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.

Putnam’s illustrious roster of bestselling fiction authors includes Megan Abbott, Cristina Alger, Ace Atkins, Chloe Benjamin, C.J. Box, Eleanor BrownTom Clancy, Robin CookRobert Crais, Clive Cussler, Jeffrey DeaverLyndsay Faye, Frederick ForsythKaren Joy Fowler, Sue Grafton, W.E.B. Griffin, Jan Karon, John KenneyPhilip Kerr, Frances LiardetDelia Owens, Robert B. Parker, Nick Petrie, Kiley ReidJohn Sandford,Jill Santopolo, Lisa Scottoline, M.O. WalshStuart Woods, and Randy Wayne White. Among its distinguished nonfiction authors are Sophia Amoruso, Michelle Borba, Nikita GillCathy Guisewite, Spencer Johnson, Hoda KotbBobby Orr, Dolly Parton, and Eve Rodsky.

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

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.

Sally Kim

SVP, Publisher

Sally Kim is SVP, Publisher of Putnam. In addition to overseeing the imprint’s editorial, marketing, and publicity departments, she acquires and edits her own list of quality fiction with commercial appeal, including New York Times bestsellers by Robert Jones, Jr. (The Prophets), Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age), Chloe Benjamin (The Immortalists), Cristina Alger (Girls Like Us), and John Kenney (Love Poems for Married People). Recent publications include novels by Alma Katsu, Steven Rowley, M.O. Walsh, and Kate Russo; forthcoming are the next novels by award-winning authors Megan Abbott, Sarah Winman, Nickolas Butler, and Karen Joy Fowler. Prior to Putnam, Sally was Editorial Director at Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, and worked at HarperCollins, the Crown Publishing Group, and St. Martin’s Press, after getting her start at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency more than 25 years ago. She’s acquired celebrated debuts by Gillian Flynn, Lisa Unger, Courtney Maum, Jami Attenberg, Ann Leary, and Holly Goddard Jones; as well as the award winners The Bright Forever by Lee Martin (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize); Truth in Advertising by John Kenney (winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor); and The Incarnations by Susan Barker (finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and a New York Times Notable Book).

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

Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing

Ashley Pattison McClay is Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing for Putnam. She has been with Putnam since 2015, and with Penguin Random House since 2010. Prior to that she worked at Henry Holt & Company. Since joining Putnam, Ashley has overseen marketing campaigns for franchise bestsellers including John Sandford, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, C.J. Box, Clive Cussler, Stuart Woods, and Lisa Scottoline, as well as for novels such as The Immortalists and Where the Crawdads Sing. In previous positions, she worked on campaigns for award-winning and bestselling books by Karen Joy Fowler, Lev Grossman, Jonathan Tropper, and Hilary Mantel.

Alexis Welby

VP, Director of Publicity

Alexis Welby joined Putnam in 2011, and in addition to managing the imprint’s publicity team, she has overseen the campaigns for Cristina Alger, Chloe Benjamin, A. Scott Berg, Sue Grafton, Robert Jones, Jr., Jan Karon, Hoda Kotb, Jenny Lawson, Bobby Orr, Delia Owens, Dolly Parton, Kiley Reid, Burt Reynolds, and Lisa Scottoline, 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, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Stephen Hunter, David Maraniss, Susan Orlean, Pearl Jam, Paul Simon and Martin Cruz Smith.

Mark Tavani

VP, Executive Editor

Mark Tavani edits commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. He works with authors Max Barry, C.J. Box, Bryan Christy, Robert Crais, Jeffery Deaver, Karen Dionne, Frederick Forsyth, Lisa Gardner, John McMahon, Fabian Nicieza, Lisa Scottoline, Chris Wilson, and David Yoon, 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.

Michelle Howry

Executive Editor

Michelle Howry joined Putnam in 2018 and publishes an eclectic list of nonfiction – from #1 New York Times bestseller I Really Needed This Today by Hoda Kotb, to Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Fair Play by Eve Rodsky, to poet and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill’s Great Goddesses. She acquires both expert-led prescriptive titles in categories like diet, health, wellness, self-help, personal finance, psychology, mindfulness, and parenting, as well as compelling narrative nonfiction titles in history, culture, popular science, nature, and memoir. Over her career, she’s edited books like The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan, What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, Meditation Is Not What You Think by Jon Kabat-Zinn, UnSelfie by Michele Borba, How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith,  and Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson.

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 Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, among others, and was the first editor to have two books selected by the Reese Witherspoon Book Club. She has worked with celebrated and bestselling authors Lizzy Dent, Eve Chase, Jennie Fields, Bryn Greenwood, 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.

Kate Dresser

Senior Editor

Kate Dresser joined Putnam in 2021, focusing on compelling women’s fiction, both historical and contemporary, with strong voices on the page.  She is the editor for Sophie Cousens, Sarah Hogle, Jenny Bayliss, and Lacie Waldon. In particular, Kate loves stories with a strong sense of place, women who save themselves from disaster, and tight narrative timelines.  Prior to joining Putnam, Kate worked at Gallery Books at Simon & Schuster, where over a dozen years she acquired and edited a fine list of commercial fiction, including New York Times bestsellers by Christina Lauren, women’s fiction by Kristy Woodsen Harvey, historical fiction by Brooke Lea Foster and Julia Kelly, as well as psychological suspense and commercial nonfiction. She’s eager to grow her list at Putnam.

Danielle Dieterich

Editor

Danielle Dieterich joined Putnam in 2015. She is interested in smart fiction with a page-turning quality and an unforgettable hook. In particular, she is drawn to suspense and psychological thrillers, as well as both contemporary and historical women’s fiction, and novels with distinctive voices, rich atmosphere, or a high-concept or speculative twist. From edgy thrillers to timely book-club picks, she loves working on books that you can’t put down, and that you can’t stop talking about after reading. Some of her recent and forthcoming titles include: Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild, Shiver by Allie Reynolds, One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke, The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton, and The Downstairs Neighbor by Helen Cooper. She is also the editor for New York Times bestselling authors John Sandford, Nick Petrie, and the Robert B. Parker Estate. She previously worked with Mark Tavani collaborating with authors such as Clive Cussler, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Scottoline, C.J. Box, and Jeffery Deaver. Prior to joining Putnam, Danielle worked in the publicity department at Dutton Books.

Gabriella Mongelli

Editor

Gabriella Mongelli joined Putnam in 2018. Her focus is on literary and upmarket commercial fiction, as well as select narrative nonfiction, history, and pop culture. She is interested in stories with a clear driving engine and a smart, unique take on the world, whether that be a page-turning plot, a compelling voice, or a strong sense of place. She has worked with and edited authors Jamie Brenner, Sean Desmond, Olga Grushin, Emily Neuberger, Jeni McFarland, and New York Times bestseller Sharon Kay Penman, among others. She previously worked with Sally Kim collaborating with authors such as Kiley Reid, Robert Jones, Jr., Megan Abbott, Steven Rowley, and Nickolas Butler. Some of her recent and forthcoming titles include Blush by Jamie Brenner, The Lost Girls by Jessica Chiarella, and The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale. Prior to joining Putnam, Gabriella worked in editorial at Little, Brown and Company.