Talent

New Chairman for Penguin Random House
November 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

John Makinson will retire as chairman of Penguin Random House at the end of the year, and will be succeeded by Philip Hoffman. Makinson had been CEO of the Penguin Group prior to its merger with Random House. Following the merger, Makinson was named chairman of the trade publisher…

Five Skills Everyone in Publishing Needs Now
November 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm

The world of work is changing rapidly, and the demands being placed on everyone in this digital age are far greater. As an HR director, the ‘war for talent’ never disappeared; in fact it is still vitally important that we are clear on how to drive high performance…

Brian O’Leary to Join BISG as New Executive Director as the Association Celebrates Its 40th Year
September 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

Today the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced the appointment of a new executive director, Brian O'Leary. O'Leary, an advisor and contributor to Book Business, has a decades-long track record advising book publishers on digital production, metadata, marketing, and more. O'Leary will take begin his role as executive director on October 3, 2016. Read the…

Science Fiction Publishing Has a Major Race Problem, New Report Shows
August 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Speculative fiction magazine Fireside Fiction has commissioned and released a report detailing an unwelcome revelation: speculative fiction magazines and online fiction sites are failing to publish stories by black writers. Released last week, the report is damning: of the 2,039 short stories published last year across 63 magazines, only 38 were published by black authors. Cecily Kane,…

Why Book Publishers Must Change Culture to Evolve Their Businesses
June 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Book publishing professionals will gather in New Haven, Connecticut July 31s to August 5th to attend the Yale Publishing Course. The course provides insights and tactics that will to help mid-level editors, marketers, and production staff rethink their day-to-day processes and reassess company-wide strategies. Top book publishing executives and consultants will lead courses, offering their perspectives…

Book Publishing Employment Down by One-Quarter in 10 Years
June 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that employment in the book publishing industry dropped by over a quarter (25.7%) since spring 2006 and nearly a third (32.5%) from its peak 20 years ago. It could be worse: the newspaper industry lost 60% of…

If You Doubted There Was Gender Bias in Literature, This Study Proves You Wrong
June 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm

A new study has confirmed what many already suspected: the careers of Australia’s female authors are suffering due to gender bias within the literature industry. That female writers are still consistently being overlooked in the 21st century is not only unacceptable; it is embarrassing. The study, conducted…

12 Ways To Effectively Manage Your Remote Team
March 31, 2016 at 9:35 am

In today’s book business environment, teamwork and collaboration is more important than ever. We are often working with teams around the country and around the world. These days publishers, authors, agents, editors, PR, and marketing people are often in different locations. The new economy has opened options for creative schedules, work-at-home options, and working with…

How Scholarly Publishers Are Redefining Roles & Transforming Infrastructure to Master New Tech
February 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

Scholarly publishing is a technology business. That’s been true for some time, of course. Yet the technology-driven approach to business is profoundly and fundamentally different from traditional publishing practices. How can scholarly publishers reconcile that dichotomy? How should a publisher utilize today’s technology in order to drive innovation? Those were the questions recently put to…

Remembering Harper Lee
February 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Harper Lee, the iconic American author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died Friday in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, her publisher, HarperCollins, confirmed. In a statement, Michael Morrison, the publishing firm’s president, said: "The world knows Harper Lee was a brilliant writer but what…