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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. BuzzFeed Hires Isaac Fitzgerald to Edit its Books Section

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 9.46.39 AMBuzzFeed has hired Isaac Fitzgerald, the former director of publicity of at McSweeney’s, to head up its new books section. Fitzgerald is also the co-founder of Pen & Ink and co-owner of The Rumpus.

Fitzgerald is relocating from San Francisco to New York and will begin in December, according to reports.

In an interview with Poynter.org, Fitzgerald said that the site will begin doing reviews, but would refrain from writing negative reviews. “Why waste breath talking smack about something?” he told Poynter.org. “You see it in so many old media-type places, the scathing takedown rip.” continued…

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8. Michele Martin Returns to Simon & Schuster

Michele Martin has been named VP and associate publisher for Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books Group.

Martin worked at the publisher from 1994 until 1999, serving as associate publisher at the Simon & Schuster imprint. Publisher Louise Burke explained the move in a memo:

Michele most recently founded and ran MDM Management, which will now be assumed by CSG Literary Partners.  Michele has also held positions as Executive Vice President at Avalon, at Langenscheidt and Doubleday, where she created and oversaw the Main Street Books imprint. Michele’s wide-ranging experience in sales, marketing and general management of a variety of imprints, and in publishing both fiction and nonfiction will serve the Gallery, Pocket and Threshold imprints well. In this position she will work closely with Gallery Books Publisher, Jennifer Bergstrom, Publicity Director, Jennifer Robinson and our newly-appointed Marketing Director, Liz Psaltis.

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9. Jeffrey Yamaguchi Joins ABRAMS

Jeffrey Yamaguchi has been hired as the director of digital marketing at ABRAMS, the first person to hold that new title.

Previously, Yamaguchi served as director of digital marketing for the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Random House. He guided many digital projects, including Julia Child‘s Mastering the Art of French Cooking app. Here’s more about the new post, from the release:

he will oversee the company’s web and social media program; spearhead creative online campaigns for major titles and authors; and execute all digital initiatives in conjunction with ABRAMS’ existing marketing efforts. He will work with both the adult and children’s publicity and marketing departments, and with ABRAMS’ digital assets and publishing technology department.

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10. Revolving Door News at Crown, Peanuts Worldwide & More

A number of publishers announced new hires and promotions this week.

Tracy Behar has been promoted to executive editor and VP at Little, Brown and Company. She has been with this imprint for eight years.

Lania Adler now holds the title of vice president and senior director of marketing at HarperOne.

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11. Melville House Opens Publishing Company in London

Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House will open a British publishing company in London called Melville House UK.

Founders Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians announced the news, hiring 4th Estate marketing executive Zeljka Marosevic as director of marketing. The company will begin with the publisher’s U.S. books, but should be acquiring new books by the end of the year. Here’s more from Johnson:

Our classics line, The Art of the Novella, has always done well in Britain, but sales of our other U.S. titles have grown explosively there over the last few years, some of the best writing we’ve published lately has been by British writers, such as Lars Iyer and Lee Rourke; we’re winning British book awards, I hear more and more from British booksellers and media about our books … And so rather than simply expand our US company’s operations here, we wanted to form a distinctly British company that would respond more particularly to that kind of welcome. It’s not a branch, nor an office. It’s a distinct, British company.

 

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12. Charlie Winton Steps Down as Counterpoint Publisher

Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press CEO and publisher Charlie Winton has decided to step down as publisher. He will continue to serve as CEO and acquire books as executive editor-at-large.

The company has picked Rolph Blythe to serve as publisher, he will start in the new position on May 1st. Blythe has worked as a Hungry Mind Bookstore bookseller, editor at The Hungry Mind Review, and as a marketing manager at Counterpoint Press and Basic Books. Winton had this statement in the release:

Counterpoint/Soft Skull is coming off our best year ever in 2012 with net revenues increasing over 30 percent. We’ve built a fantastic team, and the group of authors we are working with continue to evolve in a very positive direction. The company is well positioned for me to make this transition away from day to day operations … My continuing roles will allow me to remain actively engaged and at the same time provide the company with an energetic new player. Rolph brings a robust blend of experience to the company.

