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Dial BFYR: Namrata Tripathi, previously an executive editor at Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), is now at Dial as editorial director.
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Schwartz & Wade Books: Annie Kelley has returned as senior editor. She had been at Booklist, and previously at S&W.
Scholastic Reference: Kelly Smith, senior editor, has left. I understand she has left publishing.
Egmont USA: Jordan Hamessley, previously an associate editor at Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan, is now at Egmont as editor.
Rosen Publishing: Starting January 6, Tracey Baptiste will be the new MG/YA nonfiction editor at Rosen.
Bloomsbury Spark: This is a new, ebook-only imprint at Bloomsbury, targeting young adult and "new adult." PW article with more information
Scholastic Press: Nancy Mercado has moved to Scholastic to become the editorial director. She had been an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press.
Lee and Low: Lee and Low has bought another imprint, adding Shen's Books: Read the details from PW.
Simon and Schuster: The S&S Children's Division is launching a new hardcover imprint focusing on fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and targeting the teen and adult markets ("new adult" too, I assume). Joe Monti is joining S&S from Barry Goldblatt Literary as an executive editor. PW article with more information
Workman Publishing: Daniel Nayeri will become the director of children's publishing at Workman on December 18. He leaves Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt. Here's a short interview with him.
Bloomsbury Children's Books: Bloomsbury has made another change, with Catherine Onder arriving as the new editorial director on September 3. More details. See June below for their reorganization.
Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux: Esteemed editor Frances Foster has retired, after a career in children's publishing of 55 years. For a lengthy appreciation of her accomplishments, see this feature article from PW.
HarperCollins Children's Books: Editor Molly O'Neill has left for Storybird, a digital company exploring "publishing 2.0." She will be their Head of Editorial. Announcement details.
Workman: Raquel Jaramillo, director of children's publishing (and also the author of Wonder, using the name R.J. Palacio), will leave in October.
Amazon Children's: Tim Ditlow, associate publisher, is leaving, after 5 years at Amazon. Margery Cuyler, who joined Amazon with Marshall Cavendish, will be retiring at the end of the year. No, I don't know if these are related.
Bloomsbury reorganization: Bloomsbury is reorganizing their children's division, as detailed in this PW article.
Bloomsbury: Possibly connected to the above, though the causality could go in either direction, is the departure of Victoria Wells Arms (most recently editor-at-large) to start a literary agency; and the departure of Michelle Nagler for the Random House/Golden Books group, where she will be associate publishing director.
Crown Books for Young Readers: Phoebe Yeh is leaving HarperCollins Children's Books to become vice-president and publisher of Crown BFYR (a position created for her). Details from PW.
Scholastic: Editor Brenda Murray decided not to return from her maternity leave.
Scholastic: Scholastic has hired Kelly Smith from Sterling to fill the vacancy created by Brenda Murray's departure.
Editor --> Agent News: Editor Emily Mitchell left publishing a year ago (see May 2012), but she could not stay away. She's now working with Linda Pratt and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt Agency, and open to new clients in all genres for children. Yes, she said "all." Visit the website for submissions information.
Speeding Star: Enslow is launching this new imprint aimed at boys at BookExpo America. Press release
Disney Hyperion: Editor Christian Trimmer is leaving for Simon and Schuster BFYR on April 15.
New imprint news: Akashic and powerHouse are launching new children's imprints, as described in Publishers Weekly. The University of South Carolina Press is launching Young Palmetto Books, publishing children's books with a regional focus, according to this article.
Boyds Mills Press/Highlights: This news came to me in a press release, and I quote: "Mary Colgan has joined the Highlights Book group in the newly created position of Senior Editor, Highlights Press. Colgan began her career as Editorial Intern and Editorial Assistant at Highlights, and then moved to California to work at Weldon Owen Publishers and Chronicle Books. Colgan will be based at the Highlights editorial offices in Honesdale, PA. Sarah Zhang has joined Boyds Mills Press as Assistant Editor. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she was formerly an editorial assistant at Grosset and Dunlap.
