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1. Kat Meyer Joins Publishers Weekly as Events Director

unnamedKat Meyer, former conference chair for O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair’s CONTEC Frankfurt, has joined Publishers Weekly as Director, Events and Community Engagement.

In this newly created position, Meyer is tasked with managing and expanding the publication’s events which include podcasts, sponsored webcasts and live events. She will work with PW‘s digital, social media, sales and marketing teams on these various events and will report to Publishers Weekly publisher Cevin Bryerman.

“Kat brings business intelligence and expertise to Publishers Weekly. Expanding events programs and deepening community outreach will amplify the PWxyz brands, including Publishers Weekly, PubMatch and BookLife, worldwide,” stated Bryerman.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Meyer has worked with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Books in Browsers, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Net Galley, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press and Rio Nuevo Publishers.

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2. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hires Rick Wolff to Lead New Business Book Line

2bf32fcHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has hired book editor Rick Wolff to launch a line of business books. In his new role as Senior Executive Editor, Wolff will develop and edit about 10-15 titles a year. He starts in HMH’s New York office on September 15th.

Wolff comes to HMH from Hachette Book Group where he has spent 23 years publishing business books. In his tenure, Wolff has served as the Editor-in-chief/publisher of Warner Business Books and Grand Central’s Business Plus imprint. He has been instrumental in editing and publishing many bestsellers including Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.

“I have long wanted to expand our business publishing here at HMH, and Rick is the perfect person to lead that effort.  His experience is unparalleled, and his track record speaks for itself,” stated Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

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3. Dori Weintraub Named VP of Publicity at St. Martin’s Press

Dori Weintraub has been named vice president of publicity at St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan, Inc. She will oversee campaigns for both fiction and nonfiction titles.

Weintraub has devoted fourteen years of her career to this imprint. Prior to this appointment, she served as the vice president of marketing, communications, and audience development.

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4. Julia MacKay & Greg Freed Join Content Acquisition Team at Scribd

Julia MacKay and Greg Freed have joined the Content Acquisition team at eBook subscription company Scribd. MacKay will serve as the Manager of Content Acquisition based in Scribd’s New York office and Freed will serve as Content Operations Specialist in Scribd’s San Francisco headquarters.

MacKay comes to Scribd from Janklow & Nesbit Associates, where she spent 3.5 years working in foreign rights. Prior to her stint at the literary agency, she was an intern at Stephanie Dolgoff/Fletcher & Company. She has a BA in Government, Law & Society from Cornell University.

Freed has spent more than 8 years working in the publishing industry. He comes to Scribd from RosettaBooks, where he spent more than three years as the company’s  Director of Production and Distribution. He has also worked for Penguin and Scholastic. Freed has a BA in Great Texts of the Western Tradition from Baylor University and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

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5. Donalyn Miller Hired to Join the Scholastic Book Fairs Team

Donalyn Miller has been hired as the manager of independent reading and outreach at Scholastic Book Fairs.

Here’s more from the press release: “In this newly created role, Ms. Miller will serve as the national ambassador for independent reading, speaking at employee and parent trainings, book fair chairpersons’ workshops and professional learning seminars for educators to raise awareness of the importance of independent reading for all children. In addition, she will be responsible for tracking research on the role of independent reading in children’s growth and development through data collection and in-depth interviews with childhood literacy thought-leaders.”

Miller will report to the vice president of program development, Anne Lee. In the past, she devoted twelve years of her life to a career in education. In addition to teaching, she has also established herself as a speaker, author, and blogger.

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6. Veteran Book Reviewer Carolyn See is Retiring

Book reviewer Carolyn See is retiring from her post writing book reviews for The Washington Post‘s Book World section.

The 80-year old is the author of five novels herself and has been writing book reviews for decades. Ron Charles, the fiction editor of The Washington Post, penned a tribute to See, announcing her retirement. Here is an excerpt:

Every few months, she’d weary of e-mail, and I’d hear her soft, laughter-filled voice on the phone: “Hello, Sweetums.” In a moment, we’d drift away from books, and she’d be regaling me with another unbelievable story about the Life and Times of Carolyn See. Even the harrowing ones were always — in her telling – hilarious. It was like getting my own personal update on her celebrated 1995 memoir, “Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America.” I’m hoping our phone conversations continue for a long time, but her reviews in The Post, alas, have come to an end.

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7. Scholastic Education Has Appointed Lee Peters as SVP of Strategic Marketing

Lee Peters has joined Scholastic Education as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing. In his new role, Peters is tasked with helping to shape the strategic direction of the division. He will guide the imprint’s marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines, working closely with the Scholastic Education leadership team, as well as marketing and sales teams.

