International Bestsellers, February 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: Holland and South Africa. 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.





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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/23-2/27

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.

What’s the purpose of so many separate imprints within a single publisher?

Are self-published authors to blame for the dearth of meaningful ebook data?

What are the best places for book publicists to get air time for their books?

Do digital natives prefer reading print or digital?

How are independent bookstores fairing internationally?

Who’s Scouting Whom?: Literary Scouts Contact Sheet 2015

This year’s scout sheet remains very similar to the 2014 list. There are no new agencies to add nor were any removed. There are several territory changes throughout the list. Each scout’s clients are separated by country or region, and representation for children’s titles is denoted where applicable. We also include the handful of TV and film studios represented by the scouts in our roundup.

Please click here or on the image below to download a PDF of the 2015 Literary Scout List.

* Updated 3/2/2015 to include Baker Literary Scouting, Inc.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/16-2/20

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 readers think critically when reading text on digital screens or does hyper reading prevent them from concentrating fully?

ePubDirect released an infographic comparing ebook stats for Australia, Germany, and India.

Should authors be hybrid writers, utilizing both self and traditional publishing?

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s statistics show an increase in diverse children’s books.

Is the future of ebooks in creating a different reading experience from what we have now with print-to-e and enhanced editions?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/9-2/13

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.

Are book reviewers creating art, or is their work a public service?

Perhaps the saddest group of people to see Jon Stewart leave The Daily Show are book publicists.

What factors affect how a child learns to read?

Publishers Weekly rounds up the best parts of Winter Institute.

What are the biggest Nielsen BookScan predictions for publishing?


Our Ebooks, Ourselves: What’s Happening with Our Ereader Data?

In October of last year, news broke on The Digital Reader that Adobe Digital Editions was taking a significant amount of user data and sending it back to their servers. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a program that allows readers to put ebooks onto their reading devices from retailers and libraries alike. The program’s terms and conditions don’t mention anything about the extra data logging, and there was some outrage. Users were concerned that Adobe was getting data from every single page they read.

It’s understandable that ADE users were upset that their data was being taken in a way that they hadn’t agreed to. However, tracking how a reader engages – or doesn’t engage – with an ebook is only going to increase. Retailers like Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and others all track usage data from the ebooks they sell. It’s not just retailers that do this either, Oyster and Scribd also track actions of their subscribers.

So what’s being tracked when we read a book on a Kindle or open up the Oyster app? Retailers and subscription services track how far you’ve read in a book, where in the book you stopped reading it, how quickly you read it, and how you came across that book, among other data.

Say the data for This Book shows that most people who stop reading the book before completion quit in chapter 7. The fear is that the editor of This Book will ask the author to make some changes to chapter 7 to hopefully increase the number of readers who read all of the way to the end. Buzzfeed Reporter Joseph Bernstein mused on this idea: “Excuse me, Mr. Joyce, you’re losing a lot of Kindle Fire readers here in this third section. Maybe tighten it up a smidge?” All jokes aside, there are some who aren’t concerned at all. Bernstein interviewed Claudia Ballard, an agent at WME who said “…people have been picking up books and not finishing them for a long time. At the end of the day a unit sold is a unit sold.” Of course, that’s not strictly true with ebook subscriptions.

Since users of a subscription service pay one monthly fee for unlimited books, royalties to authors are calculated differently. Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, has openly told the press how each payout schedule is structured for both Oyster and Scribd. It’s no surprise that both payout systems are tied to engagement. Coker spoke to GoodEreader about Oyster’s payment structure for Smashwords authors saying, “As a Smashwords author or publisher, you’ll earn 60% of your book’s retail list price whenever an Oyster subscriber reads more than 10% of your book, starting from the beginning of the book forward.” Coker also spoke to Fast Company about Scribd’s payout system, “The first 10% of every book from page one forward is available as a free sample. If readers read an additional 20% more, the author and publisher get credit for a full sale of the book, 60% of the list price. Scribd will also pay in cases where the reader reads more than the first 15% of the book, but less than 30%. In that situation, the author gets a ‘browse credit.’ For every 10 browses, they get credit for a full sale.” It should be noted that these payment structures are for Smashwords only. Oyster and Scribd are both fairly quiet about how their payments work, but it’s clear that it’s based, at least in part, on engagement data per book. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 2/2-2/6

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 stories will be a simple way to keep you in the know.

Why have people been reading less fiction since 2008?

The announcement of Harper Lee’s sophomore novel has led to much controversy in the media this week.

Will Americans ever want to read books in translation to the same degree as other countries?

