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Julia Cheiffetz Named Editorial Director at Amazon’s New York Office

Julia Cheiffetz has been named editorial director of Amazon’s brand new New York City-based publishing imprint. She will start on August 1st.

In a memo to staff, publisher Larry Kirshbaum explained the hire: “Julia’s sharp editorial sensibility and devotion to her authors, combined with her passion for new technology, makes her the perfect choice. She offers a unique blend of an entrepreneurial mind-set built upon a strong belief in the bedrock values of traditional literary and commercial publishing.”

Previously, Cheiffetz worked as a senior editor at Harper, working on titles that included 5th Avenue, 5 AM by Sam Wasson, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish. She spent six years at Random House and also worked at HarperStudio.

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HarperStudio Imprint to Close; Staff Moves to Other Imprints

harperStudioHeader.jpgToday HarperCollins announced that HarperStudio will close, ending one of publishing’s most experimental projects. The final titles will be published in the Summer 2010 list.

Titles scheduled beyond that date will be picked up by other HarperCollins imprints. According to a memo from from Michael Morrison–the company’s president and publisher of U.S. General Books and Canada–the publisher is willing to discuss “profit sharing scenarios on a book by book basis” with authors who appreciated HarperStudio’s unorthodox publishing strategy. The imprint’s publisher left last month, making the imprint’s future uncertain. Last month, Gawker wondered what the change could mean for bloggers with book deals.

Here’s more from the memo: “I’m happy to report that Debbie Stier, Associate Publisher of HarperStudio and Director of Digital Marketing for HarperCollins, will continue in her role as Director of Digital Marketing for the company reporting to Carolyn Pittis. Debbie will also continue to acquire books for all imprints as Editor-at-Large. Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee will continue to report to Debbie. I’m pleased to announce that Senior Editor Julia Cheiffetz will move to the Harper imprint and report to Jonathan Burnham. Assistant Editor Katie Salisbury will continue to report to Julia. Jessica Wiener will continue as Director of Marketing, reporting to me.”

The entire memo is embedded after the jump.

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HarperStudio Still Working on “A Plan for Going Forward”

harperStudioHeader.jpgLast week HarperStudio publisher Bob Miller announced that he will leave HarperStudio to serve as Group Publisher at Workman Publishing.

In the interim, HarperStudio associate publisher Debbie Stier created a Formspring.me page to answer questions from readers. The feed has remained active this week, fielding questions about the imprint, the future, and publishing in general.

Most recently, one reader asked: “Is Harper Studio still accepting proposals &/or MSS through 2010, or is everything on hold?” Stier replied: “Feel free to submit to Julia Cheiffetz, but it’s probably safe to assume that we won’t make any decisions until after we make a plan for going forward.”