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Publishers Weekly September 23, 2019

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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3 min.
submittable comes of age

Ask any aspiring writer sending out stories and manuscripts for publication, and you’ll hear the same thing: in the end, the submission process comes down to a numbers game. However, keeping track of all those submissions, acceptances, and inevitable rejections requires both patience and organization. And that’s where Submittable comes in. The cloud-based management system, launched in 2010 in Missoula, Mont., has made the submission process more streamlined, convenient, and transparent. Through Submittable’s online platform, writers are able to track and manage their submissions while receiving status updates from publications. Jolene Brink, product marketing manager for Submittable, says the platform was created by its three founders, “a writer, a filmmaker, and a rock ’n’ roll guitar player who wanted a better, faster way for individuals and organizations to navigate any application…

1 min.
the week in publishing

Macmillan named Amy Einhorn president and publisher of Henry Holt. Einhorn, who was previously executive v-p and publisher of Macmillan’s Flatiron Books division, succeeds Ben Schrank, who left the company. The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden and his publisher, Macmillan, looking to seize Snowden’s proceeds from his new memoir, Permanent Record, published by Macmillan last week. Revenue at Scholastic rose 7% in the first quarter ended August 31 over the comparable period last year, helped by a strong performance in its trade division. Total revenue rose to $232 million. The net loss was cut to $58.5 million, from $61.3 million. The AWP board denied charges from former director Chloe Schwenke that she was dismissed because of her transgender status, saying she was fired due to…

5 min.
undaunted

If the fortunes of Barnes & Noble are going to be turned around—and new CEO James Daunt is confident they will be—the improvement will be led by the company’s booksellers. In an interview at B&N’s flagship bookstore in New York City, Daunt repeatedly stressed that the makeover of the company will be done by empowering store managers and other booksellers to create stores that meet the needs of their local communities. “The bookseller in North Dakota knows what the customer wants better than someone in New York,” Daunt said, adding that managers won’t be held hostage by planograms from New York when determining how a store should be stocked. While all buying will still be done from New York (publishers will not need to have reps call on individual stores, as…

4 min.
deals

MOVIE DEALS ● Chuck Palahniuk’s backlist novel Invisible Monsters (released in 1999 by his longstanding publisher, W.W. Norton) has been optioned by Fabrik Entertainment, the production company behind the TV series Bosch. Invisible Monsters is in the works as a series. ● Freeform, the Disney-owned cable TV channel, has optioned Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2017 novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Atria) for series adaptation. Reid is attached to write the adaptation, with Ilene Chaiken and Jennifer Beals executive producing. INTERNATIONAL DEALS ● The Finnish thriller Faithful Reader, published by Tammi in August, has been acquired in Germany by Bastei Lübbe. Max Seeck’s novel, according to the Elina Ahlback Agency, which handled the sale, is a psychological thriller in which “a strong female detective chases a serial killer.” ● Canadian author Shani Mootoo’s Polar Vortex…

1 min.
behind the deal

Summer is usually a dead zone in publishing and a notoriously bad time to try to sell a book. Not so for Nelson Literary Agency’s Joanna MacKenzie, who, this summer, found herself at the center of a near bidding war for, of all things, a poetry collection. Another Bird Entirely, which wound up selling to Harper Perennial for high five figures, almost went to auction. According to MacKenzie, Kate Baer, the author, started to gain attention for her work, which she shares on social media, early in the year. Describing Baer’s poetry as “Rupi Kaur meets Mary Oliver,” MacKenzie said that Baer “really started to catch a wave” in June, after being featured on platforms such as Cup of Jo (a women’s lifestyle website). “There was this groundswell happening that indicated…

1 min.
print unit sales up 4.4% in mid-september

Two adult fiction hits in the week ended Sept. 14, 2019, led to a 4.4% increase in unit sales of print books over the comparable week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood sold more than 111,000 copies in its first week, while Stephen King’s The Institute sold more than 108,000 copies, driving a 6.6% increase in sales in the adult fiction category. Also contributing to the sales increase in the category was Killer Instinct by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, which sold 18,000 copies in its first week. Unit sales of adult nonfiction rose 2.5% over 2018. Six of the top 10 bestsellers in the category were new, led by Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers, which sold nearly 66,000 copies in its…