Despite last year’s backlash for lack of diversity, Book Expo America announced an all-white children and young adult author line-up.

How many books are published per capita per year in European countries?


Literary Agent Contact Sheet 2015

We’ve updated our Literary Agent Contact Sheet for 2015. This contact sheet is one of our largest and most extensive. The 2015 list has contact information for hundreds of literary agents and agencies across the United States. To conserve space, the word “agency” has been omitted from most listings. Those agencies doing business under a single last name are listed alphabetically, with the agent’s first name in brackets (e.g. [Jane] Smith). The contact information listed for each respective agency is how they would prefer to be contacted.

Publishing Trends Literary Agent Contact Sheet 2015

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People Round-Up, Early February 2015


Mitchell Klipper will retire from his position as CEO, Retail of Barnes & Noble in May.  He will continue to act as an advisor to the company moving forward.

Michael Siglain is now Director, Creative Franchise at Lucasfilm Publishing.  Formerly, he was Executive Editor at Disney Book Group.

Steve Quinn joined Perseus Book Group as Assistant Director, Specialty Retail Sales. Previously, he was Specialty Sales Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Rakesh Satyal is now Senior Editor at Atria Books.  He was most recently a Freelance Editor.  He started his career in the editorial departments at HarperCollins, Doubleday Broadway, and Random House, before briefly moving to California to work in marketing.

Jordan Hamessley joined Adaptive Books as Editorial Director.  Formerly, she was Editor at Egmont USA.

Christine Swedowsky joined Penguin Random House as Director, International Marketing and British Commonwealth Sales.  She was previously Associate Director, International Marketing and Publicity at HarperCollins.  Meanwhile, Rick Pascocello left his position as VP, Executive Marketing Director. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Jocelyn Hale will step down from her position as Executive Director of Minneapolis’s Loft Literary Center in August after eight years in the position.

Andy Hunter and Elizabeth Koch announced publishing startup Catapult, which will launch in fall 2015. Catapult will “celebrate powerful voices, breakthrough narratives, and extraordinary storytelling experiences.”  Hunter, who will act as Publisher, is Co-Founder of Electric Literature and Koch, the CEO, is Founder of Black Balloon Publishing.  They have hired Pat Strachan to be Editor-in-Chief.  She was most recently Senior Editor at Little, BrownJulie Buntin is Associate Editor and Community Manager, Leigh Newman is Editor-at-Large, and Jennifer Abel Kovitz is Publicity and Marketing Director.  Buntin was most recently Director of Programs & Strategic Outreach for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. Newman is Editor-at-Large at Black Balloon Publishing and Deputy Editor at Abel Kovitz was Director & Founder of 45th Parallel Communications.

Andrew Wheeler left his position as Marketing Manager at Wiley after seven years with the company.  He can be reached at [email protected].

Alexander Czik is now Data Market Analyst at Crown Publishing Group.  Previously, he was Analyst, Strategy & Analysis at DigitasKarin Schulze’s position of Associate Director, Foreign Rights at Crown Publishing Group has been eliminated.  After February 6th, she can be reached at [email protected]Lisa Tauber is now Editor at Clarkson Potter.  She was previously Associate Editor at Chronicle Books.

Viniita Moran joined Chronicle as Web Manager.  Previously, she was Online Store Assistant Manager at SF MoMA.

Sarah Smith is now Art Director at The Experiment.  She was formerly Senior Designer at Workman.

Sarah Falter joined Hachette Nashville as Publicist.  She was previously Publicist and Social Media Manager at History Press.

At literary agencies, Leslie Owen launched Leslie E Owen, Agent, LLC, which will specialize in mainstream genre fiction. . . Alex Glass launched Glass Literary Management, which will specialize in nonfiction, adult literary fiction, general fiction, and children’s fiction. He was most recently Agent at Trident Media Group. . . Heather Flaherty joined Bent Agency as Agent.  Formerly, she was Children’s/YA Scout at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. . . Allison Hunter is now Agent at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency.  Previously, she was Agent at Inkwell Management.

Dean Smith is now Director of Cornell University Press. Formerly, he was Director, Project Muse at Johns Hopkins University Press.

Mary Anne Baynes joined Overleaf as Head of Sales and Marketing.  Previously, she was Sales Director and Solution Catalyst at Cenveo Publisher Services. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 1/26 – 1/30

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 piracy is expected to rise to 700 million instances per year by 2018.

Is tumblr’s Reblog Book Club the future of online communities for readers?

DRM-free device sales are on the rise – even for used devices.

What are the implications for publishers of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Book Club?

How do risks and rewards play into an author’s happiness after publication of their book?