Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/17-11/21

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 does Penguin Random House’s refusal to sign with any ebook subscription service mean for the Big Five?

Is the use of aggressive DRM a turn off to readers?

Is the act of trying to keep up with ever advancing technology a futile effort for small publishers?

Do men and women prefer to read books written by their own sex?

Renaissance Learning released its findings on what and how children are reading this year.

Editors’ note: Our People Round-Up, Mid-November 2014 was updated to acknowledge recent changes at HarperCollinsNorton, and Hachette.

People Round-Up, Mid-November 2014


Jeanne Reina will join the Morrow Group as VP, Art Director, where she will oversee the art group and be responsible for Morrow hardcover, trade paperbacks, and Dey Street Books.  She will report directly to HarperCollins SVP, Publisher Liate Stehlik.  Previously, she was Art Director at AtriaUpdate added to the original post on 11/21/14.

Meredith McGinnis will join the Trade Department of W.W. Norton & Company in the newly created position of Director of Marketing.  She was previously Director of Marketing at Harmony Books and Clarkson Potter. She will report directly to President Drake McFeely. Update added to the original post on 11/20/14.

Hachette Book Group will acquire Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers in a deal that is expected to close over the next few months.  It will become an imprint in HBG’s newest division Hachette Books, which is led by Publisher Mauro DiPreta.  Black Dog & Leventhal Founder J.P. Leventhal will continue as Publisher and the company’s management will stay in place.  Rebecca Koh will be promoted to Editorial Director and Maureen Winter to Associate Publisher. Update added to the original post on 11/20/14.

Ed Park joined Penguin Press as an Executive Editor.  Previously, he was Senior Editor at Amazon’s Little A imprint.

Katherine McCahill joined Penguin Random House as Senior Director, Digital Development.

Courtney Young joined Riverhead Books as Executive Editor. Previously, she was Senior Editor of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Emi Battaglia joined Regan Arts as Director of Marketing and Publicity. She was previously VP, Associate Publisher and Marketing Director at Grand Central Publishing.  Additionally, Alexis Gargagliano joined the imprint as Executive Editor of Fiction and Nonfiction.  Formerly, she was Executive Editor at Atavist Books.

Elizabeth Bennett has joined Perseus Book Group as Associate Director, Client Services.  She was most recently at Random House.

Maha Khalil joined Skyhorse Publishing as Director of Sales and Marketing while Rodger Weinfeld joined as Managing Editor.

Paul Gazzolo joined Gale as Senior VP and General Manager.  Previously, he was VP and General Manager of Research & Learning at CCH Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting.

Louis F. Yonke is now Senior Director of Finance at Macmillan Higher Education.  Previously, he was Director of Finance at Hachette Book Group.

Becky Nesbitt is leaving her position as VP, Editor-in-Chief at Howard Books at the end of the year to pursue opportunities as a freelance editor.

Tracy Locke joined Henry Holt & Company as Publicist-at-Large after leaving her position as Associate Publisher at Penguin Press in May.

Amelia Possanza joined Touchstone as Publicist.  She was formerly Associate Publicist at Little, Brown.

Lisa Kaufman will step down as Marketing Director and Senior Editor of PublicAffairs at the end of November after 17 years with the company.  She will continue to work with some of her authors and may be contacted at [email protected]

In children’s publishing, Jennifer McClelland-Smith joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as Marketing Coordinator. Previously, she was Temporary Administrative Assistant in Hachette’s International Sales Department . . . At Klutz, Hannah Rogge joined as Director of Product Development while Caitlin Harpin joined as Senior Product Editor and Flora Kim joined as Product Editor.  Before moving to Scholastic, Rogge was Creative Director of ROBIE, Harpin was Assistant Editor at Potter Craft, and Kim was freelancing as a Developmental Editor for Springer Science + Business MediaKatie Benezra joined as Senior Designer. She was previously Designer, Book Group for becker&mayer!.  Additionally at Klutz, Barrie Zipkin is now Assistant Managing Editor and Emily Feliberty is Marketing Manager. Zipkin was formerly Reader-at-Large at The Literarian and Feliberty was Assistant Manager of Marketing and Brand Strategy at Toys R Us.

Mark Brokering joined LID Publishing as Associate Publisher. Previously, he was VP of Content Strategy and Acquisition at Safari Books Online.

