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 Brown, Tom Clancy, Robin Cook, Robert 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 Pearson, John Sandford, Kathryn Stockett, Randy Wayne White, and Stuart Woods. In nonfiction, authors published by the imprint include Sophia Amoruso, 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.
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.
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 is Senior Vice President, 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. 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.
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 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 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.
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, A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, 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.
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 joined Putnam in 2008 as the assistant to Neil Nyren, and in 2016 was promoted to Senior Editor. Her fiction acquisitions include ITW Thriller Award-winner Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich, The Drifter by Nick 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, the publisher of Marian Wood Books, joined Putnam in June 1999 after a long tenure at Henry Holt & Co. Among the writers she has published are Sue Grafton, whose bestselling Kinsey Milhone mysteries she launched in 1982, and Philip Kerr, whose classic noir series features Bernie Gunther, his sardonic Berlin homicide cop. Kerr has taken Gunther from the late Weimar days through the rise to power of Hitler, from the killing fields of World War II to the postwar years of the Cold War in a divided Germany where old allies are new enemies and no one is to be trusted. Among her other fiction writers are Daniel Woodrell, the prizewinning Karen Joy Fowler and Olga Grushin, the beloved historical writer Sharon Kay Penman, and acclaimed novelists Hilary Mantel, Penelope Fitzgerald, and John Lanchester. Her award-winning poets have included Cornelius Eady, Karl Kirschwey, and the MacArthur Foundation Fellow Linda Bierds. Her nonfiction has included Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War, Arthur Gelb’s City Room, Jean Edward Smith’s John Marshall, and Richard Fletcher’s The Barbarian Conversion.
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.
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 joined Putnam in September 2011 as Director of Publicity. In addition to overseeing the imprint’s publicity team, she has managed the campaigns for Sophia Amoruso, A. Scott Berg, Clive Cussler, Sue Grafton, Jan Karon, Jenny Lawson, Bobby Orr, Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds and M.O. Walsh, 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 with authors including Mark Bittman, Taylor Branch, James Lee Burke, David Carr, President Jimmy Carter, Mary Higgins Clark, Chris Cleave, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Stephen Hunter, David Maraniss, Susan Orlean, Pearl Jam, Paul Simon and Martin Cruz Smith.