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13. Pamela Paul Named New Editor of NYT Book Review Editor

The New York Times has picked Pamela Paul to serve as the new editor of the Book Review section, replacing Sam Tanenhaus at the post.

If you want to know more about the new editor, you can follow Paul on Twitter. Huffington Post senior media reporter Michael Calderone broke the news, reprinting the full staff memo. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s now Pamela’s turn to take the Book Review in new directions. Her versatility as an editor and writer has strengthened the Book Review and many other sections, including the Magazine, Education Life and Sunday Styles, where she originated the biweekly “Studied” column. Her weekly Q. and A. with authors, “By the Book,” has been a wonderful new addition to the Review, and she has assigned a galaxy of great writers including Martin Amis, Colson Whitehead and Meg Wolitzer, among others. Pamela has also written for The Atlantic, Time, Vogue and The Economist, and she is the author of three books.

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14. Oxford English Dictionary Editor John Simpson To Retire

Oxford English Dictionary chief editor John Simpson has decided to retire in October 2013.

Simpson has been a member of the editorial staff at the celebrated dictionary since 1976. He assumed the chief editor post in 1993, only the seventh editor to hold that prestigious post since 1879. During his time at the post, a staggering 60,000 new words and meanings have been added to the dictionary.

Editorial project director Michael Proffitt will assume the chief editor post in November.  Principal etymologist Philip Durkin will serve as deputy chief editor alongside current deputy chief editor Edmund Weiner.

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15. John Freeman Leaving Granta

Editor John Freeman is leaving Granta after five years at the literary journal.

He served as editor for the last four years, creating ten foreign language editions of the journal around the world. The journal will launch in Turkey and China this week, with editions in Portugal and Sweden next month. Here’s more from the release:

The total global circulation of the magazine will be 100,000 when Japanese Granta begins publishing next March. Under his editorship, the magazine also conducted more then 300 events in over 25 countries, earned more than a dozen citations in the Best of American anthologies, and won D&AD awards for cover design. Freeman divided his time between New York and London and will be moving back to New York, where he will teach creative writing at Columbia University and publish his second book, “How to Read a Novelist.”

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16. Tanya Hall Named CEO at Greenleaf Book Group

A number of publishing job promotions and changes were announced this week.

Greenleaf Book Group founder Clint Greenleaf will step down as CEO and serve as chairman. Tanya Hall, the current COO, has been named his successor.

Two members of the Soho Press editorial team have received promotions. Juliet Grames has been named associate publisher and Mark Doten is now senior editor.

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17. MSN Ends Contract for Page Turner Blogger

MSN’s Page Turner blogger Mary Pols tweeted last night: “Books blog gone.”

MSN ended her freelance contract at the blog where Pols wrote about books every week. In the Storify story below, we’ve collected her Twitter posts and some commentary from her online readers. Jim Romenesko has the complete memo from MSN about the cuts.

Readers can contact Pols at her personal blog. As you can see by the posts below, many more MSN freelance writers also lost work yesterday as well.

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18. Job Moves at Counterpoint Press, Nook, Crown & Scholastic

nookA number of publishing job changes were announced this week.

Dan Smetanka will serve as executive editor at Counterpoint Press. Prior to this, he held the position of editor-at-large. As an editor, he acquires both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for the Counterpoint and Soft Skull imprints.

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19. David Pogue Heads To Yahoo

pogueAuthor and New York Times columnist David Pogue is joining to Yahoo to start a “new consumer-tech site” for the tech company.

