Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/20-10/24

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 do changing preferences in reading print or digital mean for the industry?

Is discoverability still a problem when it comes to direct to consumer book sales?

What does Atavist’s closing mean for other short form publishers?

How can books help children deal with bereavement?

What does Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize mean for the Australian literary scene?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/13-10/17

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.

Can a large YouTube following translate to book publishing success?

Does the Man Booker Prize have a problem of repeating authors when compiling its lists?

Author William O’Neil examines the traditional publisher advance in the age of Amazon and digital publishing.

Will Amazon’s new crowdsourcing program Kindle Scout pose a threat to agents’ jobs?

Book ban rumors in China help boost authors by increasing readers’ intrigue.

Editors’ note: Our People Round-Up, Mid-October 2014 was updated to acknowledge recent structure changes at Perseus Book Group.

People Round-Up, Mid-October 2014


The following update about Perseus Book Group was added to the original post on 10/17/14.

Perseus Book Group announced a number of changes in order to unify its publishing imprints and distribution. Susan Weinberg is promoted to Senior VP, Group Publisher and all imprint heads will report to her. Sabrina McCarthy moves from her position as President of Perseus Distribution to become Senior VP, Group Sales with Heidi Sachner moving up to replace her while Matty Goldberg takes on a new position as President of Publishing, Client and Sales Development.  Mark Suchomel is promoted to a new position of President, Client Services with all four heads of the distribution companies reporting in, while Jeff Tagge moves up at Legato to replace him. Joining Perseus from General Electric is Raymond Floyd in the new position of Senior VP for Operations.

As a result of these changes, Chris Navratil, Publisher of Running Press, is leaving the company as are Patrick Kirk and Scott Edinburgh, who were in project management and business development respectively. Allison Devlin, currently Associate Publisher and Marketing Director, has been named Acting Publisher of Running Press while a search is conducted.

Mary Rasenberger was named the new Executive Director of the Authors Guild. She is a Partner at media law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard.  Her predecessor Paul Aiken will continue to act as a consultant for the Guild.

Liza Baker returned to Scholastic as VP and Executive Editorial Director of Cartwheel and Orchard Books, leaving her previous position as Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersMeanwhile, Abigail Stahlman joined Scholastic as Graphic Designer of the Trade Marketing Group after freelancing for the company.

Jonathan Jao joined the Harper imprint last month as VP, Executive Editor. Previously, he was Senior Editor at Random HouseKendra Harpster has also left her position as Senior Editor at Random House to join Berkley Books as Executive Editor.

Janet Goldstein left her position as SVP, Editorial Director of National Geographic Books in DC and is now pursuing other opportunities. She can be reached at her publishing strategy firm,, or her email, [email protected].

Michele Jacob left her position as VP, Director of Publicity at Basic Books at Perseus Book Group to join the Manhattan Institute, a nonprofit that supports and publishes research on public policy. She can be reached at [email protected].

In children’s:  Sarah Dotts Barley joined Flatiron Books at Macmillan as Senior Editor.  Previously, she was Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. . . .Faye Bi joined Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing as Publicist after leaving her position as Publicist at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. . . .Anne Hetzel joined the teen imprint Amulet Books at Abrams as Editor. Previously, she was Associate Editor at Razorbill. In August, Cecily Kaiser left her position as Publishing Directorat the Appleseed imprint of Abrams to join Phaidon as Publishing Director, Children’s Books.

Bobbilyn Jones joined Grand Central Life & Style as Publicity Manager.  Previously, she was Senior Publicist at Atria.

Tim Wudurski joined Chronicle Books as Manager of Production and Creative Systems.  His previous experiences were in production and IT at California Home+Design, 7×7, and Spin.

John Maas and Sarah Passick joined Sterling Lord Literistic as Associate Agents. Maas was an Assistant Editor at Wiley and Passick was an agent at Stonesong.

Valerie Cortes is now Publisher of Boston Review. Previously, she was Circulation and Marketing Director Bookforum and Artforum.

Deborah Kaufmann joined Legendary Entertainment as VP, Literary Affairs.  She was Senior Editor at Calmann-Levy and head of fantasy and science fiction publisher Orbit France.

