Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/28-10/2

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.

Why are blurbs for books still so important?

How can we make sense of the current digital book trends discussed in last week’s New York Times article?

Is banned books week still necessary?

Have authors become the gatekeepers in publishing, replacing publishers, retailers, libraries, and media outlets.

How do Nigerian booksellers continue to bring in customers?

People Round-Up, Early October 2015


Paul Slavin is now President of Open Road Integrated Media. He was most recently EVP, CEO of Everyday Health.

Hannah Gouldstone joined Simon & Schuster as Director of Integrated Marketing, overseeing simonsays and the company’s online learning platform. Previously, she was Founder and CEO at Clever Goats Media.

Additionally at Simon & Schuster, Ira Silverberg is now Senior Editor. He was most recently Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lorin Stein rejoined Farrar Straus and Giroux as Editor-at-Large, editing four to eight books. He will continue to work as Editor of the Paris Review full time. Before joining the Paris Review in 2010, Stein worked at Farrar Straus for 12 years.

David Nussbaum is now CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. He was most recently CEO and Chairman of F+W Media.

Mary Gatsch was named CEO of Springer, succeeding Ted Nardin, who is retiring after 10 years with the company. Gatsch was VP, Global Medical Reference Unit at Elsevier.

Guy Gonzalez joined The Reading Room as VP, Audience Development. Previously, he was Director of Content Strategy and Audience Development at Library Journals, LLC.

Emily Griffin is now Executive Editor at Harper. She was Senior Editor at Grand Central.

Amanda Aleskey is now Marketing and Publicity Manager at Perseus. She was Marketing Coordinator at Knopf.

In children’s publishing, Lauren Burniac joined Disney Publishing Worldwide as Senior Editor. She was previously Editor at the Macmillan imprints Square Fish and Feiwell and Friends. . . Joy Bean joined Little Bee Books as Senior Editor. She was Editor at Marshall Cavendish.

At literary agencies, Tom Miller joined Carol Mann Agency as Literary Agent Affiliate. He was Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. . . Anjali Singh joined Aysha Pande Literary Agency as Agent of Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, and Graphic Novels. She was previously Editorial Director at Other Press.

Judy McDonough joined Thomas Nelson as Director of Publicity, W Publishing Group. She most recently ran her own independent PR firm, JEMMedia.

At university presses, Cathy Felgar is now Director of Editing, Design, and Production at Columbia University Press. Previously, she was Publishing Operations Director at HarperCollins. . . Sarah Miller joined Yale University Press as Editor for Language, Literature, and the Performing Arts.

Eric Salo joined Baker Academic and Brazos Press as Project Editor.

Karen Anderson is now Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing.

At Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Lori Anderson is now West Coast Institutional and Digital Territory Manager and Laura Duray is Strategic Marketing and Promotions Manager.

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International Bestsellers, September 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: China 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 9/21-9/25

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.

Ebook sales are low, but print is doing very well.

A new Pew Study shows that library patrons are divided on how quickly libraries should embrace digital initiatives.

Do people read all of the ebooks they buy?

Why is Oyster closing?

Jane Friedman collected five infographics that illustrate the current health of the publishing industry.

From Page to Film: Reeling and Dealing Contact Sheet 2015

We present to you this year’s 2015 Reeling and Dealing contact sheet, a guide to contact information for film scouts who work within the book industry. After last year’s massive overhaul of the Reeling and Dealing contact sheet, we decided to stick to that new format for this year’s edition. While there are no significant changes to this year’s sheet, we’ve updated it to reflect all changes in company structure, and removed companies that no longer exist or represent books to the film industry. Click the image below to download Publishing Trends‘ Reeling and Dealing 2015 Contact Sheet.

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Click here to download a PDF of the 2015 Reeling and Dealing Contact Sheet.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/14-9/18

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 lower priced ebooks make more money for publishers?

Can ebook usage data from ereaders help publishers sell books more effectively?

A recent Pew survey shows library users are going into the library less and more likely to use the library digitally.

How can we define publishing when it’s getting easier and easier to do it?

The New Yorker wonders what happened to Google’s ambitious book scanning project.

Nielsen Convenes its Kids’ Book Summit

Nielsen’s second Children’s Book Summit took place on September 16th at the Forum at Convene – a handsome downtown space east of Wall Street.  This year (the first Summit took place in December 2014) the emphasis was on publishers’ customers, both booksellers and readers, and to that end there were three live panels of adult YA readers, indie booksellers, and teens.