HarperCollins Children's: Nancy Inteli is now editorial director, early childhood. She had been global editorial director at the Disney Book Group. HC has also hired Kristen Pettit and Alexandra Cooper as executive editors. Petit was at Razorbill and will focus on teen and tween fiction; Cooper moves over from Simon & Schuster Children's.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: HMH is reorganizing most of their children's imprints under one name--Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Clarion will not be included, but they are "retiring" the Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Harcourt Children’s Books, Sandpiper paperback, Graphia, and HMH Books novelty imprints. No personnel changes have been announced yet. More details in this PW article.
NorthSouth Books: This American imprint of the Swiss publisher will again be acquiring in the US, and not just publishing translations (as they had been recently). Full details in this article.
Random House: Editor-at-Large Jim Thomas (who worked on Seraphina, this year's Morris Award winner) is leaving, as of April 5, to write and spend more time with his family. He will continue to consult on some projects. An interview with him from a few years ago.
Simon and Schuster: Some catching up from the fall. I missed the news that Jennifer Klonsky moved to HarperCollins Childrens Books as editorial director, teen and tween, in October. She had been editorial director of Simon Pulse.
Holiday House: Associate Editor Sylvie Frank has left Holiday House for Paula Weisman Books at Simon and Schuster BFYR. Looks like she is replacing Alexandra Penfold. (see January below)
Amazon: In what looks to me like a management shuffle, Margery Cuyler will now be running an imprint Two Lions, focusing on picture books and MG. Tim Ditlow will run Skyscape, a new YA imprint.
Egmont USA: Andrea Cascardi, most recently at the Transatlantic Literary Agency, but before that an editor with many years of experience, is joining Egmont as managing director and publisher. Publisher Elizabeth Law is leaving the company to work as an editorial consultant. Details from PW
HarperCollins: Veteran editor Barbara Lalicki, currently senior v-p and editorial director of HarperCollins Children's Books, is retiring at the end of January. Details from Publishers Weekly
Lerner Publishing: Lerner is closing its New York office and making some management changes. The details are complicated so read them here: Full details from Publishers Weekly
Philomel: Assistant editor Liza Kaplan is moving over from Dutton BFYR to Philomel on February 1. She will be focusing on "literary fiction with commercial appeal."
Simon and Schuster BFYR: Editor Alexandra Penfold has left S&S to join the Upstart Crow Literary agency.
Benchmark Books: This was the nonfiction imprint that stayed at Marshall Cavendish when the trade line was sold to Amazon; word is that the editorial staff have been laid off.
Clarion Books: Anne Hoppe will join Clarion Books as senior executive editor on January 23rd, after 18 years at HarperCollins, most recently as executive editor.
HarperCollins: Lauren Sullivan is no longer at HC. I have no more information.
Random House: I'm told that editor Suzy Capozzi is leaving/has left RH. I have no additional details at this point.
Alix Reid: Alix Reid, formerly Editorial Director and Vice President at HarperCollins Children's Books, writes to report that she is now doing freelance editing work. She specializes in MG and YA fiction. You can contact her directly through her website.
Little, Brown: Mary-Kate Gaudet has joined Little, Brown as an associate editor. She had been at Harper Festival.
Little, Brown/Poppy: Farrin Jacobs is the new editorial director of Poppy; she had been an editorial director at HarperTeen.
Penguin Random House: In case you haven't heard, the parent companies of these two trade publishers have set up a joint operating agreement, commonly referred to as a merger. They say there will be no changes at the imprints at either company. Sadly, the new entity was not called "Random Penguin" in spite of that name's popularity in social media. Search on the name in Google News for updates--any article I link to will soon get out of date.
Random House: Maria Modugno will be starting as the editorial director for picture books after Thanksgiving. She is leaving HarperCollins, where she had been editorial director and VP at HC Children's Books. Details at Publishers Weekly
Shannon Barefield: Shannon, who left Lerner/Carolrhoda a few years ago to freelance, has contacted me to tell me that she is now working with The Editorial Department (an editorial services provider) as their dedicated children's/YA editor.
