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Steve Rubin Named President of Henry Holt

henryholtlogo.jpgToday Macmillan CEO John Sargent announced that Steve Rubin will become president and publisher of Henry Holt at the beginning of November.

The current Henry Holt president Dan Farley will turn his attention towards managing the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. In September, Rubin resigned as executive VP and publisher-at-large for Random House, a position he assumed in February following massive restructuring at the conglomerate. Before that, he had served as Doubleday Broadway Group’s former publisher.

Here’s Rubin’s statement, from the subscription-only article: “Throughout my career, I have always strived to publish those exceptional books that bridge the gap between commerce and literature. I believe that Holt is the perfect place to do this, given that its sister companies are the distinguished Farrar Straus and the powerhouse St. Martin’s Press, I can’t wait to work more directly with books and authors in developing a tight, powerful, focused list.”

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Steve Rubin Resigns at Random House

rh23.jpgAfter serving as executive VP and publisher-at-large for Random House since February, former Doubleday Broadway Group publisher Steve Rubin has resigned from the restructured conglomerate.

According to Publishers Weekly, the executive decided to move on after 25 years at the company. In February Rubin took on a new position, serving as a “new business advocate” after the company rearranged its imprints and laid-off many employees–a move that altered his old Doubleday Broadway Group position.

Here’s more from the article: “In his memo about Rubin’s resignation, Random chairman Markus Dohle praised Rubin for having ‘one of the most accomplished and distinguished careers in our company’s history.’ Dohle said that since becoming publisher-at-large Rubin has contributed to shaping Random’s global strategy and helped land several promising projects, including the book to be written by former President George W. Bush.”

Yes, Virginia, Harry Potter Changed the Publishing Industry

As sales of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS climb enough to sell out its first printing – prompting Scholastic to up the number of copies in print to 14 million – AP’s Hillel Italie asks a slew of publishing movers and shakers how Harry Potter has changed the industry. First, no book could have possibly sold this quickly. “With Potter, you have almost a perfect storm of events,” said Steve Ross, president and publisher of Collins, a division of HarperCollins. “You have changes in technology and capacity, the synergy that worked so effectively between the books and the movies, and, most importantly…they were books of startling quality.”

Doubleday Broadway president and publisher Steve Rubin credits Potter for changing the way the imprint will market the next book by Dan Brown. “I surely would hesitate before trying to do something like 12 million copies…but thanks largely to Potter, we can think about numbers we wouldn’t have imagined before.” Other ways Harry Potter changed and was changed: fewer distribution hubs causing more efficient delivery patterns; better technology enabling email use for manuscript delivery, supply and demand updates and communication; and a blockbuster mentality helped by the movies. “It wasn’t conceivable for a hardcover book to have that kind of sales, even for a book as sought after as Jaws,” said Random House spokesperson Stuart Appelbaum. “At that time, the mass market paperback was the format for multimillion sellers. But mass merchandisers weren’t selling as many books, and at the same velocity, as they do today.”

Faulks Confirmed as Author of Centenary Bond Novel

Score one for MI6, who correctly predicted that Sebastian Faulks, most recently the author of ENGELBY, is the newest author aboard the James Bondenterprise. DEVIL MAY CARE is scheduled to be published on May 28, 2008 – just in time for the 100th anniversary of Ian Fleming‘s birth – by Penguin in the UK and Doubleday in the US. Doubleday president and publisher Steve Rubin bought US rights from Gillon Aitken with Deb Futter to edit.

“Three pages into DEVIL MAY CARE and you are immediately thrown back into the world of James Bond and all those wonderful characters we have come to love,” Rubin said in the announcement, reprinted on Doubleday Broadway’s official blog. “DEVIL MAY CARE is pure Fleming channeled by Faulks – a madcap adventure, a romantic romp and a book you can devour in one sitting. It all starts in Paris, and no one alive writes better about Paris than Sebastian Faulks.”

The book will be set in 1967, when, Faulks said yesterday, “Bond is damaged, ageing and in a sense it is the return of the gunfighter for one last heroic mission”. His own interpretation of the spy, he hinted, would show all the caddishness of Bond’s previous incarnations, tempered with just a shade of new-mannish sensitivity. He has been widowed and been through a lot of bad things … He is slightly more vulnerable than any previous Bond but at the same time he is both gallant and highly sexed, if you can be both. Although he is a great seducer, he really does appreciate the girls he seduces and he doesn’t actually use them badly.”