G.P. Putnam's Sons

G.P. Putnam's Sons


For more than two decades, G.P. Putnam’s Sons has led the publishing industry with more hardcover New York Times bestsellers than any other imprint, and its impressive list of award-winning, bestselling authors is well-known around the world. With its rich history of publishing established franchises and new talent with an unrivaled bestselling track record, G.P. Putnam’s Sons continues to be one of the most respected and prestigious imprints in the industry.

Among the distinguished roster of bestselling fiction authors Putnam publishes are: Dave Barry, Alex Berenson, C.J. Box, Tom Clancy, Robin Cook, Catherine Coulter, Robert Crais, Clive Cussler, Frederick Forsyth, Sue Grafton, William Gibson, W.E.B. Griffin, Jack Higgins, Philip Kerr, Liane Moriarty, Jayne Ann Krentz, Sara Paretsky, Robert B. Parker, Jan Karon, Ridley Pearson, Amanda Quick, J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, John Sandford, Kurt Vonnegut, Randy Wayne White and Stuart Woods. In nonfiction, authors published by the imprint include Sophia Amoroso, Secretary of State James Baker, Thomas Barnett, A. Scott Berg, Maureen Dowd, Goldie Hawn, T.D. Jakes, Spencer Johnson, Bobby Orr, Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Bob Schieffer and Betty White.

History of Putnam

In 1838 George Palmer Putnam, who began his career at a small New York bookstore, moved to London to establish the first American publishing branch of Wiley and Putnam in England. Ten years later, Putnam returned to the United States and the company became known as “George P. Putnam.” In 1849, Putnam published the revised works of his close friend, American author and historian Washington Irving. One year later, the house published Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World, which became known as America’s first bestseller, selling forty thousand copies in the first few months, and eventually more than one million over its life. George Palmer Putnam passed away in 1872, and his three sons—George Haven, John, and Irving—inherited the business.

In the 1880s, Putnam published The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green, which became known as the first American detective novel and helped establish the genre. To this day, Putnam continues to be known for the quality of its crime and suspense fiction.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Putnam had intriguing connections to figures of historic importance. In 1884, a young Theodore Roosevelt walked into Putnam’s 23rd Street office in New York City, wanting to try his hand at publishing. George Haven hired Roosevelt, and he worked at Putnam for one year before going into politics. Putnam’s Sons later published Roosevelt’s works, including The Winning of the West. Nearly forty years later, George Putnam, grandson of Putnam’s founder, married Amelia Earhart after selecting her as the pilot for a sponsored 1928 transatlantic flight.

In the mid–20th century, Putnam cemented its reputation with a series of seminal works that are still beloved today. In the early 1950s, Putnam’s Coward-McCann imprint published one of the greatest books of the century, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Putnam braved controversy to publish Norman Mailer’s Deer Park in 1955, then the U.S. edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita in 1958, and a decade later, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather became a #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969. Around this time, Putnam acquired the mass market paperback publisher Berkley Books.

In 1976, Phyllis Grann was hired from Pocket Books to be editor in chief, and her vision for Putnam brought the publisher into its modern era. She reshaped the list, focusing on fewer but better books that could be published in hardcover and paperback by a coordinated team, and emphasized commercial fiction and nonfiction—in particular, crime and suspense, women’s fiction, mainstream literary novels, and repeat bestselling authors.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Putnam grew its list of bestselling franchise authors, publishing such books as Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising, Dick Francis’s Whip Hand, Robin Cook’s Sphinx, and W.E.B. Griffin’s first hardcover, The New Breed. Putnam also launched John Sandford’s first book in the Prey series, Rules of Prey, and Robert B. Parker’s first Putnam hardcover in the Spenser series, Playmates. And Nora Roberts began her incredible career. Now with more than 200 novels, she was recently declared “America’s favorite writer” by The New Yorker. Many, many of these authors have published multiple series with Putnam, and have established relationships that last to this day—some over 20 years!

During this time, Putnam also became known for its select list of nonfiction and literary fiction with popular appeal. Amy Tan’s first novel, The Joy Luck Club, was published in 1989, and in 1990 Kurt Vonnegut published Hocus Pocus, his first of many titles with Putnam. Putnam also established itself as the nonfiction home of such well-known show business figures as George Burns, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Bob Hope, Goldie Hawn, and Ann-Margret, as well as television journalists Charles Kuralt, Andy Rooney, Linda Ellerbee, and, later, Bob Schieffer. In the late 1990s Putnam launched Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson, which became a #1 bestseller and a worldwide phenomenon, selling millions of copies.

