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At Basic Books, TJ Kelleher has been promoted to vp, editorial director, sciences. In addition, Dan Gerstle has been promoted to editor and Leah Stecher moves up to assistant editor. At FSG, Emily Bell has been promoted to editor, while Christopher Richards has been promoted to associate editor. Penguin Random…

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Briefs

Following Macmillan ceo John Sargent's indication that they will, with some reluctance, "test subscription in the coming weeks," Oyster announced that their collection now includes over 1,000 titles published by Bloomsbury. Harper UK has disclosed their annual results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Sales fell to £179 million, down…

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Filling Out the Main Stage

We continue to confirm a few final speakers for next months' Digital Book World, including Penguin Random House Children's president and publisher Barbara Marcus and Nielsen Book president Jonathan Nowell joining us at the opening day's Publishers Launch Kids show. Notably, filling the last main stage keynote slot is Apple's…

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People

Kara Sargent will join Little, Brown Children's as executive editorial director, Brand, Licensed, and Media Tie-in Publishing on January 5th. Previously she was editorial director at Simon & Schuster Children's, overseeing Simon Spotlight. Group director of domestic rights at HarperCollins Bob Spizer will leave the company at the end of January…

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People: Reich to Retire from PGW

Perseus Books Group ceo David Steinberger announced to employees on Tuesday that president of Publishers Group West Susan Reich plans to retire on March 31 (and will remain in that role until her retirement). Reich was president and COO of Avalon for 10 years before it was acquired by Perseus,…

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People

Stephen Barbara will move to Inkwell Management on January 5 after six years at Foundry Literary + Media, and he will be followed by all 50 of his clients. He says in the announcement, "It's an agency I've long admired, and I couldn't miss the chance to work with such a world-class group of authors'…

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More Speakers, Last Day for Early Pricing for Digital Book World

We're continuing to fill a few more great speakers for our January shows, with top executives Barbara Marcus at Penguin Random House Children's and Jonathan Nowell at Nielsen joining the roster for Publishers Launch Kids on January 13, and a highly notable keynoter joining us on the main stage at Digital…

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Weak Adult Frontlist Turns Trade Stats Negative In September

Trade sales as measured by the AAP turned significantly negative for the first time all year in September, ratifying concerns that the lack of new breakout hits might weigh on consumer traffic and sales during the most important months of the year. Total trade sales of $618 million were down…

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People, Etc.

Founder and former ceo of Quercus Mark Smith will join Bonnier Publishing as ceo of fiction, for both adult and children's books. His company Zaffre Publishing is being absorbed into the group, for "an undisclosed fee." The Zaffre business will be expanded, focusing on women’s fiction, romance, historical fiction, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror and fiction…

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The Biggest DBW Yet

My Publishers Launch Conferences partner Mike Shatzkin, who serves as program chair of the Digital Book World Conference, has his own long overview of the thinking behind the dozens of panels and keynotes scheduled for the January event. Everyone involved works hard to make the event better each year, and…

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