People in Publishing

Picador senior editor Sam Humphreys is to join Profile as publisher for imprint Serpent's Tail, leaving Pan Macmillan after nine years.  Former publisher Pete Ayrton now takes the role of editor-at-large. Humphreys will begin her new role in March, reporting to Profile publisher Daniel Crewe.

At Scholastic, Anamika Bhatnagar has been promoted to Executive Editor and Director of Paperback Reprints.

At PublicAffairs, Brandon Proia has joined as editor, effective February 1, and Clara Platter has been named senior editor, effective March 1.
Meghan Macdonald has joined the Transatlantic Literary Agency as a full-time agent. She has been freelancing for the agency since the fall of 2009.

Maria Campbell Associates has named Mary Pender-Coplan vice-president, the first time the scouting agency has appointed someone to this position. She has been there for five years and is responsible for the dramatic rights and children's book scouting.

Longtime Atria executive editorial director Emily Bestler will establish an eponymous imprint, Atria Books-Emily Bestler Books, and has been promoted to editor-in-chief and senior vice president. The line will debut in spring 2011, publishing both fiction and nonfiction.  Sarah Branham, who previously worked with Bestler, has been promoted to senior editor and will now report to Atria editorial director, Peter Borland. A new editor will be hired for Bestler's imprint.

In the UK, Michael Dover will retire from his position as editor-in-chief, non-fiction for Weidenfeld & Nicholson at the end of June after nearly 30 years with the company. W&N also announced a number of promotions and changes, effective March 1: Rowland White has been appointed non-fiction publishing director,porting to Lisa Milton, trade managing director. Amanda Harris will become deputy publishing director, with Jane Sturrock promoted to commissioning editor. Senior editor Debbie Woska will return from maternity leave in February, reporting to Harris. Nicki Crossley will become editorial assistant.

At Thomas Nelson, Bryan Norman has been promoted to associate publisher, nonfiction trade group, under publisher Brian Hampton. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations and strategic list building, as well as continuing to edit key projects and acquiring new authors.

In the UK, Phaidon Press plans to triple its output of children's titles to 30 new children's books by 2012, up from eight in 2010.

Little, Brown has promoted Daniel Mallory to Sphere associate publisher. Mallory will continue to report to Little, Brown deputy publisher David Shelley.