Friday, 8 July 2011

People in Publishing

Kirsten Grant, campaigns director at Puffin, will leave Penguin at the end of the month to become a freelance children's marketing specialist.

Anthony Cheetham has left Atlantic Books and resigned as a director of the company. It is understood that Cheetham left the publisher  on 30th June. His role has been under discussion for weeks, and rumours of the split have been circulating for some time.Cheetham described his resignation as a "joint decision" made with Atlantic chief executive Toby Mundy.

Cheetham said he now planned to launch his own venture with an announcement expected in the autumn. He declined to give full details, but said that there was an opportunity to develop a "specialist publishing list" using e-books and the web.

Hodder & Stoughton has promoted Fenella Bates to the role of editorial director, responsible for pop culture commissioning. Bates will report to Hodder Entertainment publisher Hannah Black.

Random House India has made two appointments, with Meru Gokhale joining from Penguin Books India as editorial director, Vintage India, and Milee Ashwarya promoted to editorial director, Ebury India.
Gokahle began her publishing career in 2004 as commissioning editor, Penguin Books India, and was most recently senior commissioning editor at the company, working with authors such as Kiran Desai. At Vintage India she will have responsibility for growing a list of literary fiction and non-fiction. Meanwhile, Ashwarya is promoted from senior commissioning editor at Random House India to editorial director of Ebury India, where she will have particular focus on lifestyle publishing.

John Glusman will leave Crown to become the new editor-in-chief of Norton's trade department in July, as Norton's Star Lawrence "will set aside administrative duties at his own request to concentrate more fully on acquiring and editing books in the role of editor-at-large." Norton says Lawrence will "continue to acquire and edit a full list in nonfiction and fiction."

UK agent Neil Blair has left the Christopher Little Agency to set up The Blair Partnership, taking the world's biggest client JK Rowling with him. Blair and Little are not commenting, but a spokesperson for Rowling confirms to the Bookseller that "JK Rowling has terminated her association with the Christopher Little Literary Agency."

Audiobook publisher Dreamscape Media has hired Jeff Golick as publishing director, reporting to vp Brad Rose. Golick will be responsible for all of Dreamscape's content acquisition activities and will be based in New York. He was vp at AudioGo (formerly BBC Audiobooks America) where he oversaw acquisitions.
Kate Napolitano has promoted to assistant editor at Plume.

Rakesh Satyal will be leaving his position at Harper this week to pursue other opportunities. He can be reached at rakesh.satyal@gmail.com.

Steve Kasdin is leaving Amazon, where he has worked on the Kindle team, as of Friday. He and his wife, Kate Folkers, are moving their family back to the New York area, to look for new opportunities in publishing. He can be reached at stevekasdin@gmail.com.

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