Partners’ Corner: BEA 2014 Edition

Reporting by Lorraine Shanley, Amy Rhodes, and Constance Sayre.

While BookCon brought teens out to the Javits Center in droves on Saturday, there’s general agreement that overall Book Expo America seemed to have a little more pizzazz this year.

The convention, which ran May 28-31, featured a lot of stars, from Thursday’s Author Breakfast (where Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, Tavis Smiley and Lisa Scottoline moved the audience to tears) to Walter Isaacson and Jacob Weisberg taking the stage in conversation.  On the exhibition floor, everyone from Billy Idol to Kate DiCamillo and Jason Segel were signing copies of their forthcoming books.

For the past few years, Book Expo has had shifting demographics as it’s tweaked its programming to accommodate readers more directly with the last two years’ Power Reader Days and this year’s BookCon (which will expand to two days next year, presumably to allow for a larger attendance than the 10,000 cap this year). Author attendance also increased by 25% this year.  But as the show gravitates toward readers and authors, the question for publishers is how to evaluate the business to business opportunity.  As more and more publishers conduct business in curtained off meeting rooms, is the investment in light boxes and booths paying off?

In general, industry-related programming seemed to be retooled to fit the reader-centric focus. There were no Publishers Launch educational sessions this year, though IDPF did partner with BISG to provide some interesting panels on Wednesday, including a rousing talk from David Rushkoff. Meeting rooms this year were located on the exhibition hall floor, a welcome departure to being allocated downstairs in years past, though tables were often as crowded as the lines for the autographing stations located behind them. The exhibition floor was also laid out differently this year, with the Big Six (yes, still 6 for a final year as Penguin’s booth was separate from Random House) scattered throughout, a move that also might be attributed to closing off space for BookCon on Saturday. As for Saturday, while some parts of the floor were still reserved for exhibitors to do business, many said it was dead in comparison to the 10,000+ attendees making their way through BookCon’s section.

Indeed it seems like there are still kinks to work out to accommodate both the industry and “lay” book fans. This was evident in the way booksellers, exhibitors, and librarians were identified on their badges, which was less clear than the color-coding of years’ past. Some exhibitors could even be seen asking attendees if they were in fact booksellers before giving them some of the promotional items they were handing out. Clearer color-coding will make it easier to identify which attendees could translate more directly to sales, and Book Expo’s Steve Rosato says it will be done.

With the success of BookCon, there is certainly much excitement for both BEA and the book industry in general, though accommodating BookCon and the businesses represented as a part of the trade show may need some refinement. Integrating these two audiences will only strengthen the impact of the expo as it continues to grow and show that publishing can have its glitz and glam, but, hopefully, also serve as a viable business opportunity.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/26-5/30

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 diversity still a large issue throughout the many facets of publishing?

Are the steadily growing number of book clubs are making an impact on the business?

Should publishers be warming up to the idea of open source technology?

The Amazon and Hachette contract negotiations could shape the future of books.

Tor BooksTom Doherty explains why he choose to make his books DRM free.

International Bestsellers, May 2014

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 Turkey.  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. 









Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/19-5/23

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 the greatest obstacle keeping us from being able to resell ebooks?

Will YouTube stardom translate to a top spot on the bestseller list?

In spite of technological shifts, Jane Friedman reiterates that content is king.

What role is Hachette playing in its dispute with Amazon?

How can we best make use of publishing data?

People Roundup, Mid-May 2014


As the industry readies for the annual BookExpo, there are lots of changes in publishers’ lineups:

Tim Duggan, who has been VP, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, will join Crown on June 9 as VP, Publisher of Tim Duggan Books. Under his new imprint, he will publish eight to ten books per year, evenly split between non-fiction and fiction titles.  He will report to SVP, Publisher Molly Stern.

Megan Lynch has joined Ecco as Editorial Director, reporting to Daniel Halpern.  Ryan Willard will report to Lynch, and Hillary Redmon will continue to report to Halpern. Lynch was  Senior Editor at Riverhead, where she has spent 11 years.

