Overview

About Plume:
Founded in 1970, Plume is recognized as one of the preeminent trade paperback imprints today. 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, 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, and Hugh Murphy’s T-Rex Trying.

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 include Russell Baker’s Growing Up, Danica McKellar’s Math Doesn’t Suck, Wendy Northcurr’s The Darwin Awards, and Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods’s The Genius of Dogs, as well as best-selling fiction from Diane Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, and August Wilson.

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, Putnam, 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.

John Parsley

VP, Editor in Chief

John Parsley oversees the editorial department of Dutton and its imprints Plume and Caliber, in addition to acquiring a focused list of nonfiction and fiction titles. John was previously VP, Executive Editor at Little, Brown. He has edited many New York Times bestsellers, and authors John has worked with have won or been finalists for the Books for a Better Life Award, Edgar Award, Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize, Lukas Prize, NBCC Award, Orion Book Award, PEN Awards, and Pulitzer Prize.

Recent and upcoming titles on John’s list include Timothy Winegard’s bestselling history debut The Mosquito; Andre Iguodala’s bestselling memoir The Sixth Man, selected by President Obama as a favorite book of 2019; Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten’s One Day, “one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the last 25 years” (Slate); Confessions of an Innocent Man, David Dow’s debut novel and a Wall Street Journal “best book of the year”; Facebook: The Inside Story, Wired contributor Steven Levy’s essential book on the company; House on Fire, the new novel by New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder; Pulitzer finalist Annie Jacobsen’s new book investigating government secrets; E.G. Scott’s thrilling second novel, In Case of Emergency>; and a memoir by former New York Met David Wright.

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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.  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.

 

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, See Jane Win, and New York Times bestselling author Janice Kaplan’s The Genius of Women. Other New York Times bestsellers at Dutton include Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, and 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 and Victoria Turk’s Kill Reply All.

Amanda Walker

Director of Publicity

Amanda Walker joined Dutton as Publicist in 2007 and was named Director in 2014. In her Dutton career, she has created and implemented bestselling campaigns for many nonfiction and fiction authors, including Hank Green, Daniel J. Levitin, Tamer Elnoury, W. Kamau Bell, Joseph Finder, Ken Follett, Tracy Chevalier, John Hodgman, and Dan Savage. In addition to managing the publicity department and developing publicity strategies for the entire list, Amanda works directly with many Dutton authors and has orchestrated publicity campaigns for breakout bestselling books including Hank Green’s #1 bestseller An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, the Parkland High School March For Our Lives Founders’ Glimmer of Hope, Clint Romesha’s Red Platoon, Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You, and Mark Adams’ Turn Right at Machu Picchu, landing all of the respective authors on the New York Times bestseller list for the first time in their careers. Before joining Dutton, she worked at Simon & Schuster.

Stephanie Cooper

Director of Marketing

Stephanie Cooper is Director of Marketing for Dutton and Plume. She has more than 12 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, Riley Sager, Fiona Davis, and more.