To Everything, There Is a Season

By • Aug 17th, 2009 • Category: 26th Story, Book News and Publishing

photo credit: Adrian Kinloch

I don’t know how many of you know this, but HarperStudio Marketing Goddess Sarah Burningham is an author in her own right. In fact, she just published her second book with Chronicle called Boyology. I have to say, as someone who’s been in publishing for quite a long time, Sarah’s got the magic: the books are great (and as I always say, it goes back to the book); she’s got a great hook (self-help books for teenage girls by a young woman who’s old enough for the Mom’s to feel comfortable with and young enough for the girls to identify with and look up to); and she lights up like a lantern when the camera turns on.

From the moment I saw Sarah do her first television interview, I knew the days of her working in house were numbered. It was only a matter of time before she came to me, as she did a few weeks ago, and said that she’d like to leave her day job and start writing books full time.

We are all thrilled at HarperStudio for Sarah and wish her the very best and will be cheering her on every step of the way. As I told Sarah when she came to me, there is not one iota of a doubt in my mind that she is going to be a hugely successful author.

Which now leads me to the next announcement. We’ve hired a new Marketing Director. Her name is Jessica Wiener and she comes to us from Hyperion Books. She’ll be starting right after Labor Day, and we’re thrilled to have her. She’s been the the wizard behind the curtain of the campaigns for Mitch Albom, Randy Pausch, Candace Bushnell, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Kelly Corrigan, etc. etc. etc.

Need I say more? We feel extremely fortunate to have someone with such great experience stepping into Sarah’s big shoes.

To be continued…

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  • robert wahl

    Sarah, If I invite a girl to go plinking, she says yes, does she love/like me? I'm 14!

    Haste yee back ;-)

  • Dan Holloway

    This sounds really exciting, and it's great to get a big name on board (hmm, realise I'm about to go into football (er, soccer) speak). But. OK, I AM going into soccerspeak. Isn;t there a danger of unblancing a team? Specifically, I worry about the names you mention as badges of pride. Isn't Haroper Studio about something different from coffee-and-shopping-porn and cookbooks? Isn't it about new and edgy, and indie (whatever that means)? I wrote back in May about the fact big publishers needed to think like small businesses in order to succeed in the new landscape – and then follow that through by really acting like small businesses. Harper Studio is such a great example of that. This annoncement, though. Well, it sounds as though the people at the centre got nervous and parachuted in a trusted name to keep an eye on things.

    I hope this is a huge step forward for the first really exciting big house imprint in years, and not a big one back.