People Round-Up Mid-July 2014


Two months after Globe Pequot’s sale to Rowman & Littlefield, approximately 25 staff across the company were let go, including four Lyons Press editors and a few managers. In addition, Executive Director of Editorial at Lyons Press, Janice Goldklang, is leaving. She may be reached at [email protected].

Julia Cheiffetz announced that she has resigned from Amazon. A former Editor at HarperCollins and Random House, Cheiffetz went to Amazon in 2011 to help launch the online retailer’s book imprint, which was overseen by then-Publisher Larry Kirshbaum.

Rachel Bressler joined Plume as Editorial Director on July 14, taking over from Phil Budnick, who’s moved to Penguin’s Adult Hardcover division as Director of Field and Wholesaler Sales. Bressler was the Executive Director of Corporate and Publisher Relations at The Park Literary Group, and prior to that was Associate Publisher at Ecco.

Paul Whitlatch is joining the Hachette Books imprint as Senior Editor, starting July 21 and reporting to Mauro DiPreta. Whitlatch had been at Scribner.

James Howitt, former Director of Client Solutions at Bowker, is now Business Development Manager at YouGov.

Karina Mikhli has been named Senior Manager Customer Relations/Sales Operations North America at CodeMantra.  She was most recently Executive Director Content Operations at Triumph Learning and previously at OnDemand Books.

Catherine Cullen has joined Little, Brown as Senior Publicist. Previously she was a Publicist at Crown. In addition, Fiona Brown has been promoted to Publicity Manager.

Michael Hoak has joined Yale University Press as Online Marketing Manager. Previously, he was Marketing Manager and Digital Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s. Read More »

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

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. 

Some experts think the prices on digital content will sink lower and lower.

Will France be able to effectively create “biblio-diversity” in the marketplace with fixed book prices?

The data on digital textbooks in classrooms shows that students prefer print.

In the wake of emotions surrounding The Fault in our Stars, The New Yorker asks: what does it mean to cry from a book?

Will Spain’s crowdfunded self-publisher, Pentian, work in the United States?

Making Movies: Reeling and Dealing 2014 Contact Sheet

This year, we did a complete overhaul of our Reeling and Dealing contact sheet, a listing of agents and film scouts who work in the book industry. For this updated version, we have added several companies, new clients, and also separated out New York and LA production intelligencers from Independent Scouts. Click the image below to download the Reeling and Dealing 2014 Contact Sheet. Also, an especially big thanks to Jayne Pliner for her immense help putting together this new listing.

Reeling and Dealing 2014

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/30-7/4

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. 

Public libraries are their bringing book clubs to their patrons.

Opportunities in the digital magazine market are on the rise.

The New York Times looks into the rise in popularity of African authors.

Why have none of the big publishers spoken out about Amazon during their negotiations with Hachette?

Leslie Wells compares her experiences in traditional publishing and self-publishing from the view of being both an author and an editor.

People Roundup, June 2014


The news of Perseus’s sale surprised publishers, but the response both inside the company and from industry observers seems generally upbeat.  No personnel announcements have been made but the sales and distribution staff will become employees of Ingram while all the publishing people report to Hachette. The deal is scheduled to close July 31st.

Hachette has begun to post the names of those laid off on its site, and meanwhile, individuals are beginning to announce their departures.  Pat Strachan is no longer an Editor at Little, Brown, where she worked since 2002. She can be reached at [email protected].  Emi Battaglia and Geoff Shandler have also left, and with the closing of Hachette Business, Rick Wolff has left.

Patricia Bostelman has resigned from Barnes & Noble.  She can be reached at [email protected].

Sonali Fry has moved to Bonnier as Editorial Director for Little Bee Books.  She had been promoted that the position of Editorial Director at S&S Children’s Little Simon imprint shortly beforehand.

Robin Adelson, Executive Director of Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, will resign her posts at the end of 2014 after heading both organizations for the last eight years.

Margot Schupf has joined Time Home Entertainment (THEI) in the newly created position of VP and Associate Publisher.  Most recently, she was with Archetypes, a new media start up. She has also worked at Rodale, HarperCollins and Sterling. In this new role she will manage the Oxmoor House imprint. Leah McLaughlin, Editorial Director for Oxmoor House, will report directly to her, along with the Business Development team, led by Megan Pearlman.

Camille McDuffie has left her position as President of Goldberg McDuffie Communications to join the newly-created Columbia Global Reports as Publisher, under Director Nicholas Lemann. It’s a Columbia University-based publishing project “dedicated to the production of sustained, original reporting and analysis on under-reported global issues for audiences that extend beyond the academy,” and they will produce four to six short books a year, for publication beginning in fall 2015. Also joining the unit as Editor is Jimmy So, who was a Culture and Books Editor at The Daily Beast.

Executive Director of Publicity, Paul Crichton, has left S&S Children’s, after more than nine years. Crichton plans to take some time off this summer before deciding on next steps. President and Publisher of S&S Children’s Jon Anderson said “we will begin the difficult task of filling [Crichton’s’] sizable shoes.”

