Doubleday has eliminated 16 positions across all of the group’s imprints, in the editorial, marketing, publicity, art, and ad promo departments. Those leaving include editor Jennifer Josephy; Janet Silver, Nan Talese, Editor at Large; and from Spiegel & Grau, senior editor Tina Pohlman, Director of Publicity Gretchen Koss, Director of Marketing Megan Walker, and Walker’s assistant.
DK’s Rough Guides editorial department has been transferred back to the UK. (As many as 14 people are rumored to have left the company.) DK Eyewitness Travel and Rough Guides Marketing Director Geoff Colquitt’s job has been eliminated; all DK Adult Marketing now falls under Judy Powers. Geoff Colquitt may be reached at gcolquitt [at] mac.com or (914) 699-6998.
Hachette is merging its Orbit (SF) and Yen (graphic novel) imprints into a new division called Orbit. Tim Holman will run it as VP and Publisher. Co-publisher Kurt Hassler will now report to Holman and Rich Johnson will be leaving the company. He may be reached at rjhnzn [at] yahoo. com. Alex Lencicki, who was also at Orbit, will remain Marketing and Publicity Director for the new division.
Toni Sciarra, most recently an Executive Editor at HarperCollins and previously at Morrow and Simon & Schuster, is offering editorial and consulting services on nonfiction projects. She can be reached at tonionemail [at] yahoo.com or (212) 628-4072.
Karen Hansgen has been named Associate Publisher of the newly formed Skira-Rizzoli International Publications, which will focus on museum-related publishing. She was Publications Director at The New Museum.
As noted elsewhere, Little, Brown editor Reagan Arthur received her own imprint, Reagan Arthur Books, where she will be VP, Editorial Director and continue to report to Geoff Shandler.
Dan Weiss has left Barnes & Noble, where he was most recently Publisher and Managing Director of Quamut.com. Previously, he had run the company’s Sparknotes division. He may be reached at dweissco [at] gmail.com or (917) 613-7713.
Dick Robinson announced that Seth Radwell is leaving Scholastic, following the sale of Scholastic at Home this past summer. He was President of eScholastic and had managed Scholastic at Home since 2007.
Nancy Hancock has joined HarperOne as Executive Editor and Becky Cabaza has been named Editor at Large. Both report directly to Editorial Director Mickey Maudlin. Hancock was most recently Executive Editor at Rodale. Becky Cabaza, former Editorial Director of Three Rivers Press and most recently a freelance editor and ghostwriter, will continue to work from her home office. She can be reached at (973) 280-2429 or becky.cabaza [at] harpercollins.com. Shawn Nicholls has joined Collins as Director of Online Marketing. Nicholls comes from Crown, where he managed online marketing. And Matt Weiland is joining Ecco as Senior Editor. Most recently, he was Deputy Editor of The Paris Review.
Jed Donahue is leaving Crown Forum to become Editor-in-Chief of ISI Books and VP of Publications for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Delaware. Meanwhile, Campbell Wharton returns to Crown to take over as Publicity Director. . . . Hyperion’s Executive Director of Publicity Beth Gebhard has relocated to LA to work in the communications department of the new Oprah Winfrey Network. Marie Coolman takes her place. . . . Andrea Glickson has been named Director of Publicity and Marketing at Octopus USA, reporting to Jonathan Stolper. She was at Watson-Guptill. . . . Kim Small is the new Publicity Director for Watson-Guptill and Potter Craft. She was Executive Publicist at Workman. And Emily Takoudes joins Clarkson Potter as a senior editor, reporting to Editorial Director Doris Cooper. She was at Ecco.
Ginee Seo, VP and Editorial Director of her eponymous imprint at Atheneum at S&S, is leaving the company. Her future titles will be published under the Atheneum imprint.
Lisa Herling has been named SVP of Corporate Communications at Cengage Learning. She previously worked at HarperCollins as SVP, Director of Corporate Communications.
Belinda Rasmussen has been named Managing Director of the Carlton Publishing Group. She was Business Development Director for Egmont UK.
Bill Huelster has been hired as the Senior Director, Online Sales and Special Markets at Kaplan Publishing. He was most recently at Random House.
O’Reilly Media announced that Joe Wikert has joined the company as General Manager, O’Reilly Technology Exchange. He was VP and Executive Publisher of Professional/Trade, Wiley.
Charles Nurnberg, former CEO of Sterling, has founded Imagine Publishing. Nurnberg has teamed with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary to form an eponymous imprint. Imagine will be distributed by BookMasters (BDS). In a separate announcement, BDS welcomed former PGW President Rich Freese as President of BDA and Atlas Books, which will continue to operate independently. Jeremy Nurnberg, formerly Sterling VP of Trade and Institutional Sales (and Charlie Nurnberg’s son), has been hired as the new VP Sales.
Matthew Lore has resigned from his position as VP Executive Editor, Da Capo Press. He can be reached at matthew.lore.email [at] gmail.com.
David Moldawer has joined Portfolio/Penguin as an editor, reporting to Adrian Zackheim. He was at St. Martin’s. Tim Sullivan departed earlier in the month for Basic Books. . . . Jordan Brown has been hired as Editor, Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HC Children’s Books. Brown started his publishing career at S&S Children’s Publishing.
Michael Broussard has created iSB New Media, a multimedia talent platform/literary agency based in LA. He was formerly an agent at Dupree/Miller and editor at Simon Spotlight Entertainment.
PROMOTIONS AND INTERNAL CHANGES
Cofounder of Weldon Owen, John Owen, has been named Group Publisher of Bonnier Publishing, which comprises nine companies in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and France. With this promotion, Terry Newell goes from President of WO U.S. to CEO. Sheena Coupe has also been promoted to CEO and runs the WO Australia operation. They both report directly to Des Higgins at Bonnier UK.
John Fagan, who wears a substantial number of sales and marketing hats at Penguin, is adding Plume and Hudson Street Press to his portfolio. He will have help from Liz Keenan, who has been named Publicity Director for both imprints.
At Holt’s Metropolitan Books, Sara Bershtel has been promoted to VP Publisher. Elsewhere at Holt, Karen Frangipane has been hired as Director of Marketing for Holt Children’s. She was at S&S.
Susan Canavan has been promoted to Executive Editor in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s trade and reference division.
Annsley Rosner has been named publicity director at Crown and Shaye Areheart. She had been Publicity Director at Harmony and Three Rivers Press. . . . At Harper, Leslie Cohen has been promoted to Executive Director of Publicity and Jane Beirn to Senior Director.
Jennifer Hunt has been promoted to Editorial Director of Little, Brown Children’s.
Esther Margolis, Founder and Publisher of Newmarket Press, will be honored with the New York Center for Independent Publishing’s Poor Richard Award at the Center’s Annual Benefit and Cocktail Reception. November 10, from 6 to 8 PM, at 20 W. 44th St.
Dan Harvey, a longtime book publishing executive, passed away on October 23, 2008 after a long struggle with melanoma. Harvey was most recently Senior VP, Director of Marketing for Trident Media Group, a literary agency. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6 PM at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 111 Amsterdam Ave. at 65th St.
WE HEAR WEDDING BELLS!
Constance Sayre, a founding partner of MPI, married Gilman Park on October 12. The family-only ceremony took place in the garden of her brother’s home in Chiswick, London. They have been significant others for 16 years. Mr. Park is President of Hudson Park Press. Ms. Sayre will continue to use her maiden name.