People Round-Up, Mid-December 2016


Julia A. Reidhead, formerly VP and Publishing Director of the W. W. Norton College department, has succeeded W. Drake McFeely as President. McFeely remains Chairman. And Steven Pace, currently Sales Director at Workman, will join Norton as Director of Trade Sales on January 2. He is replacing VP and Trade Sales Director William F. Russin, who is retiring.

Sarah Smith has joined Amazon as Editorial Director, Print & Kindle Books. She was most recently a lecturer in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and previously Children’s Book Editor at the New York Times Book Review.

Jamie Raab, President and Publisher at Grand Central Publishing, and Deb Futter, VP and EIC of hardcovers at Grand Central and Publisher at Twelve Books, are both leaving Hachette Book Group at the end of January.

Andy LeCount is joining HarperCollins as Director of Sales, General on December 29.  He is currently Executive Director, Chains for Hachette Book Group.

At Chronicle Books, Tyrell Mahoney will take over as President on January 3. She joined Chronicle in 1996 and has held her current position, VP of Sales and Marketing, since 2007. Chronicle’s current president, Jack Jensen, is moving to a new, more comprehensive role as President of McEvoy Group LLC.

Stephen Power joined Thomas Dunne Books as Executive Editor. He was previously Senior Editor at Amacom. At Minotaur, Catherine Richards will be joining as Senior Editor on March 6, having most recently worked as Senior Editor for Fiction at Pan Macmillan UK.

Derek Stordahl has joined Holiday House as Executive Vice President, General Manager. He was most recently Executive Vice President at Bloomsbury USA.

Ginny Anson, VP, Director of Manufacturing at Penguin Young Readers Group, is retiring at the end of the year, after 31 years. Nadine Britt will succeed her with the title VP, Executive Director of Production.

At Penguin Random House Audio, Linda Korn has joined as Executive Producer, having previously operated her own company, Kornucopia Sounds. Nick Martorelli, formerly Ebook Production Manager for Penguin Random House, joined as Producer, and Tara Hart, formerly Associate Contracts Administrator for John Wiley and Sons, joined as Assistant Manager, Rights and Permissions.

At agencies…Adriana Stimola has joined the Stimola Literary Studio as Agent. She was previously Content Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and AgricultureDanielle Smith has left Red Fox Literary after three years to launch her own literary agency, Lupine Grove Creative, with most of her clients set to follow.  Kimberly Whalen has left Trident Media Group to open her own literary agency, The Whalen Agency, with many of her clients to set to follow as well. Jane Chelius is closing her eponymous agency and retiring at the end of the year.

At Scholastic, Angie Chen has joined as Production Editor for picture books and Cartwheel. She was previously Sales & Rights Associate at the Aperture Foundation. Rachel Gluckstern is Production Editor for hardcover, having formerly worked as Editor at DC Comics. Melissa Schirmer, formerly Assistant to the Events Manager and Bookseller at Books of Wonder, is Assistant Production Editor, and Teresa Harris, previously Assistant Brand Manager at the Joester Loria Group, is Licensing and Brand Manager, Licensed Publishing.

Bonnie Dailey has joined Ingram Publisher Services as Client Implementation Manager. She had previously been Senior Systems Implementation Analyst at GEODISBunmi Western has joined IPS as Sales and Marketing Director in the London office. At Ingram Content Group, Roger Lee has joined as VP, Credit, succeeding Rob Montgomery, who is retiring in early 2017.

Caitlin Kleinschmidt has joined Workman Publishing as Associate Manager of National Accounts. She was most recently Associate Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House.

Bret Kehoe has joined Sourcebooks as Managing Editor. He previously worked as Lead Editor at Questions Galore. Chris Francis joined as Assistant Editor, having earlier worked as a freelance editor and designer.

At Running Press, Valerie Howlett has joined as Children’s Publicity and Marketing Manager after working as an author marketing consultant.

At Open Road, Laura J. Burns has joined as Executive Editor and Garon Benner has joined as Senior Product Manager. Benner was previously Product Manager for Crain Communications, Inc.

At Diversion Books, Lia Ottaviano is now Editor; she was previously Associate Editor at Wiley.

Jaime Carey, President, Development and Restaurant Group, is leaving Barnes & Noble at the end of February.

Mark Nichols is leaving his position as Development Officer at the American Booksellers Association. He will continue working through the Winter Institute in January.

At Princeton University Press, director Peter J. Dougherty is retiring at the end of the year. He has held his position since 2005.

Elizabeth Scarpelli is Director of the new University of Cincinnati Press. She was previously Director of Publisher Services at Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters.

At the University of Washington Press, Katrina Noble joined as Art Director and Rebecca Brinbury joined as Assistant to the Director. Margaret Sullivan came on in late October as Editorial, Design, and Production Manager; she was previously Director of Editorial and Production at The Mountaineers Books.

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

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 has the Harry Potter series changed China’s ebook sales?

What made Forbes decide to publish books?

Where do indie authors fit in today’s media landscape?

Is there a downside for independent bookstores encouraging shoppers to “shop local?”

What impacts do libraries have on their local communities?

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.