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.

Let’s Get Digital: Notes from Digital Minds 2014

Digital Minds, the conference that kicks off the London Book Fair, took place at the QEII Centre on April 7 with a large audience on hand and some lively speakers to inform and entertain it.  Authors Anthony Horowitz and Richard Wiseman talked about their respective approach to writing, publishing, and their audience, with the latter touting his YouTube successes.

A marketing panel brought together several publishers, including Penguin‘s Charlotte Richards and Open Road‘s Rachel Chou, who shared useful insights into strategies and analytics. Chou talked about analyzing  consumers’ clickpaths and providing follow-ups to both authors and retailers on what works.  Richards also mentioned feedback, both to authors as well as employees, on trends, successes, and data. Her clever presentation used classic Penguin cover art to illustrate her points.

The children’s panel focused more on how children interact with digital, rather than what content they ingest.  Storythings’ Matt Locke talked of how teens’ behavior has not changed as much in the social context, which jeopardizes their privacy.  Echoing Locke, BBC‘s Joe Godwin talked about how mobile devices are to children today what cars were to earlier generations–they provide a sense of control and autonomy.

Despite its co-hosting the day, only Copyright Clearance Center‘s Michael Healy spoke, about “copyright at risk” around the world.

There were some newsworthy moments, when Bookmate won the LBF Innovation Award, and Dan Franklin of Penguin Random House announced the new My Indie Bookshop recommendation site, which one commentator called “The Sims for books.”

Many were waiting for the last panel, which included Faber‘s Stephen Page, agent Jonny Geller, Sourcebooks’ Dominique Raccah, Nick Harkaway, and Kobo‘s Michael Tamblyn.  While they argued and opined, in the end it seemed that they all agreed that, as Page said, “the Golden Age is always in the past,” and as this correspondent would add, interesting times are always what we live in.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/31-4/4

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 the publishing industry have what it takes to keep up with start-ups when it comes to promoting innovative business models?

One bookseller expresses doubts about the ebook revolution.

How much time do Americans spend on mobile apps?

Some literary agents are encouraging their authors to pursue digital-first publishing.

Forbes estimates Amazon’s annual ebook sales between $265 million and $530 million.

People Roundup, April 2014

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Phaidon Press announced it has appointed Keith Fox as its new CEO.  Fox was previously President of McGraw Hill Construction Division, President of BusinessWeek, and McGraw Hill Professional; he will work out of the New York offices.  Jacky Klein will join Phaidon Press in June as Commissioning Editor, Art, working primarily out of the London offices. Previously, she was Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson London.

Meanwhile, Lucas Wittmann has joined Regan Arts as Associate Publisher and Executive Editor. Previously, he was at The Daily Beast. Also joining him are Senior Editor Michael Szczerban, who was previously at S&S, and Associate Editor Fritz Brantley, who was an Editor and Marketer at Routledge.

Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch, announced that Mauro DiPreta has joined HBG as VP and Publisher of Hachette Books, the new publishing division that HBG will launch on the foundation of the Hyperion backlist that HBG acquired in 2013.  DiPreta was most recently VP and Editor in Chief of Crown Archetype, an imprint at Penguin Random House.  Pietsch thanked Martha Levin, who has been Interim Publisher since last Fall.  She may be reached at [email protected].

Peter Ginna has left Bloomsbury, where he was Publisher of Bloomsbury Press.  In an unrelated announcement, Bloomsbury will consolidate Walker Children’s Books into the larger Bloomsbury Children’s, resulting in the departure of Walker Books Publisher Emily Easton.

Dervla Kelly will join Rodale as Senior Editor on April 7. Previously, she was an Editor at Abrams.

Diana Gill will join Ace and Roc Books as Executive Editor, reporting to Susan Allison. Previously, she was Executive Editor at William Morrow, where she ran the US branch of HarperVoyager.

Michael Harnaga-Rentas has been named CFO at Skyhorse Publishing; he was most recently at Hyperion.

