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Revolving Door News at Penguin Books for Young Readers & Zola Books

A number of publishing industry veterans made new career moves this week.

Kenneth Wright will join Penguin Books for Young Readers as vice president and publisher of Viking Children’s Books. Prior to this move, Wright worked as a literary agent at Writers House. Some of the writers and illustrators he has worked with include Caldecott Medalist Allen Say, Where Things Come Back author John Corey Whaley and Charles and Emma YA novelist Deborah Heiligman.

Regina Hayes will step down as president and publisher of the imprint, becoming editor-at-large. Hayes has been in children’s publishing for 30 years. She has worked with New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen, Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson and Max & Ruby series creator Rosemary Wells.

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Three Promotions at HarperCollins

hclogod.gifIn a flurry of good news, HarperCollins promoted three employees this week. As we reported, the company promoted Michael McKenzie to senior publicity director at Ecco earlier this week.

Next, Esi Sogah was elevated to associate editor at the Morrow/Avon imprint. Here’s more from the release: “In addition to acquiring her own titles, Esi’s interest in digital publishing and website development has made her a valued asset in our future growth. She is also one of our most enthusiastic and asked-for public speakers at conferences.”

Finally, Nicole Reardon was promoted to associate director of marketing at Harper. Here’s more from the release: “Since joining Harper last year, Nicole has become an indispensible member of the team … Prior to joining us, she led several bestselling paperback campaigns including Garth Stein‘s Art of Racing in the Rain, and John Grogan‘s Marley and Me.”

Meet the Dogs of Brooklyn

From John Grogan‘s “Marley and Me” to Mark Doty‘s “Dog Years,” man’s best friend has served as a literary muse for years. One poet has added a New York City twist to this canine canon.

A few weeks ago, GalleyCat attended an opening reception for “The Dogs of Brooklyn”–a collection of poems by Susie DeFord matched with photographs by Dennis Riley.

This video feature looks at the show and interviews the project’s creators. As DeFord noted in her blog, the reading raised $200 for charity and the collection is still on display at Ozzie’s in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Bertrams and Gardners Target Independent Booksellers

The Bookseller reports that wholesalers Bertrams and Gardners are going head to head this summer with a range of discounts for independent booksellers. Bertrams is launching a “Summer Reading three-for-two” campaign, which is offering indies a 55% discount on selected titles “to enable [them] to mount a profitable and sales-driving three-for-two”. More than 130 titles are included in the offer, which covers fiction, children’s and non-fiction from authors including Ian Rankin, John Grogan, Maeve Binchy and Margaret Forster.

Gardners’ “Summer Reading” campaign, meanwhile, is offering independents 50% discount across fiction, non-fiction and children’s. Approximately 50 titles are included in the promotion. Simon Morley, buying director, said that Gardners would introduce different titles each month until the campaign finishes in August, but more popular titles will remain for the whole campaign.

Grogan Upset Over Book of Unauthorized Newspaper Columns

When I passed by Vanguard Press‘s booth at BEA and chatted briefly with its publisher, Roger Cooper, he mentioned that one of its fall titles would be a book by John Grogan. Interesting, I thought, that the author of MARLEY AND ME would take his next project to Perseus’s high-royalty, low-advance imprint, but then a close look at the fine print revealed that the book is culled from Grogan’s Philadelphia Inquirer columns and licensed directly from the newspaper (which owns the copyright) and not Grogan.

That has him upset, as a statement released to bookstore accounts by his agent, Laurie Abkemeier, attests. “John has not been an employee at the Philadelphia Inquirer for several months. It was after his departure that the Inquirer and Vanguard struck a deal without Grogan’s knowledge and, in fact, the Inquirer purposely waited until after a contract was signed before informing John of their intentions. Further, Vanguard Press negotiated and signed the deal knowing that Grogan had not yet been made aware of the publication.” Former Chicago Sun-Times books editor Henry Kisor not only calls the Inquirer’s action “exceedingly cheesy” but points out that “old miscellaneous journalism doesn’t sell, unless it’s by an immortal like Mike Royko or Jimmy Breslin, and even then sales tend to be modest.”

In other words, this is not “a new book by John Grogan,” and he won’t be promoting or endorsing the new collection at all. Instead, Grogan will devote his attention to the children’s books about Marley that HarperCollins has already published or will be publishing in the future.

Publishers Sure Like These Doggone Books

At the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jen A. Miller sees the aftermath of the incredible success of John Grogan‘s MARLEY AND ME, which sold so many copies that like-minded books by Caroline Knapp, Andrew DePrisco and others would inevitably follow. It helps that according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 63 percent of U.S. homes include a pet, and of those households, 43 percent have dogs. We’re also spending more money on our pets than ever, an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006. Compare that to $21 billion in 1996.

“The market for good dog authors is humming,” said DePrisco, editor in chief of Kennel Club Books and author of the forthcoming WOOF! A GAY MAN’S GUIDE TO DOGS (BowTie Press). “The publishing world has recognized that the dog-owning population in the U.S. is expanding, and dogs continue to be a favorite topic to read about,” he says. And the trend’s not about to stop anytime soon, Miller says, “because there are so many of us dog owners out there, and these books confirm to dog owners that we’re not crazy for buying the more expensive food, for talking to our pets in ridiculously high-pitched, silly voices (my voice for Emily sounds like Elmo), and for panicking when we think about how we’ll go on when the dog dies.”

DeCrisco has another prediction for the direction of the dog-book craze. “A doggy memoir by a great Hollywood star or favorite talk-show host could be the next craze. The quality of these memoirs will be various, of course, depending on the skill of the ghost writer and/or editors. One thing’s certain: Dog lovers will never be short of new reading material.”