International Bestseller Lists, September 2013

Every month, Publishing Trends runs Fiction international bestseller lists from four territories–FranceGermanyItaly, and Spain.

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.




People Roundup, Mid-September 2013


Former Farrar, Straus Executive Editor Courtney Hodell will take over as Director of the Whiting Writers’ Awards as of November 1. Hodell succeeds Barbara Bristol, who has run the awards for sixteen years.   Daniel Reid will become the Whiting Foundation’s new Executive Director, taking over from Kellye Rosenheim. Reid is currently Director of Strategic Planning at the CUNY Institute for Education Policy.

Julie Blattberg will join Open Road on October 1 in the new position of Executive Director, Consumer Engagement, reporting to Rachel Chou. Most recently, Blattberg was Director of Marketing Content at HarperCollins.

Sally Kim has joined Chronicle as Senior Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Marketing Manager at Penguin Children’s.

Liese Mayer has moved to Scribner as Editor; she was most recently Associate Editor at Overlook Press.

Sara Hartman-Seeskin will join Sourcebooks as Rights and Exports Manager. Previously, she was International Rights Manager for Free Spirit Publishing. In addition, Liz Kelsch has been promoted to Publicity Manager and Nicole Komasinski moves up to Associate Graphic Designer.

Chelsea Lindman has joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as a Literary Agent. She was previously Director of Foreign Rights for Nicholas Ellison Agency/SJGA.  Claire Anderson-Wheeler has joined Regal Literary as an Agent. Previously she was an Agent at Anderson Literary Management. Peggy Boulos Smith has joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency in the Subsidiary Rights Division as Global Rights Director; she previously held positions at Penguin Group (USA) and Workman Publishing.

Sean Concannon is moving to Taylor & Francis as Medical Sales Specialist, beginning September 30.  He was previously Sales & Marketing Manager at CN Times.

Emma Boys Campion has joined Ten Speed Press as Creative Director, reporting to Hannah Rahill. Most recently, she was Creative Director at Weldon OwenNatalie Mulford joined Ten Speed Press as Associate Marketing Manager, reporting to Michele Crim. She was most recently Marketing and Publicity Director for Heyday BooksPatrick Barb joined Ten Speed Press on August 1 as Editor.   He was previously at Watson-Guptill.  Emily Timberlake has been promoted to Editor.

Karyn Marcus has left Simon & Schuster, where she was Senior Editor, to join the Office of Communications for the New York City School System as Editorial Manager.  She may be reached at [email protected].

Publishing Trends‘ Editorial Assistant and International Editor, Elisabeth Watson, is moving to S&S as Subsidiary Rights Associate for Gallery/Touchstone/Scribner. In her time at PT, she also founded and managed Publishing Trendsetter, our site for young publishing professionals.

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People Roundup, September 2013


A recap of job announcements from the last month:

The board of trustees of the National Geographic Society announced that Gary E. Knell has been selected to succeed John M. Fahey as President and Chief Executive Officer later this year. Knell is currently President and CEO of National Public Radio. Fahey will continue to serve as NGS’s Chairman of the Board.

Bob Miller, President and Publisher of Flatiron Books, the new division of Macmillan, announced that Colin Dickerman will join Flatiron as Editorial Director, effective September 9th. Most recently, Dickerman was Executive Editor at The Penguin Press.  Separately, Andrea Walker has resigned her position as Senior Editor at The Penguin Press.  She can be reached at [email protected]

Gregg Kulick has left Penguin and has joined Quirk Books as Art Director as of September 4th.

Nancy Freeman has left Mondadori/Elcograf to join Verona Libri, a new venture. Kathy Rosenbloom will be joining Elcograf as the new US Sales Representative.

At Monacelli Press, Alan Rapp, formerly Senior Editor, Art and Design at Chronicle Books, has joined as Senior Editor, Architecture and Design. Michael Vagnetti has been named Production Manager; he was previously Director of Production Operations at Sterling.  Nancy Green, formerly Senior Editor at W.W. Norton, has joined Monacelli as Consulting Editor, Architecture.

