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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly July 27, 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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2 min
the week in publishing

May bookstore sales dropped 59.8% compared to a year ago, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales were $271 million, down from $675 million in May 2019. For the first five months of 2020, bookstore sales were down 32% from last year. Reed Exhibitions, whose businesses include BookExpo, said revenue dropped nearly 71% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, falling to £201 million. The group had an adjusted operating loss of £117 million, compared to a profit of £231 million a year ago. The National Book Critics Circle will hold a special meeting August 24, at which it will vote on whether or not to remove v-p of grants Carlin Romano from the board. At least two-thirds of the votes from members…

3 min
scholastic looks for a rebound

The Covid-19 pandemic dropped revenue by $187 million, or almost 40%, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 at Scholastic, leading to a 10% decline in sales for the year ended May 31 compared to fiscal 2019. Revenue for fiscal 2020 totaled $1.49 billion. The slump also resulted in an operating loss of $46.2 million in the most recent quarter, compared to a profit of $32 million in the final period of fiscal 2019. The fourth quarter, Scholastic noted, is when it typically records the majority of its earnings and cash flow, but with the declines, the publisher had an operating loss of $88.5 million for the year, compared to earnings of $25 million a year ago. The largest fourth-quarter decline came in the company’s children’s book publishing and distribution group, where…

1 min
print units have double-digit gain in mid-july

With another strong showing by the juvenile nonfiction category, unit sales of print books rose 16.6% in the week ended July 18, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Units were up 40.9% in juvenile nonfiction from the week ended July 20, 2019, led by a new surge of sales for one of this year’s biggest bestsellers, My First Learn-to-Write Workbook by Crystal Radke, which sold nearly 40,000 copies in the week. The adult nonfiction category also did well, with unit sales increasing 19.9% over 2019, helped by Mary L. Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough, which sold 337,473 print copies in its first week. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo was #2 in the category, selling nearly 49,000 copies. Three strong debuts drove…

3 min
meet the agent: tanya mckinnon

As readers look to understand America’s current social crisis, Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper, What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson, and When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors have become increasingly popular. Those authors all have something in common: they share a literary agent—Tanya McKinnon, founder and principal of McKinnon Literary in White Plains, N.Y. McKinnon Literary is a Black-owned literary agency operating in an overwhelmingly white book industry, and though it only recently marked its sixth anniversary, McKinnon has a roster of long-standing clients from her more than 20 years in the agenting game. Also among her clients are scholar Robin D.G. Kelly, professor of American history at UCLA, and acclaimed comics artist Mark Siegel, founder and editorial director of First Second Books, Macmillan’s graphic novel…

3 min
change your pov again and again.

A Korean War Odyssey Bringing Home Uncle Donnie - Mia In Korea Since Tom Gormley A Korean War Odyssey is the story of Donald Matney – his exploits and sudden disappearance during the war and the efforts to locate and bring him home. A small-town boy joins the army to see the world and is posted to the good life in Japan. Suddenly he is thrust into violent combat in Korea fighting a better armed and prepared enemy until he vanishes at Taejon. Over sixty years later, his relatives retrace his journey to bring him home. $13.99 paperback 978-1-4907-9920-9 also available in hardcover & ebook www.trafford.com Ain’t No Mountain High Enough From Disability To Possibility Hanneke Boot Presented in diary format, this memoir shares the author’s challenges with a physical disability while fostering her talent for painting with her mouth. $30.26 paperback 978-1-7283-9824-2 also…

4 min
rockridge press uses data to find hits

The outstanding performance of the children’s nonfiction category in the first half of 2020, with unit sales up 25.5% compared to the same period in 2019 according to NPD BookScan, was driven by pandemic-fueled interest in educational workbooks, coloring and activity books, and other titles that help families cope with the crisis. Leading the way was Rockridge Press’s $8.99 My First Learn-to-Write Workbook by Crystal Radke, which has sold about 431,000 copies so far this year. Rockridge is the primary imprint of 10-year-old Callisto Media, a fast-growing, data-driven nonfiction publisher based in Emeryville, Calif., and New York City. The company is best known for its specialized cookbooks and health titles, many of which are tied to specific diets (e.g. alkaline, keto, paleo), appliances (Dutch ovens, slow cookers), and health conditions (diabetes,…