People in Publishing

Marilyn Biderman has opened a literary agency, based in Toronto. Biderman says she will represent genre, commercial and literary fiction, along with narrative nonfiction and memoir and 'the occasional expert as a client as well.'

Orbit has hired Anne Clarke as UK editorial director, reporting to Tim Holman. Anne Clarke will be joining Orbit on 4th January 2011. Also joining Orbit as an editorial assistant is James Long, author of the Speculative Horizons blog.

Random House Children’s Books has restructured its fiction team, making two new appointments and promoting three team members.

Lauren Buckland and Ruth Knowles have both been promoted to commissioning editor, while Natalie Doherty becomes assistant editor. Pete Matthews, who will join the team in January, has been appointed as editorial assistant, working across the whole fiction list. 

In the new arrangement, staff will be split into two commissioning teams, under editorial directors Kelly Hurst and Becky Stradwick. Hurst will manage individual titles and author-led fiction, while Stradwick’s team will concentrate on acquiring new series, major fantasy and US Young Adult brands.

Matthew Benjamin is moving to Touchstone on December 13 as senior editor, reporting to Trish Todd. He has been at HarperCollins, most recently as senior editor at William Morrow. At Touchstone, he will focus on acquiring men's interest, celebrity, pop culture, sports, health, and investigative journalism.

Allison Lorentzen is joining Penguin Books as editor. She will be acquiring both fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as working closely with Kathryn Court on Viking and Penguin acquisitions.