People in Publishing

Kelle Ruden will move over to agent director for the Random House Speakers Bureau, starting March 14. She will work across the Random House imprints to support the current roster of author speakers and expand the program.

Elaine McQuade has been appointed Head of Marketing and Publicity for the Trade and Children's Business Unit at Oxford University Press.

Nancy Planitzer has joined Greater Talent Network as an account executive, where she develop new business opportunities for the company's publishing-based bureaus, specifically Hachette and Simon & Schuster. Previously she was an account co-ordinator with Macmillan Speakers Bureau.

Bestselling self-published ebook novelist Amanda Hocking wrote a refreshing post on 'some things that need to be said' last week. The point is to explain that success as author - whether through traditional or nontraditional pathways - is the product of a lot of hard work (along with some luck):

'Everybody seems really excited about what I'm doing and how I've been so successful, and from what I've been able to understand, it's because a lot of people think that they can replicate my success and what I've done. And while I do think I will not be the only one to do this - others will be as successful as I've been, some even more so - I don't think it will happen that often.

'Traditional publishing and indie publishing aren't all that different, and I don't think people realize that. Some books and authors are best sellers, but most aren't. It may be easier to self-publish than it is to traditionally publish, but in all honesty, it's harder to be a best seller self-publishing than it is with a house.'

Sainsbury's has started its own line of children's books in conjunction with Dorling Kindersley. The eight titles, geared towards children aged up to five years old, are priced between £3 and £9.99 and went on sale this past Saturday.

Simon & Schuster has launched a new digital channel, "Ask the Author", in conjunction with VYou.com, where authors "engage in conversation with their fans through videos posted in response to written questions."
Laura Nolan has joined Paradigm as a literary agent and will serve as head of the agency's book publishing division, starting March 14. Nolan will "work with closely with agents Alyssa Reuben and Jason Yarn in the department." She has been at DeFiore and Company since it absorbed the agents from The Creative Culture. 

Cate Cannon has joined Canongate as digital content developer. Previously she was acting marketing director at Headline.

Franklin & Siegal has been appointed literary scout for China Citic Press in Beijing.

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