Overview

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 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.

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

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Ivan Held

President

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.

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Christine Ball

Senior VP, Publisher

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.

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Sally Kim

VP, Editor in Chief

Sally Kim is Vice President, Editor in Chief of Putnam. In addition to overseeing the imprint’s editorial department and acquisitions, 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. Her books include award winners 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.

Recently published or upcoming titles for Putnam include The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (instant New York Times bestseller), Tin Man by Sarah Winman, The Hunger by Alma Katsu, The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger, and The Editor by Steven Rowley.

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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.

 

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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.

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Alexis Welby

VP, Director of Publicity

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.

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Mark Tavani

VP, Executive Editor

Mark Tavani edits commercial fiction and thrillers and nonfiction about current affairs, history, sports, and science. He works with authors Clive Cussler, Frederick Forsyth, Lisa Gardner, C.J. Box, Robert Crais, Stephen Hunter, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Karen Dionne, T. Jefferson Parker, Tom Sweterlitsch, and Alex Grecian, among others. 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.

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Michelle Howry

Executive Editor

Michelle Howry joined Putnam in 2018 and is looking for books in prescriptive categories like diet, health, wellness, self-help, personal finance, psychology, mindfulness, and parenting. She is also on the hunt for compelling narrative nonfiction titles – in history, culture, popular science, nature, and memoir – such as books she’s published like The Most Beautiful (a no-holds-barred book by Prince’s wife Mayte Garcia), Death in the Air (a Devil in the White City-esque true-crime thriller set amidst the choking London Smog of 1952), Miss D and Me (a juicy narrative by Hollywood icon Bette Davis’s longtime assistant), and The Dinosaur Artist (New Yorker writer Paige Williams’s exploration into the hidden world of international fossil smuggling). Over her career, she’s proud to have edited books like The Girls of Atomic City, What the Dog Knows, and JFK and the Unspeakable, and to have collaborated with authors like Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth, gold-medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu, fictional bro Barney Stinson, and even Internet meme Pusheen the Cat.

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Margo Lipschultz

Executive Editor

Margo Lipschultz joined Putnam in October 2017. She edits a wide array of women’s fiction, from upmarket to commercial, and her interests include high-concept psychological suspense, family dramas, impossible love stories and epic historical novels. Prior to joining Putnam, Margo was a senior editor at Harlequin, where she edited multiple New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. She began her career at Random House’s The Dial Press.

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Tara Singh Carlson

Executive 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 and contemporary women’s stories that are either wildly entertaining or filled with heart. She loves strong female characters that inspire. She has edited New York Times bestsellers The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison, The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons, The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, among others, and is the first editor to have two books selected by the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club. She has worked with celebrated and bestselling authors Sebastian Barry, Andrea Camilleri, J. M. Coetzee, Blaine Harden, Joanne Harris, L.S. Hilton, Craig Johnson, Frances Liardet, Nuala O’Connor, Delia Owens, Theresa Rebeck, Sir Ken Robinson, Jill Santopolo, Shanthi Sekaran, Natasha Solomons, Sara Weinman, and Naomi Wood, among others.

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Sara Minnich

Senior Editor

Sara Minnich joined Putnam in 2008 and in 2016 was promoted to Senior Editor. Writers she’s acquired include ITW Thriller Award-winner Nick Petrie (The Drifter), multi-award-nominated writer David Joy (Where All Light Tends to Go), and award-winning, bestselling author Steve Hamilton (The Second Life of Nick Mason).  In non-fiction, she’s worked on memoirs such as They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson and The Good Shufu by Tracy Slater.  She is also the editor for bestsellers such as Stuart Woods, the Robert B. Parker estate, Felix Francis, and Ace Atkins among others. 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.

Recently published and upcoming titles include High White Sun by J. Todd Scott, Blood Standard by Laird Barron, The Sinners by Ace Atkins, The Line that Held Us by David Joy, With You Always by Rena Olsen, and Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton.

Marian Wood

VP and Publisher, Marian Wood Books

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.

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Helen Richard

Associate Editor

Helen Richard joined Putnam in 2014. Hungry to find book club and literary fiction, psychological and domestic suspense, memoir, and feminist, historical, or cultural narrative nonfiction, she has a keen interest in literary page-turners with a rich sense of place, and in narratives that open up unexpected characters or closed-off communities. She has edited novelists including PEN Center USA Literary Award winner Siobhan Fallon, Australian National Biography Award winner Robert Hillman, Camille Perri, Lindsay Starck, and Anne-Marie Casey, alongside topical memoirists like Jacob Tobia and Sasha Sagan. She previously held positions at Other Press and Viking/Penguin, after getting her start in bookselling at the Boulder Book Store and the Tattered Cover Book Store in Colorado.

Recently published and upcoming projects include The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by award-winner Robert Hillman, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by nonbinary activist Jacob Tobia, The Truants by Kate Weinberg, and For Small Creatures Such as We: Finding Wonder and Meaning Beyond Belief by Sasha Sagan.

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Danielle Dieterich

Associate Editor

Danielle Dieterich joined Putnam in 2015. She is interested in suspense and psychological thrillers, as well as book club fiction and smart women’s fiction, both contemporary and historical. She is drawn to stories with distinct voices, dark themes, and a strong sense of place, and enjoys high-concept or speculative twists. She has worked with authors Jan Karon, Ingrid Thoft, Bianca Marais, and Hester Young, and works with Mark Tavani editing authors such as Clive Cussler, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Scottoline, C.J. Box, and Jeffery Deaver. Some of her recent and forthcoming titles include: Bathed in Prayer by Jan Karon, The Burning Island by Hester Young, and If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais. Prior to joining Putnam, Danielle worked in the publicity department at Dutton Books.