Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/25-4/29

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.

Trade book revenues were $7.2 billion in 2015, according to the AAP.

What different issues do the US and UK book markets face today?

Is Kindle Unlimited’s pay-per-page rate costing Amazon more?

Why is book weeding at libraries a necessity?

How can we fix independent bookstores’ rent problems?

International Bestsellers, April 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: Greece and Portugal. 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.

BestsellerApr2016.France

BestsellerApril2016Germany

BestsellerMarItaly2016

BestsellerApr2016Spain

BestsellerApr2016Greece1 BestsellerApril2016Portugal1

 

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/18-4/22

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.

Do big literary prizes like the Pulitzer really increase book sales?

Does trust (or lack thereof) between author and editor change a book?

Are there lessons for book publishing in Netflix’s Letter to Shareholders?

Why do ebook retailers have seemingly distant relationships with ebooks?

Do major literary awards ignore short stories?

People Round-Up, Mid-April 2016

PEOPLE

Stacy Creamer joined Regan Arts as SVP, Executive Editor. She was most recently Executive Editor at Hachette Books.

Alaina Mauro is now Publishing Director at for Hachette’s James Patterson division. She was previously Digital Sales Account Manager at Penguin Random House. Krishan Trotman joined Hachette as Senior Editor. She was previously Senior Editor at Skyhorse Publishing.

Sarah Williams joined Penguin Random House as VP, Director of Strategy and Development, Special Markets. She was previously Executive Editor, Business Development at Chronicle. Jennifer Schuster joined Crown Archetype and Three Rivers Press as Executive Editor. She was previously Executive Editor at NAL/Berkley.

Amelia Possanza joined Flatiron Books as Senior Publicist. She was previously Publicist at Touchstone.

Erin Kottke launched Erin Kottke Public Relations. She was most recently Marketing and Publicity Director at Graywolf Press.

Diana Ventimiglia joined North Star Way as Editor. She was previously Editor at Sterling Publishing.

In children’s publishing, Bess Braswell joined HarperCollins Children’s as Senior Director of Marketing. She was previously Marketing Director at Scholastic. . . Cayla Rasi joined Random House Children’s as Digital Senior Marketing Manager. She was previously Social Media Communications Manager at Deep Focus.

Heather Jackson will join the David Black Agency in May as Agent. She was previously at Harmony.

Eli Bortz joined University of Notre Dame Press as Senior Acquisitions Editor. He was Acquisitions Editor at Vanderbilt University Press.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/11-4/15

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 have the North Carolina bathroom laws affected local independent bookstores?

How are translated works a form of activism?

Why is the argument always print or digital instead of both?

Electronic paper technology company E-Ink Holdings had $16.7 million in revenue for the year 2015.

What could virtual reality mean for publishing?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/4-4/8

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.

Will brand-sponsored journalism become a trend?

What’s keeping unlimited reading subscription models from being totally successful?

Overdrive‘s new study shows that 80% of schools use digital books.

What made Barnes & Noble stock skyrocket last month?

Who writes the freshest and most inventive sci-fi?

People Round-Up, Early April 2016

PEOPLE

Adriana Rizzo joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as VP, Marketing. She was previously Senior Director of Marketing for ESPN. Alexandra Primiani joined the company as Publicist. She was formerly Publicity Assistant at Riverhead. Natalie Chapman, Culinary VP and Publisher, is leaving the company and may be reached at [email protected]. SVP of Digital Markets Sanj Kharbanda is also leaving the company.  He may be reached at [email protected].

Steve Rosato joined OverDrive as an International Development Executive, focusing on their global expansion. He was previously BEA Show Director.

Kathryn Huck joined Regan Arts as Editor-at-Large.

Allison Malec Renzulli will join Ten Speed Press in mid-April as Associate Director of Marketing. She was Culinary Marketing Director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Megan Schumann joined Crown Publishing Group as Senior Publicist and Marketer. She was previously Publicist at Dey Street Books and William Morrow. Olivia Taussig is now Publicist at Viking. She was previously Publicist at Other Press. Diana Gill left her position as Executive Editor at Ace and Roc Books. She can be reached at [email protected]. Arabella Brown role of VP, Editor-in-Chief at Fodor’s Travel was eliminated and she left the company.

Mary Hern joined Abrams as Managing Editorial Director. She was Managing Director at Sterling.

Kathryn Sky-Peck is now Creative Director of Red Wheel/Weiser. She was most recently freelancing for production and packaging. Christine LeBlond joined the company as Senior Acquisitions Editor. She was most recently Agent at the Susan Schulman Literary Agency.

At Open Road, Brett Collins is now SVP, Product Development and Michael Gedonius is now VP, Integrated National Sales. Collins was Founder and Digital Strategist at Counterspace and Gedonius was Account Manager at Playboy Enterprises.

Ian Delaney joined Chronicle Books as Indie Trade Sales Coordinator. He was formerly Sales and Marketing Manager at McSweeney’s.

Theresa Collier joined Artisan as Senior Publicity and Associate Marketing Manager. She was previously Publicist at Bloomsbury.

Sarah Broun joined HarperCollins’ Christian Publishing Nelson Books as Senior Publicist.

Sarah Riley will step down as Director of Translation Rights at Aitken Alexander at the end of April, continuing part-time after that to oversee her successor.

Kim Bockius-Suwyn is now Executive Director of the Savannah Book Festival.

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International Bestsellers, March 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: Argentina and Austria. 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.

BestsellerMar2016.France

BestsellerMar2016Germany

BestsellerMarItaly2016

BestsellerMar2016Spain

BestsellerMar2016Argentina

BestsellerMar2016Austria

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/28-4/1

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 we be glad that digital could replace paperbacks?

According to a new study from American organization Vida, the number of book reviews written by women has increased over the last year, but reviewers are still primarily men.

What expectations do consumers develop from a book’s cover?

What does a successful book really mean for a small publisher?

How have romance novel cover designs changed over the years?

Literary Agent Contact Sheet 2016

We’ve updated our Literary Agent Contact Sheet for 2016. The 2016 list has contact information for hundreds of literary agents and agencies in the United States. To conserve space, the word “agency” has been omitted from most listings. Those agencies doing business under a single last name are listed alphabetically, with the agent’s first name in brackets (e.g. [Jane] Smith). If you’re unfamiliar with an agency, we encourage you to go to their website to learn more about their specialties and preferred means of communication before contacting them.

2016 Literary Agent Contact Sheet

Updated on 3/29/16 to include Abrams Artists Agency, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency, Book Cents Literary Agency, and Ted Weinstein Literary Management. Additionally, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth was moved to the correct spot.

Updated on 4/19/2016 to include Creative Media Agency