NielsenBookSummit2015headerThe YA group was surprisingly label-agnostic, in that they read what they wanted without worrying about how it was categorized.  One male panelist suggested that, instead of YA, it be renamed YAH – young at heart.  The booksellers were full of practical suggestions, mentioning that having reps meet with their staff was a big win, as was (of course) having authors come to their stores.  They also mentioned that more showers are being thrown for first time grandmothers, and that books they will be reading to their grandchildren are being given to them as presents.  The teen group had a range of books that they were excited about, many of them movie tie-ins but also some backlist titles that they had discovered, including Judy Blume, Catcher in the Rye – even The Lovely Bones, which they considered YA.

Nielsen Books SVP and Global MD Jonathan Stolper hosted the Summit with Director of New Business Development, Kristen McLean, and several other senior Nielsen executives, delivered presentations whose purview was – literally – global.  Jonathan Nowell talked about opportunities and potential problems in the market, specifically focusing on pricing issues, and how many factors have to be taken into account when determining the price of a book in any market.  This came up several times during the day, notably when Kempton Mooney, who heads Nielsen Books’ research, talked about how to weigh social media data against demographic and sales data to determine the ideal price (or price elasticity) in any given age range, format and/or genre.

Nielsen SVP of Insights and Analytics Julanne Schiffer talked about what’s important to an author’s brand, especially relative to celebrities in other media.  Likability and dependability are both very important, and in children’s, so is humor.  VP, Multicultural Growth and Strategy Courtney Jones made a great argument that publishers note the demographic shifts that have already impacted them:  in the 9-and-under age range, a majority of the US is already non-white.  So, she argued, the shift that will affect the work force in 2040, has already affected schools and children’s media.

The day, which balanced practical information with analysis of trends and data, ended with a look at how to position authors to maximize their audience – a fitting way to wrap up a day that delivered thoughtful and actionable advice to a very receptive group of publishers.

People Round-Up, Mid-September 2015


Lorena Jones rejoined Ten Speed Press as VP, Publisher of an unnamed imprint for cooking and lifestyle books. Most recently, she was Publishing Director, Food, Drink, and Lifestyle and was Publisher of Ten Speed Press before that. She will also service as Editor-at-Large for Crown’s illustrated publishing program.

Additionally, Liz Esman joined Crown/Broadway/Hogarth/Tim Duggan Books as Senior Publicist. She was most recently Publicist at HarperCollins.

Quarto will launch a new children’s imprint, Seagrass Press in Fall 2016, overseen by Josalyn Moran. Moran was most recently VP, Publishing at Albert Whitman and Children’s Publishing Director at Chronicle Books.

Jesse Baker will join Audible this fall as Senior Director, Ellen Horne as Executive Producer, and Martha Little as Senior Producer. Baker was Executive Producer of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Horne was Executive Producer of WNYC’s Radiolab and Little was Executive Producer of America Abroad Media.

Margaret Harrison joined Ingram Content Group as Director of Product Metadata, Brette Dorris as Senior Sales Representative for public school libraries in the Midwest and Ed Spade joined as Senior Content Acquisitions Manager. Harrison was previously Ebook Global Supply Chain Manager at Oxford University Press. Dorris was previously Sales Representative at Brodart and Book Wholesalers and Spade was Director of Digital Publishing at Nickelodeon.

Bernard A. Barton Jr. joined the Library of Congress as Chief Information Officer. He was formerly CIO and Deputy Administrator at the Defense Technical Information Center. In January, James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will retire and President Obama will appoint his successor.

Ralph Munsen is now Managing Partner and Global Head of Development of GroupM, which is the media buying division of advertising company WPP. He was previously CIO at Hachette Book Group, where his successor has not yet been announced.

Wendy Jacobson joined Martingale as Director of Sales. She was previously Account Executive at Quarto.

Richard Lowe is retiring from his position as Senior Account Manager at National Book Network in mid-September.

Sue Berger Ramin is now Associate Publisher at David R. Godine, Publisher. She was previously Director of Business Development at Bibliomotion.

Michael Ballanco will become SVP, CIO at Hachette at the end of September. He was previously CIO at the Warner Music Group. Andy Dodds joined Grand Central as Associate Director of Publicity. He was most recently Associate Director of Publicity at William Morrow. Sarah Clayton joined Hachette as International Sales Manager, Middle East and North Africa. She was previously Senior Buyer at Virgin Megastore Middle East.