Tom Scotty is now Chief Operating Officer at digital textbook distributor RedShelf. Previously, he was Co-President at Macmillan Higher Education.

Jennifer Hergenroeder joined The Experiment as Marketing and Publicity Manager.  She previously was the Senior Publicist at The University of North Carolina Press.

Dr. Michelle Anthony has joined the nonprofit Christian publisher David C. Cook as VP and Publisher of the Learning Resources Group.

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Libraries and Licensing

With the ever-increasing importance of libraries as a way readers can discover new authors and books, and the growing popularity of digital access, we thought it was time to post a comprehensive update on libraries and ebook licensing.

It’s important to recognize that the large majority of libraries license, rather than buy, their ebooks.  This is a critical difference, because in licensing contracts, the first sale doctrine does not apply.

For those who need reminding, the first sale doctrine is the section of copyright law that states “once a product is sold, the original creator/owner gives up all rights to preventing that copy from being resold, lent, rented, or otherwise conveyed to another person,” according to John Palfrey at The Digital Shift.

When the issue of ebook collections came up, publishers opted to license ebooks instead of selling, not only because libraries are a distinct  market, but because they wanted to maintain the one patron, one book per rental paradigm with an expiration date imitating print’s inevitable wear and tear.  This decision came after a fairly long period of time when publishers grappled with the best way to mimic their print deals with libraries, resulting in the initially controversial HarperCollins model.

As currently set up, the Big 5 have a few ways of going about ebook licensing contracts:

Licensing Chart FINAL

Data from The Digital Shift, 8/2014


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The Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/6-10/10

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.

Nielsen data from the first half of 2014 shows that physical book purchases far outweigh ebook purchases.

On that note, The Economist extrapolated current ebook data to forecast when ebooks will become more popular than print books.

A Bowker study released this week shows that self-publishing continues to steadily rise in the United States.

Should foreign language publishers start publishing their books in English too?

The New York Times calls for more neutral parties to explore the Amazon/Hachette negotiations.

The Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/29-10/3

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.

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Americans spend almost the same amount of money on ebooks and print books.

Why are the National Book Award nonfiction long lists light on women every year?

Should scholarly publishers separate their archives into applicable resources and out-of-date historical practices to avoid confusion in the digital age?

How does attention from a nationwide TV show change the publishing experience for an author’s debut novel?

Do ebooks save university libraries money in the long term?

People Round-Up, Early October 2014


Jim Childs was named Publisher at Rowman & Littlefield. Previously, he was Publisher at Time Home Entertainment Inc.

Eric Price joined Melville House as VP, New Business Development.  He was formerly Director of Sales and Marketing at Quercus.

Andy Sareyan joined Andrews McMeel Universal as President, CEO. Previously, he was President, National Journal and EVP, Atlantic Media at Atlantic Media Company.

Chitra Bopardikar has left her position as VP International Sales & Business Development at Perseus Book Group. She can be reached at [email protected]

Julia Cheiffetz returned to HarperCollins as Executive Editor at Dey Street Books.  Previously, she was Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing.

Rachel Rosenfelt joined Verso Books as Creative Director.  Formerly, she was The New Inquiry’s Co-founder and Publisher.

Valerie Cortes is now Publisher at Boston Review. Previously, she was Circulation Director at Bookforum and Artforum.

John Coughlan, Founding Member and Publisher of Capstone Press, retired after 25 years.

Jan Johnson stepped down from her position as Publisher at Red Wheel/Weiser.  She will work with select authors and develop new ventures for the company under the title of Publisher Emerita.

Kat Meyer joined Publishers Weekly as Director, Events and Community Engagement.  She was Community Manager and Conference Chair for Frankfurt Book Fair and had held a similar role at O’Reilly’s Tools of Change.

