Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/30-6/3

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.

The Author Earnings Report was released this week, indicating some changes in Big Five book pricing.

Nielsen released their report on the performance of book publishing in 2015.

A recently published European study shows correlation between children who grow up surrounded by books and earning a bigger salary in adulthood.

Why are short story collections so widely disliked?

The Guardian put together a timeline of occurrences of publishers being taken to court.

People Round-Up, Early June 2016


At Penguin Random House, Windy Dorrestyn is now Director of Marketing at Ten Speed Press. She was previously Senior Merchandiser at Old Navy. Additionally, Lisa Beech is now Assistant Director of Publicity at WaterBrook & Multnomah. She was Associate Director of Publicity at David C Cook.

Rachel Fershleiser will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in late June as the Executive Director of Audience Development. She was previously Director of Publisher Outreach at Tumblr.

In children’s publishing:  Kate Keating joined Random House Children’s as Director of Digital Marketing. She was Director of Social Media at L’Oreal USA. . . Emily Hutton joined Simon & Schuster Children’s as Sales Manager. She was National Accounts Manager at Macmillan Children’s. . . At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Becky Munich is now Associate Art Director and Karina Granda joined as Senior Designer. Munich was Associate Art Director at HarperCollins Children’s and Granda was Designer at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Maris Kreizman is leaving her position as Publishing Outreach Lead at Kickstarter.

Dark Horse VP of Trade Sales Michael Martens will leave the company at the end of August.

Faith Black Ross is now Acquisitions Editor at Crooked Lane Press. She was most recently Acquiring Editor at Severn House.

Alexandra Brown joined Chronicle Books as Marketing and Publicity Manager, Lifestyle. Scott Haney is now Human Resources Manager.

Shane White joined Sourcebooks as Business Development Manager, Special Markets. He was National Sales Manager at Harvest House Publishers.

At university presses, Scott Ditchik is now Editorial Director at Yale University Press. Previously, he was Group Publisher for Social Science and Executive Editor for Economics and Finance at Princeton University Press. . . John Tryneski is retiring from his position as Executive Editor for Political Science and Law at University of Chicago Press after four decades. . . Linda Bathgate will join the University Press of Florida as Chief and Deputy Director in July. She is currently Publisher in Communication at Routledge.

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International Bestsellers, May 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: Finland and Japan. 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 5/23-5/27

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.

Is supporting authors via Patreon the future of publishing?

The UK wants to collect value added taxes for adult coloring books, to some controversy.

Is big publishing’s shrinking inevitable as self-publishing and small press sales grow?

Should we fear the power reader analytics has over publishers?

Are print books obsolete in the classroom?

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

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.

Bookstore sales rose 10.7% in March, compared to March 2015.

Do literary words lose their meaning because we overuse them?

Is the end of Bookslut indicative of the end of internet freedom?

Why are online retailers creating brick-and-mortar stores?

How can libraries help publishers develop new business opportunities?

People Round-Up, Mid-May 2016


There were changes at various imprints at Macmillan. Ben Tomek will join Flatiron Books as Marketing Director at the end of the month. He was Associate Marketing Director at Ecco. Keith Hayes will also join Flatiron at the end of the month as Executive Art Director. He was previously Art Director at Little, Brown. Rebecca Lang joined St. Martin’s Press as Publicity Manager. She was previously Senior Publicist at Viking and Penguin. Jenna Johnson joined Farrar, Straus Giroux as Executive Editor and Jeremy Davies joined as Editor. Johnson was previously Executive Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Davies was Senior Editor at Dalkey Archive Press.  Allison Adler has left her position as Associate Editor at Henry Holt to start her own editorial consulting service, Allison Adler Editorial.

Brendan Vaughan is now Executive Editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell. He was most recently Executive Editor at GQ. Fareeda Bullert joined Penguin Random House as Marketing Manager. She was Associate Publicist at Grand Central. Emi Ikkanda is now Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau. She was Associate Editor at Holt.

Kathleen Schmidt joined Rodale as Associate Publisher. She was previously VP of Marketing and Publicity at Running Press. Angie Giammarino joined as Senior Marketing Manager. She was previously Marketing Manager at Macmillan.

Christine Pride will join Simon & Schuster as Senior Editor in mid-June. She was most recently a freelance editorial consultant. Emily Hutton is now S&S Children’s Sales Manager. She was previously National Accounts Coordinator at Macmillan Children’s.

Brenda Chin is now Editorial Director of the Brazen and Scorched imprints at Entangled Publishing She was previously Editorial Director at Harlequin Blaze.

In children’s publishing, Saraciea Fennell joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as Publicist. She was Publicist at Scholastic. . . Scher Foord joined as VP, Creative. She was previously Executive Director of User Experience and Design at Condé Nast.

Emily Giglierano joined Mulholland Books as Editor. She was previously Associate Editor at Vintage Books.

