Today Penguin Young Readers Group named Jennifer Besser as vice president and publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Besser comes to the company after serving as executive editor at Disney Book Group.
She will start on April 12th. Over the course of her career, Besser has edited many titles, including: Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan, the Blue Blood novels by Melissa de la Cruz, and Heist Society by Ally Carter.
Penguin Young Readers Group president Don Weisberg had this statement: “I am delighted to welcome Ms. Besser to the Putnam Books for Young Readers family. She is respected in the industry for her strong editorial vision and keen understanding of what attracts today’s young readers. She has the rare ability to find books that balance literary merit and commercial appeal, a quality that make her the ideal person to helm Putnam.”