As reported in Publishers Lunch, Amy Einhorn is leaving her eponymous imprint at Putnam at the end of June for another publisher. Her departure, rumored for weeks, and has been confirmed by both Einhorn and Putnam President Ivan Held.

Paul Kozlowski is no longer employed at Other Press.  He may be reached at: [email protected].

Dan Lubart has joined Hachette Book Group in the role of SVP, Strategy and Publishing Operations.  Lubart comes from HarperCollins, where he previously served as SVP of Sales Analytics and Pricing.  He reports to Joe Mangan.

Victoria Craven will be moving to Monacelli as Executive Editor starting on June 2.  She was most recently Editorial Director at the Crown division of Random House for Potter Craft, Watson Guptill, and Amphoto books.

Anne Somlyo has joined W.W. Norton as Director, Special Markets; she was at Random House.  Meanwhile, Jessica Purcell has joined Knopf as Associate Director of Publicity. Previously, she was a Publicity Manager at Norton.

Ellen Archer has left ABC Disney Group.  She was Head of East Coast Development there in New York, following Hyperion’s sale to Hachette.

After 10 years with the company, Ben Bruton, Senior Director of Publicity for William Morrow, has resigned to “explore new employment opportunities.”

Tracey Guest has been named Director of Publicity at St. Martin’s Press.  She had been at Penguin as Advising Director of Corporate Communications since 2013. Prior to that, she worked as VP, Director of Publicity at Simon & Schuster.  She succeeds John Murphy, who has been promoted to the newly created role of VP, Publishing Strategy.

Associate Publisher Tracy Locke has left the Penguin Press and can be reached at [email protected].

Ryan Chapman announced that he has left Atavist Books “to take some time off and re-evaluate my next move.”

Karen Dziekonski has joined Penguin Random House Audio as an Executive Producer.  She was previously Executive Producer at HarperAudio.

Also at Penguin Random House Audio, Louise Quayle returns to the company as Senior Acquisitions Editor. She was previously Director of Domestic Rights in the Doubleday group, and then at The Robbins Office. Catherine Bucaria was promoted to Assistant Acquisitions Editor, and Emily Parliman has joined as Assistant Acquisitions Editor, reporting to Rebecca Waugh.

Former Publishing Director at Walker Children’s, Emily Easton joined Crown Children’s as Executive Editor, reporting to Phoebe Yeh.

Sari Feldman, Executive Director for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, has been named ALA President.

Ian Dreiblatt has joined Seven Stories Press as Publicist. Previously, he was New York Manager for Dalkey Archive Press.

Sandy McCormick Hill has left her position as eBook Rights, Contract Manager, at HarperCollins. She can be reached at [email protected]. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/12-5/16

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 booksellers make the most of their brick-and-mortar retail stores?

What can ebook subscription services learn from the cable model?

Following heavy recruitment of managers from technology companies, the gender dynamics at the top of publishing is shifting.

Long-standing digital-first publishers have struggled in the past months.

Why are teens reading less?

Lifecycle of a Book in Translation

Two and a half years ago, our sister website, PublishingTrendsetter, launched an infographic called Lifecycle of a Book,which showed the process of publishing a book, from inception to final product. The infographic also came with accompanying videos of young professionals from each department talking about what they do and how they do it.

Now, Trendsetter has rebooted the Lifecycle of a Book series and has posted its newest incarnation: Lifecycle of a Book in Translation, showing how a book published in one country is then published in another. To celebrate, they’ll be highlighting videos from publishing professionals at each step of the infographic, every day this week. (If you can’t wait to watch all of the videos, you can visit their dedicated page to watch them all.)

Click here to download a PDF of the Lifecycle of a Book in Translation

Click here to download a PDF of the Lifecycle of a Book in Translation.

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

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 will HarperCollins and Harlequin benefit from the merger?

To what extent do literary agents help their authors earn more money?

Jane Friedman remains optimistic in the face of digital disruption.

Are all the “Is the book dead?” think pieces, well, dead yet?

What lessons can publishers learn from Michael Lewis’ Moneyball?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/28-5/2

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 authors, retailers, and publishers each work to improve the ebook industry?

