People in Publishing

Hodder & Stoughton is expanding the editorial staff at their Sceptre imprint. Drummond Moir has been hired as editorial director, commissioning both fiction and non-fiction. He's been at Heinemann for the past three years. Suzie Doore will extending her role as editorial director at Hodder to acquire fiction for the imprint. (She already edits Chris Cleave, one of Sceptres' bestselling authors.) Both report to Carole Welch.

Nook wholesaler Bertrams has appointed a new managing director after Michael Neil departed seven months ago.

Graeme Underhill, the new m.d., is currently operations director of Bertrams’ parent company Smiths News. He said it was “exciting times” for the business as it merges with Dawson Books. Since January, Ian Hendrie, Bertrams financial director, has led the company as acting m.d.

Underhill said: “It [Bertrams] is a company with both a superb heritage and ambition for the future. The purchase of Dawson Books is proceeding to plan and will give us access to new markets in universities in the UK and internationally. We will also look to invest in and develop Dawson Books' e-commerce capability. Working together, we have the opportunity to make Bertrams a bigger, more successful and more diverse business.”

Maggie Richards has been promoted to deputy publisher at Henry Holt, in addition to her current responsibilities as vp sales and marketing.

Simon & Schuster UK senior commissioning editor Francesca Main will move to Picador on September 26 as editorial director, acquiring and publishing commercial literary fiction.

Publishing director of Bloomsbury Children's in the UK Sarah Odedina will become managing director of "an entirely new children's publishing company" in London as part of Bonnier Publishing. The line will launch in late 2011 or early 2012, focusing on children's fiction across all age brackets.

Bonnier Publishing already owns Templar and Autumn Publishing in the UK, along with Weldon Owen and Five Mile Press in Australia and Piccolia in France, comprising $100 million in annual sales. The group itself is a UK-based subsidiary of Bonniers Books, a division of Sweden's Bonnier AB with annual sales of $900 million with operations in 20 countries.

Julia Cheiffetz has been named editorial director of Amazon's New York-based publishing imprint under Larry Kirshbaum. Cheiffetz, who starts on August 1, was at Harper most recently (which she originally joined as part of the experimental imprint Harper Studio).

Andrea Walker will join The Penguin Press as a senior editor on August 1. She has been at Reagan Arthur Books since 2009, prior to which she worked for five years in The New Yorker's books department.

At Chronicle Books, Allison Elsby has been hired as director distribution client services. She was formerly director of merchandising at Borders. In promotions at the company: Molly Jones moves up to associate managing editor; Bridget Watson is associate editor, Art & Design; and Sara Schneider becomes executive publishing design director.

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