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PW Star Watch Nominee
Senior Editor, Scholastic Press
OCTOBER 2016 APRIL 2017
Crown, New York
“Julian has a real nose for what
consumers are looking for in the sci-fi
space. He has emerged as an editorial star and
a wunderkind at spotting talent.” —colleague
Afew years back, Pavia sent the spoken-word artist and screenwriter Ernest Cline a note wondering if he had ever thought of publishing a novel. That note turned out to have a big influence on
Cline, who eventually responded, via agent Yfat Reiss Gendell,
with Ready Player One, a cult classic that has gone on to sell
1. 2 million copies for Crown in the U.S., with foreign rights
sold in 40 territories.
Pavia also noticed a free serial on a website, got excited, and
mentioned it to agent David Fugate. The website belonged to
Andy Weir, and the serial was The Martian. Once Fugate
signed Weir and sold the book to Pavia, it quickly became a
sensation. The Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon was
nominated for seven Oscars, and the book has sold more than
2. 8 million copies.
Blue Rider & Plume, New York
“Kate has an uncanny ability to
identify trends, to separate pretenders
from contenders, to understand what makes
a book wonderfully entertaining, as well as
—David Rosenthal, publisher, Blue Rider
When Napolitano entered publishing, she had two goals. The first was “to find authors with whom I could identify: young, eager, savvy cultural commentators who weren’t
afraid to shake things up.” Her other goal was to “prove to
everyone that millennials do indeed buy books.” She proved
her point. Many of the titles that she has acquired—such as
Farazmand’s Poorly Drawn Lines, Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve a
Drink, Reza and George Watsky’s How to Ruin Everything—
have gone on to sell well.
This fall will see the fruition of a “passion project,” as
Napolitano calls it, with the publication of You Can’t Touch My
Hair, by the comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.