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. With its rich history of publishing established franchises and new talent, as well as award winners, with an unrivaled bestselling track record, Putnam 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, Eleanor BrownTom Clancy, Robin CookRobert Crais, Clive Cussler, Frederick Forsyth, Sue Grafton, William Gibson, W.E.B. Griffin, Jack Higgins, Philip Kerr, Liane Moriarty, Robert B. Parker, Jan Karon, Ridley PearsonJohn Sandford, Kathryn StockettRandy 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, and Burt Reynolds.

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. Over the next century and a half, Putnam published works by President Theodore Roosevelt (who worked for a year at the house before turning to politics), William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Norman Mailer’s Deer Park, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

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 acumen as it publishes established brands and new discoveries.

Meet G.P. Putnam's Sons

Ivan Held

Ivan Held


Ivan Held is President of Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley. He has been president of Putnam since 2005. He currently oversees Putnam’s business, editorial, and marketing strategy.

Ivan 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.

Christine Ball

Christine Ball

VP, Deputy Publisher

Christine Ball is Vice President, Deputy Publisher for Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley. 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 Putnam and Dutton’s entire lists, 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 was 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.


Sally Kim

VP, Editorial Director

Sally Kim is Vice President, Editorial Director of Putnam. In addition to overseeing the imprint’s editorial department, she specializes in her own list of quality fiction with commercial appeal. Over the past twenty years she has acquired and edited a wide range of novels, including New York Times bestsellers by Gillian Flynn, Lisa Unger, Allison Winn Scotch, and Will Lavender; and celebrated debuts by Courtney Maum, Jami Attenberg, Ann Leary, and Holly Goddard Jones. She also has edited New York Times-bestselling authors Philippa Gregory, J.A. Jance, Phillip Margolin, Cecelia Ahern, Kate White, and Rebecca Wells. Her books include award-winning books such as The Bright Forever by Lee Martin, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Truth in Advertising by New Yorker writer John Kenney, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor; and The Incarnations by Susan Barker, finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Fiction and a New York Times Notable Book.

Prior to Putnam, Sally was Editorial Director at Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, and also worked at HarperCollins, the Crown Publishing Group, and St. Martin’s Press, after getting her start at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Mark Tavani

VP, Executive Editor

Mark Tavani joined Putnam in January 2016. He edits commercial fiction and thrillers, and nonfiction about current affairs, history, sports, and science. Previously, he was Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Fiction at Ballantine Bantam Dell. There, he edited titles such as Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy and Bill Simmons’s The Book of Basketball, and worked with authors Steve Berry, Russell Brand, China Mieville, Jim Abbott, Scott Sigler, Jack McCallum, Charlie Huston, and United States Senator Cory Booker. He has edited numerous New York Times bestsellers, an Edgar Award winner, a winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, and a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

Neil Nyren

Neil S. Nyren

Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher, 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, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, Dave Barry, A. Scott Berg, Jeff Greenfield, Bob Schieffer, and Maureen Dowd. He has also worked with Tom Clancy, Daniel Silva, Carl Hiaasen, Jonathan Kellerman, Garrison Keillor, Charles Kuralt, Linda Ellerbee, Bobby Orr, and Secretary of State James Baker, among others.

Christine Pepe

Christine Pepe

VP, Executive Editor

Christine Pepe joined G.P. Putnam’s Sons as an editorial assistant in 1986. Since then, she has edited nearly 200 New York Times bestsellers, including novels by Robert B. Parker (Edgar Award winner, MWA Grand Master), Jan Karon (Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award winner), Catherine Coulter, Sara Paretsky (MWA Grand Master, Cartier Diamond Dagger winner, and many other awards), Dick Francis (MWA Grand Master and Edgar Award winner), Reed Farrel Coleman (three-time Shamus Award winner, Barry and Anthony Awards winner, and two-time Edgar Award nominee), Robin Cook, 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. Her notable authors include bestselling mother-daughter team P.J. Tracy (Anthony Award winner), Eleanor Brown, Ingrid Thoft, Jeff Guinn, James Haley, 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, and Lorraine Bracco, among others.

Kerri Kolen

Kerri Kolen

Executive Editor

Kerri Kolen joined Putnam in 2013. She works on popular narrative nonfiction across a wide range of categories, including pop 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 But Enough About Me by Burt Reynolds. Before joining Putnam, Kerri was Executive Editor at Hyperion, and prior to that, Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster, where she acquired and edited notable and bestselling works such as the #1 New York Times bestseller A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard, Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher, and Hoda by Hoda Kotb.

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Tara Singh Carlson

Senior Editor

Tara Singh Carlson joined Putnam in 2014. Her focus is on women’s fiction that hits that sweet spot between commercial and literary, including historical fiction, literary thrillers, psychological suspense, magical realism, and literary fiction. Prior to Putnam, Tara was Editor at Penguin Books, where she edited The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison, which spent more than three months on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than half a million copies, the Edgar Award-winning The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood, and New York Times bestseller The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons. She has worked with celebrated and bestselling authors Sebastian Barry, Andrea Camilleri, J. M. Coetzee, Blaine Harden, Joanne Harris, Craig Johnson, Nuala O’Connor, Theresa Rebeck, Sir Ken Robinson, William Trevor, Sara Weinman, Naomi Wood, and Mo Yan, among others.


Sara Minnich

Senior Editor

Sara Minnich joined Putnam in 2008 as the assistant to Neil Nyren, and in 2016 was promoted to Senior Editor. Her fiction acquisitions include Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich, The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie, and The Second Life of Nick Mason by award-winning, bestselling author Steve Hamilton.  In non-fiction, she’s worked on memoirs such as They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson and The Good Shufu by Tracy Slater.  Among her other acclaimed authors are #1 New York Times-bestseller Stuart Woods and New York Times-bestseller Felix Francis. Sara’s interests in fiction include contemporary and historical fiction, mysteries, and thrillers, generally all with an upmarket bent.  In non-fiction she’s looking for narrative history, memoir, reportage, popular science, travel writing, and current events.

Marian Wood

VP 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.

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Benjamin Lee

VP, Associate Publisher of Paperbacks

Ben Lee joined Dutton and Putnam as Vice President, Associate Publisher of paperbacks, in March 2015, overseeing the paperback conversion program for both imprints. Prior to joining Dutton and Putnam, Ben was most recently VP, Associate Publisher of Atria Books 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 S&S, 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 warehouse clubs, as well as in marketing with the Information Group.


Carrie Swetonic

Carrie Swetonic

Executive Director of Marketing

Carrie Swetonic is the Executive Director of Marketing for Putnam and Dutton. She joined Dutton in 2007 and was named Executive Director for Putnam and Dutton in 2015. In her Dutton career, she has created and implemented bestselling campaigns for Ken Follett, Harlan Coben, Brad Taylor, Timothy Keller, Julie Garwood, and many, many others. She and her staff develop the marketing strategies for Dutton’s entire list. Before joining Dutton, she was a marketer at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked on many bestselling books, including those by Emily Giffin, Janet Evanovich, Chelsea Cain, and Tom Perotta.

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 by Karen Joy Fowler, Natasha Solomons, Lev Grossman, Jonathan Tropper, Sarah Jio, Hilary Mantel, and Tony Horowitz.

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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October 21, 2015

Jan Karon, author of Putnam’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Come Rain or Come Shine, was honored with the Library of Virginia’s Lifetime Achievement Award this past weekend. The award recognizes a Virginian who has made an outstanding and long-lasting contribution to literature. Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Edgar Allan Poe, Booker T. Washington, […]

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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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