Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/9-3/13

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.

Why is it so important to get SEO for books right?

Book Business released their 2015 Trendspotting report.

Will the drive to write literature always be present in a data-heavy world?

Can labeling books by genre be damaging to the work?

Which books have been translated the most?

Editors’ note: Don’t forget about Publishing Trendsfree contact sheets. From literary scouts to publishers, these annually updated resources are to help you be in contact with people throughout the industry.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/2-3/6

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.

Why are more modern writers employing the nameless narrator  more often in their novels?

Can the “pay what you want” model work in book publishing?

In scholarly publishing, should copyright permissions be easier to secure?

How do book designers decide on cover art?

What challenges do independent publishers face in today’s fragmented market and how can they overcome them?

People Round-Up, Early March 2015


Anja Schmidt has joined Oxmoor House as Editorial Director.  She was most recently US Publisher at Kyle Books and previously, Executive Editor at DK.

Robert Riger is leaving his position as VP & Director, Pimsleur Foreign Language Programs at Simon & Schuster Audio in mid-March.  Previously, he held positions at Barnes and NoblePenguin, and Sparknotes and was a co-founder of Market Partners International. He can be reached at [email protected].

Shanta Inshiqaq joined Rizzoli as International Sales Director.  She was International and Field Sales Director at Bloomsbury and previously National Sales Manager at Penguin.

Susan Golomb joined Writers House as Agent. She was most recently Owner of The Susan Golomb Literary Agency and will bring her clients with her, including authors Jonathan Franzen and William T. Vollmann.  Foreign Rights Director Soumeya Bendimerad is making the move with her and will take on the title of Junior Agent.

Benjamin Lee joined Putnam and Dutton as VP, Associate Publisher, Paperbacks.  Previously, he was VP, Associate Publisher at AtriaAislinn Belton joined Crown Publishing Group as Managing Editor for Crown, Hogarth, Broadway Books, Tim Duggan Books, Crown Archetype, and Three Rivers Press.  Meanwhile, Frank Autunnale is leaving his position as VP, Finance at the end of the month after nine years with the company. He can be reached at [email protected]Stephanie Frerich is now Senior Editor at Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current.  She was previously at the online education start-up Skillshare.

Suzanne Donahue is returning to Simon and Schuster as Associate Publisher for Atria.  She was formerly VP, Associate Publisher of Free Press. Jennifer Long joined Gallery Books as Associate Publisher, taking over for Michele Martin, who has moved to Simon & Schuster’s new imprint North Star Way as VP, Publisher.  Long was previously at Penguin as Head of Customer Service.  Kathryn Belden will join Scribner as Executive Editor in mid-March.  Previously, she was Executive Editor at Bloomsbury.  Additionally, Sanjay Doraiswamy has joined the company in the newly created position of Data Scientist.  Previously, he was Data Scientist at Agilex Technologies.

Helen Atsma will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Executive Editor.  She was previously Senior Editor at Grand Central Publishing.  Leigh Zarelli joined as SVP, Consumer Brands. She was previously SVP, Commerce at AOLCaroline Fraser joined as VP of Program Development and Acquisition and Alex Littlefield is now Senior Editor.  Previously, Fraser was VP, Digital Products and Production at Scholastic Media and Littlefield was Senior Editor at Basic Books.

Alexander Galan has left his position as Vice President, Communications Director at ARTBOOK | D.A.P. to start a new company.  He can be reached at [email protected].

William Smith joined MIT Press as Director of Intellectual Property Licensing.  He was formerly Director of Subsidiary Rights for Perseus Books and Director of Digital Business Development for Constellation.

Michael Green is now Head of US Operations at ePubDirect.  Formerly, he was Director of E-Content Development at Baker & Taylor.  Additionally, Emilia Pisani is now US Account Manager.  She was previously Acquiring Editor at Gallery Books.

Tim Murray was named VP, Sales at Bookshout.  He was most recently Director, Premium and Custom Publishing at Simon & Schuster.  Additionally, Timothy Cheng joined as Director, Sales.  Previously, he was Special Sales Manager at Perseus.

Sonya Cheuse will be joining HarperCollins as Director of Publicity for Ecco in March. She was at Grand Central Publishing, where she served as Deputy Director of Publicity since 2012.  Zachary Wagman joined Ecco as an Executive Editor.  He was previously Senior Editor at Crown. Meanwhile, Michael McKenzie is leaving his position as Senior Director of Publicity at the imprint after 15 years with the company and can be reached at [email protected]Julia Pastore is joining as Executive Editor at HarperOne.  Previously, she was Executive Editor at Demos Health Publishers. Additionally, Christina Tomasulo was named Senior Manager, Proprietary and Display Marketing Sales.  She was previously Director, Special Sales at Downtown Bookworks.

