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Amanda Ridout Leaves HarperCollins UK

hcuk.jpgAmanda Ridout, the managing director of HarperCollins UK, resigned yesterday, explaining in a memo that she will “to pursue other ventures which are confidential at this stage.”

According to BookBrunch, the publishing world pondered her departure all day, trying to understand her surprise exit from the company. The article collects reactions from writers and executives around the book world.

Here’s an excerpt: “‘I think Amanda was unlucky,’ said one author of a number of HarperCollins bestsellers. ‘She’s not a book person, she should have been put in charge of sales. If she had, both she and HarperCollins would have been in a much happier position.’” (Via Sarah Weinman)

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Publishing in China, Part II: HarperCollins Acquires Bestselling Series

This piece of news also comes via the Book Standard: HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired the world rights to eight books from the NAUGHTY MA XIAOTAO series by Yang Hongying, China’s bestselling children’s author, scheduled for publication beginning in Sprin 2008. The series, about a mischievous boy named Chen and his father, has sold more than 10 million copies in China.

“We are thrilled and delighted to be publishing this series and bringing the work of Yang Hongying to the global stage,” said Amanda Ridout, the general books managing director. “These engaging and amusing books will offer our children a window on contemporary Chinese society at a time when the world’s attention will be focused on Beijing as we celebrate the 2008 Olympics. This exciting venture further represents HarperCollins’ strategic commitment to expanding our business with China.”

New Boss for HarperCollins UK Children’s Division

The Bookseller reports that HarperCollins Children’s Books has recruited Mario Santos as its new managing director, reporting to HC m.d. Amanda Ridout starting October 1. Santos was previously senior vice president and head of business development at Chorion, the intellectual property development business responsible for the Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton estates and the Mr Men brand. Before that he worked at Marshall Editions and Dorling Kindersley.

Ridout said that HC planned to “substantially grow” its children’s business over the next few years. Santos said: “I am delighted to be joining the talented team at HarperCollins at such an exciting time for children’s publishing, and I look forward to working with them to develop and grow the business in the short and long term.”

Harper UK Goes for the Personal Touch

HarperCollins Children’s Books is moving into personalized books through a new partnership with Penwizard, which will enable children to star in books alongside well-known children’s characters like Noddy beginning this August, according to the Bookseller’s Alison Bone. HC will then look to develop the Penwizard partnership across its range of children’s properties, with licensor approval. Managing director Amanda Ridout said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to expanding the boundaries of traditional publishing we are proud to be first to market with a leap forward in personalized publishing.”