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?

People Round-Up, Mid-July 2015


Ronald D. Boire was named as the CEO, Retail Business of Barnes & Noble, effective in September. He is succeeding Michael Huseby, who will become Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble Education. Boire is currently President and CEO of Sears Canada.

Ken Brooks joined Macmillan Higher Education as COO. He was SVP, Global Supply Chain Management at McGraw-Hill Education.

Mike Harpley is now Editorial Director at Atlantic Books. He was Editorial Director at Oneworld Publications.

Kristen McLean joined Nielsen as Director of New Business Development in the Book/Entertainment division. She is the Founder and CEO of the publishing research and analytics company, Bookigee Inc.

Kelly Bowen joined Arcadia Publishing and the History Press as Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications. She was previously Publicity Director at Algonquin.

At Crown Publishing Group, Ryan DeShon is now Front End Web Developer, Abbe Wright is Editorial Lead, Read It Forward, and Ariel Norwood is Community and Social Media Manager, Tastebook. DeShon was previously Senior Designer and Web Developer at Catapult, Wright was Contributing Editor at Glamour, and Norwood was Content & Social Media Strategist at Viyet.

Amy Cleary joined Chronicle Books as Marketing & Publicity Manager, Food and Drink. She was Store Manager at Omnivore Books.

Carla Bejan-Negru joined Sourcebooks as Editor, Gift and Calendars. She was previously Operations Product Manager at Publications International, Ltd.

Thea Kuticka is now Sales Director at Microcosm Publisher. She was Business Development Director at Craigmore Creations.

Colleen Andrews joined Bloomsbury Children’s as Designer. She was Production Editor at Oxford University Press.  Additionally at Bloomsbury, Ashley Poston joined as Marketing Designer.

At literary agencies, ICM announced a “succession plan” with The Helen Brann Agency, in which Helen Brann will continue to represent her clients along with ICM. . . Pete Knapp joined New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. as Agent. . . Kate Garrick is now Agent at The Karpfinger Agency. She is bringing over her clients from DeFiore and Company, where she was most recently Agent. . . DongWon Song joined Howard Morhaim Literary Agency as Agent. He was most recently Chief Product Officer at Zola Books.

Jim Lance joined Cornell University Press as Senior Acquisitions Editor for Social Sciences. He was Editor and Publisher at Kumarian Press.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/6-7/10

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.

The New Yorker takes a look at the history and persistence of the literary magazine.

Is it time to rethink first serial rights given the prevalence of digital media?

Does the prominence of the English language make success for foreign authors near impossible?

How can the ever-changing world of licensed material help publishers grow?

Is Amazon censoring book reviews?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/29-7/3

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 are the differences between Oyster’s and Amazon’s writer payment policies?

How can publishers get galleys to the people who will help boost buzz and sales?

What’s wrong with the culture of the publishing industry and how can it be changed for a more successful future?

Who is standing in the way of more diversity in children’s picture books?

Graphic novels and comics sales have increased significantly during the past two years, according to a report from ICv2 and Comichron.

People Round-Up, Early July 2015


Marian Brown is now Executive Publicist at Blue Rider Press and Plume. She was formerly Publicity Director at Bloomsbury. David Hawk joined Ten Speed Press as Senior Marketing and Publicity Manager. He was previously Marketing and Publicity Manager at Chronicle Books, specializing in food and drink titles.

Jeff James joined Thomas Nelson as VP, Marketing. He was CEO and Founder of Mythology LLC.

Sara Sargent joined HarperCollins Children’s as Executive Editor in a new role, publishing books created from or around digital and social media content. She was Editor at Simon & Schuster.

Kelly Bowen is now Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Arcadia Publishing and History Press. She was most recently Publicity Director at Algonquin Books.

Steven Sussman joined Skyhorse Publishing as Director of Sales. He was Director of Sales at Dover Publications.

In a reorganization of the US sales division, DK SVP, Sales Therese Burke and Director of Special Sales Vicki Korlishin’s positions have been eliminated. Burke can be reached at [email protected] and Korlishin at [email protected].

At Bloomsbury, Nick Parker is now Sales Director, Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada. He was Regional Sales Manager, Latin America and Caribbean at Oxford University Press. Sara Kitchen is now Senior Production Editor. She was previously Production Manager at Skyhorse. Additionally, Joe Kreuser joined as Marketing Manager for Philosophy, History, and Linguistics. He was Associate Marketing Manager at Taylor & Francis Group. Jessica Tackett is Conferences and Events Coordinator. She was Assistant Program Officer at Cultural Vistas. Donna Gauthier joined as Inventory Manager. She was Senior Inventory Manager at McGraw-Hill Education.

