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 »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/24-2/28

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. 

Statistics from VIDA reveal that books by men were reviewed more often and sold better than books written by women over the past five years.

Big Bang Press asks whether or not fan fiction can sell within traditional publishing models.

Will changes in format and pricing allow fiction of varying lengths to achieve commercial success?

Author Kerry Wilkinson began by self-publishing his hit crime novels, but says traditional publishing was what bolstered his sales and name recognition.

The editors of Simon & Schuster‘s new site dedicated to business books, 250words.com, discuss their goals.

Partners’ Corner February 2014

Partners’ Corner is a place where the principals of Market Partners International can share their observations of the publishing industry for the month.

Publishing Trends attended the Publishers Weekly panel discussion entitled “Are Publishing Seasons Relevant?” (see PT’s PW Panel: Are Publishing Seasons Relevant? for details) and came away with some unanswered (and unanswerable?) questions and musings.

The short answer to the question is, yes, if you consider each new title to be the equivalent of a new product launch, then allowing 1 ½-2 years to position, plan a marketing campaign, and create the best product possible makes sense.

The excellent panelists (a retailer, a distributor, and a publisher) made a good case for the way business is done—i.e., much as it’s always been done—but might it be time to take a deeper look?

Realistically, is each book going to receive the sort of care and attention suggested by these seasonal schedules? And does the slow, methodical process that most all publishers employ help the average book find its market in a timely fashion?

Listening to the panelists, it was clear that the systems have evolved to incorporate “drop-ins” and “add-ons” but only so far; despite the considerable number, there are unresolved problems attached. Most notably, open-to-buy issues at accounts (not to mention the general chaos involved in making sure metadata and rationale are fully communicated) often result in these titles being skipped. So even if publishers adopt ways to create a more fluid publishing model, it will only work if retailers change as well.

Clearly, it’s daunting. So even though improved digital processes have dramatically decreased some of the original production reasons for the long time it takes to bring a book to market, and even though Edelweiss offers an efficient means of announcing titles instantly (goodbye print catalogs), the old ways prevail. Those of us who have spent our careers in book publishing understand why, while those on the outside with content they want to see in book form are shocked and dismayed at how long it takes.  Maybe a little more dismay on our side might nudge the schedule, at least a bit?

PW Panel: Are Publishing Seasons Relevant?

On Feb. 26, Publishers Weekly hosted its first discussion series of 2014 with a panel featuring Andy Laties, Store Manager at Bank Street Bookstore, Kim Wylie, VP Deputy Director of Sales at PGW, and Mary Beth Thomas, VP of Sales at HarperCollins. PW’s Jim Milliott moderated.

Bringing together a representative from retail, distribution, and publishing, the panel addressed questions related to the pros and cons of traditional seasonal lists from 3 different angles. In the end, though, the differences between the publisher viewpoint and the distributor’s viewpoint were negligible. Both Wylie and Thomas described the rhythms at their companies and expressed similar convictions that the extensive time to market ensures that a book is at its most ready—properly edited, positioned, packaged, timed, and ready to benefit from a coherent and well-planned marketing campaign.

Laties defined seasons and seasonality from a retail perspective, pointing out that, while the holiday season is clearly the most critical for many booksellers, those in vacation areas or coastal areas, might have very different peak selling seasons.  But when questioned as to whether publishers might spread out their titles more evenly throughout the year, he replied that one of the reasons the current structure works is that booksellers don’t have time to be making buying decisions all year long and it’s convenient that the heavy fall publishing lists are presented in early summer when store traffic is often light.

While the arguments for the usual practice of two or three seasons were convincing—and both Wylie and Thomas suggested that the seasonal approach created essential deadlines without which chaos would certainly reign—clearly the enormous increase in “drop-in” titles points to some frustration with the usual timetables. Wylie said about 5% of the titles they sell each year are drop-ins; based on a rough title count of 2000, that means 100 or so each year. Harper’s numbers were even higher; Thomas said they do about 1100 adult titles and 600 children’s titles each year and roughly 250 are what they call “add-ons.”  Read More »