Notes: Bob Loomis; Perseus/PGW; Store Moves
Today's New York Times
has a charming account of the dinner held last week to celebrate Bob
Loomis's 50th anniversary as an editor at Random House. Several of his
authors commented on the legendary editor's "almost" technique of
editing. For example, after telling Jim Lehrer that one of his
manuscripts was wonderful, he paused to allow Lehrer to enjoy the
compliment, then said, "except for the space between beginning and the
More details about Perseus's
offer to PGW publishers of 70% of monies frozen by the AMS bankruptcy,
a deal that must be approved by publishers and the bankruptcy court:
- Perseus and AMS have reached a deal for Perseus to make the offer to PGW publishers and to acquire "substantially all of the distribution contracts of PGW."
- Perseus will pay PGW's operating costs for "a five-month transition period following closing," during which PGW would continue offering its fulfillment services. After that, titles would be transferred to Perseus's warehouse in Jackson, Tenn.
- While the future of PGW staff remains uncertain, Perseus president and CEO David Steinberger commented in the announcement of the deal: "We admire PGW's organization and the PGW team. Our high regard for them will be a key factor in our planning as we move forward."
AMS, Avalon and Grove/Atlantic have agreed to the Perseus deal.
In a novel arrangement, on February 1, A Novel View,
the used bookstore in Anchorage, Alaska, is moving into space in the
Cook Inlet Book Co., where the two stores will maintain separate
businesses but share floor space. A Novel View owner Pat Tegtmeier
noted that each store "will offer its unique business specialty under a
non-competitive, complementary agreement." A Novel View began in 2001,
when Tegtmeier bought Gulliver's Used Books. Cook Inlet Book Co. sells
new and used books.
A Novel View's new address will be 415 W. Fifth Ave., Anchorage, Alaska 99501. It may be reached at 907-278-0084 or email@example.com. Its Web site is www.homestead.com/anovelview.
for sale: Jon and Joni Minier, owners for 10 years of the Island
Bookseller on Hilton Head Island, S.C., want to sell the store and
retire, according to the Hilton Head Island Packet.
The 1,400-sq.-ft. store has been in business for 24 years and has
healthy sales. "There is a loyal cadre of Sea Pines people who just
love this store," Minier told the paper. Sale price is $10,000 plus the
cost of inventory at the time of sale.
In recent months, Sourcebooks has opened an office in New York City, which is managed by executive editor Hillel Black. Children's book acquisitions editor Lyron Bennett also works at this location. In addition, Sourcebooks has taken 20% more space at its Naperville, Ill., headquarters, space that will be devoted to, among other things, a new marketing department for the company's children's imprint, Jabberwocky.
Sourcebooks has also made appointments and promotions:
- Peter Alfini has joined Sourcebooks as director of sales. He was formerly president of Dogs in Hats Children's Publishing. Before that, he was v-p of sales for School Zone Publishing; director of bookstore sales for Golden Books; and sales & marketing manager for John Muir Publications (now a part of Avalon). He began his career at Random House Children's Publishing.
- Tom Galvin has joined Sourcebooks as national accounts manager for Borders and Waldenbooks. He formerly worked as director of national accounts for Health Communications and as national accounts manager at DK Publishing.
- Marty Wronkiewicz has joined Sourcebooks as national accounts manager for mass market and gift accounts, selling to Costco, Sam's Clubs, CVS and Walgreen's, among others. She was formerly national accounts manager for Avalanche and early worked in children's publishing sales for Publications International.
- Liz Otte, previously an account coordinator with the Gift Group, has been promoted to key accounts manager, Trade Group, where she will be responsible for wholesale accounts and library sales, including Baker & Taylor.