Mark Hillesheim joined Legato Publishers Group as National Accounts Manager.  Previously, he was VP of National Accounts for HarperCollins.  Additionally at Perseus Books Group, Jessie Borkan and Kim Highland joined as Managers, Client Services at Perseus Distribution. Borkan was previously Director of Rights, Contracts, and Finance at Kuhn Projects Literary Agency and Highland was Director of National Accounts and Director of Amazon Sales at Penguin Young Readers Group.

Robyn DesHotel will start as CFO at ABA in the beginning of March, replacing Eleanor Chang, who is retiring.  DesHotel was Director of Finance and Administration at PEN American Center.

Michele Cobb joined the Audio Publishers Association as Executive Director.  She also owns MLC Consulting.

Ted Heinecken will retire as Sales Rep at Fujii Associates at the end of the month after over 50 years in the publishing industry.

Soshana Gutmajer joined Artisan Books as Senior Editor. She was formerly Editor at Assouline.

In children’s publishing, Bethany Buck joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as Literary Agent. Previously, she was VP, Publisher of Aladdin and Simon Pulse at Simon & Schuster. . . Timothy Travaglini has left his position as Director, Children’s Acquisitions at Open Road Integrated Media.  He can be reached at [email protected]. . . Jordan Hamessley joined Adaptive Books as Editorial Director.  Formerly, she was Editor at Egmont USA. . . Traci Todd joined Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet as Executive Editor, Children’s. She was formerly Senior Editor, Children’s at Viz Media. . . . . . Veronique Sweet joined Little, Brown Children’s as Senior Designer, Brand, Licensed, and Media Tie-Ins. She was previously Designer at Macmillan Children’s.  Ching Chan joined as Senior Designer. She was previously at Penguin.  Kumi Hayase also joined as Senior Designer. . . Jennifer Abbots will join Scholastic Trade as Publicity Manager.  She was previously at Harlequin.  Michael Petranek is now Senior Editor, Licensed Publishing.  He was previously at PapercutzMaya Frank-Levine is Production Editor.  She was previously at Rockefeller University Press. Meanwhile, at KlutzOwen Keating is now Senior Packaging Designer.  He was previously at Alex Toys.  Julia Romero is Key Account Manager and was previously at Kid O.  Kim Ryan is now Specialty Sales Manager.  She was previously at Splash. . . Chelsea Hassman joined Random House Children’s as Social Media Manager.  She was formerly Social Media Manager and Photo Editor at Pitchfork. . . Whitney Leader-Picone joined HMH Books for Young Readers as Senior Designer.  Previously, she was Designer and Ebook Conversion Manager at Charlesbridge. . . Alison Weiss is now Editor at Sky Pony, focusing on middle grade and young adult.  Previously, she was Associate Editor at Egmont USA. . . Paul Von Drasek will retire from his position as Trade Sales Manager at Capstone after six years with the company.  He can be reached at [email protected].

Tara Gavin joined Kensington as Executive Editor. Formerly, she was Senior Executive Editor at Harlequin.

Matt Kaye joined Inkshares as VP, Marketing.  He was previously Senior Product Manager at Amazon.

Kendall Hinote joined JKS Communications as Director of Special Projects, Lynn Milner is now General Manager, and Chelsea Apple is Publicist and Angelle Barbazon is also Publicist.  Hinote was Family Literacy Cooridnator at Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life! and Milner was Office Manager at Roussel and Associates. Apple was Editorial Assistant at the Hachette imprint Jericho Books and Barbazon was Reporter for The Elkhart Truth.

Megan Beatie launched Megan Beatie Communications, a book publicity and marketing agency that will be based in Los Angeles.  Beatie was previously VP, Director of Publicity at Goldberg McDuffie Communications.

Ron Longe started his own boutique PR firm, Ron Longe Public Relations.  Previously, he was Executive Account Director at Media Masters Publicity.

At David C. Cook, Tim MacDonald is now Chief Advancement Officer and Alice Crider is now Senior Acquisitions and Development Editor.

James Schneider is joining Princeton University Press as Senior Publicist.  Previously, he was Writer and Television Producer at Fox News.

In religious publishing, Donna Hunter joined Family Christian as Chief Merchandising Officer.  She was previously VP, Merchandising at Kayser-Roth Corp. . . Jeff Hamilton left Church Publishing Incorporated and can be reached at [email protected].

Matt Mullin will join The Reading Room as Sales Director.  Previously, he was Senior Manager, Digital Content at Nook.

Francine Leinheiser will retire from her position as Director of Order Management at Simon & Schuster at the end of the month after 38 years with the company.

George Lossius joined Midas Public Relations Board as Non-Executive Director.  He was previously CEO at Publishing Technology.

Nicco Mele is now Deputy Publisher at Tupelo Press.  He will continue as Deputy Publisher of The Los Angeles Times.

