David Rosenthal is reuniting with his longtime Simon & Schuster colleague Aileen Boyle, hiring her as associate publisher for his new imprint at Penguin, starting July 1. “She will be coordinating sales, marketing and publicity as well as working closely with Rosenthal on shaping his imprint’s overall strategy.” Boyle had been associate publisher at the Simon & Schuster trade imprint until the end of 2010.
Chronicle’s publishing director Sarah Malarkey will take the new role of executive editorial director, leading the adult trade editorial staff, directing pop culture and humor publishing, and acquiring titles in those categories.
Amanda Walker has been promoted to associate director of publicity at Dutton.
At NAL, Brent Howard has been promoted to senior editor and Jesse Feldman has been promoted to assistant editor.
Ed Schlesinger has been promoted to senior editor at Gallery Books/Pocket Books. Also at Gallery, Kate Dresser and Emilia Pisanihas have both been promoted to assistant editor.
At Free Press, Leah Miller has been promoted to editor, and Maura O’Brien and Sydney Tanigawa have each been promoted to assistant editor.
Paul Taunton has joined the Knopf Random House Canada Publishing Group as senior editor, where he will acquire and edit fiction and non-fiction titles across both the Knopf and Random House imprints. Previously he has worked at Ballantine and ESPN Books.
Lisa DiSarro has been promoted to Director of School and Library Marketing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books.
Waterstone’s head of range Fiona Kennedy is leaving the company after 10 years. Replacing her is Toby Bourne, currently head of campaigns. In addition, Richard Green has been promoted to head of related product.
At NBN International, Sheila Bounford has been promoted to Managing Director.
In other announcements, Scholastic is working with The Gotham Group as their exclusive representative for film and TV rights to books that the publisher controls. Scholastic Media still has a first-look at anything published by the company.
Random House, Inc. has helped to close the Series B funding round for Flat World Knowledge announced in January that was led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and Bessemer Venture Partners. Random House’s contribution “is a separate, additional” undisclosed investment.
Ingram Content Group announced another innovative “inventory management initiative,” this time with their distribution client O’Reilly Media. The publisher will “shift from a traditional inventory and capital intensive business model to an on-demand program that selects the most timely and cost effective method to print and distribute books, allowing consumers full and immediate access to all of O’Reilly’s titles.”
O’Reilly’s president Laura Baldwin says in the release: “Working with Ingram, we are one step closer to our vision of always available, always relevant, and always in stock. With the enormous change we are experiencing in the industry, the traditional models of publishing no longer make financial sense. To be able to grow our publishing program while at the same time lowering our costs is a huge leap forward.”