Friday, 16 September 2011

People in Publishing

At Penguin, Molly Barton has been promoted to vp, digital publishing and business development and strategy. Earlier this year she was responsible for launching the writing community website Book Country and was also responsible for developing Penguin eSpecials, expanding the publisher's relationship with Starz, and spearheading Penguin's enhanced ebook app program.

Meagan Stacey has joined Crown as editor, trade paperbacks, reporting to Tina Pohlman. Previously she was an editor at Mariner Books.

In the UK, Ebury will launch a new digital-first romance imprint, Rouge, with eight titles on September 29. Four titles will appear monthly thereafter in six categories, with all books priced under £5.

Jenny Heller will join Quercus as publishing director on October 10, continuing to focus on nonfiction. She has been a publishing director at Harper UK.

Rebecca McNally, whose departure from Macmillan Children's Books in the UK was announced yesterday, is joining Bloomsbury Children's UK on October 31 as publishing director and international editor-in-chief for children's books. She will report to Emma Hopkin.

Kate Moore will join Virgin as editorial director in mid-September. Previously she was a commissioning editor for Michael O'Mara. In addition, Virgin has promoted Hannah Knowles to senior editor.

Scott Pack has been named publisher of Harper UK's community writing site Authonomy. He will still keep his role as The Friday Project publisher and director of digital content development. In addition, Rachel Faulkner has been named digital project editor for Authonomy. The company intends to find more books suitable for publication from the site (having published a big six titles since Authonomy began in 2008).

In Ireland, Eoin Purcell is joining New Island as commissioning editor. But he will continue editing Irish Publishing News and to work with his existing consultant clients from Green Lamp Media as well.

Photography site FotoLibra is creating the Heritage Ebooks line, officially launching at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. The first 40 Kindle and EPUB titles cover the architectural follies of England. As founder Gwen Headley readily admits, "though the actual content of our ebooks as English architectural county guides won't be of great interest to non-Brits, the way we integrate live online location finders into eguidebooks will be, as well as our  cost-saving method of acquiring images."

At Orion, Kate Mills has been promoted to publishing director, fiction, and Genevieve Pegg moves up to editorial director, fiction. Mills replaces Jon Wood, who is relinquished his responsibilities to focus on his other role as deputy group publisher. In addition, Amanda Harris has been promoted to publishing director, non-fiction.

Also in the UK, at Macmillan Children's Books, Ruth Alltimes takes over immediately as publishing director, fiction. She will report to incoming publisher Belinda Rasmussen, who joins the comapny this autumn.

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