Tiger Tales Books: I've been told about "some recent changes at Tiger Tales Books. Founder Elisabeth Prial has retired. I believe Little Tigers Press (UK) is assuming the business now. Julie Bartynski will no longer be the editor at Tiger Tales. Tammi Salzano will be the editor." If I receive additional information, I will post it.
Kathy Dawson Books: This will be the new personal imprint of editor Kathy Dawson at Penguin, focusing on middle grade and YA. More information
Poisoned Pen Press: This mystery publisher is the latest to join the parade, and start a YA imprint, called The Poisoned Pencil. Details
Random House: Robin Corey will leave her position as publishing director of Robin Corey Books in December. She will continue to be involved with RH as a consultant, and will be working in museum education.
In other Random House news, Chip Gibson, head of the RH Children's Books division, is stepping down. He is being replaced by Barbara Marcus, who left a similar position at Scholastic in 2005 and has since then been consulting and working with companies such as Open Road Media. More information
Sleeping Bear Press: Gale has sold Sleeping Bear to Cherry Lake Publishing. No changes expected: more details
Simon and Schuster BFYR: Editor Anica Rissi has moved from S&S to Katherine Tegen Books at HarperCollins.
Spencer Hill Press: This small YA press is expanding: News in PW
Triangle Square Editions: This will be the new children's imprint at Seven Stories Press: more information
Viking Children's Books: Kenneth (Ken) Wright, formerly of the Writer's House literary agency, has been appointed vice-president and publisher. Regina Hayes is stepping aside to become editor-at-large.
YA imprints: Two small adult publishers, Soho Press and Angry Robot, are both launching new YA imprints. Details in this PW article.
Bloomsbury Children's: Cindy Loh becomes their new publishing director. She leaves Sterling, B&N's in-house imprint--their second high-level departure this month (see below). She said the following in a letter to authors: "After spending the fastest (and craziest!) two years ever launching YA and middle-grade lists for Sterling, I am happy/sad to report that I am leaving my post to become publishing director of Bloomsbury Children's USA. I will be heading up their NY office (on the kids side), responsible for both the Bloomsbury and Walker lists, which as you probably know are a mix of original publishing, co-editions from our UK arm, and co-edition acquisitions. In other words, I'm still buying!"
Boyds Mill/WordSong: Rebecca Davis will be Senior Editor, and according to the Boyds Mill press release, "will oversee the WordSong list, and will also acquire picture books, chapter books, and fiction for the BMP list." She had been working freelance for WordSong and previously worked at Greenwillow.
Capstone: Capstone, an established school-and-library publisher, has announced that they are starting a new trade line. It sounds like a substantial number of the books it will release are not new, but repackaged, having originally been published for the institutional market.
Charlesbridge: Editor Emily Mitchell is leaving for a non-publishing job. In spite of two editors leaving in close succession (see April), Charlesbridge remains a healthy company. When I left the company myself in 2000, a similar coincidence happened....
Clarion: Daniel Nayeri has moved from his position as editor at Clarion to become the new Digital Editorial Director for the HMH children's division. I don't usually cover moves within a company, which is what this is, since HMH owns Clarion, but this seems to me to have wider significance. An interview with him
Merit Press Books: This will be a new YA imprint at F&W Media. Details
Regnery/Little Patriot Press: Regnery Publishing is launching a children's book imprint, Little Patriot Press. Details
Sterling: Frances Gilbert, the children's book publisher at Barnes and Noble's in-house publishing company, has left to become editorial director of Doubleday at Random House.
Whitman: Albert Whitman has announced that Kelly Barrales-Saylor will be their new editorial director. She leaves Sourcebooks.
World Wisdom: This new imprint will focus on "sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and peoples from around the world": More information
Bloomsbury: Publishing director and editor Melanie Cecka left Bloomsbury recently (I've heard this only from one source, but a reliable one).
Charlesbridge: Editor Randi Rivers is leaving for a job outside publishing. It's sad to see her go--when I was at Charlesbridge, I hired her as editorial assistant....
