With a growing business in distributing other publishers, Hachette Book Group announced that it will expand its distribution center in Indiana, adding 218,000 square feet of space and 10 more full-time jobs. (A subsequent article noted they are investing $6.1 million in the new facility.) Construction is scheduled to begin in March. The company says "this investment confirms HBG’s intention to continue to control its own physical supply chain." Ceo Michael Pietsch says in the announcement, "Distribution is a vital and growing part of our business at HBG, and it continues to be a high priority. We've been very successful attracting and retaining medium to large independent publisher clients, and providing these clients with superb services. HBG's warehouse expansion will allow us to continue on this path."
At Putnam, Sara Minnich has been promoted to editor.
Devon LaBerge has been promoted to associate agent at The Rights Factory.
Nicole De Jackmo has been promoted to associate director of publicity and marketing at Quirk Books.
Nach Waxman has transferred ownership of the renowned Kitchen Arts & Letters cookbook store to Matt Sartwell, the manager for the past 15 years. Waxman remains a minority partner in the New York City store but is also starting a new company that will focus on out-of-print books and about food and drinks.
In the build-up to the release of THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE ROOM, author Gabriel Sherman tells Politico that his book really was fact-checked: "A team of two fact-checkers spent more than 2,000 hours vetting the manuscript before publication. Roger Ailes declined every request to discuss the reporting with me." Ailes told the Hollywood Reporter that "Random House refused to fact check the content with me or Fox News -- that tells you everything you need to know about this book and its agenda," but Sherman says "I made a dozen requests both in writing and in person to speak with Roger Ailes about every aspect of my book" and he did not respond.
Rowman & Littlefield has acquired the book program of the Alban Institute of Herndon, VA. The institute focues on congregational life and leadership issues, with a list of approximately 270 active books and annual sales under one million dollars