Agent Leigh Feldman has left Darhansoff, Verrill, Feldman, where she worked for 20 years, to join Writers House, starting next month. Feldman says in the announcement, “I’m so lucky to have had the experience of working with Liz and Chuck for the last 20 years. Liz was a wonderful mentor to me and her wisdom and guidance is something that will benefit me as I move on to the next stage of my career with Writers House.” She adds, “I’m impressed by how well they have grasped the complexities and opportunities of digital’s emergence in book publishing. Most importantly, they’re big enough to have the kind of leverage needed in today’s complicated marketplace, but their approach reflects the kind of personalized service usually associated with boutique agencies.”
Julie Saidenberg has been named publisher of Shambhala Publications, reporting to president Nikko Odiseos. Saidenberg has been with Shambhala since April 2000, most recently as vp of sales and marketing.
As Eric Schmidt steps aside as ceo of Google, his book proposal for EMPIRE OF THE MIND: The Dawn of the Techno-Political Age, co-written with head of the Google Ideas think tank Jared Cohen is going to auction this week, Crain’s reports. Cohen’s agent Mel Parker is said to represent the project. Schmidt and Cohen co-wrote an essay on The Digital Disruption in Foreign Affairs recently.
Diana Norman, who published historical novels under her own name and the bestselling ‘Mistress of the Art of Death’ crime novels Ariana Franklin, died last week at the age of 77 after a long illness.