Publishers Weekly September 13, 2021

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the week in publishing

Nancy Pearl has been named the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Pearl is a librarian and was the creator of the One City One Book program, the host of the TV show Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, and the author of the Book Lust series—four books of book recommendations. Publishers and the Internet Archive have asked for a three-month extension to finish the discovery phase of a copyright lawsuit, which was filed in June 2020 by the publishers, charging IA with illegal scanning and lending of their works. Mark Tauber, the former publisher of HarperOne and head of Chronicle’s Prism imprint and audio division, has formed a new literary firm, the Watermark Agency. Lawyers for Amazon and the Big Five publishers…

4 min
tough to top

By any measure, the first half of 2021 was a good period for trade book publishing. Revenue at the companies that report trade sales to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program rose 17.6% over the first six months of 2020; NPD BookScan reported that unit sales increased 18.5% in the period; and bookstore sales jumped 30% over what was a miserable first six months of 2020. So it comes as no surprise that the four publicly traded major publishers also posted strong increases in the period. Of particular note is the fact that while sales were strong, profits were even better, with operating margins showing healthy gains. In general, the publishers cited higher sales of both backlist books and digital content, especially digital audiobooks, for the improved margins. Though supply…

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print sales dip in early september

Unit sales of print books fell 5.2% in the week ended Sept. 4, 2021, from the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Adult fiction was the only category to see an increase over the week ended Sept. 5, 2020, with sales rising 11.2%. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover had another solid week, selling more than 25,000 copies and landing in first place on the category bestseller list. A new book by Paula Hawkins, A Slow Fire Burning, was second on the list, selling just over 22,000 copies. Juvenile fiction unit sales declined 10.2%; a year ago, Dav Pilkey’s Grime and Punishment (Dog Man #9) sold almost 240,000 copies in its first week, while another new release, Gale Gilligan’s Logan Likes Mary Anne!, sold…

5 min
redhook finds a groove in speculative fiction

In the eight years since Orbit, Hachette’s science fiction and fantasy publishing division, launched Redhook, a lot has changed for the imprint, but one thing remains a constant: Redhook’s mission to publish books with bestseller potential. “We were looking for an opportunity to build on the already-present success of the Orbit division,” said Tim Holman, senior v-p and publisher of Orbit, about Redhook’s origin. The idea in starting Redhook, he continued, was to broaden’s Orbit reach by expanding into more general commercial fiction. The switch to Redhook’s current focus on speculative fiction was a gradual one, though its seeds were planted in some of its earliest titles, including its first book, Robert Lyndon’s Hawk Quest, a 672-page epic historical novel set in Norman England, released in 2013. It was the 2014…

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bookselling profile: children’s book cellar

When Ellen Richmond looks out the front window of the Children’s Book Cellar in Waterville, Maine, she sees a main street torn up by equipment and talks about how the large infrastructure project going on has slowed foot traffic as the summer wanes. But she also sees what it will be like when the work is finished in two years and a host of arts institutions across Waterville converge, along with Colby College, in the newly revamped downtown. “Waterville is definitely going to be a destination,” Richmond predicted, rattling off details about the organizations involved that show a deep knowledge of her community: the opera house has 825 seats; Railroad Square Cinema is undergoing a renovation, and when it reopens there will be three screens; the nearby hotel has 53 rooms.…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Armstrong’s ‘Nightbirds’ Fly to Paulsen For a rumored six-figure sum, Stacey Barney at Penguin Random House’s Nancy Paulsen Books preempted North American rights to the YA fantasy debut Nightbirds. Author Kate J. Armstrong was represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary in the agreement, which also covers the sequel, Fyrebirds. Adams said Nightbirds was pitched as Carnival Row meets The Great Gatsby and is set in “a 1920s-inspired world where magic is illegal.” The book follows a secretive crew of girls who can impart magical gifts with a kiss. Publication is set for summer 2023. Armstrong is a former high school English teacher and book editor from Washington, D.C., who now lives in Melbourne, Australia; she is the creator of the podcast The Exploress, about women in…