People in Publishing

Little, Brown UK science fiction and fantasy imprint Orbit has appointed Jenni Hill, previously of Solaris Books, as commissioning editor.

Hill will report to editorial director Anne Clarke, and will take up her post on 31st October. While at Solaris, she worked with authors including James Lovegrove, Gail Z Martin and Emily Gee.

At Crown, Rica Allannic has been promoted to executive editor, Clarkson Potter, and Kate Tyler has been promoted to publicity director, Crown Illustrated, which comprises the Clarkson Potter, Potter Craft, Potter Style, Watson-Guptill, and Amphoto Books imprints. Kim Small has also been named publicity director for Potter Style, in addition to directing publicity for Potter Craft, Watson-Guptill, and Amphoto Books.

Laura Meyer will join Harper UK as chief information officer in mid-January 2012, tasked with the responsibility of upgrading the publisher's systems to deal with the change towards digital.

Katie Shea has joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in fiction (especially women’s fiction and commercial-scale literary fiction) and memoir. She was previously an agent with Johnson Literary Agency.

At Hachette UK, Matt Wright has been promoted to managing director, distribution, responsible for all aspects of the group's logistics operations, including customer service and credit control.

Bethanne Patrick has joined Book Riot as executive editor.