People in publishing and bookselling

Julie Crisp has been promoted to the position of editorial director for Tor UK, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Pan Macmillan.

Previously the senior commissioning editor for the imprint, a role she held for two years, Crisp will report to fiction publisher Jeremy Trevathan. Previously she was a commissioning editor on the crime list at Pan Macmillan.

Crisp’s list of authors includes China Mièville, Neal Asher, Mark Charan Newton, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Peter F Hamilton among others

Meanwhile in bookselling Asda's book buying manager Stephanie Bateson is stepping down on 13 August to go on maternity leave. Len Barker, will assume overall control of the books category, with the book buyers Mat Watterson and Tom Waiting reporting directly to him while a direct replacement for Bateson is found.  Watterson will now also be buying adult paperback and hardback chart and new releases.

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