Anthony LaSasso has joined CN Times Books as Publicity Manager. Previously, he was a Publicist at Jane Weisman Public Relations. In addition, India Amos has been named Managing Editor of Print and Digital Production. She was most recently an E-book Developer and QA Specialist at F+W Media.

Spry Publishing announced that it has hired Sally Feller as Manager of Publicity and Marketing. She was most recently a Senior Publicist at Tor/Forge Books.

Ashley Gilliam has joined Scribner as Assistant Publishing Manager. Previously she was an Editorial Assistant at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Read More »

International Bestseller Lists, August 2013

Every month, Publishing Trends runs Fiction international bestseller lists from four territories–FranceGermanyItaly, and Spainwith one rotating slot devoted to another territory of interest. August’s featured list is from Russia and is taken from the major bookseller Biblio-Globus, which updates their bestseller list weekly. (With thanks to Will Evans, Publisher at Deep Vellum, for his generous guidance on Russian bestseller lists).

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.






Book Distributors Profiles 2013

Once again, Publishing Trends has assembled a detailed chart of the publishing distribution universe—an area of increasing interest and importance as shifts to digital cause more and more publishers to consider third-party solutions for selling, warehousing, fulfillment, and collection.

Each year we grapple with the structure of this chart and add information that helps differentiate the services and resources of each of the players. With that in mind, this year we have added information about whether each distributor uses its own warehouse or someone else’s, and we’ve indicated whether or not the field reps sell house imprints as well as those of their clients.

In our extensive work at Market Partners International with book distributors themselves, and with publishers exploring the options for outsourcing some or all of these functions, we’ve found this annual survey to be an essential tool. And as ever, we welcome your feedback to help make it more accurate and comprehensive. Please click the link below to download a PDF of this year’s Distributor Profiles and Contact Sheet.

Distribution 2013

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People Roundup, August 2013


Hachette Book Group US President and CEO Ken Michaels is leaving to join Macmillan Science and Education in the new role of Global Chief Operating Officer at the end of August, reporting to CEO Annette Thomas. He will be based out of New York and London.  He will remain Chair of BISG for his full two-year term, ending September 2014.

Martha Levin has been named Acting Publisher of Hyperion, reporting to Michael Pietsch. She had worked at Hyperion from 1998-2001, before moving to Free Press as Publisher. She may be reached at: [email protected]

Gail Gonzales has joined S&S in the newly created role of Director of Integrated Marketing, reporting to Liz Perl, SVP, Marketing.  Gonzales was most recently at Hay House, Inc., where she was Director of Marketing, New Media and Publicity.

Jennifer Baumgardner, has been named Publisher/Executive Director of the Feminist Press, succeeding Gloria Jacobs, who retired after having led publisher since 2006. The board of directors said that Baumgardner’s “deep ties to women’s and gender studies departments will strengthen the dynamic work of the Feminist Press in addressing the critical social justice issues of our time.”

Iris Blasi has been named Marketing Director, Senior Editor at Pegasus Books, effective August 12. She was formerly Marketing Manager at Open Road Integrated Media.

Lots of changes in children’s publishing:

Catherine Onder (Cat) is joining Bloomsbury as Editorial Director of Children’s, reporting to Children’s Publisher Cindy Loh. Cat has been a Senior Editor at Disney/Hyperion since 2010.

Greg Stadnyk has joined Little, Brown Children’s as Associate Art Director. He was previously at Penguin Children’s.

Director of Workman Children’s Publishing Raquel Jaramillo (who writes as R.J. Palacio) will leave that position on October 25 to devote more time to writing, with plans to rejoin the company in February 2014 as Editor-at-Large.  Workman Children’s plans to look for a new Director.

Random House Children’s Group announced that Kimberly Lauber, previously at Chronicle, has joined as Director of Marketing. Laura Antonacci joins as Senior Manager, Library Marketing. Previously she was Marketing Manager, Education and Library Marketing at Penguin Young Readers Group.

Scholastic announced that Katrina Krantz has joined Klutz as Director of Digital Marketing. She was most recently Marketing Manager at StarMakerCaite Panzer has been named Director of Rights and Global Publishing Strategy. She was at Oxford University Press as Brand and Communications Manager. Kelly Smith, previously at Sterling, has joined as Senior Editor, Nonfiction.  Michael del Rosario has been named Managing Editor. He was at becker&mayer!.  Katie Carella has been promoted to Senior Editor.

