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A Trendsetter Farewell from Jen Donovan

Editor’s note: It is with both great excitement for Jen and sadness for me that I share this today. Last Wednesday was Jen’s last day with Trendsetter. She’s given so much energy and work behind Trendsetter, and I can’t wait to see what comes of her new chapter at St. Martin’s. After what feels like the shortest two years of my life, I’ve decided to leave Publishing Trendsetter to work as an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press. I originally joined the Trendsetter team hoping to learn more about the publishing industry […]

With Great Power, Comes Meh Comic Sales

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * Superhero movies – and to an extent TV shows – are one of the biggest trends in entertainment of recent years.  But success on the screen doesn’t guarantee comic book sales. To better analyze the correlation, I took a look at the trade paperback sales of two comic books for two of the most popular superhero films in 2016 so far: Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, both of which happened to […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/13-6/17

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. In the first change at Perseus since Hachette’s acquisition, Seal Press is now an imprint of Da Capo Press. UK bookstore Waterstones has announced that if Brexit goes through, then jobs will be cut. Texas-based retailer Hastings Entertainment filed for bankruptcy this week.  The decision for former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s defamation case against […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/30-6/3

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Five Australian publishing associations are protesting a government open market proposal to allow the import of US and UK books without restrictions. Ellora’s Cave is suing the owner of the Dear Author website for defamation. Purity by Jonathan Franzen is being developed into a TV […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/16-5/20

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Goodreads launched Goodreads Deals, which will send you ebook deals based on your to-read list, favorite authors, and favorite genres. W.W. Norton won’t reissue an unauthorized biography of Donald Trump for fear of being sued over some of the allegations in the book. The Vegetarian […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/9-5/13

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. OverDrive announced plans to start digital book clubs, pairing up with public libraries to start the programs. Milkweed Editions is opening an indie bookstore in downtown Minneapolis. Onebook, Audible’s audiobook sharing program, is now available to all of its customers. PEN America sent a letter signed by […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/25-4/29

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Barnes & Noble Founder Leonard Riggio stepped down this week. Tomorrow, 435 indie bookstores will participate in Independent Bookstore Day. Amazon continues its legal battle against alleged fake reviews. Readerlink Distribution acquired retail book distribution business ANconnect, which distributes to Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs. Beyoncé’s HBO special Lemonade featured poetry […]

The Skinny on Temping in Publishing

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in a publishing house temporarily? One of our readers recently temped in the editorial department of one of the Big 5 publishers and answered all of our questions about her experience! How long were you a temp? I worked there for a little over three months. My role was to fill in for a SVP, Executive Editor’s assistant while her assistant filled in for a Publisher’s assistant who was on maternity leave. What were your day-to-day responsibilities? I was a temporary Editorial Assistant, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/4-4/8

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Barnes & Noble is preparing to open four concept stores in 2017, including one in Westchester County, NY. Lena Dunham and her Lenny Letter Co-Creator Jenni Konner will start their own Lenny imprint at Random House. Actor Sir Ian McKellen has pulled out of his memoir deal, and […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/21-3/25

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. New York City’s Department of Education has revised its proposed ebook deal with Amazon to address concerns from the National Federation of the Blind. Denver independent bookstore Tattered Cover was targeted by hacktivist group Anonymous for not standing against the city’s camping ban. James Patterson is writing shorter, […]