Publishers Weekly April 26, 2021

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the week in publishing

Norton stopped shipment and promotion of Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth: The Biography following allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the author by a number of women. Bailey’s literary agency, the Story Factory, also dropped the author. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will open Children’s Day at the U.S. Book Show, discussing her forthcoming book, Pinkie Promises, a tale of female empowerment, loyalty, and political engagement. Simon & Schuster employees urged management to cancel its publishing deal with former vice president Mike Pence, but CEO Jonathan Karp said S&S’s mission supports publishing a diversity of views and it will release the memoir. Wiley has teamed with author Jon Fisher to create an NFT (nonfungible token) author trading card to promote the publication of his forthcoming book I Took the Only Path to See You. Reed Exhibitions, the…

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author tours are still on hold

Vaccinations may be increasing at a rapid rate, and many business are reopening to close to pre-pandemic hours, but publishers and booksellers are not in a hurry to resume in-person author tours this spring or summer. Most publishers contacted by PW said they are deferring making any concrete plans about tours until authors feel comfortable going back on the road and booksellers and librarians feel comfortable hosting in-store events. For the moment, publishers and booksellers are willing to stick with virtual talks and readings, though a growing number acknowledged that online events are becoming a bit stale. “We’re letting the stores and libraries make the call based on their own comfort levels, locations, and layouts,” said Vida Engstrand, director of communications at Kensington Publishing. “At this point, most of the stores…

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publishing now ’ 2 1: looking forward

It is undeniable that book publishing is facing new challenges, not the least of which has been adapting to the “new normal” of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what will the postpandemic world look like for publishers? Will the changes to adapt to the pandemic persist? Will buying habits and sales patterns change permanently? And what new opportunities can publishers look forward to this year and beyond? To answer these questions, Westchester Publishing Services and Publishers Weekly convened a webinar with a quartet of top industry insiders, asking them to share their observations from the past year and make some predictions for the future. The experts were Tom Chalmers, managing director of Legend Times Group; Cathy Felgar, publishing operations director at Princeton University Press; Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks; and…

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market warms up to puppy dogs

When Jason Kutasi started San Diego children’s book publisher Puppy Dogs & Ice Cream four years ago, he thought his background in digital marketing might help him break into the book publishing market—but early results have exceeded his most ambitious expectations. He attributed PDIC’s rapid rise to its nontraditional (for book publishers) business model—which relies on direct-to-consumer sales propelled by digital advertising—and to the jump in online book buying caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. PDIC specializes in books for children, with an emphasis on print formats, though it also publishes e-books. The list, heavy on picture books with bright covers, is categorized into three age groups: early readers (ages up to three), beginning readers (ages four to six), and advanced readers (ages seven and eight). Current best-sellers include such titles as…

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bookselling spotlight: malvern books

Malvern Books was founded in Austin, Tex., in 2013 by Joe Bratcher, the owner of Host Publications, which specializes in books by marginalized groups—women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ writers. An Austin native, Bratcher launched the publishing house in New York City in 1988 and was living there when he got the inspiration to open a bookstore. “I was enjoying going to book fairs—the AWP [Association of Writing & Writing Programs conference] in particular—and thought it would be great to open a store that sold the kind of stuff they sell there: independent presses; poetry; fiction; chapbooks.” Understanding that opening a store in New York City would be too expensive, Bratcher moved back to Austin, where he had earned a PhD in English literature at the University of Texas. “I…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK ⏹ Wells Re-ups at Tordotcom for Six Tordotcom’s Lee Harris took world English rights to six books by Martha Wells. The six-figure acquisition, which the imprint said is its largest to date, was brokered by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Wells is the author of the bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, which is published by Tordotcom; the new deal covers three more books in that series, as well as three unrelated novels. The first book under the agreement, Witch King, is set for fall 2022. ⏹ Delacorte Wins Trilogy by Carter After an auction, Kelsey Horton at Delacorte won North American rights to a YA trilogy by Aimee Carter for six figures. Carter was represented in the deal by Rosemary Stimola and Allison Remcheck at the Stimola Literary…