BEA 2016 Takeaways

BEAPublishing Trends attended BookExpo America 2016, which was held May 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. 

I must count myself among the many who were startled by the smaller footprint at BEA. It seemed to be the topic du jour in all my encounters. There are three main factors affecting this: meeting rooms which allow a smaller display footprint and are situated around the edges and not perceived as part of the show; consolidation among the big houses; and decisions by a number of houses not to take booth space.

The total effect was significant and when combined with a shift in emphasis from display to author signings, the impact of the show was very different from past years. Yes, there were many long autographing lines but no other sense of crowds. Is it good news that no booths were so busy that you couldn’t walk through easily? Hard to say, but it’s the first year that has ever been the case.

Yes, one can point to fewer bodies because New York publishing staffs could not drop in for a few hours as they do at the Javits Center, but that is only part of the explanation.

Booksellers find Winter Institute to be the real working meeting these days and many publishers would agree that’s where upcoming titles are made. Rights directors point to London and Frankfurt as their key shows. So where does that leave BEA? What is its primary purpose these days? Even the adjunct programming has fallen off now that Publishers Launch and others are not participating.

These are the questions that will need to be debated over the next months.  – Amy Rhodes


Though the floor itself wasn’t as much of the focus as in recent years, the programming was definitely worthy of attention.  As usual, there were Editors’ Buzz panels for Adult, YA, and Middle Grade books, as well as the AAP Annual Librarians Buzz Part I & Part II.  And then there were the usual ABA, ALA and other association meetings.  And of course, presentations and panels:  Nielsen’s Director of Research and Analytics Kempton Mooney did an analysis of what’s really working in the market, other than coloring books.  (If you write to him at [email protected], he might send along the presentation.)  Faculty from NYU’s Center for Publishing conducted a panel discussion on “What Publishing Students Teach Their Professors.”  Jon Fine moderated a well-attended panel on “Authorship in the Digital Age,’ with Scott Turow, Joe Konrath and Barbara Freethy.

There were also contiguous conferences – The Audio Publishers Association Conference, IDPF (a proposed merger with W3C was announced right before the conference), and the National Museum Publishing Seminar.  So while the exhibition alone was not as robust as in past years, the combination of exhibition, panels, and related conferences made the week in Chicago a worthwhile expedition. – Lorraine Shanley

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People Round-Up, Early May 2016

PEOPLE

Leslie Gelbman joined St. Martin’s Press as Executive Editor-at-Large. She was previously President at Berkley. This move comes shortly after Nora Roberts, whom Gelbman edits, signed with SMP.

David Hirshey will leave his position as Publisher at HarperCollins in mid-June after 18 years with the company.

Micki Nuding retired as Senior Editor at Gallery Books after more than 25 years in book publishing.

Mary Rowles will retire from her position as Publisher Development Manager at Independent Publishers Group after 15 years with the company. Richard T. Williams was named her successor.

Brian Haley is now Senior Director of Technology at Open Road Integrated Media. He was previously Engineering Manager at Crain Communication. Additionally, Austin Walker joined as Senior Sales Manager. He was National Account Manager at Oxford University Press.

Michael Barson joined Poisoned Pen Press as Publicity Director. He was previously Senior Executive of Publicity at Putnam.

Trinity McFadden joined Zondervan as Senior Manager of Publicity for Bibles and CARR (church, academic, reference, and reflective). She was most recently a freelance editor.

Emily Murdock Baker launched the independent editing service EMB Editorial. She was Associate Editor at Penguin Books.

Dustin Kurtz is now Manager of Books & Books’ Cayman Islands store. He was most recently Marketing Manager at Melville House and before that was a Bookseller at McNally Jackson and WORD Bookstore.

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International Bestsellers, April 2016

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: Greece and Portugal. 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.

BestsellerApr2016.France

BestsellerApril2016Germany

BestsellerMarItaly2016

BestsellerApr2016Spain

BestsellerApr2016Greece1 BestsellerApril2016Portugal1

 

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People Round-Up, Mid-April 2016

PEOPLE

Stacy Creamer joined Regan Arts as SVP, Executive Editor. She was most recently Executive Editor at Hachette Books.

Alaina Mauro is now Publishing Director at for Hachette’s James Patterson division. She was previously Digital Sales Account Manager at Penguin Random House. Krishan Trotman joined Hachette as Senior Editor. She was previously Senior Editor at Skyhorse Publishing.

Sarah Williams joined Penguin Random House as VP, Director of Strategy and Development, Special Markets. She was previously Executive Editor, Business Development at Chronicle. Jennifer Schuster joined Crown Archetype and Three Rivers Press as Executive Editor. She was previously Executive Editor at NAL/Berkley.

Amelia Possanza joined Flatiron Books as Senior Publicist. She was previously Publicist at Touchstone.

Erin Kottke launched Erin Kottke Public Relations. She was most recently Marketing and Publicity Director at Graywolf Press.

Diana Ventimiglia joined North Star Way as Editor. She was previously Editor at Sterling Publishing.

In children’s publishing, Bess Braswell joined HarperCollins Children’s as Senior Director of Marketing. She was previously Marketing Director at Scholastic. . . Cayla Rasi joined Random House Children’s as Digital Senior Marketing Manager. She was previously Social Media Communications Manager at Deep Focus.

Heather Jackson will join the David Black Agency in May as Agent. She was previously at Harmony.

Eli Bortz joined University of Notre Dame Press as Senior Acquisitions Editor. He was Acquisitions Editor at Vanderbilt University Press.

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