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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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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.

 

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

DoriDori 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.

Michael Sand to Join Abrams as Publisher

MichaelSandMichael Sand, who is currently Executive Editor at Little, Brown will join Abrams as Vice President, Publisher for Adult Trade on September 22nd.

Sand has more than 20 years experience working with illustrated books. He joined Little, Brown in 2006 where he worked on cooking titles including: The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg and Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Prior to Little, Brown, Sand served as an Executive Editor at The Aperture Foundation where he worked for ten years.

“Michael Sand is the perfect candidate to continue to envision, shape, and drive our adult editorial programs at ABRAMS. In addition to his consummate editorial skill and taste, Sand is an expert on and adept at nonfiction publishing with a focus on narrative, biography, memoir, art, and photography, as well as lifestyle and, especially, cooking and food. His skills and taste are a rare mix in today’s trade books environment,” stated Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Abrams.

Julia MacKay & Greg Freed Join Content Acquisition Team at Scribd

scribdappJulia 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.

Donalyn Miller Hired to Join the Scholastic Book Fairs Team

ScholasticHighResDonalyn 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.

Veteran Book Reviewer Carolyn See is Retiring

carolynseeBook 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.

Scholastic Education Has Appointed Lee Peters as SVP of Strategic Marketing

12a79c4Lee 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.

Filip Sablik to Head Publishing & Marketing at BOOM! Studios

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Filip Sablik has been promoted from Vice President of Publishing and Marketing at BOOM! Studios to President of Publishing and Marketing at the company.

Sablik joined BOOM! in 2012 after serving as publisher at Top Cow. He got his start in comics back in 2000 when he joined Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2006, he joined Top Cow as VP of Marketing and Sales before his promotion.

BOOM! Studios is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk, Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ Planet of the Apes, as well as Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Jim Davis’ Garfield and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. In his two years at the publisher, Sablik is credited with masterminding the successful 2013 #WeAreBOOM campaign as well as relaunching the company’s website to boom-studios.com, which led to a 100 percent increase in sales. 

“There’s a reason Filip Sablik is recognized as one of the most respected executives in the business,” stated Ross Richie, founder and CEO of BOOM! Studios. “The guy’s a force to be reckoned with and has been instrumental to the company’s growth and critical to our operational excellence as BOOM! expanded.”

Rachel Bressler Joins Plume as Editorial Director

Penguin Random House LogoRachel 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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