aaa23.jpgSteve Ross, the former president of HarperCollins’ Collins Division, has been named the director of the brand new book division of Abrams Artists Agency.

Before working at Collins, Ross served as publisher of Random House’s Crown Division. In this new post, the former publisher will help expand the agency’s work in publishing and literary deal-making. In addition, Ross will lead Abrams Author Services, a consulting service for writers.

Abrams’ founder and CEO Harry Abrams had this statement: “We are delighted that Steve will be joining the Abrams Artists team and helping us to grow into new areas … We had been contemplating a serious move into book and author representation, and Steve’s track record and understanding of the swiftly changing dynamics of the book industry make him an ideal fit.”