Publishers Weekly December 14, 2020

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the week in publishing

Kwame Spearman and David Back, two entrepreneurs and Denver natives, have bought the city’s Tattered Cover Bookstore, which includes four locations, with a fifth in the planning stages. The Frankfurt Book Fair New York, which was responsible for selling exhibition space to North American publishers and arranging for literary agents to attend the fair, will close at the end of the year. Colin Dickerman, former v-p and executive editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, has been named v-p and editorial director for nonfiction at Grand Central Publishing. Online & On-Air The Week Ahead Amazon Publishing is considering partnering with the Digital Public Library of America on e-book lending. PW senior writer Andrew Albanese weighs in. More to Come This week the hosts react to programming news from Disney and continuing turmoil at WarnerMedia, and bid farewell to…

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will prh-s&s be too big?

It seemed impossible that the acquisition of Simon & Schuster by Penguin Random House the day before Thanksgiving could be overshadowed by a bigger industry event, but that is what happened when book publishing’s long-running trade show and convention, most recently known as BookExpo, was canceled. As the buzz about the end of BookExpo has cooled down, industry members continue to digest the news of PRH’s pending purchase of S&S, the nation’s largest and third-largest trade book publishers, respectively. When the acquisition was announced, the Authors Guild, the American Booksellers Association, and the Association of American Literary Agents (formerly the AAR) all issued statements that were critical of the deal. While each organization had a particular take, all shared one thing in common: they were concerned about the increasing consolidation within…

4 min
kickstarter bounces back

Despite the pandemic, and the round of layoffs and buyouts it heralded, Kickstarter continues to be an important source of funding for independent comics creators, self-published prose authors, and small publishers. Since the crowdfunding platform launched back in 2009, the comics category has raised more than $127 million, according to the company. So far in 2020, the comics category has a 73% success rate and has raised more than $23 million (across more than 1,323 projects). The previous best year for comics was 2019, when it generated $16.9 million in donations across 1,598 projects. But much like every business, Kickstarter was hammered by the pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdowns, with new campaigns declining by as much as 40%. The resulting drop of revenue forced it to announce a round of 25…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Winslow Sells Trilogy for Seven Figs Don Winslow signed a seven-figure deal with Liate Stehlik at William Morrow for a new crime trilogy. The world rights agreement, excluding the U.K., was brokered by Shane Salerno at the Story Factory. The first book in the series, City on Fire, is set for fall 2021. Jennifer Brehl will edit the novels. A TV adaptation of Winslow’s Cartel trilogy is currently in preproduction at FX after 20th Century Fox bought rights for $6 million, Salerno said. Dey Street Lands Moon Moon Unit Zappa sold her currently untitled memoir to Carrie Thornton at Dey Street, which preempted U.S., Canadian, and open market rights. Peter McGuigan at Ultra Literary brokered the deal. The memoir, according to the Harper imprint, focuses on the author’s…

3 min
following the course of the aba convention

With BookExpo now a thing of the past, following the decision of show organizer Reed Exhibitions to “retire” the event, we dug into the PW archive—which stretches back to 1872 and encompasses some 7,650 issues and more than 661,000 pages—to get a feel for how the show evolved over the years. The first convention took place in 1901, a year after the American Book Association was formed, and featured 748 dues-paying members. The convention did not add a regular trade show until the mid-1940s. June 1901 New York City The American Booksellers’ Association’s first convention was held in the Earlington Hotel. ABA president Henry T. Coates of Henry T. Coates & Co. of Philadelphia presided over the meeting. Annual membership dues of $2 was one topic of debate. June 1950 New York City The ABA marked…

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behind the bestsellers

New Day Rising With 2015’s An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir launched a YA fantasy tetralogy whose first three novels have sold more than 405K print copies. The series concludes with A Sky Beyond the Storm, #9 in children’s frontlist fiction, which, like the other installments, addresses weighty subjects, such as the way a benign regime can turn authoritarian, seemingly overnight. In a prepub interview with PW, the author explained that while her books do not shy away from depicting the horrors of war, hope “is a driving force” of the series, especially in its final installment. “I heard a lot from readers about how in the past four years, and particularly since the pandemic began, they struggled to find hope,” Tahir said. “So I tried to explore that theme…