The position is based in New York and Peters will be reporting directly to Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.

Peters brings 20 years of experience in education and technology to his new post. He has worked for Pearson, Microsoft, Certiport, Adobe, Sun Microsystems and ETS.  He comes to Scholastic from Pearson Education, where he served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, North America, setting the vision and executing on marketing, data, and product.

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8. Stacy Creamer to Join Hachette Books as VP & Executive Editor

hachetteStacy Creamer will join Hachette Book Group as Vice President, Executive Editor of Hachette Books in June. In her new role, Creamer will report to Mauro DiPreta, VP, Publisher of Hachette Books.

She will head up a new publishing division for Hachette which will be built on Hyperion’s backlist, an asset that HBG acquired last summer. The catalog will include narrative nonfiction, business, pop culture, science, health and wellness, humor, and fiction.

Creamer comes to Hachette from Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone, where she served as VP Publisher. She left the publisher last November. Before Touchstone, Creamer was VP, Editor-in-Chief at Broadway Books, an imprint of Random House. Prior to her time at Broadway Books, Creamer worked at Putnam. In her 30 year publishing career, she was worked on books from authors including: Lance Armstrong, J. A. Jance, Lauren Weisberger,Elizabeth Edwards, Douglas Blackmon, and Kurt Eichenwald.

 

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9. Deborah Aaronson Joins Phaidon as Vice President, Publisher

phaidonlogo200Deborah Aaronson has been appointed Vice President, Group Publisher at Phaidon Press based in the company’s NYC offices. Aaronson will report to Keith Fox, the newly appointed CEO of Phaidon.

As Group Publisher of Phaidon, Aaronson will be responsible for expanding Phaidon’s Visual Arts, Photography, Interior Design, Fashion, and Children’s publishing programs. She will also oversee design and production. ”I am thrilled that Deb has joined Phaidon,” stated Fox. “Her extensive publishing experience, intelligence and creativity will continue to drive Phaidon’s growth as the preeminent visual arts publisher in the world.”

Aaronson comes to Phaidon from Abrams, where she recently served as Vice President, Publisher for the adult trade group. She spent more than 14 years at the publisher. She has a Master of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts.

Phaidon recently hired Jacky Klein who will join the publisher as Commissioning Editor for Art in June.

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10. Dan Lubart Joins Hachette as SVP

26999ccDan Lubart has joined the Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the role of Senior Vice President, Strategy and Publishing Operations. In his new role, Lubart is tasked with strategic planning, business development, digital media distribution as well as supply chain management functions across HBG imprints.

Lubart comes to HBG from HarperCollins where he previously served as SVP of Sales Analytics and Pricing at HarperCollins. According to his LinkedIn page, he has also worked at Universal Music, Deloitte, Citigroup, and is the founder of Iobyte Solutions, “a digital agency which provides custom software development, measurement and analytics strategy and online marketing support services.”

“Dan is a high impact executive with deep skills in publishing, strategy and business intelligence,” stated  Joe Mangan, Chief Operating Officer of HBG. “He has extensive experience in creating data transparency, and crafting information around the key decisions we make in publishing. Dan will be invaluable in helping Hachette Book Group further develop the skills and capabilities it needs to compete effectively today and well into the future.”

 

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11. Jim Milliot to Lead Publishers Weekly as Michael Coffey Retires

Editorial Director Michael Coffey is retiring from Publishers Weekly in June after 26 years with the publication. Jim Milliot, who has been with the company for 21 years, will take the lead at the publication. Milliot and Coffey have served as a co-editorial directors since April 2010, when PWxyz LLC acquired the trade from Reed Business Information. "Michael Coffey has contributed a valuable editorial viewpoint to Publishers Weekly, and I look forward to continuing to guide the magazine into the future as the tides of book publishing shift and change," stated Milliot. Coffey will keep his relationship alive with the publication as a contributing editor. "Working at PW has been a dream job. How lucky to duly report to an office every day where American publishers are sending all their books for you to read. And being part of an industry that has adjusted to and survived the digital revolution has been particularly gratifying," stated Coffey.

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12. Publishers Weekly Promotes Jonathan Segura, Rachel Deahl & Daniel Berchenko

Publishers Weekly has promoted three editors. Jonathan Segura, former senior editor for digital media, has been named executive editor. Rachel Deahl, the former senior news editor, is now news director. Daniel Berchenko the former copy chief is now managing editor. Here is more from the press release: "Jonathan Segura’s new role involves expanding Publishers Weekly’s digital reach and moving the organization toward a digital-first environment. Rachel Deahl, who writes the “Deals” column as well as about business trends, technology and rights, takes on the day-to-day activities of the e-newsletter PW Daily. Daniel Berchenko is now responsible for managing the editorial production process of the magazine." Earlier this week, the magazine's Editorial Director Michael Coffey announced plans to retire in June after 26 years with the publication. Jim Milliot, who has been with the company for 21 years, will take the lead at the publication.

