People in Publishing

At Simon & Schuster Children's, Andrea Welch has been promoted to senior editor, Beach Lane Books.

Steve Wasserman has joined Yale University Press as executive editor-at-large, General Interest books.
"Steve's fascinating and varied career has put him at the center of public intellectual life in America,"
said Yale UP director John Donatich. "He will bring great things to Yale Press's
unique program in publishing serious and scholarly works to the trade." The former LA Times books editor will remain with Kneerim & Williams as a literary agent, and will not represent any of the firm's clients in any negotiations with Yale.

Rhea Lyons has joined Franklin & Siegal Associates as literary scout. She was previously subrights associate at the Random House Publishing Group, handling both foreign and domestic rights for the Random and Ballantine Bantam Dell lists."

Dallas-based literary agent David Hale Smith has joined Inkwell Management as an agent, bringing along his list featuring crime, suspense and thriller writers as well as literary fiction and nonfiction that ranges from narrative history and business to health & wellness and cookbooks. InkWell partner Michael Carlisle says in the announcement, "Inkwell's success has come from the collegial atmosphere among our colleagues and the quality of our clients. It is with special pleasure that we invited David Hale Smith to join our ranks. He represents some of the best young writers of our time with whom we will be working to build international recognition and the bestselling careers they deserve."

McClelland & Stewart announced a new non-fiction imprint, Signal, that will be "dedicated to the power of ideas and original thinking." Titles published by Signal will encompass politics, religion, culture, history, business, and the environment Signal Website

Macmillan has relaunched its Criminal Element site as an online community hub for crime and mystery fiction, featuring essays, new and reprint short stories, and contests.Criminal Element

Laura Hazard Owen will join paidContent as a staff writer covering books and digital publishing beginning in mid-May. Previously she was the editorial manager of Publishing Trends.
Jared Bland will join House of Anansi Press as managing editor on July 4. He is currently managing editor for The Walrus.

Kathryn Beaumont has joined Kneerim and Williams as an agent. She has been a reporter, editor and working lawyer for the past 15 years.