People in Publishing

Octopus has appointed Richard Milbank, previously non-fiction publishing director at Atlantic Books, to the newly created role of publishing director.

Before working at Atlantic, Milbank was publishing director, non-fiction, at Quercus. In the role at Octopus, he will be commissioning both non-illustrated and illustrated non-fiction in areas including popular history, culture and science, and general reference. He will report into group publishing director Denise Bates and will take up the post on 19th March.
Bob McDevitt, previously publisher of Hachette Scotland, has joined leading Scottish literary agency Jenny Brown Associates.

McDevitt is based in the agency's new office in Corbridge, Northumberland, along with fiction and sports writing specialist Mark Stanton, as the agency develops "new opportunities in the north of England".

McDevitt, who has also worked at Waterstones and Ottakar's and left Hachette Scotland in November last year, will be representing commercial fiction, crime writing and non-fiction.

He will be JBA's sixth associate, joining Lucy Juckes, Allan Guthrie, Kevin Pocklington, Jenny Brown and Stanton. The agency's primary office is in Edinburgh.
Hachette Ireland has promoted commissioning editor Ciara Doorley to the position of editorial director, effective immediately.

Doorley has worked for Hachette Ireland for seven years, with responsibility for commercial fiction list authors including Ciara Geraghty, Fiona O'Brien and Martina Reilly.

Cornerstone marketing director Claire Round will leave the company to join HarperCollins as the new associate publisher of Harper NonFiction and Collins in April.

In her new role, Round will be responsible for “providing a stronger connection” between editorial, sales and marketing as well as managing the marketing and PR departments.

Round will report jointly to Carole Tonkinson and Hannah MacDonald, publishers of Harper NonFiction and Collins respectively.