In children’s publishing: Sue Cole joined Highlights for Children as Director of Production.  Before moving to Highlights, she was Director of Production at Grove/Atlantic. . . . Emilie Polster has joined Little, Brown Children’s as Executive Director of Marketing. She was previously Senior Director of Integrated Marketing & Operations at Harper Children’s. . . . Bridget Hartzler has joined Penguin Young Readers Group as Publicist. Previously, she was Publicist at St. Martin’s Press. . . .Elizabeth Bennett joined HMH Books for Young Readers as Executive Editor, Franchise Publishing.  She was formerly Senior Editorial Consultant at Reader’s Digest Children’s Books. . . . Maggie Tokuda-Hall joined Chronicle Books as Marketing Manager, Children’s.  Before, she was Children’s Director of Marketing and Events at Books Inc. . . . Caitlin Casey joined Little Bee Books as Manager, Marketing and Publicity after previously working for Scholastic Reading Clubs as Senior Manager. . . . Laura Mancuso joined Little Pickle Press as VP of Sales and Marketing.  Previously, she was Special Market Sales Manager and Kids Task Force Member at Lonely Planet. . . .Sarah Dotts Barley joined Flatiron Books as Senior Editor for YA crossover books. Previously, she was Editor at Harper Children’s and HarperTeen.

Tim Wright joined the Chronicle Books Special Markets Sales Team.  Previously, he created and sold his own line of greeting cards.

Abrams appointed Karrie Witkin to its new role of Editorial Director, Gift & Paper Products and Hana Nakamura as Associate Art Director, Gift & Paper Products for its new imprint, Abrams Noterie. Witkin was Senior Editor/Manager at Penguin Random House and Nakamura was Art Director at Mucca Design.

Mandy Major joined The Crown Publishing Group as Editorial Director of the cooking blog Formerly, she was Online Editor for Emerging Brands at Scripps Networks Interactive.

Jessica Lawrence joined St. Martin’s Press as Publicity Manager.  Previously, she was Senior Publicist at Simon & Schuster.  Also at MacmillanShannon Donnelly has joined Picador as Marketing Manager. Previously she was a Marketing Manager at Dey Street Books.

Katie Zaun joined Emma Sweeney Agency as Rights Manager.  Formerly, she was Literary Scout at Barbara Tolley and Associates.

Laura Nolan joined Kuhn Projects as Agent after leaving her position as Head of the Book Division at Paradigm.

Josh Leventhal, former Publisher of MVP Books, joined The Minnesota Historical Society as Acquisitions Editor.

In religious publishing: John Kramp joined HarperCollinsas Senior VP, Bible Group.  Previously, he was VP, Church Resources Division at LifeWay. . . . Kathy Armistead joined HarperCollins Christian Publishing as Associate Publisher, Study Resources.  Formerly, she was Lead Editor, Bible, Leadership, Theology at Abingdon Press. . . . Worthy appointed Pamela Clements VP, Associate Publisher of its new Inspired imprint.  Previously, she was Associate Publisher of Christian Living and Fiction at Abingdon Press.

At university presses: Joshua Machat joined Yale University Press as Publicist, Art & Architecture.  His previous position was Publicist at Getty Research Institute. . . . Gary Dunham joined Indiana University Press as Director.  Previously, he was Director of Publications at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

As added to our last Round-Up: Terry Newell retired from Weldon Owen, where he was CEO, after 15 years with the company.  He may be reached at [email protected]. . . . Lisa Gallagher moved to DeFiore and Company from Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as Literary Agent.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/22-9/26

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.

Mediabistro further unpacks the diversity and gender data in the Publishers Weekly Salary Survey.

What does Authors United’s continued engagement with the Amazon/Hachette battle mean for the ongoing negotiations?

Huffington Post and American Library Association compiled data on banned books from 2013 onward into infographic form for Banned Books Week.

How important is the role of an editor at a scholarly journal?

Will the silence surrounding Jeff Bezos’ yearly author party continue?

International Bestsellers, September 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: Mexico and Russia.  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.  





BestsellerSeptember2014 Italy


BestsellerSeptember.2014 Spain





Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 9/15-9/19

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.

Will the Apple iOS 8 update convert Amazon Kindle users into iBooks users?

Will print books survive alongside ebooks even though CDs couldn’t survive MP3s?

Can setting aside 30 minutes away from technology improve reading habits?

Are comic books a good teaching tool?

Is it in consumers’ best interests to root for Amazon in the Amazon-Hachette war or for the the publishers?