Friday, 5 August 2011

People in Publishing

Pegasus Books has hired Maia Larsonas an associate editor, acquiring historical fiction and fantasy as well as history and biography.

In the Random House Publishing Group digital department: Lisa Turner has been promoted to senior digital project manager; Angel Pastrana takes the new roles of digital quality assurance analyst; April Flores moves over from publicity, as associate manager of digital marketing; and Carolyn Lynch has been hired as web producer.

At the Random House publishing group, Random House Trade Paperbacks associate publisher Melissa Possick is moving over to the newly-created position of director, marketing partnerships.

Harper Press publishing director Clare Smith will move to Little Brown UK and Abacus as fiction publishing director fiction, starting September 19 and reporting to managing director Richard Beswick. As a result, Harper Press will stop publishing fiction as of June 2012. The program will be led for now by Essie Cousins, and next year the fiction authors with move to Harper Fiction.

Katie O'Callaghan is joining Harper as associate director, marketing, working across all of the Harper imprints including Harper, Harper Business, and Broadside Books. She was most recently senior marketing manager at Ballantine Bantam Dell.

At Little Brown UK, Emma Beswetherick is being promoted to editorial director at Piatkus for fiction and Rebecca Saunders is moving up to editorial director at Sphere for commercial women's fiction.

Author and former agent and editor Jason Pinter will be senior marketing manager for Grove/Atlantic and their publisher's Mysterious Press imprint, which they are relaunching this fall.

Senior vice president and publisher of It Books, Harper Perennial, and Harper paperbacks Carrie Kania (who also oversees the Harper Design imprint) will leave HarperCollins at the end of August. She is moving to London, where she will join Conville & Walsh as an agent.

In the wake of her departure, the paperback lines Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks will be "realigned" within the Harper and William Morrow divisions. Harper division svp/publisher Jonathan Burnham will take over responsibility for Perennial, with Cal Morgan reporting to Burnham, as will Amy Baker and Erica Barmash. Publicists Anne Tate and Peter Henningsen will become part of Tina Andreadis's publicity team, and editor Michael Signorelli will join the Harper editorial team.

Similarly svp/publisher of William Morrow, Avon, and Harper Voyager Liate Stehlik will take over responsibility for Harper paperbacks and that list will be combined with the recently-formed William Morrow Paperbacks line. Editor Stephanie Meyers will move over to the William Morrow group, reporting to Jennifer Brehl, and publicists Kendra Newton and Julia O’Halloran will join the publicity team under Seale Ballenger.

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