People in Publishing

Deb Shapiro has launched Deb Shapiro & Company, a PR/marketing company for authors and books. For the past seven years, she was director of publicity and online marketing at Bloomsbury Publishing.

Kathleen Ortiz is joining Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation as the subsidiary rights director, starting May 4. She was previously employed at Lowenstein Associates.

Lauren Flower joins HarperCollins Children's Books this week as director of integrated
marketing. Previously she spent eight years at Random House Children's where she was most recently senior manager, new media marketing.

Meredith Barnes joins Lowenstein Associates as a digital strategist and foreign rights manager. Formerly at FinePrint Literary Management, she will be building her own list as well.

Lynn Smith will join Ruckus Mobile Media in the newly created position of director of business development, effective May 23. Previously she was director of licensed publishing at Scholastic.

Jessica Sindler has been promoted to editor at Gotham, where she has worked since 2003.

Allison McLean has been promoted to publicity director for Portfolio, Sentinel and Current.

Brigantine Media will launch two new imprints, with Voyage devoted to Vermont fiction and Compass specializing in education books, beginning in Fall 2011.