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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly August 10, 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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the week in publishing

David Varno, the v-p of tech at the National Book Critics Circle and PW’s fiction reviews editor, has been elected president of the organization. Varno will replace acting president Jane Ciabattari, who will return to her prior position as v-p of events. The American Library Association announced that the 2021 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits scheduled for January 22–26 in Indianapolis has been canceled. It will be replaced by a virtual event. Penguin Random House U.S. confirmed that it will not return to its New York City offices “until sometime next year,” with CEO Madeline McIntosh adding that the publisher will return “when it’s safe and when it’s practical.” The Department of Justice, in filings last week, moved to seize John Bolton’s earnings from his book The Room Where it Happened, arguing he…

4 min
finding a way to cope

When the Covid-19 pandemic began to tighten its grip on the U.S. in early spring, most people in publishing were bracing for the worst. Indeed, sales reports from April and May were worrisome, but they began to improve in June. For three publishers that reported their financial results August 6 for the period ended June 30, 2020, sales were down from a year ago. It was a different story for earnings, however. For all three companies—HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster—a combination of cost and expense cuts and increased sales of higher-margin digital products drove an improvement in their respective bottom lines for the quarter. HarperCollins closed out its fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, with a 2.9% drop in revenue from the comparable quarter of fiscal 2019. Revenue…

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print unit sales close july with 15% increase

Another week with double-digit gains in all but one category led to a 15.1% jump in unit sales of print books from the comparable period in 2019 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The juvenile nonfiction segment had the biggest gain over the week ended Aug. 3, 2019, with units spiking 40%. The usual suspects were atop the category bestseller list in the week—Big Preschool Workbook was #1, selling nearly 33,000 copies, followed by Crystal Radke’s My First Learn-to-Write Workbook, which sold more than 28,000 copies. Last year at this time, Big Preschool Workbook sold nearly 14,000 copies. Print unit sales were up 18.9% over 2019 in the adult nonfiction category. Mary L. Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough had another big week, selling more than 154,000 copies. Two…

5 min
so much more than ghostwriting: spotlight on kevin anderson & associates

What do billionaires, aspiring novelists, celebrities, literary agencies, publishers, and bestselling authors all have in common? The answer is Kevin Anderson & Associates, a comprehensive ghostwriting, editing, and publishing consultation company that offers agents and publishers a professionalized approach to the book-writing process. And for authors who need help navigating the publishing landscape, few services provide the flexibility, personal touch, and industry connections of KAA—a team that has produced 10 #1 New York Times bestsellers, more than 250 national bestsellers, and 1,500 traditionally published books. Kevin Anderson’s path to operating KAA, despite his industry credentials, was anything but typical and not exactly literary in nature. Raised on a small farm in a remote area of Northern Alberta, Canada, Kevin’s career path included planting trees via helidrop in British Columbia, cleaning oil…

7 min
three indie presses make moves in nonfiction

Three independent publishing houses best known for their fiction in translation are upping their nonfiction game. For two of those publishers, Transit Books of Oakland, Calif., and Dallas, Tex.–based Deep Vellum Books, the nonfiction programs are almost, if not entirely, new. For Europa Editions, which is less of a stranger to nonfiction but is without any dedicated program, an upcoming series marks something of a new direction. Europa, headquartered in New York City and Rome, was founded by the owners of the Italian press Edizioni E/O, and while it specializes in the publication of European and other international literary fiction, primarily in translation, it is also known for its international nonfiction and crime fiction. Its new series, the Passenger, is unique for the press. The series, whose entries are something of a…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Hill Takes ‘Nothing’ to HMH Fiona Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, sold There Is Nothing for You Here to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Alex Littlefield nabbed North American rights to the book, subtitled Opportunity in an Age of Decline, from Andrew Nurnberg Associates. HMH said the title, set for fall 2021, will “explain how our current, polarized moment is the result of long historical trends… that have long afflicted Russia and the United Kingdom, and which now are beginning to affect the United States.” Loves Tackle Love in ‘Redemption’ In a second deal at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Rakia Clark bought a memoir by a couple featured in Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York social…