People Roundup, May 2014


April was a busy month for industry moves:  Lee Boudreaux, Editorial Director of HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint, was given her own imprint at Little, Brown. Boudreaux will have the title of VP and Editorial Director and will start on September 2, overseeing an eponymous line publishing eight to ten titles per year.

Stacy Creamer was named VP and Executive Editor of the newly announced imprint at Hachette, built off of the Hyperion backlist, Hachette Books. Creamer had been most recently Publisher of Simon & Schuster‘s Touchstone imprint.  Creamer, who starts at Hachette on June 16, will report directly to Mauro DiPreta, who was recently named Publisher of Hachette Books.

The National Book Foundation announced that Benjamin Samuel is joining the organization as Program Manager. He has been an Editor of the online journal Electric Literature since 2009 and Co-founded the digital magazine, Recommended Reading, and his writing has appeared in Publisher’s Weekly, McSweeney’s, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications.  He will report to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Harold Augenbraum. 

St. Martin’s VP, Associate Publisher Marketing and Sales Ops, Matthew Baldacci, moved to Scholastic as VP of Marketing for the trade publishing division on April 28. Baldacci will oversee marketing and brand strategy for all trade imprints, reporting to Ellie Berger. He has worked at SMP since 1998.

Phaidon Press announced it has appointed  Deb Aaronson as VP Publisher at Phaidon in NY; she was previously Publisher at Abrams.  Emily Takoudes was named Executive Commissioning Editor for Food, also working out of the New York office. Takoudes was previously Senior Editor at Clarkson Potter. Elinor Smith has joined the London office as Commissioning Editor for Food; she was previously at Pan Macmillan.

Allison Renzulli has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the new position of Culinary Digital Editorial Director. She will be working from the New York office with the Culinary Marketing, Editorial, and Digital teams to oversee multiple digital initiatives. She was formerly Senior Marketing Manager at Clarkson Potter.

Elyse Turr has been named Sales and Marketing Manager at Shire Publications and Old House Books, part of the Osprey Group. She was formerly an Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.

Mike Salisbury has joined Yates & Yates as Associate Literary Agent. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Trade Books at David Cook.

At David R. Godine, David Goldberg has been named Director of Sales and Marketing. Previously, he was a Sales Representative at W.W. Norton. In addition, Megan Sullivan has joined as Publicity Manager. Previously, she was an Assistant Editor at America’s Test Kitchen.

Kate Sullivan is joining Delacorte Press as a Senior Editor on May 5. She was previously at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Grace Kendall is joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers as an Editor; she was previously an Associate Editor at Scholastic.

Krestyna Lypen has joined Algonquin Young Readers in the newly created position of Associate Editor. She was most recently Associate Editor of Children’s Books for Workman Publishing.

Ashley Woodfolk has joined Random House Children’s Books as Assistant Marketing Manager for Trade. She was previously at the Random House Publishing Group.

Cassandra Galante has joined Simon & Schuster as a Digital Sales Manager. She was previously Marketing Manager at Macmillan.

Karen Holt has joined the staff of CN Times Books as Editor, Acquiring Nonfiction Books. Holt, who will report to VP and Associate Publisher Paul Harrington, was formerly Deputy Editor at Publishers Weekly and Contributing Books Editor at O, the Oprah magazine. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Gypsy da Silva, “one of the legendary copy editors in the world of trade publishing,” as the S&S announcement stated, has retired from S&S as of April 30.  Nancy Inglis, Director of Copy Editing for Simon & Schuster’s Adult Publishing, has also retired. She first joined S&S in 2000, after having held a series of positions at Random House for thirty years, and has been in her current role since 2003. Navorn Johnson has joined S&S as Director of Copyediting for Adult Publishing. Navorn worked for nearly 20 years at Hyperion, most recently as Associate Director, Managing Editorial; she also held positions as Managing Editor, Copy Chief and Production Editor. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/21-4/25

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. 

Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss the implications of mining real relationships for literary material.

Bookish editors predict the next big trends in YA.

What percentage of children are reading on tablets and e-readers?

What does Amazon’s purchse of ComiXology, mean for the genre of comic books overall?

What is the value of “literary citizenship”?

International Bestsellers, April 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: India 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 4/14-4/18

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. 

