Kathryn Beaumont has joined Kneerim and Williams as an agent. She has been a reporter, editor and working lawyer for the past 15 years.
Rochelle Stolzenberg will oversee all online sales in the US for TheReadingRoom.com. (She also sells advertising for Publishers Lunch, and has represented other properties such as The Daily Beast.)
South African Lauren Beukes won the UK’s Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction for her novel ZOO CITY, published by Angry Robot. Ian McDonald had been considered the favorite, and other nominees included Richard Powers.
Most publishing people who think about BitTorrent are trying to keep their files off of the site. But author Megan Lisa Jones worked with BitTorrent to spread her novel CAPTIVE for free, claiming to have over 400,000 downloads in two weeks. (She is seeding the market for her sequel, and has a paid version available as well.) BitTorrent Inc. has a chief strategist, named Shahi Ghanem, who says, “progressive authors like Ms. Jones are leading the way for a new form of reader engagement, and we’re very pleased with her success.”