Former Director of Publicity at Hachette Nashville Shanon Stow, will join Icon Media Group as Partner and President of the PR firm’s literary division.

Liza Murphy was named Director of International Sales at Rizzoli, and recently she was at Cambridge University Press and ran her own consulting company.

Devin Kirk will join Macmillan on April 14 as VP, International Sales and Marketing, succeeding Judy Sisko, who is retiring next month. Kirk was previously Senior Director, International Sales for Penguin Random House.

Marlena Bittner will join Flatiron Books on May 15th as the Director of Publicity, reporting to Associate Publisher Liz Keenan. She is currently Director of Publicity at Little, Brown. In addition, Karen Horton has joined Flatiron Books as Senior Designer, reporting to Henry Sene Yee, who has been named Creative Director of Flatiron Books, in addition to his current role as Creative Director of Picador USA. Karen was most recently Art Director at Little, Brown and is the Co-founder of design firm design: related.

Maris Kreizman has joined Kickstarter as Publishing Projects Specialist. She was previously Editorial Director of Digital Content at Barnes & Noble.

Julia Kardon joins Mary Evans as a Foreign Rights Director and Agent. Previously she was an Agent at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Ira Silverberg, formerly Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, has joined Open Road Integrated Media, as Strategic Advisor for Author Brands. In his new post, which starts April 22nd, Silverberg will be signing on authors and acquiring backlist catalogs.

Andrew Tsui has joined Open Road Media in the new role of Senior Product Manager. He will oversee integration of analytics and sales within Open Road’s marketing platform, reporting to CMO Rachel Chou. Tsui has worked at McKinsey & Company, Accenture, Barnes & Noble, and Bookish.

CEO of Osprey Group Rebecca Smart will move to Penguin Random House UK at a date to be determined to take over as Managing Director of Ebury. Longtime Ebury leader Fiona MacIntrye has  retired after nearly 30 years with the unit.

Highlights announced that Jack Perry has been appointed VP, Print and eBook Sales.  He was formerly at Random House, and then ran his own consulting company.

After 4 years building retailer and educational platform provider CopiaSol Rosenberg has moved to consulting company DDC and may be reached at [email protected].

Daisy Kline will join Penguin Children’s on April 7 as VP, National Accounts for Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She was most recently VP of Marketing & Brand Management at Scholastic Media.

Rosanne Romanello joined HarperCollins Children’s Books as Senior Publicity Manager. She was previously from EVINS, an integrated Marketing and Public Relations firm with a focus on luxury goods and services.

Laura Duane will join Diversion Books as Senior Acquisitions Editor on April 7. She currently holds the same title at Penguin Random House Audio. Hannah Black has joined the company as Marketing Coordinator, moving over from Dorchester Publishing.

At Workman, Margaret Rogalski has been named Publicist, moving over from Gotham Books.

Sasha Tropp has joined The Experiment as Editor. She was previously an Associate Editor at Sterling.

Children’s Book Blogger and Agent Danielle Smith has joined boutique agency Red Fox Literary. She has been at Foreword Literary.

Jenny Heller at Quercus Books UK announced that she has left the company where she was Publishing Director, General Non Fiction and will be the Managing Director of Guinness World Records.  Meanwhile she is reachable at [email protected] Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/24-3/28

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. 

Pew’s annual State of the News Media report highlights emerging publishers and revenue tactics.

Atavist Books releases its first book in a list of titles that is set to re-imagine the possibilities of the digital book format.

Thinking and acting nimbly in digital publishing is a popular topic at Bologna Book Fair.

Professionals across industries share their thoughts on how physical bookstores can stay afloat.

How can publishers make the best use of increasing computing power?

International Bestseller Lists, March 2014

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestseller lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Austria and Brazil.  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 3/17-3/21

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. 

Following a shaky financial year, will the Nook bounce back after opening its self-publishing platform to European authors?

How can books hold readers’ attention on mobile devices?

What are the best practices for an e-book subscription service?

Will The Independent’s stand against gendered book marketing result in greater representation of female writers?

Given the success of Scandinavian thrillers, could Polish crime novels be next?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/10-3/14

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. 

