Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/13-11/17

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.

How have ebooks changed reading over time?

How do Asian-American writers combat stereotypes in their work?

Could technological advances affect how manga is published?

Why do beloved children’s books fall to the wayside as we grow older?

What’s next for the EPUB file format?

People Round-Up, Mid-November 2017


John Kulka has been named Editorial Director at Library of America, replacing the retiring Geoffrey O’Brien. Kulka was most recently Executive Editor at Basic Books. In addition, Leslie Schwartz is now Publicity Manager, having worked previously as Associate Director of Marketing for New American Library.

Radhika Jones has been selected as the next Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair. She replaces Graydon Carter, who announced his retirement in September, and was previously Editorial Director of the books department at The New York Times.

Michael Selleck, EVP, Sales and Marketing at Simon & Schuster, will retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years with the company.

Maris Kreizman, Editorial Director of Book of the Month Club, will leave the company on November 30 to pursue her own writing.

Tina Jordan will leave her role as Senior Editor for Books at Entertainment Weekly when the publication relocates to LA in March 2018. She has been with EW since 1989.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kate Napolitano has joined as Senior Editor. She was previously Senior Editor at Plume/Blue Rider.

Chad Felix has joined Grove/Atlantic as Digital Marketing Manager. He was previously Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House.

At Workman, Caitlin Rubinstein has joined as Senior Manager, Children’s School and Library Sales/Marketing. Most recently, she was Marketing Manager at little bee. Diana Griffin has also joined the company as Senior Publicist, having worked previously as Publicist at Tor/Forge.

In agency news, Alia Hanna Habib will join The Gernert Company as Agent on November 27. She was previously Agent at McCormick Literary.

Faye Bi joins Holiday House as Publicity Manager; she was most recently Senior Publicist at Simon & Schuster.

Lucy Silag has joined Amazon Publishing as Publicity Lead, having worked most recently as Assistant Director of Publicity for Random House Publishing Group.

At Sourcebooks, Katie Cooper has joined as Digital Content Specialist. Previously, she was Social Media Manager at Wyzant.

Hannah Bennett is now Acquisitions Editor for Cleis Press/Viva Editions and Start Publishing. She was previously Associate Publisher at Rosetta Books.

At Westchester Publishing Services, Mark DaGrossa has joined as Director of Creative Services. He was previously co-founder and principal of Folio Designhaus, LLC.

Ken Brooks will leave his position as Chief Operating Officer at Macmillan Learning at the end of the year in order to return to his consulting practice, Treadwell Media Group.

At Abrams, Michael Kaserkie has joined as Associate Production Manager. He most recently worked with Color-X.

Laura Ayrey Burnett has resigned as Executive Director of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. She has held the position since 2010. A search for her replacement is underway.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 11/6-11/10

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.

How does piracy impact the viability of book series?

China’s largest tech IPO is an ebook business.

Will “inclusive access” change the textbook market?

Bates College launched a database of books with characters of color.

What is it like to promote a book in the Trump era?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/30-11/3

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 can big data contribute to literary criticism?

Will bookstores ravaged by recent hurricanes be able to bounce back?

Do book trilogies make the best movie adaptations?

What can be done about sexual harassment in publishing?

Does the current literary canon encourage writers to assume one type of voice?

People Round-Up, Early November 2017


At Open Road, Jon Fine has joined as SVP, Publisher, replacing Tina Pohlman. He previously served in an advisory capacity to publishers and start-ups, including working as General Counsel for OptiQly.

Maureen O’Connell is departing from her position as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Scholastic.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jim O’Neill has joined as EVP, General Manager of Core Curriculum. Previously he was Chief Product Officer at Achieve3000 and before that worked for HMH. Matthew Mugo Fields has joined as EVP, General Manager of Supplemental Curriculum, having worked previously as VP, Consumer at McGraw-Hill Education. Alejandro Reyes, previously VP, Organization and Talent Development at Laureate Education, is now SVP, Chief People Officer. Trish Torizzo joins as SVP, Chief Information Officer; she was most recently Divisional Chief Information Officer, Enterprise & Analytics at Charles River Laboratories.

Michael Pickrum will join Cengage as EVP, Chief Financial Officer on November 20. He was most recently Chief Strategy Officer at EVERFI.

Steve Fischer will retire as Executive Director of the New England Independent Booksellers Association when a successor is found. He has held his role since 2006.

Tracy Behar, longtime Executive Editor at Little, Brown, will become VP, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for a new health, lifestyle, psychology, and science imprint for that division, to debut in Fall 2018.  Former Weinstein Books staffers Amanda Murray and Georgina Levitt have been given titles at Hachette Books: Murray becomes Executive Editor and Levitt becomes Director of Brand Development. At Little, Brown, Jennifer Shaffer joins as Assistant Publicist on November 6.

J.P. Leventhal, founder of Black Dog & Leventhal, will leave his position as Publisher on December 31 after twenty-five years. Effective immediately, BD&L will become part of Running Press, reporting to Kristin Kiser.

Lee Boudreaux will leave her eponymous imprint on November 13 to join Doubleday as VP, Executive Editor. Titles signed to Lee Boudreaux Books that have not been published will be assigned to new editors and issued by Little, Brown.

At The Dial Press, Whitney Frick will take over as Executive Director on December 4. She has been Executive Editor at Flatiron Books. Noah Eaker will join Flatiron Books as Editorial Director on November 13; he has been working as Executive Editor at Random House.

Becca Putman has joined the Crown Publishing Group as Marketing Manager, Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway. She was formerly Sales & Marketing Associate, Academic Marketing Manager at Grove Atlantic.

On November 6, Joel Fotinos will join St. Martin’s Press as VP, Editorial Director of a new mind/body/spirit imprint, leaving his position as VP, Publisher of Tarcher Perigee. Megan Newman, presently Publisher of Avery, will become Publisher for both Avery and Tarcher Perigee, though the two will remain editorially independent. At Tor, Eileen Lawrence has joined as Executive Director of Marketing, having worked previously as Associate Publisher for Algonquin Children’s.

Additionally, Daniel Nayeri, Nathalie Le Du, and Colleen AF Venable have left their positions at Workman Children’s (as, respectively, Publisher, Executive Editor, and Art Director) to start a new imprint at Macmillan Children’s. They will serve as, again respectively, Publisher, Editorial Director, and Creative Director.

At Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, Jeff Tegge has joined as VP, Client Services. He was previously President of Legato Publishers Group.

Ilona Chavasse has left her role at Oneworld as Rights Director and has joined Unbound as its first-ever Head of Rights.

Rebecca Kuss has joined Maria B. Campbell Associates as Co-Director, Children’s Scouting. She previously worked freelance for Scholastic.

At agencies…Naoise McGee has joined AGI Vigliano as Foreign Rights Consultant, having worked previously as Subsidiary Rights Associate at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Cassie Hanjian is joining DeFiore and Company as Agent, moving over from the same position at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Rachel Horowitz has joined The Bent Agency as Literary Agent; she was most recently Children’s Literary Scout at Maria B. Campbell Associates. At A.M. Heath, Alexandra McNicoll, lately Head of Translation Rights at C+W, replaces Jennifer Custer as Director of Foreign Rights.

Frank Parisi has joined Chronicle Books as Senior Editor, Entertainment. He was previously Senior Editor for Lucasfilm.

Jeff Shake has joined Rodale Books as Senior Designer. Most recently, he was Senior Designer at HarperCollinsAly Mostel is leaving her position as Senior Communications Director and will be working freelance.

John Sloan will retire as Senior Executive Editor at Zondervan on December 15.

At Pen & Sword Books, Chris Evans has joined as Senior Editor. He most recently worked as Senior Editor at Skyhorse.

Arianna Rebolini has been named Books Editor at BuzzFeed.


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International Bestsellers, October 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: Hungary and Switzerland. 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 10/23-10/27

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.

Some rare book dealers are turning to Instagram.

Editors – not just authors – can make publishing more inclusive.

America’s most ardent library fans are millennials.

What can Wattpad show us about YA reading trends?

What went wrong with Kirkus’s decision to change a review?

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/16-10/20

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.

If Brits aren’t eligible for big American literary prizes, why are Americans eligible for the Booker?

What are the takeaways from this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair?

Is the current literary culture against third person writing?

This year’s VIDA counts are out, and some magazine have made strides toward gender parity and others have slipped.

Here are two different opinions from YA authors about the controversial YA book, American Heart, which recently had a star removed from its Kirkus Review.

People Round-Up, Mid-October 2017


Effective December 4, Brian Napack will join Wiley as President and CEO. He replaces Interim CEO Mark Allin, who resigned in May. Napack has been Senior Advisor for Providence Equity Partners since 2012 and was President of Macmillan from 2006 to 2012.

David Levin is leaving his position as CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. Lloyd “Buzz” Waterhouse will return to the company as Interim President and CEO; he had previously served as President and CEO from 2012 to 2014.

At the National Book Foundation, Beth Harrison joins as Deputy Director. She was most recently Assistant Executive Director, Development and External Relations at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Ann Marie Resnick has left Scholastic, where she was SVP, Marketing and Promotions, and may be reached at [email protected].

At Putnam, Margo Lipschultz will join as Executive Editor on October 23. She was previously Senior Editor at Harlequin. Warren Bass will join Penguin Press as Executive Editor on November 13, and is presently Senior Editor for the Wall Street Journal’s weekend review section. Julie Ertl has joined Vintage/Anchor as Senior Publicist, moving over from her previous role as Publicity Assistant at Little, Brown and Company. Chris Russell has left his position as Associate Editor at Viking to join Axios as Expert Voices Editor. At Random House Children’s, Courtney Paganelli joins as Assistant Managing Editor. She was previously Editorial Assistant at Pearson. Annie Gardner has joined as Associate Email Marketing Manager. She was previously Senior Demand Generation Coordinator at 24Seven.

In agency news…Elianna Kan is now Affiliate Agent at Regal Hoffmann & Associates, with a special focus on Spanish-language titles. She previously worked freelance as an editor and translator. Riddhi Parekh has joined Laura Dail Literary Agency as International Rights Manager and Agent. Most recently, she was Children’s Book Scout at Franklin & Siegal Associates.

Christi (Sheehan) Hagemann joins Workman Publishing as Publicist. She was previously Associate Publicist at DK. Neil Hiremath, most recently an operations, finance, and sales consultant for publishing and media startups, is now Manager of Digital Operations. SarahMay Harel has joined as Assistant, Digital & Web Operations.

Karen Corvello has joined the University Press Sales Associates consortium as Northeast Sales Rep for MIT Press, Princeton University Press, and Yale University Press. She was most recently Regional Manager, New England and upstate New York, for Baker & Taylor.


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Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 10/9-10/13

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.

Memoirs ruled this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

How does the “gray market” impact authors?

Bowker has released its latest report on self-publishing in America.

What would it mean for publishing to be truly diverse?

How did Amazon book reviews become an arena for political debate?