Andrew Knapp joined Wm. B. Eerdmans as Development Editor, Biblical Studies. He was Acquisitions Editor and Marketing Director at Eisenbrauns. Additionally, Alexander Bukovietski is now Production Editor. He was most recently Owner of the consulting firm In a Word.

Head of Bilheimer & Asssociates Roger Bilheimer, whose company handles the PR for Book Expo America, retired.

Yuka Igarashi joined publishing startup Catapult as Web Editor-in-Chief. She was Managing Editor at Granta.

Dennis Awsumb retired from his position as National Accounts Manager at Gibbs Smith.

Jackie Alston left her position as Social Media Manager at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Tara Gonzalez, Erin Murphy’s Assistant, took over the position.

Antonella Iannarino launched consulting firm AI Strategic. She was previously Agent at the David Black Agency as well as Website and Social Media Manager.

Antonella Pearce joined IPR License as Business Development Manager. Formerly, she was Public Relations Manager at the Publishers Licensing Society.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/22-6/26

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 nonfiction authors only write the complete truth or should they be given some leeway for the sake of a more compelling story?

What can publishers learn from coders, and vice versa?

Why are bookstores any different from video stores in the digital revolution?

The CEO of Goodreads on how publishers can improve book discovery.

Millennials aren’t the primary demographic for ebooks, according to a report from Deloitte.

Technology and the Travel Guide


Fodor’s forthcoming guide for Cuba.

Not so long ago, one of the first steps to planning an upcoming trip was to go to the bookstore. Once the future traveler picked out where they wanted to go, travel guides helped them research and plan their trip. As with many things in publishing, the internet changed that. With the proliferation of websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other free-to-access review-based sites, consumers seemed to feel less and less inclined to buy books to help guide their travels.

While the rise of digital ruffled feathers across the publishing industry, travel guides took a significant hit. Jon Marcus wrote in the Boston Globe that travel guide sales sunk by 41% in the beginning years of the recession, which is more than double the loss that was felt by overall book sales. Many couldn’t pinpoint why travel guides in particular were hit so hard. Former director of Lonely Planet, Eric Kettunen said, “Many attributed this [loss] to the rise of ebook sales, but that wasn’t correct. It was the ease at which travelers could access destination content online, especially ‘perishable’ info like rates at hotels, prices at restaurants, etc.” While there is a need for perishable information, there is also a need for well researched information, and that’s what travelers began to realize. Slowly, but surely, sales are finally looking up, and that’s due in part to the fact that the physical guide has figured out how to coexist with a world full of free, digital information.

Amanda D’Acierno, SVP and Publisher of Fodor’s, spoke with me about how technology and travel guides can work together: “Print guidebooks and digital resources work in tandem…There’s nothing like having a print guidebook on the ground in a destination – no roaming charges or worrying about battery.” Of course, there’s more to it than battery power. Advances in digital technology have also been very helpful in the production of print guidebooks: “Our digital content complements our print content…We publish ebook editions of our guidebooks simultaneously or before the print edition.” Technology also helps with the agility of updating existing guides. D’Acierno told me that Fodor’s has “implemented a brand new custom content management system that allows us to be more nimble – not only will we be able to create new print guidebooks and quickly bring them to market, but also develop custom content.”

Digital technology lends a helping hand to the travel guide industry in another way: licensing opportunities. Pieter Van Noordenen, Director of Digital Development at Rowman & Littlefield told Publishers Weekly that they can “easily syndicate to third parties” like or

There’s a middle ground between digital and print to be found in the consumer-facing side of ebooks as well. There is room for a stranger’s Yelp review when a hungry traveler is already settled in to their hotel room, but they can check that review against formally published material as well. Bill Newlin, the publisher of Avalon Travel, said in Publishers Weekly that the ebook versions of their guides have “hyperlinked content listings and pan-and-zoom maps.”

While there is a glut of free online information available to travelers, the realization has settled in that just because it’s free, doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile.  “Smart travelers know that this unfiltered information gathered from average folks can’t compete with selective content compiled by pro writers such as those that work for say, Time Out, Frommer’s, Moon, Rick Steves or Lonely Planet,” said Kettunen.  Another aspect of all the free information out there is that you can never be sure who wrote it, or why. Sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp can be “manipulated by hotels and restaurants,” Arthur Frommer told Publishers Weekly in their most recent look at travel guides. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to know which comments are honest and which are fake.”

