Thursday, 13 December 2012

Amazon to open European publishing wing

Amazon has said that it is to open a European publishing wing headquartered in Luxembourg, focused on English-language titles aimed at the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

The division will be headed by Vicky Griffith, publisher of Amazon's West Coast Group, who will relocate from Seattle in the New Year and begin building a team of editors and marketers.

In a letter sent to agents by Jeff Belle, vice president, Amazon Publishing, Belle said Amazon was "determined to invent ways to help authors reach more readers", adding "As our CEO likes to say, 'It's still day one.' That is especially true of Amazon Publishing. We have much work to do, and many challenges ahead of us, and we remain relentlessly focused on providing the best possible publishing experience for your authors."

Jeff Belle, vice president, Amazon Publishing,  also announced a slight reorganisation of its US publishing business folllowing Griffith's move, with Larry Kirshbaum, publisher of the East Coast Group, expanding his brief to include Amazon's Seattle adult imprints, as well as Amazon Children's Publishing. Daphne Durham will step into the role of editor-in-chief across all of our adult imprints, reporting to Kirshbaum.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

A P Watt Literary Agency confirms its sale to United Agents

A P Watt chairman Caradoc King and joint managing director Derek Johns will join UA LLP as partners together with their colleagues Natasha Fairweather, Linda Shaughnessy and Jon Elek. Fairweather will be joint head of the overall literary department with UA's Robert Kirby, and Linda Shaughnessy will be joint head of the foreign rights department with Jessica Craig. The combined literary department will comprise 31 agents, associates and assistants. A P Watt will retain its distinct identity, becoming known as A P Watt at United Agents.

King said: "Publishing is undergoing profound changes, and it is vital for authors to have the strongest possible representation in all aspects of their careers." From Monday, A P Watt's telephone number will change to 020 3214 0800.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Promotions at Palgrave Macmillan

Palgrave Macmillan has made two changes to its senior management as the company is “poised to enter a period of transformational growth”.

The academic publisher has appointed Dominic Knight executive director, as chairman of Palgrave Macmillan and executive director of business programmes for the Macmillan group. Sam Burridge, currently executive director of Palgrave Macmillan, has been promoted to managing director of Palgrave Macmillan Scholarly with effect from 1st November.

Knight became managing director of Palgrave Macmillan at its inception in 2000. Burridge joined Macmillan in 1995 and has held several senior roles across sales, business development and executive publishing.

 Promotions at Palgrave Macmillan: