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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

February 17, 2020

Publishers Weekly magazine is the definitive professional resource covering every aspect of book publishing and book selling. Over 20,000 book and media professionals turn to Publishers Weekly each week for news and information. Publishers Weekly covers the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats.

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PWxyz, LLC
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1 Min.
the week in publishing

Bestselling author Jeff Kinney continues to expand his Wimpy Kid universe with Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, the first fantasy novel starring reimagined versions of his beloved characters Rowley Jefferson and Greg Heffley, releasing on April 7. Romance Writers of America’s remaining board members resigned last week, just after announcing the creation of a special election to fill their seats for the remainder of their terms. The election will be held March 13–20. Bookstore sales fell to $10 billion in 2019 from $10.6 billion in 2018, down 5.7%, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Three senior Wayne State University Press employees were fired, prompting WSU president M. Roy Wilson to order interim press director Tara Reeser to report to WSU’s chief of staff in the president’s office, rather than…

2 Min.
publishers weekly

President George Slowik Jr. Executive V-P, Publisher Cevin Bryerman V-P, Editorial Director Jim Milliot V-P, General Manager Carl Pritzkat V-P, Children’s Book Editor Diane Roback V-P, Executive Editor Jonathan Segura Associate Publisher Joe Murray Art Director Clive Chiu Managing Editor Daniel Berchenko News Director Rachel Deahl Senior News Editor Calvin Reid News and Digital Editor John Maher Features Editor Carolyn Juris Senior Editors Peter Cannon, Mark Rotella Reviews Editors David Adams, Everett Jones, Meg Lemke, Maya C. Popa, Seth Satterlee, David Varno Associate Reviews Editor Phoebe Cramer Children’s Reviews Editor Amanda Bruns Senior Writer Andrew R. Albanese Bookselling & International Editor Ed Nawotka Religion Editor Emma Koonse Wenner Associate Editor, Children’s Books Emma Kantor Editorial Assistant, Children’s Books Sarah Yung Assistant Editor Drucilla Shultz Associate Art Director Nicole Cadavid Copy Editor Robby Ritacco Director of Marketing Krista Rafanello Marketing Manager Stacey Gill Sales Coordinator Deena Ali Licensing Director Christi Cassidy Director of Special Editorial Projects Adam Boretz Director of BookLife Reviews…

6 Min.
big house on the prairie

Founded in 1970 by Jim Andrews and John McMeel to distribute Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury comic, Andrews McMeel Universal has evolved over the course of a half-century into a multifaceted publishing/media/entertainment empire with a worldwide reach. Originally named Universal Press Syndicate, AMU was rebranded in 1997 and remains privately held and family owned: Andrews’s son, Hugh Andrews, is now chairman, having succeeded McMeel, who is now chairman emeritus. The company’s 85,000-square-foot headquarters is located in Downtown Kansas City, Mo., and the Kansas Business Journal estimated its 2018 revenue was $115 million in 2018. “We’re in the Midwest but we have the strength of every other publisher in the world,” said Kirsty Melville, publisher of Andrews McMeel Publishing. “We are a global publisher though we remain in Kansas City. We may not be in…

1 Min.
unit sales down 3.2% in early february

Unit sales of print books fell 3.2% in the week ended Feb. 8, 2020, compared to the similar week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Unit sales of adult fiction declined 5.6% compared to the week ended Feb. 9, 2019. J.D. Robb had the top seller in the category in both the most recent week in 2020 and in the comparable week a year ago. Last year, Connected in Death sold about 29,000 copies in its first week, while Golden in Death sold more than 27,000 copies in its debut week this year. Four new books landed on the top 10 bestsellers list in the adult fiction category, including Crooked River by Douglas Preston, which sold more than 20,000 copies. Units slipped 1.4% in adult nonfiction, despite…

3 Min.
lost hardman novel released

Indie crime press Brash Books recently released All Kinds of Ugly by Ralph Dennis, the 13th installment in his Jim Hardman series. Dennis died in 1988, and the story behind the discovery of the manuscript by Brash copublisher Lee Goldberg could have been lifted from the pages of a detective novel. Goldberg, a crime writer himself, said his obsession with the Hardman series was one factor that prompted him to partner with another crime writer, Joel Goldman, in 2014 to launch Brash, which publishes new crime fiction as well as reissues of out-of-print crime, suspense, and thriller novels. After Brash acquired the copyright to Dennis’s work two years ago, the family’s attorney sent Goldberg a box of manuscripts. “I hoped there would be a long-lost Hardman in the box, but there wasn’t,”…

4 Min.
deals

DEAL OF THE WEEK Robinson’s Prodigal Son Returns to FSG When President Obama awarded Marilynne Robinson the National Humanities Medal, he said, “Your writings have changed me—I think for the better.” He and her multitudes of fans will cheer at the recent news that the Pulitzer Prize winner returns to the world of Gilead, Iowa, with Jack, due from FSG on September 15. The book, the publisher said, is about the “beloved, erratic, and grieved-over prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister in Gilead…. In segregated St. Louis sometime after WWII, Jack falls in love with Della Miles, an African-American high school teacher who is also the daughter of a preacher. Their fraught, beautiful romance is one of Robinson’s greatest achievements.” Jonathan Galassi, Robinson’s editor and president of FSG, bought U.S. rights…