People in Publishing

At Basic Books, editorial director Lara Heimert has been promoted to editorial and publishing director. In her new role she will play a larger role in the presentation and publication of the imprint's books while freeing Basic Book Group publisher John Sherer to concentrate on the new Perseus digital marketing initiatives and to focus on the efforts at Westview Press and Nation Books.

At Little, Brown Children's, both Connie Hsu and Kate Sullivan have been promoted to editor.

Liz Gately begins scouting for De Boekerij and Meulenhoff in the Netherlands as October 1.

Red Wheel Weiser is launching the Weiser Books e-Collection, comprising two lines to start: Paranormal Parlor and Magical Creatures. Each aims to issue five titles per month, and both are curated by author and Huffington Post Blog of the Bizarre columnist Varla Ventura. Future collections Create the Life You Want, Witchcraft, Psychic Phenomenon, and Aleister Crowley/Western Mystery Traditions. As with Weiser Books in print, the ebook lines focus on "forgotten and out-of- print material, using knowledgeable editors and writers to curate the collections and provide introductions."

Ben Sevier has been promoted to editor-in-chief at Dutton, effective Octboer 3.

Tom Dussel will join Penguin Group as director of sub-rights on November 7, responsible for the Putnam, Berkley, Portfolio, Tarcher, Avery and Perigee lists, reporting to svp Leigh Butler. He has been sub-rights manager at Simon & Schuster, selling rights for the Free Press, Scribner and Howard Books imprints.

Robert Wheaton will join Random House Canada, overseeing the digital department in the new role of vp, strategic digital business development.

Robert Wheaton will join Random House Canada in the newly created position of vp, director, strategic business development, reporting to ceo Brad Martin. Wheaton was previously director of inventory management for Indigo Books & Music. will make available its catalog of self-published works to Barnes & Noble's Nook platform.

At rDel Rey Spectra, Ticia Pasternak has been promoted to editorial director, where she will oversee both the editorial department in Del Rey’s traditional sf and fantasy publishing and content for the imprint's IP business. Keith Clayton will add the additional responsibility of associate publisher to his existing role of director of creative development for the IP group. Anne Groell moves up to executive editor, and Frank Parisi joins as in-house coordinator for all of the imprint's Star Wars titles, while also leading Del Rey Spectra's licensed tie-in initiatives.

At Palgrave Macmillan, Karen Wolny has been named editorial director of trade and professional books. Previously she was editorial director of LearningExpress. In addition, Luba Ostashevsky has been promoted to senior editor, trade, and Samantha Hasey moves up to editor for the academic Business and Economics list.

In the UK at Bonnier's start-up Hot Key Books, Emily Thomas has been hired as publisher and Sara O'Connor will be editorial director print and digital, with their starting date to be named later. Both have been at Hodder Children's.

Amber Hoover has been promoted to associate director of international scouting at Franklin & Siegal Associates. She joined the company in 2005.