But are travel guides truly making a comeback in the face of our increasingly digital age? The best answer to that question is a little. The significant decrease in sales has slowed, and last year there was a 3% rise in travel guide sales according to Marcus’ Globe article.  (It’s important to note that this 3% increase does not include travelogs or travel memoirs, but applies strictly to the guide business. So  perennial travel-related favorites among book buyers like A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson or Into Thin Air would not affect the numbers). 3% is obviously not huge but take against the 41% slide between 2007 and 2012; it is certainly a good comeback.

The travel guide industry rebound from the recession is still ongoing, but it’s clear that this part of the industry has learned to embrace digital technology to make themselves flexible. Travel guides now aim to be agile in terms of the publishing print editions quickly and easily, syndicated content, and ebooks include links to helpful information and maps. Above all, travel guides are here to stay.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/15-6/19

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 can traditional publishing stay ahead of digital advances?

Why do female celebrity memoirs make so much money?

A new study looks at representation of race in children’s books.

Will adding “buy” buttons on Facebook make the social media site a threat to Amazon sales?

Does the internet help or hurt science journals?

People Round-Up, Mid-June 2015

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Harold Augenbraum will step down from his position as Executive Director of the National Book Foundation in March 2016, after ten years in the role. No successor has been named yet, but a search is underway. Meanwhile, author Reynold Levy joined the Board of Directors.

Amy Brand is now Director of MIT Press, succeeding Ellen Faran, effective July 20th. Brand was most recently VP at Digtial Science, a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

Maha Khalil is now VP, National Accounts for Perseus Books Group and Perseus Distribution with the additional responsibilities as Sales Director for Running Press. She was Director of Sales and Marketing for Skyhorse.

Karen Thomas is now Publisher of Cleis Press and Viva Editions, following the resignation of Brenda Knight. Thomas was formerly Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing and Founding Editor of Dafina Books.

At Crown Publishing Group, Jessica Brown joined Convergent Books as Publicist/Marketer and David Hawk has joined Ten Speed Press as Senior Marketing and Publicity Manager. Brown was Publicist at Howard Books and Hawk was Senior Marketing and Publicity Manager, Food and Drink at Chronicle Books. At Puffin, Jennifer Bonnell resigned as Executive Editor after 16 years with the company. She plans to pursue freelance editorial consulting opportunities.  She can be reached at [email protected].

Ebony LaDelle joined Simon & Schuster as Marketing Manager. She was Marketing and Promotions Manager at Henry Holt & Company.

Sandy Smith joined Chronicle Books as Marketing Manager, Entertainment & Art. She was previously in the marketing department of Wiley.

Michael Connole will join Quarto in September as CFO. He is currently CFO of Global Radio Group.

At literary agencies, Daniel Menaker joined McCormick Literary as Affiliate Agent. He was formerly Editor at the New Yorker and Editor-in-Chief of Random House. . . John Cusick joined Folio Literary Management’s Folio Jr. as Agent. Previously he was Agent at Greenhouse Literary.  . . Matthew DiGangi joined Bresnick Weil Literary Agency as Affiliate. He was previously in the contracts department of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. . . Thérèse Coen joined Madeleine Milburn Ltd. as Rights Agent and Sarah O’Halloran as Agent.  Coen was Rights Executive at Ed Victor Ltd. and O’Halloran was Literary Scout at Louise Allen-Jones Associates.

Additionally at university presses, Kerry Cahill joined Johns Hopkins University Press as Sales Director of the Books Division. She succeeds Tom Lovett, who retires at the end of June. Cahill was formerly Associate Director, College Sales and Marketing at Cambridge University Press. . . Justin Race was named Director at University of Nevada Press. He was Acquisitions Editor at Rowman & Littlefield.

Lia Hunt joined Princeton Architectural Press as Sales and Marketing Director. She was VP at Folio SocietySarah McKay joined as Program Director of the gift and stationary line, Paper+Goods. She was at the New York Times. Stephanie Leke is now Publicist. She previously worked for publicity firms The Eighth Floor and The Musmanno Group.

Mary Glenn joined Humanix Books as Publisher. She was most recently Publisher at McGraw-Hill Professional.

Margaret Coffee joined Sourcebooks as National Account Manager, Schools and Libraries. She was Sales and Marketing Director at Egmont USA. Additionally, Stephanie Graham is now Marketing Coordinator. She was Communications Assistant in the International Education office at Marquette University.

Samantha Frontera joined Triumph Books as Publicist. She was Publicist at Exclusive PR and Exact Publicity.

James Hadley Billington will step down from his position as Librarian of Congress at The Library of Congress in January 2016 after almost three decades.

Hut Landon will retire from his position as Executive Director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association at the end of the year, after 15 years in the role.

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