Simon & Schuster publisher Jon Karp says that the imprint’s editor-in-chief Priscilla Painton will take the new position of vp, executive editor, focused on major nonfiction titles. He writes in the announcement that “when Priscilla and I began discussing how to make the best use of her time and talent, it became clear to both of us that her passion is for finding great writers and working closely with them to create compelling books. In taking on this more purely editorial role, absent administrative responsibilities, she will be able to apply her considerable abilities exclusively to acquisitions and editorial work.” Separately, we’re told that Painton has signed a multi-year contract in this new role. She joined S&S at the beginning of 2008.
In parallel, the unit is searching for a vp, executive editor who will specialize in fiction. Though there have been informal reports that an editor-in-chief’s job had been offered to at least one candidate recently, Karp says “I have no plans to hire an editor-in-chief. Editors will acquire anything they’re passionate about, and we’ll figure out the offers together.”
Aptara has hired David George as editorial director for their publishing services team. Most recently he was director of business operations for Bloomberg Press. He comments in the announcement, “In this rapidly evolving digital age, it’s never been more important for publishing service companies to be closely aligned with their customers and to pursue a path of continuous innovation and improvement — both technologically and editorially.”
Tami Heim, former chief publishing officer at Thomas Nelson and one-time president of Borders is joining The A Group, a marketing and technology company. She will head up a new brand development and consulting division focuses on Christian and nonprofit publishers.