Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/17-7/21

Red Number 5Every 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.

Why are men writing under female names?

How can books survive the attention economy?

Do YouTubers’ book sales translate overseas?

Should we publish more children’s books from other countries?

What should a bookseller do with a dangerous book?

People Round-Up, Mid-July 2017


At the Library of AmericaCheryl Hurley, President, and Geoffrey O’Brien, Editor-in-Chief, will retire at the end of 2017. Hurley will be succeeded by Max Rudin, who is currently Publisher; a replacement will be sought for O’Brien.

Frank Autunnale has been named Chief Financial Officer for the Independent Publishers Group (IPG) and its subsidiaries, replacing Cara Semple, who has left to pursue other opportunities. Autunnale was most recently VP, Finance at Hachette Book Group.

At the Feminist Press, Jamia Wilson has been named Executive Director and Publisher, succeeding Jennifer Baumgardner. Wilson was previously Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media.

Emiko Usui has been named Editor-in-Chief at the National Gallery of Art, where she will lead the Gallery’s publishing division and oversee content for the website, periodicals, and ephemera. She previously served for six years as Director of MFA Publications at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Jess Zimmerman is now Editor-in-Chief at Electric Literature. She is the founding editor of Archipelago, and her cultural commentary and essays have appeared in, among others, The Toast, Slate, The New Republic, Hazlitt, and Catapult.

Mary Marotta has joined Dorling Kindersley as VP, Sales, Marketing, and Publicity; she was previously Deputy Publisher and VP, Director of Children’s Sales, at Simon & Schuster. Brandi Larsen has also joined DK as VP, Publishing, moving over from her previous role as Digital Publishing Director at Penguin Random House.

At Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Tracy Danz has joined as VP, Sales and Marketing. He is the owner of LaneDanz Consulting, LLC and previously worked as Director of Library Sales and Marketing at HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

At Norton, VP and Senior Editor Maria Guarnaschelli has retired after almost 17 years at the company.

George Andreou has been appointed Director of Harvard University Press, effective at the beginning of September. He is currently VP and Senior Editor at Knopf and will succeed William P. Sisler, who is retiring after nearly twenty-seven years in the position.

At House of SpeakEasy, Erin Cox has been named Executive Producer. She is also Senior Associate at Rob Weisbach Creative Management and Business Development Director at Publishing Perspectives.

Yelena Gitlin Nesbit will join Harper Wave/HarperCollins as Senior Director of Publicity effective July 31. She has spent nine years at Rodale Books, most recently as Executive Director of Strategic Development and Communications. At Harper Design, Cristina Garces has joined as Editor; she was previously Associate Editor at Abrams.

At Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, Lisa Moraleda has joined as Director of Publicity and oversees Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Atheneum, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, Margaret K McElderry, Salaam Reads, Beach Lane Books, and Saga Press. She was previously Associate Director of Publicity for Little, Brown Children’s. Anna Jarzab is joining as Digital Marketing Strategist, moving over from her role as Associate Director of Digital and Social Marketing for Penguin Young Readers.

In addition, Matt Pantoliano, Senior Digital Marketing Manager; Katy Hershberger, Associate Director of Publicity; and Faye Bi, Senior Publicist, have left the company.

Michael Caiati has joined Random House Children’s as Designer for the trade marketing team. He was previously Designer for Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation.

Nicole Caputo has joined Counterpoint Press and Catapult as, respectively, Creative Director and Art Director. She was previously Creative Director at Basic Books.

Gregory Henry has joined Rare Bird Books as Director of Publicity. He was previously Senior Publicity Manager for HarperCollins.

Mark Anderson has joined Parallax Press as Marketing Director. He is Principal at Aethervision/Boilerplate Creative.

At agencies…Brandi Bowles has joined United Talent Agency as Agent, having worked previously as Agent for Foundry Literary + Media. Jenna Pocius joins Red Fox Literary as Agent; she was most recently Editor at little bee. At The Science Factory, Jeff Shreve has joined as Agent; he was previously Editor at W.W. Norton. At Sanford J. Greenburger, Mary Kate Skeehan, formerly Subrights Associate at Norton, has joined as Senior Scout, and John Bowers, formerly Agent at The Bent Agency, has joined as Scout. Lisa Bankoff has left ICM to establish her own agency, Bankoff Collaborative. Laura Biagi has left the Jean V. Naggar Agency after nearly eight years to pursue an MFA at the University of Houston and can be reached at [email protected].