The new position begins “in a few weeks,” but Pogue reminded readers that he will continue his Missing Manual series. He will continue to work with PBS’ NOVA, CBS Sunday Morning and Scientific American. Here’s more from Pogue about his choice:

I realize that Yahoo is an underdog. I’ve given them a few swift kicks myself over the years. But over the last few months, as I’ve pondered this offer, I’ve visited Yahoo headquarters. I’ve spent a lot of time with its executives. And what I found surprised me. This is a company that’s young, revitalized, aggressive — and, under Marissa Mayer’s leadership, razor-focused, for the first time in years. Since she took over a year ago, Yahoo has regained its position as the #1 most visited Web site on earth. She’s overseen brilliant overhauls of several Yahoo sites and apps, and had the courage to shut down the derelict ones. Above all, she’s created a “try stuff” atmosphere. She calls Yahoo “the world’s biggest startup.” People can really make a difference there. Yahoo is getting 12,000 résumés a week from would-be employees.

(Via WWLA & Romenesko)

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20. Stacy Creamer To Leave Touchstone

touchstoneStacy Creamer, the publisher of Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint, will leave the company on November 15th.

In a memo to staff, Scribner Publishing Group president Susan Moldow said she will work as Touchstone publisher “until further notice.” Here’s an excerpt from the memo:

Under Stacy, Touchstone has enjoyed ongoing success with Philippa Gregory, whose star as a first-class purveyor of historical fiction shines brighter than ever; relentlessly pushed Kathleen Grissom’s THE KITCHEN HOUSE, the proverbial little-book-that-could that has gone from an initial print run of 12,000 copies to more than 700,000 copies in combined print/electronic circulation; and extended Bethenny Frankel’s SKINNYGIRL franchise in new directions, including fiction. 

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21. Thank You for Five Wonderful Years

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After five years, I am leaving Mediabistro and GalleyCat.

I am moving on to the True Pictures film company, where I will lead the story investigation department and build an online community.  You can keep track of my writing projects or connect on my personal page.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with this lovely group of readers and writers. Every single day I woke up and discovered something new. No writer can ask for anything more than that.

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22. Reagan Arthur Named Publisher of Little, Brown

Reagan Arthur, the editorial director of Little, Brown’s Reagan Arthur Books imprint, will be the next publisher and senior VP of Little, Brown. She will assume her new role on April 1st as Michael Pietsch becomes the new CEO of Hachette Book Group.

The release included this news: “In stepping into the role of Publisher, Arthur will retire the Reagan Arthur Books imprint she has led for three years.”

Arthur has worked at Little, Brown since 2001, earning her own imprint in 2008. She has edited Tina Fey, Joshua Ferris, Kate Atkinson, George Pelecanos and Ian Rankin.

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23. Mary Ann Naples Named Rodale Books Publisher

Mary Ann Naples will be the next publisher of Rodale Books, starting in her new post on March 4, 2013. Previously, Naples served as chief of business development for Zola Books.

Here’s more about the post: “As VP/Publisher of the Books Group, Naples will oversee North American trade and direct book publishing operations, including editorial, marketing, and distribution channels.”

It has been a week filled with publishing job moves…

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24. Series of Promotions at Penguin

Penguin has revealed a series of promotions in its Berkley/NAL/Perigee/Riverhead trade paper marketing department.

Book Country’s Colleen Lindsay has been promoted to associate director of marketing, social media and reader experience for the team.

She will still be a strategic advisor and continue to interact with the writing community, but the Chicago Tribune‘s Brandi Larsen (pictured) has been hired as the new director of Book Country.

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25. Elena Mechlin Named Literary Agent at Pippin Properties

Elena Mechlin has been promoted to literary agent at Pippin Properties, Inc.

Prior to joining the agency in 2009, Mechlin worked at Fulcrum Publishing, Simon & Schuster, and Random House.

Mechlin’s client list includes 2013 Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate, debut young-adult novelist Jason Reynolds, picture-book author Beth Ferry and illustrator Rob Dunlavey. On submissions, she represents clients who create all types of children’s literature projects from picture books through young-adult.

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