Counterpoint Press editor-at-large Dan Smetanka has been appointed executive editor. He will continue to acquire fiction and nonfiction for both the Counterpoint and Soft Skull lists and will remain based in Los Angeles.
Sarah Younger has been promoted to associate agent at the Nancy Yost Literary Agency, where she has worked for two years.
The Cooke Agency International will sell foreign rights outside of North America to the list represented by fellow Canadians Rick Broadhead & Associates.
At Dutton, Liza Cassity has been promoted to senior publicist.
In the UK, the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency has hired David Newton as finance manager. He worked previously for Rogers, Coleridge & White and The Wylie Agency. Newton replaces, Adrian Clarke, who is leaving after nine years to pursue interests outside publishing.
Laetitia Rutherford has joined Watson, Little as an agent. Previously she was an agent at Mulcahy Associates.
In Canada, Cooke International will be selling the foreign rights to Rick Broadhead & Associates' titles The new partnership will have Cooke International representing RBA's titles in foreign-language markets outside of North America, in the French-Canadian market, and in the United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand. RBA will continue to represent its authors directly to English-language Canadian and US publishers.