To ring in the new century, Putnam had a stellar year in 1999 when Scott Berg won the Pulitzer Prize for Lindbergh, and Marian Wood joined the imprint, bringing Sue Grafton and P is for Peril with her. To add to the already strong list, Clive Cussler’s first book with Putnam, Atlantis Found, was published in December. Cussler has since published more than thirty-five books in five series with Putnam, writes four books a year, and continues to be a #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

In February of 2009, Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of Putnam, launched its first title, The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The book became an international sensation, spending more than 120 weeks on the New York Times hardcover fiction list, with six weeks at #1, and is now published in forty-one languages worldwide.

In 2010, after a seven-year hiatus, Putnam returned Tom Clancy to the forefront of the publishing world—and to #1—with Dead or Alive.

In 2013 G.P. Putnam’s Sons celebrated its 175th year of publishing, culminating in an official “G.P. Putnam’s Sons Day” declared by the New York City mayor’s office on May 28, 2013. The history of Putnam is nearly as long as that of our country – and also as varied.  The world is very different than it was in 1838, and the imprint is too, though many core values live on – an attendance to quality, honoring our authors, service to our readers, and of course a yen to create bestsellers. Putnam continues to hold industry dominance with an average of 30 to 35 New York Times bestsellers per year, applying aggressive marketing and sales as it publishes established brands and new discoveries.


Mystery Writers of America Grand Masters

Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Awards

International Thriller Writers Awards

Pulitzer Prize

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

PEN Center USA Literary Awards

Christopher Awards

Locus Awards

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

New York Public Library’s Young Lion Award

Edgar Awards

  • Line of Vision by David Ellis—Winner, Best First Novel (2002)
  • Summer of Storms by Judith Kelman—Winner, Jack Higgins Clark Award (2002)
  • Come to Grief by Dick Francis—Winner, Best Novel (1996)
  • A French Finish by Robert Ross—Winner, Best First Novel (1978)
  • Finding Maubee by A.H.Z. Carr—Winner, Best First Novel (1972)
  • The Anderson Tapes by Lawrence Sanders—Winner, Best First Novel (1971)
  • A Private Disgrace by Victoria Lincoln—Winner, Best Fact Crime (1968)
  • Twelve Against Crime by Edward D. Radin—Winner, Best Fact Crime (1951)

Shamus Awards

Anthony Awards

Barry Awards

CWA Dagger Awards

The Gumshoe Awards

Dashiell Hammett Prize

Agatha Award

Florida Book Awards

Meet G.P. Putnam's Sons

Ivan Held

Ivan Held


Ivan Held is President of Putnam and Dutton. He has been president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, the industry leader in New York Times bestsellers, since 2005. He currently oversees Putnam’s business, editorial, and marketing strategy.

Held started his career as a bookseller in Washington DC before moving to the publicity department at Random House, where he worked with authors ranging from Norman Mailer to General Colin Powell.  In the late 1990s he was named VP/Associate Publisher and Marketing Director for the Viking imprint of Penguin.  Before returning to Penguin in 2005, he founded the Random House Trade Paperbacks imprint at Random House.

Neil Nyren

Neil S. Nyren

Senior Vice-President, Publisher, and Editor in Chief

Neil S. Nyren came to Putnam in 1984 from Atheneum, where he was Executive Editor. Before that he held editorial positions at Random House and Arbor House. Among the writers he edits are Clive Cussler, W.E.B. Griffin, John Sandford, Robert Crais, C.J. Box, Randy Wayne White, Jack Higgins, Frederick Forsyth, Dave Barry, A. Scott Berg, Jeff Greenfield, Bob Schieffer, and Maureen Dowd.

Marian Wood

Vice President and Publisher, Marian Wood Books

Marian Wood joined Putnam in June 1999 as Vice-President of Marian Wood Books, an imprint she launched under the auspices of Henry Holt & Company in 1996. Among the writers she publishes are Sue Grafton, author of the bestselling alphabet mysteries; the prize-winning novelists Karen Joy Fowler, Philip Kerr, Sharon Kay Penman, and Olga Grushin; and the award-winning poet Linda Bierds.  Her prizewinning nonfiction has included Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War, Arthur Gelb’s City Room, Jack McLaughlin’s Jefferson and Monticello, Jean Edward Smith’s John Marshall, T.H. Watkins’ Righteous Pilgrim, and Richard Fletcher’s The Barbarian Conversion.