Chelsey Emmelhainz has joined Crooked Lane as Senior Editor. She was previously Editor at Arcade.

Ilene Schreider has joined Sourcebooks as Senior Manager of Specialty Retail. She was previously Assistant Director of Specialty Sales for Time Books.

Lauren Christensen is joining the books desk at The New York Times as Senior Staff Editor. She was previously Associate Features Editor at Harper’s Bazaar.

At Workman Publishing, JT Green has joined as National Accounts Sales Manager; previously, he was Sales Assistant at Abrams.

Mekisha Telfer has joined Glasstown Entertainment as Associate Editor, moving over from her role as Editorial Assistant at Simon & Schuster.

At Picador, Brianna Scharfenberg is now Publicist, moving over from the same position at Skyhorse. Sara DeLozier has joined as Publicity Coordinator.

Sara Henning-Stout has joined Princeton University Press as Publicist, having worked previously as Publicity Manager at Rutgers University Press.

At Kensington, Samantha McVeigh is joining as Communications Materials Assistant.

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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/10-7/14

Red Number 5Every 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 drawback for a chef to publish a cookbook?

How do presales of mega-bestsellers hurt independent bookstores?

B&N Education showed growth in their 2017 fiscal year.

Could publishing half of a book online for free boost sales for the title?

Cost-free textbook college programs could shake up the textbook industry.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/3-7/7

Red Number 5Every 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 independent bookstores holding strong in the digital age?

A new report shows that print sales are up in the first half of 2017.

What’s worrisome about the cost-per-circulation model for libraries?

Who’s ultimately responsible for offensive cover images on books and comics?

Why is being based in Canada a strength for Kobo?

People Round-Up, Early July 2017


Annie Callanan will take over as CEO of Taylor & Francis, succeeding Roger Horton. She was most recently CEO of the healthcare company Quantros.

Benjamin Steinberg is joining Dey Street Books in the new position of Associate Publisher. He was previously Director of Partnerships and Imprint Consumer Marketing for Knopf Doubleday.

Also at HarperCollins, Christopher Goff is retiring from his role as VP and General Counsel, effective September 30. William Adams, currently Senior VP, Associate General Counsel at Penguin Random House, will join HarperCollins as General Counsel worldwide at that time.

Ted Hill, founder of THA Consulting and this year’s chair of Digital Book World, has become General Manager of MVB US Inc., which bought Pubnet and PubEasy from NPD. The two ordering services had been sold to the market research company when it bought Nielsen Bookscan in January.

Raquel Pelzel has joined Clarkson Potter as Editorial Director. She is the coauthor of nearly twenty books and appears as a judge on the Food Network. She reports to Doris Cooper.

Phil Sexton is now VP, Publisher of Media Lab Books. He was previously VP, Group Publisher at F+W Media and oversaw Writer’s Digest and The Writer’s Store.

Eugenia Pakalik is joining Chronicle Books as Director of Trade Sales. She was most recently Director of Sales & Operations and Distribution Services with W.W. Norton.

At Bonnier Publishing USA, Gayley Avery is now Director of Marketing and Publicity for little bee books and Weldon Owen. She was previously Marketing Director at Scholastic.

At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sandra Cohen has joined as Director, Licensing and Brand Management. She was most recently Senior Publishing Manager, Latin America, at Hasbro. Michael Strother is also joining as Editor on June 26; he was most recently Editor at Harlequin Teen. Elsewhere at Hachette, John Kulka has joined Basic Books as Executive Editor. He was previously Editor at Harvard University Press.

Lee Wind is now Director of Marketing and Programming for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). He was previously Vice President of Digital, Communications and Community Engagement, at Little Pickle Press.

Elizabeth Schonagen has joined Lumen Learning as Director of Teaching & Learning, moving from her position as Marketing Manager with McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

At agencies…Carolyn Savarese has joined Kneerim & Williams as Affiliated Agent. She was previously Group VP, Global Licensing, International Sales and Marketing, Contracts and Legal Affairs for Perseus Books Group, where she worked for eighteen years. At United Talent Agency, Meredith Miller has joined as Agent and will direct the foreign rights department; she was most recently Associate Director of Foreign Rights at Trident Media Group. Sarah Landis and Elizabeth Bewley will join Sterling Lord Literistic, both as Agent, on July 10, representing young adult and middle-grade books. They both previously worked as Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s.