Laura Pennock has joined Candlewick as Director of Mass Market Sales, from Readerlink, where she was Director, Retail Marketing and Product Management.

Katie Halata will join Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as School & Library Marketing Manager. Previously she was Sales & Marketing Manager at Egmont USA.

Jeffrey Batzli has been named Creative Director, Trade Books at Rodale. He was most recently Creative Director of Barnes & Noble‘s publishing business and also Sterling’s trade division.  Meanwhile, Sterling Editorial Director Michael Fragnito has left the company.

At the Quarto GroupIain MacGregor has been hired as Publisher for Aurum Press. He was formerly Publishing Director of Collins in the UK.

David Morris has been named VP, publisher of Zondervan‘s nonfiction trade books. Previously he was VP, Editorial Director for Guideposts Books. Read More »

International Bestseller Lists, July 2013

Every month, Publishing Trends runs Fiction international bestseller lists from four territories–FranceGermanyItaly, and Spain–with one rotating slot devoted to a list from the country featured in that month’s International Article. In connection with this month’s International feature, July’s featured list is from Hong Kong and lists overall Chinese-language bestsellers, all nonfiction.

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.






Hong Kong: Launchpad for the Future of Asian Publishing

Mainland China’s book business may be receiving most of the international limelight lately, but Hong Kong’s industry is also worthy of notice, even if its growth hasn’t been as dramatic. Though the British hand-over of Hong Kong took place in 1997, Hong Kong will maintain its established legal and governmental system until 2047. So, while “China is a country that has moved forward something like a century in the last 15 years,” says David Parrish, Sales and Marketing Director at Random House UK’s Hong Kong office, “Hong Kong was already a developed economy.” Book business is one of Hong Kong’s long-standing institutions, and the Hong Kong Book Fair, held this month from July 17-23, has been a steadily growing event since its founding in 1990. This year it attracted more than 500 exhibitors from over 20 countries, and estimates over 900,000 visitors.

Given its well-established market and prime location, Hong Kong seems to offer unparalleled opportunity for global publishers looking East—though not necessarily quick deal- and money-making opportunity. Hong Kong does have a strong book market, says Carmen Kwong, Editor in Chief at Mguru, but “We [Chinese-language publishers in Hong Kong] are not permitted to publish or sell directly in the Chinese market—we have to work in partnership with local companies…and make sure book content is politically correct.” In addition to trade restrictions, the separation is linguistic: In Mainland China, text is printed with simplified characters, while Hong Kong still uses traditional characters.

“There’s a get-rich-quick mythology surrounding China, but there are significant barriers for entry, and at some point reality has to kick in,” says Marshall Moore, Publisher of Typhoon Media, a digital-and-POD-focused publisher. In the long run, argues Peter Gordon, Publisher of Chameleon Press and Founder of the Man Asian Literary Prize “the bulk of [China’s] potential and growth will be reserved for Chinese publishers, authors, and content producers—very similarly to what happened in the United States.” This doesn’t mean China will be without significance, though. Peter Gordon predicts that “as Chinese publishers develop, they will begin to influence international industry trends: copyright laws, export/translation of Chinese works, and investment in and purchase of overseas publishing companies,” predicts Gordon. (CN Times Books, the US branch of Chinese publisher Beijing MediaTime Book Co., launched in spring 2013, is a perfect example of this trend.)

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Books Abroad: Book Business and Publishers in Toronto

FINALlogo04282011This article was originally published on our sister site for young book professionals, Publishing Trendsetter.

By Shannon Kobran

One of the world’s biggest English-language publishing hubs can be found in Toronto. Canada’s largest city boasts an extensive book culture, housing the Canadian offices of the Big Six Five, as well as impressive local independent presses. The Canadians are proud of their literary heritage and its contributions to the global arts scene, and the government actively works to promote Canadian literature throughout the country and around the world.