Christine Pepe

Christine Pepe

Vice President, Executive Editor

Christine Pepe joined Putnam as an editorial assistant in 1986. Since then, she has edited more than 150 New York Times bestsellers, including novels by Robert B. Parker (Edgar Award winner, MWA Grand Master), Catherine Coulter, Sara Paretsky (MWA Grand Master, Cartier Diamond Dagger winner, and many other awards), Dick Francis (MWA Grand Master and Edgar Award winner), Robin Cook, Jan Karon, Ridley Pearson, Ace Atkins, Philip Kerr, Beatriz Williams, Nevada Barr (Agatha and Anthony Award winner), Karen Robards, Lawrence Sanders, Lavyrle Spencer, Minette Walters (Edgar and Gold Dagger Award winner). Her areas of interest include thrillers, mysteries, crime, psychological and romantic suspense, women’s fiction, historical and general fiction, as well as self-help, parenting, childcare, and popular biography. Other notable authors include bestselling mother-daughter team P.J. Tracy (Anthony Award winner), Ingrid Thoft, Jeff Guinn, Reed Farrel Coleman, J.T. Ellison, Robert Knott, Lynn Cullen, Jesse Kellerman, Jim Fusilli, Bill Loehfelm, Pope Francis, Art Buchwald, George Burns, Bob Hope, Danny Thomas, Vicki Iovine, Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, and Lorraine Bracco, among others.

Benjamin Lee

Vice President, Associate Publisher

Benjamin Lee is Vice President, Associate Publisher of Paperbacks for Putnam and Dutton. Ben was most recently VP, Associate Publisher of Atria at Simon & Schuster, overseeing campaigns for many New York Times bestselling authors including Brad Thor, Jennifer Weiner, Vince Flynn, Theresa Caputo, Rachael Ray and Buddy Valastro. Prior to that at Simon, he sold the warehouse clubs, and later handled Target, Readerlink, B&T, Ingram, and the CBA. He started his publishing career at Random House, where he worked in sales with the clubs as well as in marketing with the Information Group.

Christine Ball

Christine Ball

VP, Associate Publisher

Christine Ball is Vice President, Associate Publisher for Dutton and Putnam. She joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing. She was named Vice President in 2011 and Associate Publisher in 2012. In addition to developing the publicity and marketing strategies for Dutton’s entire list, she works directly with many authors as their publicist, including Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Julie Garwood, Ken Follett, and Linda Fairstein. She orchestrated and navigated the publicity for the highly controversial No Easy Day, securing the first ever hour-long interview for a book on 60 Minutes. Before joining Dutton, she had previously been Director of Publicity at Crown, where she orchestrated the campaigns for the New York Times bestsellers The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, and Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison, among many others.

Kerri Kolen

Kerri Kolen

Executive Editor

Kerri Kolen joined G.P. Putnam’s Sons as Executive Editor in 2013. She works on popular narrative non-fiction across a wide range of categories, including popular culture, memoir, current affairs, humor, travel and adventure, sports, some biography and autobiography and a broad spectrum of narrative journalism. She also edits select upmarket commercial fiction. Her list at Putnam includes New York Times bestsellers such as #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Harlow & Sage (and Indiana), and Team Dog by Mike Ritland, in addition to the acclaimed A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, which is currently being adapted into a major motion film. Her upcoming list includes But Enough About Me, a memoir by Burt Reynolds; Modified by Caitlin Shetterly, a journalistic and personal narrative about GMOs; Harlow & Indiana (and Reese), a follow-up to the previous bestselling dog gift book; Food and The City by Ina Yalof, an oral history about food and food culture in New York; Choosing Hope by former Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher and 2013 Glamour Woman of the Year, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis; The Happiness Equation by New York Times bestselling author Neil Pasricha. Kerri’s upcoming list also includes fiction such as The Gates of Evangeline, a debut by Hester Young; Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye; and The Assistants, a debut by Cosmopolitan’s Books Editor-at-Large, Camille Perri.