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13. Jill Freshney Receives Promotion at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Jill Freshney has been promoted to senior executive managing editor at the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Freshney has been with the company for more than six years. In this newly-created position, she will report directly to associate publisher and vice president Angus Killick. In her new role, Freshney will oversee the managing editorial and copy editing department for the entire children's books division. She will also supervise freelance copy editors and focus on consolidating the managing editorial team.

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14. Job Moves at Scholastic

Ellen Duda will come on board at Scholastic Trade as a designer. In addition, several staff members at the company have received promotions recently. Julie Amitie is now executive director of marketing. Beth Noble has been named associate marketing manager. Emelia Zamani will serve as the editorial manager for the Chicken House and David Fickling Books imprints. Nina Goffi now holds the position of senior designer. Rachel Hicks has been promoted to managing editor of the trade hardcover and paperback division.

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15. Chris Grimm Joins Kensington as Director of Sales

Chris Grimm has been hired as director of sales at Kensington Publishing Corp. He will report to CEO Steven Zacharius. In Grimm's new role, he will manage and oversee the sales department. The team works on to sell the 500 hardcover, trade paperback and mass market titles that the company publishes on a yearly basis. Here's more from the press release: "Chris has been at Globe Pequot since 2006, most recently as VP of Sales. In 2013 he won the B&N Rep of the Year Award for mid-sized publishers. He started at Globe Pequot as Director of Field Sales, and was promoted to Director of National Accounts, handling: BGI, Ingram, the Clubs and B&N. Prior to working at Globe he was at Simon & Schuster for several years as a Director of National Accounts."

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16. Heather Alexander Joins Pippin Properties

Heather Alexander has been hired as a literary agent at Pippin Properties, Inc. For six years, Alexander served as an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. Some of the authors and illustrators she has worked with include Anne C. Voorhoeve, Jeanne Ryan, and Sophie Blackall. According to the agency's email announcement, Alexander "is looking for new talent from a broad range of children’s book authors and illustrators, from picture books through young adult, including graphic novels. She’s most interested in unique characters, strong voices, and quirky humor."

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17. Stacy Lellos Joins Scholastic

Stacy Lellos has been named senior vice president and general manager for the Scholastic brand, Klutz.

With her new position, Lellos will assemble a team and oversee all of the operations within Klutz. She reports directly to Ellie Berger, the president of Scholastic’s trade publishing division. Though she is no stranger to the company, prior to this appointment she served as a vice president of marketing at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Here’s more from the press release: “Stacy Lellos originally joined Scholastic in 2000 as senior brand manager and soon became director, brand management and retail marketing. She led the strategic direction for the management and marketing of the Harry Potter series across the company from 2000 to 2006 and drove cross-divisional promotions for other large franchises. In 2006, Lellos added responsibility for licensed publishing, before briefly leaving Scholastic.”

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18. Allison Baker Named Director of Operations at IDW Publishing

Allison Baker has been hired as director of operations at IDW Publishing. In her new position, Baker will oversee the company’s production schedule which involves working directly with the editorial and production teams.

Baker gave this statement in the press release: “IDW publishes so many fantastic comics for so many different kinds of readers, and really strives to discover new ways to deliver them to audiences. A diverse comics field is a healthy one, and I’m delighted to be a part of that in any way I can.”

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19. Paul Whitlatch to Join Hachette as Senior Editor

Paul Whitlatch is leaving Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint to join the Hachette Books as Senior Editor later this month. He will be reporting to Hachetter Publisher Mauro DiPreta.

The editor has worked with a number of  bestselling authors including: actor James Franco, Harvard education expert Tony Wagner, novelist David Goodwillie and former CIA attorney John Rizzo. Here is more about his latest work from the press release: “His recent projects include Enough, a book on gun violence by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly; Consumed, the debut novel by film director David Cronenberg; and MIT scientist David Rose’s Enchanted Objects, a book about the future of technology.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Whitlatch spent six years at Scribner as an editor. Prior to that he was an editorial assistant at W.W. Norton & Company. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University, as well as a moderator at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2011, Whitlatch was a Frankfurt Fellow and in 2013 he was named a Visiting International Publisher by the Australian Council for the Arts. He will begin his new post will join Hachette July 21st.

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20. Nick McWhorter Named VP of Media Licensing at Dark Horse Comics

Nick McWhorter has been promoted to vice president of media licensing at Dark Horse Comics.

