At Princeton University Press, Bridget Flannery-McCoy has joined as senior editor for political science. She was previously economics and american history editor at Columbia University Press. Thalia Leaf has been promoted to assistant editor for history starting December 1.
Macmillan has another Trump Administration related drop-in title set for publication on January 29: Former special assistant to the president and director of White House message strategy Cliff Sims’ TEAM OF VIPERS: My 500 Extraordinary Days In the Trump White House is called “the first honest insider’s account of the Trump Administration,” coming from Thomas Dunne Books.
The publisher notes: “For five hundred days, Sims also witnessed first-hand the infighting and leaking, the anger, joy, and recriminations. He had a role in some of the president’s biggest successes, and he shared the blame for some of his administration’s disasters…. He even helped Trump craft his enemies list, knowing who was loyal and who was not. And he took notes. Hundreds of pages of notes. In real-time.”
Politico reported on the book on Friday, saying “is not simply an unloading of grievances on former colleagues. In the book, he also turns self-critical about the role he played in a snake-pit work environment.” The NYT cites “a person familiar with the deal” who said Sims had received a seven-figure advance. (He was represented by Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn at Javelin.)
On Friday, Paul Bogaards at Knopf had told the NYT — speaking about the current lull for fiction from traditional publishers (e.g. outside of the burgeoning KDP/Kindle Unlimited/Amazon Publishing ecosystem — “If publishers are being honest, they’ve underestimated the appetite for books on or about or peripherally connected to Trump. The question is: When will that appetite wane? In terms of fiction, there simply hasn’t been that outlier blockbuster that everyone is talking about. Does it spell the end of literature? No. It’s simply a pause until the next surprise comes along.”