Sarah Dickman has joined Barnes & Noble as Manager, Business Operations for NOOK Press. Previously, she was Director of Business Development at Odyl/Riffle Books.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has appointed Amy Stolls as the Director of Literature.  Stolls has been acting Director of Literature for the last year, following the departure of a Ira Silverberg. In her official appointment, she will continue to oversee the NEA’s grant awards in literature.

Kelly Rudolph has joined HarperCollins as a Publicity Director, reporting to Shelby Meizlik. She was at Amy Einhorn Books and Putnam.

Carolyn Foley has joined Penguin Random House as VP, Associate General Counsel, with primary responsibility for legal work on behalf of the Random House Publishing Division. Foley spent the past dozen years as a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine.  Meanwhile, Random House is offering buyouts to its sales staff.

After nine years at Liza Dawson Associates, Anna Olswanger has formed her own agency, Olswanger Literary.  And Sandra Bishop, a VP at MacGregor Literary is leaving the agency after more than seven years, to set up her own company.

Sara Ortiz joins Scholastic as Marketing Manager, Education/Library Marketing; she was most recently at Penguin.

Allison Finkel has joined Perseus Books Group as Academic Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.

Penguin President and Director of Paperback Sales, Norman Lidofsky, will retire at the end of 2014 after more than 32 years with the company.  Penguin VP, Director of distributor sales Ken Kaye will retire at the end of 2014 after more than 45 years in the industry.

Carl Bromley will join The New Press as Editorial Director. Previously, he was Editorial Director at Nation Books. In addition, Marc Favreau has been promoted to Executive Editor at The New Press.

At Ten Speed Press, Julie Bennett has been promoted to VP, Editorial Director; Jenny Wapner moves up to Executive Editor; and Kelly Snowden has been named Editor, moving over from the Marketing and Publicity department.

Penguin Random House UK has created a single children’s division, led by Francesca Dow.  Dow will be MD, Penguin Random House UK Children’s, reporting to Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK. Philippa Dickinson, currently MD of Random House Children’s Publishers, takes on the new role of Consultant Children’s Publisher with editorial responsibility for key projects and authors. She plans to retire in 2015.

Karen Shapiro joins Sourcebooks in the newly created position of Publishing Manager for the Entertainment Group. Previously, she was General Manager of Publishing & Development Manager for Hinckler Books in Australia.

Heather Alexander has joined Pippin Properties as an Agent. Previously, she was an Associate Editor at Dial  Books for Young Readers.

Kempton Mooney has joined the Nielsen Book America group as Director, Research and Analytics. Mooney has worked for several publishers over the last 13 years, including Random House and Hachette. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/23-6/27

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. 

School Library Journal addresses the issues of calling diverse books “special interest.”

New data shows that the Long Tail impact in publishing is changing, but what does that mean for the industry as a whole?

If donations can’t save independent bookstores, what can?

What does Jeff Bezos mean to the future of publishing?

What rights do consumers have when they buy a digital product, and how might those rights change as Congress reviews the Copyright Act?

International Bestsellers, June 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: Argentina and Poland.  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. 







The Virtual Museum Visitor: The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar

The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar took place June 12-14 in Boston.  A biannual conference, it attracted a broad group of about 200 museum publishers, from the smallest college museum or UK art book publisher, to the Met, Getty, and Yale University Press.  Yale’s John Donatich was the keynote speaker on Saturday and gave a rousing talk on “Why Books Still Matter.”

With two years to prepare, the program was well-conceived, and the participants well prepped.  Most of the museums are grappling with integrating digital into their organization charts, so time was spent discussing what that might look like.  Museums like SFMoMA have one “Chief Content Officer” (Chad Coerver) overseeing both books and online, while the Met, for instance, has 70 people in its digital group alone.  Many museums like the Menil Collection, have one or two people who do it all.

At the last meeting in Chicago in 2012, there was much talk and a presentation of the Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI).  Now the project has proven itself, and museums like Art Institute of Chicago, LACMA and Washington Museum are moving to create online publishing for collection catalogues. There is also a lot of work being done around archival material – from books to monographs, museum publications, etc.  The behemoth Met created a MetPublications section on its site, where books can be browsed, bought and some even printed on demand. (Associate Publisher Gwen Roginsky says that even the curators are happy with the quality.)  Print books were scanned, and are housed on the Google Books platform.  The Guggenheim, which has much of its collection available online, has an ambitious program that allows users to buy and download many monographs, but the download numbers have been disappointing. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/9-6/13

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. 

What are the next steps in working to create diversity in publishing?

Does the young adult genre need a savior?

What do literary critics contribute toward creating a canon of “classics?” 

How do Common Core State Standards stand to affect trade publishing?

What are the challenges of writing books that can transcend language barriers?

Note: Last week’s link about publishers and Wattpad may not have worked for everyone last week. Our apologies, and here’s the story again.