People Roundup, September 2012


Despite it being a huge vacation month for publishers (and the rest of the northern hemisphere), there were moves all over the industry:

Jennifer Hart announced that Kathryn Gordon is joining William Morrow’s marketing department as Director of Brand Development. Gordon was  most recently as the founder of The Book Hook, a branding firm and was the Director of Author Marketing at iUniverse, and earlier, Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster Online.

Babette Ross has joined Hachette Book Group as Associate Director in the client services department. Previously she was Director of Marketing at Kaplan and a consultant of digital marketing strategies.

The Christopher Little Agency has entered into a new affiliation with Curtis BrownThe Bookseller reported that Little will continue to operate independently, but Curtis Brown will now take responsibility for administering related contracts and selling clients’ translation rights.

Darin Sennett has joined Zola Books as Director of Bookseller Relations. He spent the past 17 years at Powell’s, where he helped build, manage and develop the store’s web presence and online retail operation.  Mary Ann Naples and Seale Ballenger recently joined the startup.

Some changes at Penguin:  Amber Qureshi, Executive Editor at Viking Penguin has left the company,  “destination to be announced.” Meanwhile, Sonya Cheuse, previously Publicity Manager at Viking Penguin has joined Grand Central as Associate Director of Publicity. Rebecca Hunt, most recently Associate Editor at Penguin, has joined Harlequin Nonfiction as Editor.

Francine Fialkoff will be leaving Library Journal after 15 years as Editor-in-Chief on September 1.

Julie Grau, Publisher Spiegel & Grau announced that Ryan Doherty joins the company as a Senior Editor.  He spent five years at Random House Publishing Group.

At Chronicle Books, Kim Burns has been named National Account Manager. She was most recently Director of Children’s Trade and Digital Marketing at Bloomsbury.

Michael Campbell has joined the University of Nevada Press as Marketing and Sales Manager. Previously he was Director of Business Development at becker&mayer!

Stacy Ashton has gone to McGraw Hill.  She was formerly VP, Director Sales and Marketing at Readers Digest.

Hallie Patterson has been named Senior Publicist at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Previously she was Senior Publicist at at HarperCollins Children’s. And Kristina Aven has joined Little, Brown Children’s as Publicist. She was at Penguin Children’s. Ann Dye will join Little, Brown as Associate Director, Brand Marketing for James Patterson. She was most recently a Marketing Manager at Disney Publishing Worldwide.  Flinn Gillan has joined the School & Library Marketing group as Marketing Assistant. Previously she was a Marketing Coordinator at Garland Science. 

Judi Powers has resigned as Director of Marketing and Publicity at Sterling Children’s Books. She can be reached at

Melanie Cecka  has joined Knopf Children’s as Associate Publishing Director, reporting to VP Publishing Director Nancy Hinkel. Most recently she was Publishing Director at Bloomsbury Children’s.

Joan Lee is joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group as Senior Marketing Manager. She was previously Marketing Manager at Hyperion Books.

Marie Kent has joined Free Press as Imprint Marketing Manager reporting to Marketing Director Nicole Judge.  She was previously in the School and Library Marketing Department of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Lisa Grubka joined  Fletcher & Company as an agent. She had been an agent at Foundry Literary + Media for the past four years.

Sally Feller has joined Tor as Senior Publicist. She was previously with Black Dog & Leventhal.

Christine Foye will join Simon & Schuster as Retail Account Manager for the Pacific Northwest territory. She was previously with Wilcher Associates.


Kevin Callahan announced that Michael Barrs has been promoted to Associate Director of Marketing for It Books and Harper Design.  Dan Halpern announced that Libby Edelson has been promoted to Editor.  She was Associate Editor.

Miriam Parker has been promoted to newly created position of Online Marketing Director for all of  Little, Brown’s imprints, including Mulholland Books, Reagan Arthur Books, and Back Bay Books. She will be responsible for creating online promotion plans for all imprints and developing content for their websites, and overseeing online advertising strategy.

Maria Gagliano, Editor at Perigee/Prentice Hall Press has moved to Portfolio as a Senior Editor.  Jeanette Shaw has been promoted to Editor at Perigee Books/Prentice Hall Press.

Crown Senior Editor, Julian Pavia, has moved from the Archetype imprint to the trade paperback group, reporting to Sheila O’Shea.

Earlier in the month Random House announced that Cyrus Kheradi, SVP, Director, International Sales and Marketing, has taken on the additional duties of Director for East Asia Business Development.  He will  focus on greater China and the English-speaking markets of Southeast Asia to “identify opportunities for corporate investment, print and digital publishing and licensing agreements, and brand extensions.”


Schaffner Media Partners has changed its name to Big Fish Media, still offering publishing strategy and content development to authors and thought leaders.  The new website is:


A tribute to Tony Schulte  has been schedule for Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30 p.m. The Quaker Meeting House 15 Rutherford Place (Near East 15th Street) New York, N.Y. 10003


Sep 1 – 3
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

Sep 5 – 10
Moscow International Book Fair
Moscow, Russia

Sep 7 – 9
SIBA Fall Trade Show
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Fall Trade Show
Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL

Sept 20-21
NYU-SCPS Advanced Publishing Institute (API) Studies in Digital Book Strategy
The NYU Advanced Publishing Institute is a two-day intensive in digital book strategy for mid to senior-level executives interested in learning more about how to incorporate digital into their workflow and to enhance their digital skills. This course is designed to bridge the gap between the plethora of panel-based conferences and the lengthier programs offered by NYU-SCPS and other institutions.
NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York, NY

Sep 21 – 23
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA

Sep 23 – 27
Theory and Practices of Digital Libraries (TPDL) Conference
The leading European scientific forum on digital libraries.
Pafos, Cyprus

Oct 3 – 5
Providence, RI

Oct 3 – 5
Liber International
Gran Via Exhibition Centre, Barcelona, Spain

Oct 4 – 7
Bouchercon Mystery Convention
The world’s premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.
Cleveland, OH

Oct 7 – 10
Graph Expo
A Offset, Digital and Hybrid Printing show with more than 450 exhibitors and dozens of educational sessions and seminars.
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Oct 10 – 14
Frankfurt Book Fair
Guest of Honour New Zealand
Frankfurt, Germany

Oct 11 – 14
New York Comic Con (East Coast)
Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

Oct 13 – 18
DMA 2012 Conference & Exhibition
Thousands of practitioners and experts from the entire marketing continuum discuss solutions and best practices.
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Oct 16 – 18
Brand Licensing Europe 2012
These free-to-attend seminars, workshops and panel discussions are designed especially for European retailers and licensees to advance their licensing skill base and learn from industry experts about hot trends and opportunities.
London, UK

Oct 24
Novelists, Inc. 2012 Annual Conference
“Profitable Partnerships: Publishing a la Carte”
Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, NY

Nov 1 – 4
World Fantasy Convention 2012
The dual themes of World Fantasy 2012 are Northern Gothic and Urban Fantasy.
Toronto, ON, Canada

Nov 11 – 18
Miami International Book Fair
Miami, FL

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