Graywolf PressFiona McCrae offers advice for independent publishers.

Is it time to reevaluate genre fiction?

How can writers break into the video game industry?

Should all small American businesses follow the example of the indie bookstore?

The stigma surrounding fan fiction is fading and giving some unknown/unsung writers a chance to be published.

Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2014

The 2014 general US publishing industry contact sheet is our most popular annual feature, listing publishers large and small, accounts, trade associations, and more. Taking into account offices that have moved and new acquisitions, we are proud to offer our most comprehensive updated version as a free PDF. Click the image below to download the Publishing Trends Annual Contact Sheet 2014.

Contact Sheet 2014

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 4/7-4/11

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. 

In what ways can the video game and publishing industries collaborate?

Authors see value in self-publishing audiobooks.

How can university presses implement a direct-to-consumer sales model?

Are our reading abilities being compromised by online skimming?

At London Book Fair‘s Digital Minds conference, industry leaders discussed the merits of print and electronic books.

Let’s Get Digital: Notes from Digital Minds 2014

Digital Minds, the conference that kicks off the London Book Fair, took place at the QEII Centre on April 7 with a large audience on hand and some lively speakers to inform and entertain it.  Authors Anthony Horowitz and Richard Wiseman talked about their respective approach to writing, publishing, and their audience, with the latter touting his YouTube successes.

A marketing panel brought together several publishers, including Penguin‘s Charlotte Richards and Open Road‘s Rachel Chou, who shared useful insights into strategies and analytics. Chou talked about analyzing  consumers’ clickpaths and providing follow-ups to both authors and retailers on what works.  Richards also mentioned feedback, both to authors as well as employees, on trends, successes, and data. Her clever presentation used classic Penguin cover art to illustrate her points.

The children’s panel focused more on how children interact with digital, rather than what content they ingest.  Storythings’ Matt Locke talked of how teens’ behavior has not changed as much in the social context, which jeopardizes their privacy.  Echoing Locke, BBC‘s Joe Godwin talked about how mobile devices are to children today what cars were to earlier generations–they provide a sense of control and autonomy.

Despite its co-hosting the day, only Copyright Clearance Center‘s Michael Healy spoke, about “copyright at risk” around the world.

There were some newsworthy moments, when Bookmate won the LBF Innovation Award, and Dan Franklin of Penguin Random House announced the new My Indie Bookshop recommendation site, which one commentator called “The Sims for books.”

Many were waiting for the last panel, which included Faber‘s Stephen Page, agent Jonny Geller, Sourcebooks’ Dominique Raccah, Nick Harkaway, and Kobo‘s Michael Tamblyn.  While they argued and opined, in the end it seemed that they all agreed that, as Page said, “the Golden Age is always in the past,” and as this correspondent would add, interesting times are always what we live in.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/31-4/4

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. 

Does the publishing industry have what it takes to keep up with start-ups when it comes to promoting innovative business models?

One bookseller expresses doubts about the ebook revolution.

How much time do Americans spend on mobile apps?

Some literary agents are encouraging their authors to pursue digital-first publishing.

Forbes estimates Amazon’s annual ebook sales between $265 million and $530 million.

People Roundup, April 2014


Phaidon Press announced it has appointed Keith Fox as its new CEO.  Fox was previously President of McGraw Hill Construction Division, President of BusinessWeek, and McGraw Hill Professional; he will work out of the New York offices.  Jacky Klein will join Phaidon Press in June as Commissioning Editor, Art, working primarily out of the London offices. Previously, she was Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson London.

Meanwhile, Lucas Wittmann has joined Regan Arts as Associate Publisher and Executive Editor. Previously, he was at The Daily Beast. Also joining him are Senior Editor Michael Szczerban, who was previously at S&S, and Associate Editor Fritz Brantley, who was an Editor and Marketer at Routledge.

Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch, announced that Mauro DiPreta has joined HBG as VP and Publisher of Hachette Books, the new publishing division that HBG will launch on the foundation of the Hyperion backlist that HBG acquired in 2013.  DiPreta was most recently VP and Editor in Chief of Crown Archetype, an imprint at Penguin Random House.  Pietsch thanked Martha Levin, who has been Interim Publisher since last Fall.  She may be reached at [email protected].