Ryan Sheehan joined Yorkshire Publishing as Manager.

Sarah Mangiola joined TheReadingRoom as Editorial Manager and Jin Kang joined as Chief Product Officer.  Mangiola was Associate Editor at Penton Media.

At literary agencies, Richie Kern joined Foundry Literary + Media as Director of Filmed Entertainment.  He was previously Senior Editor, Television Development Executive at Macmillan Entertainment/Thomas Dunne.  Additionally, Peter Steinberg and Roger Freet have joined Foundry Literary + Media as Agents.  Steinberg was previously Agent at The Steinberg Agency while Freet was Executive Editor at HarperOne . . . Sandy Hodgman left her position as Rights Director at Einstein Thompson Agency to launch Hodgman Literary, which will handle foreign rights for a select group of agencies.

In religious publishing, Steve Cobb, President and Publisher of Crown imprint WaterBrook Multnomah, announced his retirement after 19 years with the company. Meanwhile, it was announced that Alexander Field will join the imprint in the new position of VP, Publisher.  Previously he was Publisher at David C. Cook.  Additionally, WaterBrook VP and Editor-In-Chief Kenneth Petersen will leave the company at the end of the month.

At university presses, Richard Henning joined the University Press of New England as Director, Marketing and Sales.  Previously, he was Director of Marketing at Northeast Foundation for Children. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/10-11/14

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 should Wattpad handle plagiarism of independent authors on its site?

Does anyone care about classifying genre fiction and literature separately anymore?

The Bookseller’s Digital Census for the year presents 10 findings on key digital shifts in the industry.

How are millennials bringing books to other media?

What is it like to have an open space office in publishing?

The 2014 Book Distributors Profiles

Publishing Trends has assembled an updated version of our annual book distribution chart. This year’s list includes 24 companies total – one less than last year due to the consolidation of Penguin and Random House.  Of the 24, 13 are publishers with a distribution arm and 11 are distribution-only companies.  The trend of including digital distribution continues with 22 of the companies now offering digital services, up from 20 last year.

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 Book Distributors Profiles and Contact Sheet.

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2014 Distributor Profiles and Contact Sheet.

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the 2014 Distributor Profiles and Contact Sheet.

Fanfiction and Fandoms: A Primer, A History

The Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman in his 2011 Time article summarized the mentality surrounding fanfiction in mainstream culture as “what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker.” Now don’t get Grossman wrong—he is pro-fanfiction, but he also acknowledges that to outsiders, it’s an odd world of what some might call extremists. Despite being considered a niche subculture, fanfiction has been steadily growing in popularity, particularly over the last three years.

Fanfiction is divided into “fandoms,” which are fan groups for movies, TV shows, comics, books, celebrities (called Real Person Fiction or RPF), cartoons, anime, manga, games, or plays. The posts can be long form fiction, short form, drabble (100ish words long) or a one-shot (a standalone chapter). When fans start a story, they can choose to put the characters in a completely different setting in what’s called an Alternate Universe (AU). They can re-characterize a literary figure completely, making them Out of Character (OOC) or introduce a new character of their own to a familiar fandom, known as Original Character (OC). They can choose to honor the fandom’s tradition couplings (Canon) or change it up with a non-canon same-sex couple (Slash). These are just to name a few fanfiction colloquialisms that writers use to describe their stories within the fan communities.

The limitless aspect of these fan rewrites draws in writers and readers. They take something the fandom loves and make it new over and over again. That’s a major part of the appeal of the fanfiction community: it’s driven by the fandom. The fans run the websites, they write the words, they edit the chapters, and they review the stories. Because it’s completely fan-sustained, the content is heavily influenced by what the users want to read or by what they sometimes wish the fandom’s creators had done originally.

Fans get to actively participate in the fanfiction world through comments and reviews. The communities are an exchange of ideas, often viewed by both budding and established authors alike as a viable and free forum for feedback on work or as a comfortable place to exercise their writing chops. Most fanfiction websites give readers the option of favoriting a chapter, story, or author. Aside from the occasional flame (a bad review), the community is largely helpful and encouraging. Reviewers can give guesses and hopes for the plot as the serialized chapters are posted, which might possibly help a writer tweak their timeline to better cater to the public’s interest.

