I'm not sure where to post this, but there have been some interesting developments in the book world related to my boutique publisher, Twelve. (They do just 12 books a year, and 19 of the first 38 have been NY Times bestsellers, an unprecedented record. This summer, they did Sebastian Junger's "War," and Christopher Hitchen's memoir.)
Early this summer, Simon & Schuster shocked the pub world by firing its longtime publisher to replace him with Twelve's editor/publisher Jon Karp (who was obviously my editor--he picked and edited all the Twelve books).
Jon has already re-orged S&S into teams, with each team having I think two editors, two publicists and someone else, eliminating the head publicity person. This is how Twelve works: with everyone involved in launching the book being very close to it. (The publicist is critical. Everyone on my team had read my book and knew it intimately, got why it mattered, and was able to communicate that.)
I think it's a great move.
That left a big hole at Twelve, as Jon had been the founder and mastermind of it, (though Director of Publicity Cary Goldstein also played a big role.) It took three months to find a replacement, but they made the announcement yesterday afternoon: the surprise choice of Susan Lehman, who has mostly been outside the book world.
Here's the NY Times story:
Boutique Publisher Names New Chiefhttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/books/16twelve.html?ref=books
Susan Lehman, a communications executive, editor and lawyer, has been chosen to replace Jonathan Karp as publisher and editor in chief of Twelve, a tiny, well-regarded imprint of Grand Central Publishing. Her appointment was announced Wednesday.
So ends more than three months of speculation in the publishing world over who would win the plum job of running Twelve, which releases only a dozen books or so a year.
Ms. Lehman, 51, is an unorthodox choice. . . .