Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 19, 2018

Amazon’s Top 10 2018 Fiction Books & Industry Changes

Illustrator Nancy Armo sent me a unique blue bird Christmas card. I decided to hang her creative creation on a table centerpiece, so it would stand out from all the other ornaments on my tree. Now I’m able to enjoy it all day long. Thank you, Nancy. Love your artwork.

Nancy was featured on Illustrator Saturday in 2012. Here is the link: to see more current work here is her website:

Amazon’s 2018 Top 10 Fiction Novels – (not necessarily published in 2018)

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
3. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
4. The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
6. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
7. The Outsider by Stephen King
8. Before We Were Yours by Lina Wingate
9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Sara Sargent moves to Random House Children’s as senior executive editor. (She was previously executive editor for Harper Children’s.)

Julia Ringo has been promoted to associate editor at Farrar, Straus.

At Scholastic Trade, Liza Baker has been promoted to vp, associate publisher of Cartwheel Books, Orchard Books and Acorn and Branches; Katie Carella to executive editor of Acorn and Branches; Jessica Tice-Gilbert moves up to associate art director of Cartwheel Books and Orchard Books; Yaffa Jaskoll is now executive art director, trade fiction; Celia Lee to senior editor of Cartwheel Books and Orchard Books.

Margaux Weisman has joined Penguin as editor, moving over from Vintage/Anchor where she was editor.

Mora Couch has been promoted to associate editor at Holiday House.

Chronicle Books is partnering with Lego Group to produce books based on their products, starting with seven titles in spring 2020. Executive editorial director of Chronicle Books Sarah Malarkey said, “We are thrilled to work with LEGO, an internationally beloved brand that shares our values of quality, creativity, and play. Both companies have generations of fans and a real affinity for one another.”

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Love this round-up of pertinient book industry news, Kathy! Great job!


  2. LOVE the bluebird! Thanks for all this info.


  3. Wishing you all the best in 2019, Kathy!
    Thank you for the sweet shout-out!!


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