Liza Paderes is now Acquisitions Manager at IPR License.  Previously, she was Export Sales Account Manager at Quercus Books. Read More »

International Bestsellers, February 2015

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: Holland and South Africa. 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 2/23-2/27

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’s the purpose of so many separate imprints within a single publisher?

Are self-published authors to blame for the dearth of meaningful ebook data?

What are the best places for book publicists to get air time for their books?

Do digital natives prefer reading print or digital?

How are independent bookstores fairing internationally?

Who’s Scouting Whom?: Literary Scouts Contact Sheet 2015

This year’s scout sheet remains very similar to the 2014 list. There are no new agencies to add nor were any removed. There are several territory changes throughout the list. Each scout’s clients are separated by country or region, and representation for children’s titles is denoted where applicable. We also include the handful of TV and film studios represented by the scouts in our roundup.

Please click here or on the image below to download a PDF of the 2015 Literary Scout List.

* Updated 3/2/2015 to include Baker Literary Scouting, Inc.

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2015 Literary Scouts Contact Sheet.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/16-2/20

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.

Can readers think critically when reading text on digital screens or does hyper reading prevent them from concentrating fully?

ePubDirect released an infographic comparing ebook stats for Australia, Germany, and India.

Should authors be hybrid writers, utilizing both self and traditional publishing?

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s statistics show an increase in diverse children’s books.

Is the future of ebooks in creating a different reading experience from what we have now with print-to-e and enhanced editions?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/9-2/13

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.

Are book reviewers creating art, or is their work a public service?

Perhaps the saddest group of people to see Jon Stewart leave The Daily Show are book publicists.

What factors affect how a child learns to read?

Publishers Weekly rounds up the best parts of Winter Institute.

What are the biggest Nielsen BookScan predictions for publishing?


Our Ebooks, Ourselves: What’s Happening with Our Ereader Data?

In October of last year, news broke on The Digital Reader that Adobe Digital Editions was taking a significant amount of user data and sending it back to their servers. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a program that allows readers to put ebooks onto their reading devices from retailers and libraries alike. The program’s terms and conditions don’t mention anything about the extra data logging, and there was some outrage. Users were concerned that Adobe was getting data from every single page they read.

It’s understandable that ADE users were upset that their data was being taken in a way that they hadn’t agreed to. However, tracking how a reader engages – or doesn’t engage – with an ebook is only going to increase. Retailers like Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and others all track usage data from the ebooks they sell. It’s not just retailers that do this either, Oyster and Scribd also track actions of their subscribers.

So what’s being tracked when we read a book on a Kindle or open up the Oyster app? Retailers and subscription services track how far you’ve read in a book, where in the book you stopped reading it, how quickly you read it, and how you came across that book, among other data.

Say the data for This Book shows that most people who stop reading the book before completion quit in chapter 7. The fear is that the editor of This Book will ask the author to make some changes to chapter 7 to hopefully increase the number of readers who read all of the way to the end. Buzzfeed Reporter Joseph Bernstein mused on this idea: “Excuse me, Mr. Joyce, you’re losing a lot of Kindle Fire readers here in this third section. Maybe tighten it up a smidge?” All jokes aside, there are some who aren’t concerned at all. Bernstein interviewed Claudia Ballard, an agent at WME who said “…people have been picking up books and not finishing them for a long time. At the end of the day a unit sold is a unit sold.” Of course, that’s not strictly true with ebook subscriptions.

Since users of a subscription service pay one monthly fee for unlimited books, royalties to authors are calculated differently. Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, has openly told the press how each payout schedule is structured for both Oyster and Scribd. It’s no surprise that both payout systems are tied to engagement. Coker spoke to GoodEreader about Oyster’s payment structure for Smashwords authors saying, “As a Smashwords author or publisher, you’ll earn 60% of your book’s retail list price whenever an Oyster subscriber reads more than 10% of your book, starting from the beginning of the book forward.” Coker also spoke to Fast Company about Scribd’s payout system, “The first 10% of every book from page one forward is available as a free sample. If readers read an additional 20% more, the author and publisher get credit for a full sale of the book, 60% of the list price. Scribd will also pay in cases where the reader reads more than the first 15% of the book, but less than 30%. In that situation, the author gets a ‘browse credit.’ For every 10 browses, they get credit for a full sale.” It should be noted that these payment structures are for Smashwords only. Oyster and Scribd are both fairly quiet about how their payments work, but it’s clear that it’s based, at least in part, on engagement data per book. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/2-2/6

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 stories will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

Why have people been reading less fiction since 2008?

The announcement of Harper Lee’s sophomore novel has led to much controversy in the media this week.

Will Americans ever want to read books in translation to the same degree as other countries?

Despite last year’s backlash for lack of diversity, Book Expo America announced an all-white children and young adult author line-up.

How many books are published per capita per year in European countries?