People in Publishing

Lisa Leshne has formed The Leshne Agency, a new literary agency representing authors of narrative and prescriptive non-fiction, especially on sports, wellness, business, political and parenting topics, as well as commercial fiction and young adult and middle grade books. Leshne was most recently with LJK Literary, and her new agency will also offer services to authors who may wish to explore the self-publishing route via a variety of platforms and in partnership with Author Solutions.

In an interview on Waterstone's intranet obtained by the Bookseller, new owner Alexander Mamut claimed the company's existence was "important for UK society" though was vague on the specifics of ensuring the chain's survival beyond saying that "massive work" was necessary: "If we can make a turnaround, improve everything, have good books properly displayed, a good atmosphere, good recommendations [with] marketing and investment of course, then I think we can compete with a company named I can’t imagine that life can be replaced with a computer universe. I can’t accept it."

Bella Pagan will join Tor UK as a senior commissioning editor on September 1. Previously she was an editor at Orbit UK.

The successors to Larry Kirshbaum's former agency LJK Literary Management have formally launched their new entity, Einstein Thompson Agency. Susanna Einstein and Meg Thompson are co-directors of the new agency. Sandy Hodgman has been promoted to director of foreign rights under the new banner, and Molly Reese has been promoted to associate agent. She will continue to assist Einstein and Thompson, oversee audio rights, work with the Westlake estate, and help find new clients. The agency will relocate from the LJK offices to new space October 1.

Belinda Rasmussen will join Pan Macmillan as publisher of Macmillan Children’s Books this fall. Previously she was with Carlton Publishing Group, where she has been managing director since 2008.

Mauro DiPreta will join Crown in the newly created position of VP, Editor-in-Chief of Crown Archetype on September 7. DiPreta will be responsible for directing and overseeing the editorial operations for Archetype, Harmony, Crown Business, and Crown Forum. He will report to Crown Archetype svp and publisher Tina Constable.

Crown Trade Paperbacks has hired Amanda Patten as senior editor reporting to Tina Pohlman. She will oversee paperback conversions and backlist development for Three Rivers Press, Crown Business, and Crown Forum. and will acquire and edit original titles in pop culture, humor, and practical nonfiction.

Colin Dickerman will join The Penguin Press as vp and executive editor on September 6, moving from Rodale, where he has been vp and publishing director since 2008.