Chronicle: Julie Romeis, editor, has left Chronicle, and according to my informant is leaving publishing.
Creston Books: Marissa Moss is starting up this new children's book publisher, with help from Kickstarter: details in this PW article.
Callaway Digital Arts: Lisa Holton, formerly of Scholastic and more recently of Fourth Story Media in partnership with HarperCollins, is joining Calloway in a limited role, while not actually leaving Fourth Story. A difficult story to summarize, so please read more here.
Harper and Wells: This is a new imprint, run by an actor/author (Hills Harper of CSI) and teen author Pamela Wells. Harper will be focusing on "black issues" and has stated that he plans to solicit books with positive messages from celebrity friends. More from PW
Lerner: Patricia Stockland is Lerner's new editorial director of series nonfiction. She had been editorial director for Red Line Editorial.
Open Road Integrated Media: Tim Travaglini (ex-Putnam--see October 2010) is now Director, Children's Acquisitions.
Random House: Kate Klimo has stepped down from her position as publisher and vice president of Random House/Golden Books. See this article for full details.
Amazon Publishing: Amazon has hired Tim Ditlow as associate publisher, nominally of the Marshall Cavendish imprint (see December) but probably of other children's and YA titles, as noted in this PW piece.
Children's Book Press: The backlist of this multicultural publisher has been acquired by Lee and Low. The company itself closed down last year. Further details.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR: Beginning on February 6, Joy Peskin will be division vice-president and editorial director. She had been associate publisher at Viking. Further details in PW.
Harlequin: T. S. Ferguson recently joined Harlequin as an Associate Editor, working on YA fiction.
Sterling Publishing: The Wall Street Journal reports that Barnes and Noble is putting Sterling, their publishing wing, up for sale--a strategic move completely opposite from the direction in which Amazon is heading. In a message, an astute industry observer commented to me: "Acres of backlist -- thousands and thousands of titles.... We'll see, but whomever buys it will want the parts rather than the whole, I'm fairly certain."
Tumblehome Learning: This is a new imprint with an educational focus, publishing "fiction and nonfiction books with science, mathematics, and engineering themes for readers, ages 7-16." More details in PW
Whitman: After helping the company expand into new areas, Josalyn Moran has moved into an advisory role, the company reports in a press release. She had been the Vice President, Publishing, since May of 2010.
Entangled Publishing: Stacy Cantor Abrams (formerly at Walker BFYR) is now editorial director of Entangled and will be working on adult as well as YA. Press release
Marshall Cavendish: Amazon has bought the entire Marshall Cavendish children's division, as reported by Business Wire, including all current and backlist titles. I understand that the staff are being kept on and the offices will remain in Tarrytown for now. Amazon has been building a trade division for a year now, so this makes sense. Discussion on my Facebook page.
Algonquin Books: This Chapel Hill-based press is starting a young readers/YA line, headed by Elise Howard, formerly at HarperCollins. News item in Shelf Awareness.
Hartlyn Kids: An interesting new small press, focused on book about other countries. Details in this PW article.
Scholastic Press: Emily Seife has left Schwartz and Wade (Random House) and is now an associate editor at Scholastic.
Tundra Books: Tara Walker will start as editorial director on November 1. She had been an editor at Kids Can Press.
YA imprints: PW looks at YA imprints beyond the big NY publishers in a useful overview.
Blooming Tree Press: According to reports on an online discussion board, the company is being closed down.
Greenwillow Books: Executive editor Steve Geck is leaving Greenwillow to become editorial manager for Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
Move Books: Eileen Robinson is launching this new company, which will publish books for boys, initially focusing on middle-grade novels. See the Move Books website for more information, or this PW article.
Scholastic: Ruckus Media, the children's book app company headed by former Simon and Schuster exec. Rick Richter, is joining forces with Scholastic to create Scholastic Ruckus, which will publish ebooks and apps of various kinds as well as print titles. Full details: PW article.
Scholastic: Scholastic Press editor Jennifer Rees is leaving the company. She tells me: "I’m expecting my third child and have decided to move into freelance editing."