Carin Siegfried is now Sales Manager at Soho Press. Most recently, she was a freelance editor.

Sarah Mangiola joined Open Road as Senior Web Editor of Books. Previously, she was Managing Editor at The Reading Room. Shannon Jamieson Vazquez has also joined as Strategic Advisor for True Crime. She was formerly Editor at Berkley.

Kris Kliemann has left her position as VP, Director of Global Rights at Wiley. She can be reached at [email protected]

László Jakab Orsós was named VP, Arts and Culture of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Jessica Sit is now Editor at Paper Lantern Lit.

Amanda Skofstad joined Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.  as Publicity Director. She was previously International Communications Program Director at University of Notre Dame. Additionally, Trevor Thompson joined as New Testament Project Editor. He was previously a Lecturer in New Testament at Abilene Christian University.

Tara Carberry joined hoopla digital as Content Strategist. She was previously Associate Literary Agent at Trident Media Group.

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BEA 2016 Takeaways

BEAPublishing Trends attended BookExpo America 2016, which was held May 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. 

I must count myself among the many who were startled by the smaller footprint at BEA. It seemed to be the topic du jour in all my encounters. There are three main factors affecting this: meeting rooms which allow a smaller display footprint and are situated around the edges and not perceived as part of the show; consolidation among the big houses; and decisions by a number of houses not to take booth space.

The total effect was significant and when combined with a shift in emphasis from display to author signings, the impact of the show was very different from past years. Yes, there were many long autographing lines but no other sense of crowds. Is it good news that no booths were so busy that you couldn’t walk through easily? Hard to say, but it’s the first year that has ever been the case.

Yes, one can point to fewer bodies because New York publishing staffs could not drop in for a few hours as they do at the Javits Center, but that is only part of the explanation.

Booksellers find Winter Institute to be the real working meeting these days and many publishers would agree that’s where upcoming titles are made. Rights directors point to London and Frankfurt as their key shows. So where does that leave BEA? What is its primary purpose these days? Even the adjunct programming has fallen off now that Publishers Launch and others are not participating.

These are the questions that will need to be debated over the next months.  – Amy Rhodes

Though the floor itself wasn’t as much of the focus as in recent years, the programming was definitely worthy of attention.  As usual, there were Editors’ Buzz panels for Adult, YA, and Middle Grade books, as well as the AAP Annual Librarians Buzz Part I & Part II.  And then there were the usual ABA, ALA and other association meetings.  And of course, presentations and panels:  Nielsen’s Director of Research and Analytics Kempton Mooney did an analysis of what’s really working in the market, other than coloring books.  (If you write to him at [email protected], he might send along the presentation.)  Faculty from NYU’s Center for Publishing conducted a panel discussion on “What Publishing Students Teach Their Professors.”  Jon Fine moderated a well-attended panel on “Authorship in the Digital Age,’ with Scott Turow, Joe Konrath and Barbara Freethy.

There were also contiguous conferences – The Audio Publishers Association Conference, IDPF (a proposed merger with W3C was announced right before the conference), and the National Museum Publishing Seminar.  So while the exhibition alone was not as robust as in past years, the combination of exhibition, panels, and related conferences made the week in Chicago a worthwhile expedition. – Lorraine Shanley

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

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.

Do ebooks need a technological upgrade?

How have children’s books changed throughout time?

How is BEA faring in Chicago this year?

Are reader analytics the best key to understanding what will sell?

Do writers have a responsibility to make their work easy to translate?

People Round-Up, Early May 2016


Leslie Gelbman joined St. Martin’s Press as Executive Editor-at-Large. She was previously President at Berkley. This move comes shortly after Nora Roberts, whom Gelbman edits, signed with SMP.

David Hirshey will leave his position as Publisher at HarperCollins in mid-June after 18 years with the company.

Micki Nuding retired as Senior Editor at Gallery Books after more than 25 years in book publishing.

Mary Rowles will retire from her position as Publisher Development Manager at Independent Publishers Group after 15 years with the company. Richard T. Williams was named her successor.

Brian Haley is now Senior Director of Technology at Open Road Integrated Media. He was previously Engineering Manager at Crain Communication. Additionally, Austin Walker joined as Senior Sales Manager. He was National Account Manager at Oxford University Press.

Michael Barson joined Poisoned Pen Press as Publicity Director. He was previously Senior Executive of Publicity at Putnam.

Trinity McFadden joined Zondervan as Senior Manager of Publicity for Bibles and CARR (church, academic, reference, and reflective). She was most recently a freelance editor.

Emily Murdock Baker launched the independent editing service EMB Editorial. She was Associate Editor at Penguin Books.

Dustin Kurtz is now Manager of Books & Books’ Cayman Islands store. He was most recently Marketing Manager at Melville House and before that was a Bookseller at McNally Jackson and WORD Bookstore.

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