People in Publishing

At Quarto in the UK, Piers Spence has stepped down from his role as director of co-edition publishing to run a farm in Devon. He will be replaced in February by David Breuer, chief executive of Royal Academy Enterprises.

At HarperCollins' Morrow-Avon division, Pamela Spengler-Jaffee has been promoted to senior director of publicity. She joined the company in 2003. Danielle Bartlett has been promoted to associate director.

Laurence Hughes will join the Free Press as associate director of publicity, reporting to Carisa Hays, starting February 7. He takes over from Nicole Kalian Abbott, who is joining PR firm JCPR based in New Jersey, where she will be starting a book division as of February 1.

Hajnalka Bata has been appointed publisher, fantasy and young adult fiction at Boekerij, where she has worked as a commissioning editor at since 2009.

Samantha Haywood is returning to Toronto this summer after five years in Amsterdam, where she will continue to work for Transatlantic Literary Agency. (Her husband, Pieter Swinkels has left his post as publisher of Cargo and associate publisher of De Bezige Bij to work as director of publisher and industry relations EU for Kobo.)

Lucinda Blumenfeld has left Fletcher & Company and launched Lucinda Blumenfeld Literary Consulting (LBLC), an editorial and marketing firm for writers and authors. She will continue to represent select writers in both fiction and nonfiction.
Zachary Wagman is joining the Crown Trade group as editor on February 1, acquiring fiction and nonfiction, reporting to publisher Molly Stern. He has been at Vintage since 2006. Also in the unit, Jenna Ciongoli has been promoted to associate editor, continuing to report to Charlie Conrad. She will edit and acquire nonfiction and also collaborate on select projects with senior editors. Christine Kopprasch has been promoted to assistant editor, editing fiction, continuing to report to Stern.

At William Morrow, Katherine Nintzel has been promoted to senior editor.

At Delacorte Press, Krista Vitola has been promoted to assistant editor.