Simon Pulse: Assistant editor Emilia Rhodes has left Simon and is now an associate editor at Alloy Entertainment, a developer.
Whitman: In yet more news from Whitman (see May and July below), the company is launching Albert Whitman Teen, which will publish for the YA market. Further details from PW.
Atheneum/McElderry (S&S): Ruta Rimas, who had been an assistant editor at Balzer and Bray (HarperCollins), is now an associate editor at these related imprints, reporting to Justin Chanda.
Penguin: There are a few pieces of news from Penguin Young Readers.
Scholastic: PW reports that the company has been offering buyout packages to employees with at least 10 years of experience. Whether or not there will be departures in the trade division remains to be seen.
Thomas Nelson: Jennifer Barrow recently joined the company as an editor in children's and gift books.
WestSide Books: This two-year-old publisher of books for teens is being put up for sale and staff are being laid off. Details: PW article.
Whitman: Albert Whitman has hired Kristin Ostby as a Senior Editor. From their press release: "Otsby has been working for a number of publishers as a freelance editor since August 2010 when she moved to Chicago. Prior to that, she was an Editor with the Penguin Young Readers Group in New York working on the Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan imprints."
Boyds Mills Press: Liz Van Doren will be joining the staff of Boyds Mills, with the title of Executive Editor. Full details are in this press release (PDF).
Dial BFYR: Starting May 9, perhaps related to the reorg of the Penguin imprints mentioned in January, Jennifer Hunt will be vice president of acquisition and development, and editor-at-large. She had been at Little, Brown.
Pyr: This adult SF imprint is starting a YA line. Details
Random House: As part of a reorganization of its paperback publishing, RH is launching Ember and Bluefire, which will publish mostly reprints, but a few originals. Full details.
Whitman: After 28 years at Albert Whitman, Abby Levine is retiring on June 17.
Appleseed (Abrams): Abrams is launching this new imprint to focus on books for children ages 0-5. It will release 8-12 titles per season, and be led by Cecily Kaiser (see June 2010). Details in PW
Capstone: Ashley Andersen Zantop will be the publisher and general manager for the Capstone children's imprints, overseeing both fiction titles. She replaces Lori Benton, who left in November (see below). Details in PW
Chronicle Books: Ginee Seo, most recently editorial director at Atheneum, will be the new children's publishing director for Chronicle (see May 2010). She attended Bologna on behalf of Chronicle and will officially start May 12. News item in PW
Dial Books: Alisha Niehaus left Dial last summer, and is now at the Girl Scouts of America.
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Last update February 17, 2014
Maintained by Harold Underdown ( Google + Profile ).
About this page: It's difficult to keep track of who is where at the major publishers, with editors coming and going every month of the year. Books get out of date and magazines and newsletters may be a few months behind in reporting.
Here I maintain a chronological list of these moves, both incomplete and infrequently updated, along with occasional nuggets of relevant industry news. Please do not take it as the final word, and do not assume that it is accurate: it is not all based on first-hand information. I base it on information I've obtained from messages I get from folks on the Internet, articles in various sources, and my contacts in the industry. The latest information is added at the top. Companies losing or laying off staff are coded in red, while those adding staff or filling vacancies are in green; unless I state otherwise, this should not be taken as an indication of growth or shrinkage in their publishing program. Please send additions and corrections by email to me. Thanks.
Additional resources: For some context, read The Current Climate for Children's Books. For addresses of children's publishers, you should have a copy of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, which is a massively useful book. It's published annually, so my notes here will help you stay current. Online, you can find some publisher's addresses in the CBC Member's list from the Children's Book Council WWW site. That is not a list of all children's publishers, however. Discussion about editors, agents, and publishers, and how long they take to respond, can best be found at the SCBWI's Blue Board, a Message and Chat Board. News can be found on the Publishers Weekly web site. Also, see the latest entry in the CBC's month-by-month updates of Job Moves, which covers marketing and other non-editorial jobs, and includes moves within a company, neither of which I do. For an evolving list of information about editors, see Ellen Jackson's Editors A to Z.
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