmidt joined the company in 2013 as publicity director for Weinstein Books.

Margaret Milnes has left her position at Running Press, where she was Senior Director, Brand Management, to relaunch her licensing and brand development consulting business. She can be reached at [email protected].

Karen Fink joined Putnam as Associate Director, Publicity. She was previously Deputy Director of Publicity at Grand Central Publishing. Maya Ziv joined Dutton as Executive Editor. She was most recently Senior Editor at HarperCollins.

Samantha Metzger joined Simon & Schuster Children’s as Subsidiary Rights Manager. She was Assistant Subsidiary Rights Manager at Macmillan Children’s.

Elizabeth Schaefer is now Editor, Licensed Publishing at Scholastic. She was previously Associate Editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Matt Wise was named Director of Publishing for Blumhouse Books. He was previously Agent at Foundry Literary + Media.

Judy Heiblum is leaving Sterling Lord Literistic after 8 years to become a freelance Editor and Consultant. She can be reached at [email protected].

In scouting, Anabelle Saks joined Maria B. Campbell Associates as Senior Scout, working with Warner Bros. Feature, WBTV, New Line, and Horizon and Rachel Horowitz joined as Senior Scout for US Children’s. . . As previously mentioned in an update to the Early August Round-Up, Elisabeth Watson will join Aram Fox as Scout at the end of August. She is currently Subsidiary Rights Associate at Scribner/Touchstone.

Kristen Reach joined Kenyon Review as Associate Editor. She was most recently Editor at Melville House.

Kate Weiss joined Chelsea Green Publishing as Assistant Trade Sales Manager. She was Events Coordinator for Carmichael’s Bookstore.

Ayanna Coleman will join Behind the Book as Director of Development at the end of the month. She was most recently Senior Director of Programming, Partnerships, and Development at the Children’s Book Council.

Niki Marion joined Odyssey Bookshop as Children’s Department Director. She was most recently Marketing Assistant and One City One Story Project Manager at the Boston Book Festival.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/10-8/14

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.

A new Nielsen study shows that more and more people are reading on their phones.

Amazon is growing increasingly more popular as a retailer of comic books.

Is the continued growth of digital reading changing the way authors write?

Goodreads shares some statistics and insights on how The Girl on the Train became a huge bestseller.

Sci-fi author John Scalzi tracked his own sales numbers across formats and analyzed his findings.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 8/3-8/7

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.

Why do writers use the present tense, and will they always have defend that choice?

How will dropping ebook sales numbers affect future book deals?

College textbook prices rose 1,041% in the last 38 years.

Is getting to know the patrons the key to making libraries an important part of their communities?

Japanese readers will spend the most money on ebooks this year, according to research from Statista.

People Round-Up, Early August 2015


Elisabeth Watson will join Aram Fox as Scout at the end of August. She is currently Subsidiary Rights Associate at Scribner/Touchstone. Update added to original post on 8/6/15.

Jennifer M. Brown joined Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers as VP, Publisher. She was Children’s Editor at Shelf Awareness.

Karin Snelson, who was previously a Freelance Contributor to the publication and to Kirkus, replaces her.

Ian Singer is leaving his position as VP, Group Publisher at Library Journals and The Horn Book, Inc. at the end of August. Media Source CEO Randy Asmo will serve as Interim Publisher while the company searches for a permanent replacement.

Steven Morgan rejoined Simon & Schuster as VP, Technology. He was most recently Chief Technology Officer at Eversport. Meanwhile, Adam Feifer is now Director, Email Marketing. He was formerly Director of Direct Marketing at Coach.

Theresa Horner joined Scribd as VP, Strategy and New Content.  Previously, she was VP, Digital Content at Barnes & Noble.

Mitzi Angel returned to the UK to become Publisher, Adult Publishing at Faber and Faber after working at the US Farrar, Straus & Giroux office for seven years.

Antoinette Ercolano will retire from her position as VP, Regional Buying and Filed Merchandising at Barnes & Noble at the end of August after 25 years. She can be reached at [email protected]. Additionally, Fred Argir was named VP, Chief Digital Officer for e-commerce and Nook. He was previously Chief Digital Officer at Toys ‘R Us.

Andrea Cascardi joined Little, Brown as Executive Editor of jimmy patterson. She was Publisher at Egmont USA until they shuttered the US office this spring.

Mark Thomas joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as SVP, Engineering. He was SVP, Technology Program Management at HBO.

Kathleen Schmidt joined Running Press as VP, Director of Marketing and Publicity. She was Publicity Director for Weinstein Books. Jessica Fromm joined as Associate Managing Editor/Associate Editor. She was previously Assistant Editor at Rodale Books.

Wendy McCurdy returned to Kensington as Editorial Director. She was most recently Executive Editor at Berkley.

Karin Schulze joined Abrams as Senior Subsidiary Rights Manager. She was previously Associate Foreign Rights Director at Crown. Additionally, Raquel Avila joined as Gift Rep Sales Manager, Special Markets. She was Sales, Inventory, and Promotions Manager at the New Press.

At university presses, Eric Brandt joined University of Virginia Press as Assistant Director, Editor-in-Chief, and Humanities Editor.  Previously, he was Executive Editor at Stanford University Press. . . Stephen M. Wrinn joined University of Notre Dame Press as Director. He was Director at the University Press of Kentucky.