Survey results from Library Journal reveal libraries are spending more on audiobooks and DVDs than ebooks.

Will the Twitter Fiction Festival be able to produce good fiction?

In the wake of the Google Books court case allowing books to be scanned, concerns grow over transformative and fair use laws.

Should online retailers separate self-published ebooks from ebooks that come from traditional houses?

In an age of digital distractions, writing the perfect first line of a book may be more important than ever.

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

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. 

What is one of the strongest brands in publishing? Studies on consumer preference and author loyalty in the thriller genre reveal a surprising winner.

Why do billionaires keep buying up traditional print media companies in the age of digital?

Could the aggressive tactics of marketing firm ResultSource buy any author a spot on a bestseller list?

What can publishers stand to learn froventure capitalists?

Could ebook subscription services revolutionize the publishing industry through the data collected from readers?

People Roundup, March 2014

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Tara Catogge has been named Vice President, Sales Director at Quarto Publishing Group USA (previously Quayside); she was previously Senior Vice President, Marketing and Inventory at Readerlink.

Shimul Tolia has been named President of Bonnier Publishing‘s newly created New York office. She was Editorial Director, Sandy Creek at Sterling Publishing.

David Boyle, SVP, Consumer Insight for HarperCollins is moving to the BBC Worldwide Brands team as EVP of Insight.

Patsy Jones has moved to Hachette Nashville as VP Marketing; she was VP Sales & Marketing for books at Anderson Merchandisers.

Casey McIntyre will join Razorbill on March 5 in the new position of Associate Publisher. She was most recently Publicity Manager at Harper Children’s Books.

Dreamworks has announced it is launching its own imprint separate from Simon & Schuster, and headed by Emma Whittard, who was most recently at Disney Worldwide Pulishing.

Michael Selleck, Simon & Schuster‘s EVP Sales & Marketing, announced that Michael Carley has decided to retire after 34 years at Simon & Schuster.  He was most recently Sales Manager for Amazon.com.

Also at S&S, Reka Simonsen will be joining Atheneum Books for Young Readers as Executive Editor, reporting to Justin Chanda.  She begins March 10th and was recently Executive Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Regan Arts has announced Ron Hogan will be joining as Editor, acquiring both fiction and non-fiction, with more announcements expected. Ron has been a Contributing Editor for Shelf Awareness.

Beth Ineson has been appointed to the new role of Executive Director, Book Marketing, Sales, and Operations at Boston Common Press. Most recently, she was Head of Field Sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She will oversee expansion of the marketing and distribution of efforts of the Cook’s Illustrated, America’s Test Kitchen, and Cook’s Country cookbooks.

Esther Margolis has left HarperCollins after two years as Executive Editor.  She is setting up her own “publishing and media venture to consult, agent, package, and market fiction and nonfiction books, including cross-media projects in the film and entertainment area.” Newmarket Press was founded by her in 1981 and acquired by HarperCollins in 2011. She may be reached at [email protected]

Scottie Bowditch joined Macmillan as Director of the Macmillan Speakers Bureau on February 24. Previously she was Director of School and Library Marketing for the Penguin Young Readers Group. Janet Rasche joined Macmillan in the newly created position of VP, Operations Planning, , after working at startup MediaRadar.

Joy Aquilino is now Acquisitions Editor at Quayside. She was most recently Executive Editor at Sixth & Spring.

Scholastic has appointed Heather Cassano to the newly created position of Chief Experience Officer; she was previously at Pearson.

Sara Sargent is joining Simon Pulse as Editor, after working for the Balzer & Bray imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Prior to her time at HarperCollins, she worked at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

Sharon Fantera, Editorial Director of Bookscan, has left the company.

Margot Atwell is now Publishing Project Specialist at Kickstarter.  She was Associate Publisher at Beaufort Books and has been freelancing for the past year.

Megan Wilson has left her position as Media Specialist & Account Executive at Krupp Kommunications to join Rubenstein Public Relations as Associate Vice President. Read More »