Matt Wise was named Director of Publishing of Blumhouse Books, the publishing venture by Blumhouse Productions and Doubleday. Wise was Agent at Foundry + Literary Media.

Mike Towle joined Brown Books Publishing Group as Editorial Director. He was previously General Manager and Editor of the Sumner County Publications at Nashville Tenessean.

Stephanie Hawkins joined Abrams as Contracts Manager. She was most recently Contracts Director at Simon & Schuster. Jonathan Yu joined as Business Intelligence Analyst. Additionally, Patricia McNamara joined Abrams Children’s as Digital and Social Media Marketing Associate. She was previously Senior Editor at Girl’s Life magazine. Additionally, Caitlin Miller joined as Associate Publicist. She was most recently Publicity Assistant at Penguin Young Readers.

At university presses, Alisa Plan is now Editor-in-Chief at University of Nebraska Press. She was Senior Acquisitions Editor at Louisiana State University Press. . . Meanwhile, Kristen Elias Rowley, formerly Acquisitions Editor at University of Nebraska Press, is now Editor-in-Chief at The Ohio State University Press. . . Gene Taft will become Publicity Manager at Johns Hopkins University Press, succeeding Kathy Alexander when she retires in October. . . Jeff Dean is joining Harvard University Press as Executive Editor for Physical Sciences and Technology. Previously, he was Senior Publisher of Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis. . . Brendan Coyne has joined Pennsylvania State University Press as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was previously Associate Sales Director at Johns Hopkins University Press.

At agencies, Nicole Tourtelot is now Agent at DeFiore and Company. She was Agent at Kuhn Projects. . . Sandy Harding joined Spencerhill Associates as Agent. She was most recently Senior Editor at NAL. . . Albert Lee will join Kuhn Projects and Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as Agent in November. He was previously Executive Projects Director at Wenner. . . Caitlin McDonald joined Donald Maass Literary Agency as Agent. She was previously Associate Agent at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Emily Angell is now Editor at Thomas Dunne Books. She was Editor at Portfolio/Current/Sentinel.

Kate Gales Schafer joined William Morrow as Publicity Manager. Previously, she was Senior Publicist at Simon & Schuster.

Annie Mazes joined Workman as Adult Library Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Senior Library Marketing Associate at HarperCollins.

Amy Webster joined Frankfurt Book Fair as Associate Partner, Rights and License. She was Head of New Business at Edinburgh TV Festival, where she worked at the London Book Fair.

Andy Le Peau announced that he will retire as Associate Publisher for Editorial at InterVarsity Press in February 2016.

Lynn Klika joined St. Benedict Press as VP, Sales. She was Director of Sales at Ascension Press.

Sarah Salomon joined House of Anansi and Groundwood Books as Print Production Manager, Cross-Media.

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In Case You Missed It…PT Picks: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars by Samuel I. Schwartz and William Rosen

PT Picks: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars by Samuel I. Schwartz and William Rosen (PublicAffairs, 2015)

streetsmartFrom Lorraine:
Sam (Gridlock Sam) Schwartz was NYC’s longtime traffic commissioner and now runs an eponymous consulting firm with offices around the country.  So he’s got the purview and experience to tell us how car came to dominate our American lives and – more importantly – how and why this will be less true in the coming years.  Thank ride- and car- sharing startups like VIA and Zipcars, urban planners in cities like Vancouver and Charleston, and fans of active transport, like Millennials.

What makes Street Smart an enjoyable read is Schwartz’s anecdotes about NYC’s hydra-headed public transit system, which managed to survive both Robert Moses and Hurricane Sandy, as well as stories about consulting on projects from India to N. Korea.  William (Bill) Rosen, his co-author (and erstwhile publishing executive) has done a great job of bringing even the driest stats to life.

Beginning in the early 1970s, Schwartz takes his readers through his own life and how it intertwines with the fall and rise of New York, keeping us entertained by the politics, technology and changes in attitudes towards transportation over the ensuing forty years.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/7-9/11

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.

Should Michael Derrick Hudson’s poem have been removed from the “The Best American Poetry” collection for being submitted under an Asian name?

How does a promising literary author’s career lose traction in the US?

Do bookstores need to buy the majority of a book’s first print run to compete against online retailers?

Is there really a connection between reading literature and increased intelligence?

How have reader habits changed as consumers have embraced ebooks and digital discovery?