Before joining Putnam, Kerri was Executive Editor at Hyperion and prior to that, Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster, where she edited the #1 New York Times bestseller, A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard, which spent over a year on The New York Times bestseller list and has sold over a million copies. Among the other bestselling and notable authors she has worked with: Carrie Fisher; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Joe McGinniss; Sissy Spacek; Susie Essman; NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver and ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown co-host Cris Carter; Amy Atlas; Jenny McCarthy; creators of Zooborns, Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland; The New York Times Styles Section columnist Philip Galanes; host of NBC’s Today Show, Hoda Kotb; Kate Winslet; and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist, Melanie Kupchynsky and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Joanne Lipman.

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Tara Singh Carlson

Senior Editor

Tara Singh Carlson came to G.P. Putnam’s Sons as Senior Editor in October 2014. Her focus is on upmarket commercial literary women’s fiction, both historical and contemporary, book club fiction, psychological suspense, romantic suspense, and literary fiction. Prior to Putnam, Tara was Editor at Penguin Books, where she edited the # 2 New York Times bestseller The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison, which spent fourteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold half a million copies, the Edgar Award-winning The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood, and New York Times bestseller The House at Tyneford. She has worked with celebrated and bestselling authors Sebastian Barry, Andrea Camilleri, J. M. Coetzee, Blaine Harden, Joanne Harris, Craig Johnson, Sir Ken Robinson, and William Trevor, among others.


Sara Minnich


Sara joined G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 2008 as the assistant to Neil Nyren, and in 2014 was promoted to Editor.  Her fiction acquisitions include the literary debut Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy, multigenerational crime saga Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich, and The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter, a historical mystery adventure that was long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014 and was a finalist for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.  In non-fiction she edited a memoir of travel and romance called The Good Shufu by Tracy Slater, which was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick for Summer 2015.  She also works with such acclaimed writers as #1 New York Times-bestseller Stuart Woods, New York Times-bestseller Felix Francis, and Edgar-award winner David Ellis. Sara’s interests in fiction include contemporary and historical fiction, up-market women’s fiction, mysteries, and thrillers.  In non-fiction she’s looking for narrative history, memoir, reportage, popular science, travel writing, and current events.

Ashley Pattison McClay

Director of Marketing

Ashley Pattison McClay is Director of Marketing for Putnam. She has been with Penguin since 2010, previously as the Associate Director of Marketing for Plume and Hudson Street Press. Prior to that she worked at Henry Holt & Company. She has worked on campaigns for award-winning and New York Times bestselling books from Karen Joy Fowler, Natasha Solomons, Lev Grossman, Jonathan Tropper, Sarah Jio, Hilary Mantel, and Tony Horowitz.

Carrie Swetonic

Carrie Swetonic

Director of Marketing

Carrie Swetonic is Director of Marketing for Putnam and Dutton. She joined Dutton in 2007 and became the Director for Putnam and Dutton in 2015. Before joining Dutton, she was a Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked on marketing campaigns for many New York Times bestselling authors.

Alexis Welby

Alexis Welby

Director of Publicity

Alexis Welby joined Putnam in September 2011 as Director of Publicity. She has overseen the publicity campaigns for A. Scott Berg, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Jenny Lawson, and Dolly Parton among others. After beginning her career at St. Martin’s Press, she was Associate Director of Publicity at Simon & Schuster where she worked for 11 years on campaigns that include Mark Bittman’s Food Matters, James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series, David Carr’s The Night of the Gun, Chris Cleave’s Little Bee, Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin, Paul Simon’s Lyrics, as well as multiple campaigns with President Jimmy Carter, Mary Higgins Clark, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Stephen Hunter, and Martin Cruz Smith.

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September 30, 2015

Putnam’s Come Rain or Come Shine  by Jan Karon debuts at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list after the author wrapped up a successful 5-city tour to Fairhope, St. Louis, Seattle, Charlotte, and Charlottesville. She has another local Charlottesville event next week and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia […]

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June 24, 2015

As Tom Clancy Under Fire (Putnam) debuts on three The New York Times bestseller lists, this week Grant Blackwood hit the road with two fantastic events in Texas at Murder by the Book in Houston and Randolph Air Force Base outside of San Antonio. The buzz for the newest entry in Tom Clancy’s #1 bestselling series […]

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May 6, 2015

The silver anniversary of John Sandford’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series starring Lucas Davenport is feeling extra special this week as the 25th book in the series, Gathering Prey, debuts at #1 on three New York Times fiction bestseller lists: topping the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction, and combined print & eBook fiction lists.  The book is […]

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