One of the recent trends in fanfiction is fiction written by teens, stated Wattpad Head of Content Ashleigh Gardner. Peer-to-peer writing is different from traditionally published YA and New Adult content, because “when teens are writing for their peers, we see stories that are far more true to life, and often include themes important to the life of teens today, like the complications of social media and impact of technology on their lives.”

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/3-11/7

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 does Scribd’s audiobook launch mean for Audible?

Is the international rights market expanding for children’s books?

Should ebooks become more social?

How is digital watermarking technology different from Adobe DRM in the ebook anti-piracy fight?

What trends are libraries seeing in ebook lending in 2014?

People Round-Up, Early November 2014


Claudia Reuter was named the head of the HMH Labs, a new digital initiative at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Previously, she was CEO of SchoolChapters.

Jason Prince is now Marketing Operations Manager at St. Martin’s Press.  Previously, he was VP, Publisher and VP of Sales & Marketing at Sterling Publishing.

In the UK, Sally Dwyer joined Quarto Group in the newly created position of Group Director of People.  She will be responsible for Quarto’s human resources strategy across its international businesses. She was previously Managing Director at MLC Consulting.

George Bick joined Regan Arts as Sales Director.  In the past, he was SVP, Sales at HarperCollins and William Morrow.

Lauren Zalaznick joined the Penguin Random House Board of Directors. She currently publishes a newsletter titled The LZ Sunday Paper.

Additionally at Penguin, Megan Sullivan is now Sales Representative for New England.  Previously, she was Publicity Manager at David R. GodineCaitlin O’Shaughnessy will move from Associate Editor at Viking to Marketing Manager at Penguin Press. Additionally, Tara Singh Carlson joined Putnam as Senior Editor.  She will continue to acquire trade paperback originals for Penguin while acquiring hardcover titles for Putnam.

Angelin Borsics rejoined Clarkson Potter as Editor.  She worked there from 2005-2013 and then joined West Elm as Copywriter.

Alyson Forbes joined Hachette Book Group as Ad Director after leaving her position as Deputy Director of Creative Services at Random House.  Additionally, Nancy Chen has joined as Marketing Strategy Associate.  Previously, she was Senior SEO and Social Specialist at Path Interactive.

In children’s publishing, Nellie Kurtzman is now Director, Integrated Marketing at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Previously, she was VP, Marketing for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  Additionally, Cheryl Rozier joined HarperCollins Children’s Books as Director of Integrated Marketing, Advertising and Promotion.  Previously, she was at Hachette Book Group as Advertising Director for the adult and children’s divisions . . . Christine Labov joined Random House Children’s Books as Agent Director, Random House Speakers Bureau . . . Jodie Hockensmith joined Simon & Schuster Children’s as Associate Director of Publicity.  Most recently, she was Associate Publicity Manager at Random House Children’s Books.  Additionally, Alex Maurer joined S&S as Manager, Children’s Custom & Proprietary Sales. Previously, she was Senior Coordinator, Custom & Proprietary Sales at Penguin Group . . . Natasha Gilmore joined Publishers Weekly as Associate Children’s Book Editor.  Previously, she was Bookseller and Assistant Buyer at Brookline Booksmith . . . Paige Hazzan joined Scholastic as an Associate Editor after working as an Associate Editor at HarperCollins. . . Patricia Ocampo will be Interim Managing Editor of Annick Press as of November 10th.  Previously, she was Agent at Transatlantic Agency . . . Rob Wall joined Little Bee Books as Senior Designer.  Formerly, he was Designer at Blue Apple Books . . . Nathalie Le Du is now Senior Editor, Children’s Group at Workman Publishing.   She was previously Editor at Kumon Workbooks . . . Stefanie Hoffman joined Little, Brown Children’s as Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Marketing Associate at Harper Children’s.

In religious publishing, Doug Lockhart joined HarperCollins Christian Publishing as Senior VP, Bible Marketing and Outreach. Formerly, he was CEO at Biblica . . . Linda Bruner joined Upper Room Books as Multimedia Marketing Manager . . . Previously, she was the Events Sales Manager at United Methodist Publishing House . . . Brian Thomasson joined Baker Publishing Group as Senior Acquisitions Editor.  Formerly, he was Senior Editor at NavPress . . . Dan Rich announced his retirement as Chief Publishing Officer of David C. Cook in May 2015.  Meanwhile, Tim Close joined the company as Senior Director of Marketing, Trade.  Formerly, he was President of CrowdScribed, LLC.

