At Simon & Schuster, Tracy Nelson has been promoted to director, retail field sales, and Caitlin Nalven has been promoted to national account manager handling Baker & Taylor, Ingram and Perma-Bound for children’s publishing.
Hannah Fergesen has joined KT Literary as an agent, representing speculative adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. Fergesen was most recently a literary assistant at Trident Media Group. In addition, Renee Nyen has also been promoted to agent.
At Red Sofa Literary, Laura Zats has been promoted to literary agent.
Publishing attorney Susan Spann has joined Donaghy Literary Group as contracts manager.
Former Gotham editor Brooke Carey has joined Gotham Ghostwriters as chief matchmaking officer, overseeing the agency’s searches, and managing their network of writers.
Scholastic announced that retailers have estimated selling more than 2 million units of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One and Two in North America in the first two days of sales, while Little, Brown UK announced sales of over 680,000 print copies in the first three days on sale for the script book (both including pre-orders, of course).
Forbes has their annual guesses on the earnings of the some of the most successful authors, estimating that 14 authors together earned $269 million. (Though they don’t underscore it, that’s their lowest total for top authors in the past 5 years: $399 million in 2012; $476 million in 2013; $325 million in 2014; and $355 million in 2015.)
James Patterson $95 million
Jeff Kinney $19.5 million
JK Rowling $19 million
John Grisham $18 million
Stephen King $15 million
Danielle Steel $15 million
Nora Roberts $15 million
EL James $14 million
Veronica Roth $10 million
John Green $10 million
Paula Hawkins $10 million
George RR Martin $9.5 million
Rick Riordan $9.5 million
Dan Brown $9.5 million