Publishers Weekly January 4, 2021

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diversity efforts start to kick in

Publishers appear to have responded to calls last year to increase their diversity efforts as part of a national outcry for social justice reforms. Seventy-five percent of the 404 employees at publishing companies who responded to a PW survey on workplace and diversity changes said their company had increased their diversity programs in the last 12 months. (Survey results on workplace policies ran in the December 21 issue of PW.) In general, the larger the publisher, the more likely the company had made a change to its diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. Fifty percent of employees who work at companies with sales of under $1 million said their company had instituted some form of greater DEI efforts, while more than 90% of staffers at companies with revenue of more than…

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print units fell 3.5% ahead of christmas

In the last full shopping week before Christmas, unit sales of print books fell 3.5%, compared to the similar week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Sales were down in the four biggest segments, with juvenile nonfiction units falling the most, dropping 9.2%, compared to the week ended Dec. 21, 2019. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz was #1 on the category list, selling over 35,000 copies. Last year at this time, the title sold more than 37,000 copies and was in third place, topped by Raina Telgemeier’s Guts (about 43,000 copies sold) and The Try Not to Laugh Challenge by Crazy Corey, which sold about 39,000 copies. The juvenile fiction category had a 4.4% decline in the week, with Cat Kid Comic Club by…

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behind the scenes at the virtual nbas

Adapting a major awards ceremony to cater to an all-virtual audience is no simple task, as the National Book Foundation team learned in 2020. It is, however, as attendees of the 2020 National Book Awards found out in November, certainly possible to get it done right. The first step to making it happen, former National Book Foundation director Lisa Lucas said, was making sure all the materials for the ceremony were acquired digitally. As early as March, Lucas said, the NBF team pivoted to digital submissions for roughly 1,700 books, which were sent via Dropbox and organized and stored in a database. This, Lucas said, happened even before it had entirely sunk in that the ceremony would need to be entirely virtual. The next step was research. “Once we realized that it…

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winter have you locked inside? we’ve got you covered.

Head over Heart Poetry Collection About Love, Happiness, and Emotions Anran Liken Anran Liken’s debut poetry collection, Head over Heart, is a compilation of poetry that expresses different kinds of emotions. From heartbreak, love, loss, anger, passion and breakups, this book shows readers how emotions rule one’s life. With it, the author hopes to inspire readers to embrace their emotions and express them openly. To cry a little and laugh a lot as they read each of her poetic piece. Read on! $13.02 paperback 978-1-6641-1307-7 also available in hardcover & ebook Bobby the Bear and His Missing Dinner Ryan O’Connor Bobby the Bear is sitting down to enjoy his dinner when his friend, Fred the Fox, stops by to say hello. When Bobby the Bear returns to eat his meal, he discovers it is missing. Bobby the Bear, with…

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the making of mr irresistible

978-1-6655-8002-1 Hardback | $35.97 978-1-6655-8000-7 Paperback | $15.79 978-1-6655-8001-4 Ebook | $4.99 In his rags to riches memoir, The Making of Mr Irresistible, Larry J Gould explores the secret ingredient to success: being irresistible. As a young, Jewish child who grew up in poverty, Gould tried to find his way in the world but kept running into failure—leading to him drop out of high school. Gould changed the narrative around in adulthood when he became an entrepreneur, created two multi-million pound businesses and received an honorary doctorate degree. By sharing his personal journey, he hopes to uplift those who are currently facing hardship and motivate them to achieve their dreams. Real Authors, Real Impact Visit us on Facebook & Twitter…

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what abrams learned in 2020

Michael Sand, the senior v-p and publisher of the adult division of Abrams, discussed how the company was coping during the pandemic when he was a guest at the American Book Producers Association’s December happy hour. Like most publishers, Abrams’s initial focus when the pandemic struck was shifting to remote work, Sand said. The company relied primarily on Microsoft Teams and implemented a new workflow, which, he noted, was especially challenging for the design and production teams, who are accustomed to reviewing work on paper, rather than primarily in a digital format. Abrams also changed over to almost exclusive use of digital galleys and catalogs. The publisher prioritized the well-being and productivity of the staff, and Abrams continues to offer regular “ask me anything” sessions with CEO Michael Jacobs, as well as…