Friday, 1 July 2011

People in Publishing

Cengage Learning signed a deal with National Geographic to acquire their digital and print school publishing unit and extended use of the NGS brand, expanding on the strategic partnership Cengage and National Geographic have had since 2007.

Senior editor at MIRA Krista Stroever has resigned her position to relocate to Los Angeles with her family. She can be reached at kristastroever@yahoo.com.
At HarperCollins UK, Simon Johnson has been promoted to managing director, Tom Fussell moves up to commercial director, and David Alford has been promoted to financial controller, all effective July 1.

RR Donnelley has acquired writing community and social publishing platform Helium, in which it took an equity position back in September 2009, for an undisclosed sum.

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard launches a new mobile-driven website devoted to crime fiction, Weekly Lizard, featuring updated articles and news about current and forthcoming books (both on the Vintage/Black Lizard list and from other publishers) and news about film and television adaptations.

Coffee House Press founder and publisher Allan Kornblum will retire from the company, with associate publisher Chris Fischbach to succeed him as publisher.

Workman has announced a series of promotions and new hires. Raquel Jaramillo has been promoted to both editorial director and creative director of children's publishing, reporting to Suzie Bolotin, and she will also serve as acting creative director for the overall Workman imprint.

Penguin UK has combined its publicity and marketing teams into a single communications department, with publicity director Amelia Fairney becoming communications director. Marketing director Jane Rose will leave the company after five years

At The Susan Golomb Literary Agency, Lauren Shekari has been named rights director. Lauren was previously subsidiary rights manager at Bloomsbury.

Karen Grencik and Abigail Samoun have founded Red Fox Literary, a boutique agency representing children's book authors and illustrators. Grencik will be representing authors writing for picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult audiences, while Samoun, previously an editor with Tricycle Press, Random House, and Simon & Schuster, will initially be focusing on the illustration division. Grencik may be reached at karen@redfoxliterary.com and (805) 459-3327, and Samoun may be contacted at abigail@redfoxliterary.com and (707) 933-9702.

Mary Anne Thompson Associates has been appointed US literary scout for Fortuna Libri in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Sarah Dickman is leaving the Nicholas Ellison Agency after seven years working as director of foreign rights and a literary agent to join Odyl, a social media marketing startup, that specializes in audience development using Facebook. Chelsea Lindman will replace her as director of foreign rights while continuing to work as a domestic agent.

Jane Starr Literary Scouts has been appointed U.S. scout for Brazilian publishing house Editora Sariva.

The Random House Publishing Group is bringing back its once-popular romance imprint Loveswept (originated by Bantam Books and closed down a few years ago) as a digital-only imprint this August with eight titles

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