Jean Christen joined Rose Publishing and Aspire Press as Publisher, Children’s Products.

Christopher Beetham is now Senior Editor, Biblical Languages, Textbooks, and Reference Tools at Zondervan.

Phil Fox Rose joined Paraclete Press as Editor. Mark S. Burrows joined Paraclete Poetry and Mount Tabor Books as Series Editor.

Jill Braithwaite joined Lerner Publishing Group as Group Marketing Director. She was Director of Product Development at Sparkhouse.

At literary agencies, Andrew Nurnberg Associates will open a new office in Warsaw in September, to be headed by Marcin Biegaj. Biegaj was Senior Agent and Sales Director at Graal. . . Martha Millard joined Sterling Lord Literistic. She previously ran her own agency, the Martha Millard Literary Agency. Additionally, Alison Mackeen joined as Agent. She was Senior Editor at Basic Books. . . Linda Kaplan joined DeFiore and Company as Director of Foreign Rights, as well as launching her own division of the company to offer foreign rights representation to small agencies and publishers, called Kaplan/DeFiore Rights.  She was most recently Principal of Readmore Literary Management. . . Sarah Levitt will be working as Agent for both Kuhn Projects and Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. She was previously Agent at the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency.

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International Bestsellers, July 2015

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: Portugal and Sweden. 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 7/27-7/31

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 a publisher’s online presence focus on book promotions or on original content?

Can fiction change the place women have in history?

Are enhanced ebooks and apps, such as coloring-in apps, the future market for the digital reader?

Should publishers use DRM if it doesn’t protect against copyright infringement and discourages readers from buying ebooks?

How can publishers help debut authors achieve success similar to that of established authors?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/20-7/24

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 Amazon’s drive to innovate make it a better ally to authors and readers?

In terms of physical versus digital, are the struggles that the movie industry face similar to publishing?

Scholarly Kitchen considers the scale of the internet in regards to academic publishing.

What does it mean to be a woman in a high-level position in publishing?

How can podcasts help the magazine industry?

Columbia Publishing Course 2015 Super-Grad

It’s that time again! This year’s Columbia Publishing Course (formerly the Radcliffe Publishing Course) Graduates are an impressive bunch. As is our yearly tradition, we’ve culled the most remarkable and curious tidbits from the students’ biography to create one supernaturally talented candidate. With the exception of some connecting phrases, the words are the students’ own.


This year’s Typical Columbia Publishing Course Grad, let’s call her Genevieve, was born an accidental Canadian on her sister’s seventh birthday. She was named after a British girl who believed herself to be a dog. She grew up in a small town in Hometown, USA, but spent most of her youth pretending to be in Middle Earth, slaying orcs in live action role-playing games. Her first break in publishing came at the age of ten when she won a caption contest in Nickelodeon magazine. Genevieve has been playing guitar in various rock and heavy metal bands since she was eleven years old, and has been collecting theatre posters and Playbills since the age of 12.

In college, she was known as the opera-singing rugby player. Genevieve spent her days attending Jamaica Kincaid’s and Mary Gaitskill’s fiction workshops. During semesters abroad, she studied Jonathan Swift’s manuscripts at the Bodleian Library to determine if marks were commas or blotches, and excavated plague skeletons in Ireland. She published a study on the linguistics of college dating and cofounded an organization modeled after TED Talks. Her April Fools’ Day article “Nutella To Be Discontinued By The End Of 2015, Hearts Break Worldwide” captivated readers and grossed over one million views. To prove her commitment to paper, she once refused to download known doorstopper The Luminaries and instead carried it with her, in brick form, in a backpack around India.

After graduation, she became stage manager for a film production company and manager of the drummer-themed app launched by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Genevieve, a woman of many talents, has also been a miniature train conductor, a beekeeper, and has sold books at Garrison Keillor’s bookstore. She tackled Mount Kilimanjaro and a 500-mile hike across Spain and was once evacuated from Beirut when the government there collapsed. At the White House, she analyzed constituent mail addressed to the president.

An equal opportunity reader, Genevieve is just as likely to pick up a Janet Evanovich novel as the latest Kazuo Ishiguro. She has a voracious appetite for food, and is a Yelp Elite. She keeps a word/phrase notebook as well as a “lookbook” full of aesthetic inspiration. She is fluent in Spanish, confident in Chinese, and prone to buying purses based on whether or not she can fit a book in them. Currently, she is learning to bind books and hopes to have a homemade collection of her own writing one day.

Genevieve ended six months backpacking around the Americas to attend the Columbia Publishing Course. She hopes to pursue a career in book publishing so she can give back to the literary community that has been like a second family to her over the years. She wants to edit heartbreaking works of staggering genius, to borrow a phrase from Dave Eggers.


To find out more about seeing participants’ resumes (or to read the real biographies) please 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 37th year this summer. 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.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/13-7/17

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 publishers embrace EBSCO as a gatekeeper in the library market?

The demand for audiobook rights for self-published works has risen 58% over the first half of 2015, according to IPR License.

Can Amazon be legally accused of using its power to control book prices and limit competition?

How can authors reach their audiences through the web’s algorithm suggestions?

What marketing strategy did Rodale use to become such a large health and wellness media company?