In Toronto, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is a government agency that “promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation” in the province’s media industry. The OMDC supports trade organizations and industry-wide marketing events; hosts Digital Dialogue, an annual conference that brings together media executives to network and discuss topics about emerging digital opportunities; and administers Ontario’s Trillium Book Award for literary excellence. It also hosts From Page to Screen, an initiative that encourages the screen adaptation of Canadian literature by bringing film and TV executives together with Ontario publishers.

Most independent Canadian presses are members of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), which supports Canadian writers and Canadian literature through professional development and government relations. Among the ACP’s membership are the acclaimed Coach House Books (their office is actually in an old coach house!), Dundurn PressECW Press, and Second Story Press, which published international bestseller Hana’s Suitcase in 2002. The University of Toronto Press publishes scholarly books, as well as textbooks for the Canadian higher education market. Toronto is also home to several major literary agencies, including Canada’s largest agency, Westwood Creative Artists, which represents, among other distinguished writers, Life of Pi author Yann Martel. The globally recognized Harlequin brand, also headquartered in Toronto, continues to be a world leader (and pioneer in) Romance and audience engagement. Read More »

People Roundup, Mid-July 2013


Heather Jackson has been named Vice President, Executive Editor for Harmony Books, reporting to Mauro DiPreta. She was previously a Consulting Editor-at-Large for Harmony Books. Simon & Schuster‘s Dominick V. Anfuso joins Crown Archetype as Vice President, Executive Editor for the Archetype, Harmony, Crown Business, and Crown Forum imprints, and Hyperion‘s Matt Inman has also joined Crown Archetype as Editor for the Crown Archetype and Three Rivers Press imprints. Both will also report to Mauro DiPreta.

The big move of these past few weeks was the resignation of Barnes & Noble’s CEO, William LynchMichael Huseby, who joined B&N as CFO in March 2012, was named CEO of Nook Media and President of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Allen Lindstrom was promoted to CFO, and Kanuj Malhotra was promoted to CFO of Nook Media.

Meanwhile, Sterling Editorial Director Michael Fragnito has left the company.

Thames & Hudson announced Rolf Grisebach was appointed to the new position of CEO. Most recently President of Pearson Germany,  he now will be based in London.

Anthony Ziccardi, former Deputy Publisher at Simon & Schuster’s Gallery imprint, has been named Publisher of Humanix Books, a division of the online media company Newsmax Media. He will be based in Newsmax’s New York offices.

Sydny Miner, VP and Executive Editor at Crown, has left the company and can be reached at [email protected].

HarperCollins Children’s Editor Molly O’Neill is joining Storybird as Head of Editorial, focusing on creative strategy and product/program development.

David Goehring, Director, Digital Book Publishing at Wiley, has left the company due to “recent developments” involving financial restructuring.  He may be reached at [email protected]

After B&T’s acquisition of Bookmasters, President of Distribution Services Larry Bennett has left the company.  He may be reached at [email protected].

Jason Pinter, Senior Marketing Manager at Grove/Atlantic and Mysterious Press, will leave the company on July 19 to launch Polis Books, a digital publishing startup focusing on new and backlist fiction.

Amanda Ridout will join startup Head of Zeus in September as CEO and Publisher, replacing company Founder Anthony Cheetham, who will stay on as Chairman. Amanda was recently Managing Director of Phaidon Press.

Ami Greko has joined Goodreads as Book Marketing Strategist, working from New York. She was previously at Kobo.

Colin Bettam has been named Kobo’s new Chief Marketing Officer. He was formerly the VP of Marketing at LG Electronics.

Julie Trelstad has joined Writers House as Director, Digital Rights. Previously she was an independent Consultant and Founder of Plain White Press.

Former VP, Director of Publicity at Simon & Schuster’s adult trade imprint Tracey Guest has joined Penguin as Advising Director of Corporate Communications, working with Stuart Applebaum, Head of Global Communications for Penguin Random House, and Claire Von Schilling, SVP, Corporate Communications. Christine Ball, who held the position of Advising Director on an interim basis, will be returning to her full-time position as VP, Associate Publisher of Dutton. Erica Glass remains Senior Manager, Corporate Communications at Penguin.

Emma Parry has joined Janklow & Nesbit as a Literary Agent, five years after selling her half of Fletcher & Parry, which she co-founded. Read More »