McWhorter has been with the company for ten years. Prior to this advancement, he served as the director of custom projects.

According to the press release, “McWhorter was instrumental in facilitating and building industry wide support to kick off Dark Horse Comic’s licensed video game lines with BioWare’s Mass Effect. To date, Nick McWhorter has inked publishing deals with such notable properties as EVE, Halo, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Plants vs. Zombies, as well as #1 Bestseller – The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia!”

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21. Rachel Bressler Joins Plume as Editorial Director

Rachel Bressler has been named editorial director at Plume, an imprint at Penguin Random House.

Bressler has devoted more than two decades to working in the book publishing industry. Her career history includes positions at Barnes & Noble, the Park Literary Group, and Ecco, an imprint at HarperCollins.

Clare Ferraro, the president at Plume, gave this statement in the press release: “We are happy to have Rachel join Plume as our new Editorial Director. Her extensive experience in sales and marketing as well as editorial will help us to carry out our mission to continue publishing strong paperbacks in a supportive environment for authors.”

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22. Scholastic Hires Chief Experience Officer

heathermcintoshcassanoScholastic has hired Heather McIntosh Cassano as Chief Experience Officer, a newly created position.

In her new role, Cassano will work with the company’s various publishing departments to implement Schoh digital experiences. She will also lead the entire company’s user experience designers, prototypers and user researchers. Evolving the company’s website for elementary school teachers is her first mission. She will also work with product development and e-commerce employees to help ensure a consistent user experience across channels.

Cassano has more than twenty-five years of experience in user experience and product design. She comes to Scholastic from Pearson, where she served as Chief Experience Officer for about three years. Cassano has also held senior positions at Yahoo, Google, Symantec Corporation and Sun Microsystems. She received her B.A. in computer science from Boston College, and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, Vermont.

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23. Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan & Michael Szczerban Join Regan Arts as Editors

reganartsJudith Regan has hired three editors for the newly launched Regan Arts.  Fritz Brantley, Ron Hogan and Michael Szczerban will join the new Phaidon division.

Senior editor Szczerban comes to Regan Arts from Simon & Schuster, where he was the recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award. In his new role, Szczerban will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “transformative ideas,” “technology and culture,” and “why we are the way we are.”

Hogan, a former GalleyCat editor, comes to Regan Arts from Shelf Awareness where he served as contributing editor. In the new job, Hogan will acquire fiction and nonfiction, focusing on “current affairs,” “pop culture,” and “inspirational/entrepreneurial stories.”

Associate editor Fritz Brantley comes to the new imprint Routledge, where he served as editor and marketer. Brantley has also written for Oprah.com, Publisher’s Weekly, and the East Bay Express.

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24. Ira Silverberg to Join Open Road as Strategic Advisor

irasilverbergIra Silverberg, the former Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, has joined Open Road Integrated Media, as Strategic Advisor for Author Brands.

In his new post, which starts April 22nd, Silverberg will be signing on authors and acquiring backlist catalogs. He will report to Publisher Tina Pohlman. ”I have always admired Ira’s love of literature, his generosity of spirit, and his professional integrity,” stated Pohlman. “He cares about writers first and foremost, and brings a backlist savoir faire to Open Road that will be a great asset in our mission to preserve the legacy of the greats in the digital future.”

Silverberg comes to Open Road from NEA where he has worked since 2011. Prior to that position, he held several positions in publishing. He was Editor in Chief of Grove Press, as well as Publisher and Founding Coeditor of High Risk Books, an imprint of Serpent’s Tail. Silverberg also owned a public relations company dedicated to independent literary presses and nonprofit literary organizations. He also served as a literary agent and Foreign Rights Director at Donadio & Olson and Sterling Lord Literistic.

 

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25. Jacky Klein Joins Phaidon Press as Commissioning Editor for Art

03faafcJacky Klein is joining Phaidon Press as Commissioning Editor for Art in June. Klein will be based in the publisher’s London office but will also be present on a regular basis in Phaidon’s New York office.

Klein comes to Phaidon from Thames & Hudson, where she served as Commissioning Editor, overseeing the publication of art history and contemporary art books, as well as the World of Art series, among other projects. Prior to working in publishing Klein has held role as a curator for the Tate, Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries.

“I am so pleased that Jacky will be joining Phaidon as she brings with her a wealth of experience across the arts and I am confident that she will be a fantastic addition to the team at what is an extremely exciting time for the company,” stated Emilia Terragni, Publisher at Phaidon Press.

Klein’s appointment comes on the heels of news that Phaidon has hired a new CEO.

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