The news of Perseus’s sale surprised publishers, but the response both inside the company and from industry observers seems generally upbeat. No personnel announcements have been made but the sales and distribution staff will become employees of Ingram while all the publishing people report to Hachette. The deal is scheduled to close July 31st.
Hachette has begun to post the names of those laid off on its site, and meanwhile, individuals are beginning to announce their departures. Pat Strachan is no longer an Editor at Little, Brown, where she worked since 2002. She can be reached at [email protected]. Emi Battaglia and Geoff Shandler have also left, and with the closing of Hachette Business, Rick Wolff has left.
Patricia Bostelman has resigned from Barnes & Noble. She can be reached at [email protected].
Sonali Fry has moved to Bonnier as Editorial Director for Little Bee Books. She had been promoted that the position of Editorial Director at S&S Children’s Little Simon imprint shortly beforehand.
Robin Adelson, Executive Director of Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, will resign her posts at the end of 2014 after heading both organizations for the last eight years.
Margot Schupf has joined Time Home Entertainment (THEI) in the newly created position of VP and Associate Publisher. Most recently, she was with Archetypes, a new media start up. She has also worked at Rodale, HarperCollins and Sterling. In this new role she will manage the Oxmoor House imprint. Leah McLaughlin, Editorial Director for Oxmoor House, will report directly to her, along with the Business Development team, led by Megan Pearlman.
Camille McDuffie has left her position as President of Goldberg McDuffie Communications to join the newly-created Columbia Global Reports as Publisher, under Director Nicholas Lemann. It’s a Columbia University-based publishing project “dedicated to the production of sustained, original reporting and analysis on under-reported global issues for audiences that extend beyond the academy,” and they will produce four to six short books a year, for publication beginning in fall 2015. Also joining the unit as Editor is Jimmy So, who was a Culture and Books Editor at The Daily Beast.
Executive Director of Publicity, Paul Crichton, has left S&S Children’s, after more than nine years. Crichton plans to take some time off this summer before deciding on next steps. President and Publisher of S&S Children’s Jon Anderson said “we will begin the difficult task of filling [Crichton's'] sizable shoes.”
Sarah Dickman has joined Barnes & Noble as Manager, Business Operations for NOOK Press. Previously, she was Director of Business Development at Odyl/Riffle Books.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has appointed Amy Stolls as the Director of Literature. Stolls has been acting Director of Literature for the last year, following the departure of a Ira Silverberg. In her official appointment, she will continue to oversee the NEA’s grant awards in literature.
Kelly Rudolph has joined HarperCollins as a Publicity Director, reporting to Shelby Meizlik. She was at Amy Einhorn Books and Putnam.
Carolyn Foley has joined Penguin Random House as VP, Associate General Counsel, with primary responsibility for legal work on behalf of the Random House Publishing Division. Foley spent the past dozen years as a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. Meanwhile, Random House is offering buyouts to its sales staff.
After nine years at Liza Dawson Associates, Anna Olswanger has formed her own agency, Olswanger Literary. And Sandra Bishop, a VP at MacGregor Literary is leaving the agency after more than seven years, to set up her own company.
Sara Ortiz joins Scholastic as Marketing Manager, Education/Library Marketing; she was most recently at Penguin.
Allison Finkel has joined Perseus Books Group as Academic Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.
Penguin President and Director of Paperback Sales, Norman Lidofsky, will retire at the end of 2014 after more than 32 years with the company. Penguin VP, Director of distributor sales Ken Kaye will retire at the end of 2014 after more than 45 years in the industry.
Carl Bromley will join The New Press as Editorial Director. Previously, he was Editorial Director at Nation Books. In addition, Marc Favreau has been promoted to Executive Editor at Nation Books.
At Ten Speed Press, Julie Bennett has been promoted to VP, Editorial Director; Jenny Wapner moves up to Executive Editor; and Kelly Snowden has been named Editor, moving over from the Marketing and Publicity department.
Penguin Random House UK has created a single children’s division, led by Francesca Dow. Dow will be MD, Penguin Random House UK Children’s, reporting to Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK. Philippa Dickinson, currently MD of Random House Children’s Publishers, takes on the new role of Consultant Children’s Publisher with editorial responsibility for key projects and authors. She plans to retire in 2015.
Karen Shapiro joins Sourcebooks in the newly created position of Publishing Manager for the Entertainment Group. Previously, she was General Manager of Publishing & Development Manager for Hinckler Books in Australia.
Heather Alexander has joined Pippin Properties as an Agent. Previously, she was an Associate Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers.
Kempton Mooney has joined the Nielsen Book America group as Director, Research and Analytics. Mooney has worked for several publishers over the last 13 years, including Random House and Hachette. Read More