Huffington Post’s books editor Maddie Crum offers three trends.

What are the best guerrilla marketing tactics for books?

Why are YA heroines portrayed differently in film adaptations?

Children’s book sales grew over 43 percent over last January’s numbers.

People Roundup, May 2014


April was a busy month for industry moves:  Lee Boudreaux, Editorial Director of HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint, was given her own imprint at Little, Brown. Boudreaux will have the title of VP and Editorial Director and will start on September 2, overseeing an eponymous line publishing eight to ten titles per year.

Stacy Creamer was named VP and Executive Editor of the newly announced imprint at Hachette, built off of the Hyperion backlist, Hachette Books. Creamer had been most recently Publisher of Simon & Schuster‘s Touchstone imprint.  Creamer, who starts at Hachette on June 16, will report directly to Mauro DiPreta, who was recently named Publisher of Hachette Books.

The National Book Foundation announced that Benjamin Samuel is joining the organization as Program Manager. He has been an Editor of the online journal Electric Literature since 2009 and Co-founded the digital magazine, Recommended Reading, and his writing has appeared in Publisher’s Weekly, McSweeney’s, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications.  He will report to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Harold Augenbraum. 

St. Martin’s VP, Associate Publisher Marketing and Sales Ops, Matthew Baldacci, moved to Scholastic as VP of Marketing for the trade publishing division on April 28. Baldacci will oversee marketing and brand strategy for all trade imprints, reporting to Ellie Berger. He has worked at SMP since 1998.

Phaidon Press announced it has appointed  Deb Aaronson as VP Publisher at Phaidon in NY; she was previously Publisher at Abrams.  Emily Takoudes was named Executive Commissioning Editor for Food, also working out of the New York office. Takoudes was previously Senior Editor at Clarkson Potter. Elinor Smith has joined the London office as Commissioning Editor for Food; she was previously at Pan Macmillan.

Allison Renzulli has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the new position of Culinary Digital Editorial Director. She will be working from the New York office with the Culinary Marketing, Editorial, and Digital teams to oversee multiple digital initiatives. She was formerly Senior Marketing Manager at Clarkson Potter.

Elyse Turr has been named Sales and Marketing Manager at Shire Publications and Old House Books, part of the Osprey Group. She was formerly an Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.

Mike Salisbury has joined Yates & Yates as Associate Literary Agent. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Trade Books at David Cook.

At David R. Godine, David Goldberg has been named Director of Sales and Marketing. Previously, he was a Sales Representative at W.W. Norton. In addition, Megan Sullivan has joined as Publicity Manager. Previously, she was an Assistant Editor at America’s Test Kitchen.

Kate Sullivan is joining Delacorte Press as a Senior Editor on May 5. She was previously at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Grace Kendall is joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers as an Editor; she was previously an Associate Editor at Scholastic.

Krestyna Lypen has joined Algonquin Young Readers in the newly created position of Associate Editor. She was most recently Associate Editor of Children’s Books for Workman Publishing.

Ashley Woodfolk has joined Random House Children’s Books as Assistant Marketing Manager for Trade. She was previously at the Random House Publishing Group.

Cassandra Galante has joined Simon & Schuster as a Digital Sales Manager. She was previously Marketing Manager at Macmillan.

Karen Holt has joined the staff of CN Times Books as Editor, Acquiring Nonfiction Books. Holt, who will report to VP and Associate Publisher Paul Harrington, was formerly Deputy Editor at Publishers Weekly and Contributing Books Editor at O, the Oprah magazine. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Gypsy da Silva, “one of the legendary copy editors in the world of trade publishing,” as the S&S announcement stated, has retired from S&S as of April 30.  Nancy Inglis, Director of Copy Editing for Simon & Schuster’s Adult Publishing, has also retired. She first joined S&S in 2000, after having held a series of positions at Random House for thirty years, and has been in her current role since 2003. Navorn Johnson has joined S&S as Director of Copyediting for Adult Publishing. Navorn worked for nearly 20 years at Hyperion, most recently as Associate Director, Managing Editorial; she also held positions as Managing Editor, Copy Chief and Production Editor. Read More »