Peter Ginna has left Bloomsbury, where he was Publisher of Bloomsbury Press.  In an unrelated announcement, Bloomsbury will consolidate Walker Children’s Books into the larger Bloomsbury Children’s, resulting in the departure of Walker Books Publisher Emily Easton.

Dervla Kelly will join Rodale as Senior Editor on April 7. Previously, she was an Editor at Abrams.

Diana Gill will join Ace and Roc Books as Executive Editor, reporting to Susan Allison. Previously, she was Executive Editor at William Morrow, where she ran the US branch of HarperVoyager.

Michael Harnaga-Rentas has been named CFO at Skyhorse Publishing; he was most recently at Hyperion.

Former Director of Publicity at Hachette Nashville Shanon Stow, will join Icon Media Group as Partner and President of the PR firm’s literary division.

Liza Murphy was named Director of International Sales at Rizzoli, and recently she was at Cambridge University Press and ran her own consulting company.

Devin Kirk will join Macmillan on April 14 as VP, International Sales and Marketing, succeeding Judy Sisko, who is retiring next month. Kirk was previously Senior Director, International Sales for Penguin Random House.

Marlena Bittner will join Flatiron Books on May 15th as the Director of Publicity, reporting to Associate Publisher Liz Keenan. She is currently Director of Publicity at Little, Brown. In addition, Karen Horton has joined Flatiron Books as Senior Designer, reporting to Henry Sene Yee, who has been named Creative Director of Flatiron Books, in addition to his current role as Creative Director of Picador USA. Karen was most recently Art Director at Little, Brown and is the Co-founder of design firm design: related.

Maris Kreizman has joined Kickstarter as Publishing Projects Specialist. She was previously Editorial Director of Digital Content at Barnes & Noble.

Julia Kardon joins Mary Evans as a Foreign Rights Director and Agent. Previously she was an Agent at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Ira Silverberg, formerly Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, has joined Open Road Integrated Media, as Strategic Advisor for Author Brands. In his new post, which starts April 22nd, Silverberg will be signing on authors and acquiring backlist catalogs.

Andrew Tsui has joined Open Road Media in the new role of Senior Product Manager. He will oversee integration of analytics and sales within Open Road’s marketing platform, reporting to CMO Rachel Chou. Tsui has worked at McKinsey & Company, Accenture, Barnes & Noble, and Bookish.

CEO of Osprey Group Rebecca Smart will move to Penguin Random House UK at a date to be determined to take over as Managing Director of Ebury. Longtime Ebury leader Fiona MacIntrye has  retired after nearly 30 years with the unit.

Highlights announced that Jack Perry has been appointed VP, Print and eBook Sales.  He was formerly at Random House, and then ran his own consulting company.

After 4 years building retailer and educational platform provider CopiaSol Rosenberg has moved to consulting company DDC and may be reached at [email protected].

Daisy Kline will join Penguin Children’s on April 7 as VP, National Accounts for Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She was most recently VP of Marketing & Brand Management at Scholastic Media.

Rosanne Romanello joined HarperCollins Children’s Books as Senior Publicity Manager. She was previously from EVINS, an integrated Marketing and Public Relations firm with a focus on luxury goods and services.

Laura Duane will join Diversion Books as Senior Acquisitions Editor on April 7. She currently holds the same title at Penguin Random House Audio. Hannah Black has joined the company as Marketing Coordinator, moving over from Dorchester Publishing.

At Workman, Margaret Rogalski has been named Publicist, moving over from Gotham Books.

Sasha Tropp has joined The Experiment as Editor. She was previously an Associate Editor at Sterling.

Children’s Book Blogger and Agent Danielle Smith has joined boutique agency Red Fox Literary. She has been at Foreword Literary.

Jenny Heller at Quercus Books UK announced that she has left the company where she was Publishing Director, General Non Fiction and will be the Managing Director of Guinness World Records.  Meanwhile she is reachable at [email protected] Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 3/24-3/28

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. 

Pew’s annual State of the News Media report highlights emerging publishers and revenue tactics.

Atavist Books releases its first book in a list of titles that is set to re-imagine the possibilities of the digital book format.

Thinking and acting nimbly in digital publishing is a popular topic at Bologna Book Fair.

Professionals across industries share their thoughts on how physical bookstores can stay afloat.

How can publishers make the best use of increasing computing power?