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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly September 21, 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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1 min
the week in publishing

Crown plans a three-million-copy first printing of the first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoir, A Promised Land, which will publish globally on November 17. Bookstore sales dropped 24.6% in July compared to a year ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The July results were an improvement over steeper sales drops in recent months, but sales through the first seven months of 2020 were down 31.6%. HarperCollins named Gisselda Nuñez v-p of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and S&S named Amanda Armstrong-Frank director of workplace culture and diversity. The National Book Foundation announced the 2020 National Book Award longlists. The five finalists for each award will be named on October 6, and the winners will be announced on November 18. Private equity firm Atlas Holdings has agreed to acquire LSC Communications, the nation’s largest…

5 min
preparing for the post-sargent era

The publishing industry is still absorbing the news that John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishers and executive v-p of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, is leaving the company at the end of the year. Adding even more mystery to Sargent’s surprise departure, the Holtzbrinck announcement said the popular CEO was departing due to “disagreements regarding the direction of Macmillan.” Sources within Macmillan said the news, announced last Thursday, came as a complete shock to employees. Beginning January 1, Don Weisberg, president of Macmillan US Trade, will succeed Sargent as CEO of Macmillan Publishers, while Susan Winslow, general manager of Macmillan Learning, will head that division as president. Sargent hired Weisberg, an industry veteran, in January 2016 to oversee Macmillan’s U.S. trade operations after Sargent was named executive v-p of Holtzbrinck, where he…

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print unit sales rose 7.2% in early september

Unit sales of print books in the week ended Sept. 12, 2020, rose 7.2% over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Print sales in the juvenile nonfiction category jumped 26.4% over the week ended Sept. 14, 2019. The increase was driven by the strength of backlist books. The top 10 titles in the category sold about 83,000 units combined, a 30% increase over the top 10 titles last year at this time. Big Preschool Workbook was #1 on the category list, selling more than 18,000 copies. Last year at this time it was #2 on the list, with more than 8,000 copies sold. Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun, which sold more than 78,000 copies in the most recent week, helped to drive up sales in…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK May’s Debut Draws Seven Figures In a seven-figure deal, Custom House’s Katherine Nintzel bought North American rights to Wahala by Nikki May in a two-book agreement. The publisher said the debut novel was acquired by Doubleday Books in the U.K. It was pitched “as Sex and the City meets My Sister the Serial Killer” and follows “three 30-something Anglo-Nigerian women in London whose lives are blown apart when a glamorous friend from their past reappears.” The author, who was born in England and raised in Nigeria, was represented by Catherine Cho at London’s Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. May ran an ad agency in the U.K. before becoming a full-time writer. Maines’s Memoir Goes to Dial Transgender activist and actress Nicole Maines sold a currently untitled memoir to Dial…

5 min
women authors cope with the pandemic

Covid-19 has created unique challenges for women. Preliminary research conducted by the journal Nature Research shows that women in academia are publishing fewer journal articles than they were before the outbreak. To get an idea of whether the same could be true for women authors in general, PW reached out to some who are also mothers to learn how the lockdowns have affected their work. Prior to the pandemic, a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that women in the U.S. spend an average of two hours per day more than men on domestic responsibilities. This is due in part to the fact that women are more likely to have partners who are also employed, to be single parents, and to have elder care responsibilities. Additionally, the…

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patrick turner, pw co-owner, dies at 71

Patrick Henry Turner, a book designer and art director for a number of book and magazine publishers and most recently co-owner of Publishers Weekly, died on September 9 from cancer. He was 71. Born in Gaffney, S.C., Turner graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1970 with a degree in commercial art. He began his career working for Harper & Row’s Hagerstown, Md., division and later joined Johns Hopkins University Press in Baltimore. In 1977, Turner took a job with Springer Verlag in Germany. He returned to the U.S. in 1979 to work at Academic Press. He then began a career in magazine publishing, working for PressCorps from 1995 to 2000 and Weider Communications from 2001 to 2004. In 2005, Turner formed PHT Design, which he ran until 2010, at which point he and…