At literary agencies, Linda Scalissi joined 3 Seas Literary Agency as Agent . . . Rich Green joined the media rights department of ICM.  Previously, he was at CAA.

Juliana Horbachevsky joined Abrams as Publicist. She was formerly Associate Publicist at Gallery Books.

Morgan Doremus is now Publicity and Marketing Manager for Sourcebooks Casablanca. Previously, she was Marketing Manager at Hachette’s Forever imprint.

Christine Kopprasch has joined Flatiron Books as Senior Editor.  Previously, she was Editor at Crown Publishing Group.

Lauren Castner is now Associate Sales Manager, Special Sales at Ryland, Peters & Small and CICO Books.  Previously, she was Gift Sales Associate at Workman Publishing.

Morgan Elwell joined Kensington as Communications & Marketing Manager, Mystery and Thrillers.  Formerly, she produced Virginia This Morning, a TV program affiliated with CBS.  Additionally, Mala Bhattacharjee has joined Kensington as Communications & Marketing Manager, Dafina and Women’s Fiction.  She was previously Features Editor at RT Book Reviews.

Peg O’Donnell joined Lonely Planet as Senior Director of Marketing.  Previously, she was Account Manager at Publishers Group West.

In university publishing, Dennis Langlois joined Princeton University Press as Chief Information Officer.  Previously, he was Chief Information Officer at The Savitz Organization . . . Jeremy Grainger joined Rutgers University Press as Sales and Marketing Director. Previously, he was Sales and Marketing Manager for the photography publisher Aperture Foundation . . . Derek Krissoff joined University of West Virginia Press as Director.  Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief at University of Nebraska Press . . . Eric Schwartz joined Columbia University Press as Editorial Director after leaving his job as Senior Editor of Sociology and Cognitive Sciences at Princeton University Press . . . John Loudon joined Yale University Press as Consulting Editor-At-Large.  Previously, he was Executive Editor at HarperOne.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/27-10/31

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 the end of Atavist Books also the end of interactive fiction?

What does the Georgia State University decision reversal mean for interpretations of fair use?

Can hashtags help publishers increase their social media audience?

Is the perfect publishing industry happening right now?

Why has fan fiction become popular in publishing?

International Bestsellers, October 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: Norway and China.  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.  BestsellerSept2014.FranceBestsellerOctober2014.Germany

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Adventures in Grown Up Reads for Young Adults

When someone says “YA” the assumption is he or she is referring to YA fiction. It might be time to retire that assumption. There’s a new(ish) YA in town: young adult nonfiction adaptations. This is a genre of young adult books adapted from books written for an adult audience. We’re certainly not the first to notice this phenomenon, The New York Times, The Awl, and Stacked Books have all covered it. But the question remains, why is this happening? And further, is it necessary?

Repackaging existing book material for the younger set isn’t a new idea. Young readers’ editions of various books have existed for some time. Very often, biographies and memoirs of inspirational athletes, celebrities, or historical figureheads are adapted for the younger set, including but not limited to I am Malala by new Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai which was republished as a YA edition this August. One imagines that retooling material for children is a somewhat easy line to walk, insofar as it’s simpler to know what’s inappropriate for a 9 year old as opposed to a 39 year old. The line between adult and young adult is presumably more difficult.

Therein lies the potential issue with these adaptations. All of them deal with fascinating material, but sometimes the quest to make these histories “appropriate” for a younger age removes their poignancy. Several of the books that have received the YA nonfiction treatment have some deeply unpleasant material in the adult version, from torture in Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand to the fast food atrocities in Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

Unbroken is keeping the same title for the YA version, which will publish November 11th, but it won’t have all of the same grisly details as its adult counterpart. The New York Times interviewed Hillebrand about the YA publication of her book and Hillebrand said she wanted to leave out scenes that she thought would “upset” non-adult readers.

Fast Food Nation was repackaged for a younger audience and retitled as Chew on This when it published in 2007. Matt Buchanan from The Awl read Chew on This and describes it as “stripped of all its horror.” There seems to be an underlying struggle to get the spirit of the original right in the YA version. Read More »