Overview

About Plume:

Founded in 1970, Plume is dedicated to finding and championing a select group of new nonfiction voices in the genres of pop culture, cultural and feminist statements, influencers in the food, wine, and lifestyle space, and humorous and whimsical gift books. Notable successes include New York Times bestsellers Hannah Shaw’s Tiny But Mighty, Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair, Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood, Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve a Drink, Louisa Thomsen Brits’s The Book of Hygge, Anne Helen Petersen’s Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Marissa A. Ross’s Wine. All the Time, Hugh Murphy’s T-Rex Trying, and Kerby Rosanes’s many coloring books, most recently Worlds Within Worlds and Colormorphia.

Plume was founded in 1970 as the trade paperback imprint of New American Library. In its early history, Plume focused primarily on nonfiction titles, publishing approximately 35 titles per year. In the early 1980s, as trade paperbacks were rapidly becoming the format of choice among a large segment of book buyers, Plume began expanding its reach, and became recognized as one of the pre-eminent trade paperback imprints. Today, Plume is part of the Dutton imprint, and publishes in all formats but continues a commitment to trade paperback excellence. Plume’s perennial classics, many recently repackaged, include August Wilson’s Fences and the rest of the Pittsburgh cycle, Danica McKellar’s Math Doesn’t Suck, Martin Duberman’s Stonewall, Bernice McFadden’s Sugar, Helena María Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, and Brian Har and Vanessa Woods’s The Genius of Dogs, as well as best-selling fiction from Julia Álvarez, Diane Johnson, and Joyce Carol Oates.

About Tiny Reparations Books:

Founded in 2020 by New York Times bestselling author, stand-up comedian, writer, actress, and producer Phoebe Robinson in partnership with her long-time publisher, Plume. Tiny Reparations Books is a highly curated imprint dedicated to publishing both literary fiction and nonfiction as well as essay collections that highlight and amplify unique and diverse voices.

Currently accepting submissions for books that will publish in 2021, 2022, and beyond, Tiny Reparations Books is committed to publishing complex, honest, and humorous work that not only reflects the current conversation but also pushes it forward.

Meet Plume

Ivan Held

President

Ivan Held is President of Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley. He currently oversees business, editorial, and publishing strategies for Putnam and Berkley.

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

Senior VP, Publisher

Christine Ball is Senior Vice President, Publisher for Dutton and Berkley, and their imprints. She joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing after serving as publicity director at Crown. She was named Vice President in 2011, Associate Publisher in 2012, and Publisher in 2017. She was recently recognized by Girls Write Now as an “Agent of Change.” Across her roles in publicity, marketing, and as publisher, Christine has overseen the campaigns for many bestselling and award-winning authors including Rick Atkinson, Paul Auster, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Hank Green, Jasmine Guillory, Tami Hoag, Daniel Levitin, Barack Obama, Nick Offerman, and Delia Owens.

Benjamin Lee

VP, Associate Publisher of Paperbacks

Ben Lee joined Dutton and Putnam as Vice President, Associate Publisher of paperbacks in March 2015.  He oversees the paperback conversion program for all of Dutton and Putnam’s books. 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 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 warehouse clubs as well as in marketing with the Information Group.

 

Meet More

Jill Schwartzman

Editorial Director

Jill Schwartzman joined Dutton in January 2012 with a mandate to acquire platform, publicity, and voice-driven nonfiction, with a focus on celebrity, pop culture, memoir, humor, music, biography, and narrative nonfiction. Recent and upcoming Dutton titles include The Office, Andy Green’s oral history of the iconic show, Robyn Crawford’s A Song For You, a memoir about her memorable friendship with Whitney Houston, Steven M. Gillon’s revealing biography about JFK Jr., America’s Reluctant Prince, James Hibberd’s oral history of Game of Thrones Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, and Travis Andrews’ irreverent biography Because He’s Jeff Goldblum. Other New York Times bestsellers at Dutton include Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, Janice Kaplan’s The Gratitude Diaries, Jeff Tweedy’s Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) and four books by Nick Offerman, including The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, co-written with Megan Mullally.

Jill is also Editorial Director of Plume, where her recent and upcoming books include Rachel Bertsche’s The Kids Are in Bed, Victoria Turk’s Kill Reply All, and Jessica Bacal’s The Rejection that Changed My Life.

Stephanie Cooper

Director of Marketing

Stephanie Cooper is Director of Marketing for Dutton, Plume, and Tiny Reparations Books. She has more than 13 years of experience marketing bestselling trade books, including literary and commercial women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction and memoir, and pop culture and design books. Most recently, as Marketing Director at HarperCollins Publishers, she led bestselling marketing campaigns for Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, Mitch Albom, Jacqueline Winspear, Mark Manson, Mary Karr, Peggy Orenstein, Roxane Gay, and Peter Schweizer, among many other authors. In her current role, she works with bestselling franchise authors including Lisa Gardner, Daniel J. Levitin, Jonathan Karl, Craig Unger, and more.

Jamie Knapp

Director of Publicity

Jamie Knapp is the Director of Publicity for Plume and the Associate Director of Publicity for Dutton.

Since joining Dutton in 2008, she has built buzzworthy and bestselling campaigns for many books including the Read with Jenna pick THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE by Abi Daré, the New York Times bestseller TRIXIE AND KATYA’S GUIDE TO MODERN WOMANHOOD, NBA Star Andre Iguodala’s THE SIXTH MAN , and THE BOY by #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag.

Other authors she has worked with include Drew Barrymore, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Phoebe Robinson, Bill Russell, David Wright, Harlan Coben, Brian Jay Jones, Daniel Stone, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Karma Brown, Liam Callanan, Craig Ferguson, Martin Duberman, Meg Gardiner, Chipper Jones, Jeff Lindsay, E.G. Scott, and many others.

Jamie worked at Simon & Schuster prior to joining Dutton and is a graduate of Fordham University.