Carol Burrell is joining Workman Children’s as Senior Editor. She had most recently been working as a freelance, with prior experience as Editorial Director of Graphic Universe.

At Diversion Books, Keith Wallman has joined as Senior Editor. He was most recently Senior Editor at Lyons Press.

Lauren Plude has joined Montlake Romance/Amazon as Acquisitions Editor, having worked previously as a freelance editor.

Chris Finan, Director of American Booksellers for Free Expression, is leaving the American Booksellers Association on July 7 to become Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Abby Ranger has left her role as Senior Editor for HarperCollins Children’s to launch an editorial freelance business, Abby Ranger Editorial.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/26-6/30

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.

Can a book club for an entire city be successful?

How can machine learning enhance the publishing industry?

Does listening to an audiobook count as reading it?

How can historical romance shed a light on American history?

Does scientific publishing actually hurt the scientific community?

International Bestsellers, June 2017

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: Portugal and South Korea. 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.



Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/19-6/23

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.

The future is bright for kids’ comics and manga.

How can ebooks be more accessible?

Is “quality” enough for literary journals to distinguish themselves?

What does Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase mean for distribution?

Millennials are the American generation most likely to use the public library.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/12-6/16

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 role can comic books play in the classroom?

A new study shows a 13.6% drop in ebook sales in 2016.

Does science fiction prepare us for making a better future?

How have transgender memoirs changed over time?

What opportunities for publishers exist in the EPUB Accessibility updates?

People Round-Up, Mid-June 2017


Wendy Friedman will join Quarto as VP, Director of International Sales this summer. She was previously President/CEO of Parragon Global.

Sanj Kharbanda has joined Beacon Press as Director of Sales and Marketing, having worked previously as VP, Digital Strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Hallie Patterson has joined Abrams as Associate Director of Publicity, Children’s Trade. She was previously Publicity and Marketing Manager for Hachette Books and Black Dog & Leventhal. Alexandra Calamela has also joined the company as Publicist, Adult Trade; she was formerly Publishing Coordinator at Macmillan Audio.

At Media Source, parent company of Library Journal, Judy Goldstein has been hired as SVP, Marketing, moving over from her role as VP, Operations at Pearson. Alex Pereira has joined as Chief Information Officer; he was most recently CEO of Nenito Learning. Mark Flinn joins as VP, Sales and Business Development for information services, having worked previously as President and CEO of Sightline Media Group. In addition, Tracey Fenton is now VP, Events and Professional Development.  She was previously Group Head of Events and Strategic Partnerships at Institutional Investor.

At Chronicle Books, Laura Antonacci has joined as Marketing Director, Children’s. She was previously Senior Marketing Manager for Random House.

At agencies…Dorothy Vincent has joined Trident Media Group as Director of Foreign Rights, moving over from the same position at Janklow & Nesbit. Kathy Schneider joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency as Agent after spending twenty-five years in publishing, most recently as SVP, Associate Publisher at HarperCollins. At Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, Melissa Danaczko has joined as Agent, having previously worked as Senior Editor at Doubleday. At BookEnds Literary, Rachel Brooks has joined as Agent, moving with her client list from the L. Perkins Agency. Nick Chiles has joined Aevitas Creative Management as Agent, having worked as a writer and journalist; he will be based out of Atlanta. Caroline Eisenmann joined Frances Goldin Literary Agency as Associate Agent, having previously worked with ICM.

Katharine McAnarney has joined Little, Brown Children’s as Senior Publicist, moving over from her role as Publicist for Penguin Children’s.

Sarah Haugen has joined Harper Wave as Assistant Editor. She was previously Editorial Assistant at Little, Brown and Company.

At JKS Communications, Sara Wigal has joined as Senior Book Publicist and Ellen Whitfield as Book Publicist. Wigal was previously Associate Publicist at Open Book Publicity and Whitfield worked as a journalist.

Mary Keeley has departed Books & Such Literary Management, where she had been Agent since 2010. Chelsea Lindman has left her job as Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, where she worked for eight years; she can be reached at [email protected]

Dolores Reilly, Senior Production Director for Penguin Books, will retire July 14 after 36 years.


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