Daniel Nayeri has been named to the new position of digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, overseeing the e-book publishing program for all frontlist and backlist HMH children’s books, as well as acquiring e-original content and developing multimedia projects. He was editor at HMH’s Clarion. He starts the new job May 27, and will report to svp, publisher Betsy Groban.
At Overlook Press, Jill Lichtenstadter has been appointed sales manager. She was previously director of national accounts at Hachette Book Group. In addition, Melody Conroy has been named associate editor, having previously worked at Norton, and Theresa Collier and Michael Goldsmith have been promoted to associate publicists.
Hannah Selleck has been named digital publishing coordinator at MacGregor Literary. She is the founder and proprietor of Doublecheck Editing.
Hachette Book Group has released some details on the next book by author of The Shack William Paul Young, which they first announced in August 2011 after Young settled his lawsuit with Windblown Media founders Wayne Jacobsen and Brad Cummings. Young’s book is called CROSS ROADS, “the story of a driven man who falls into a coma and experiences relational entanglements that allow him to revisit choices he made during his life,” and is set for publication November 13 through HBG’s Faith Words imprint. Publisher Rolf Zettersen says in the release, “In the tradition of The Shack, Paul Young has written a wonderfully creative and provocative story that will certainly stir imaginations and hearts. It entrenches Paul’s reputation as a major novelist of our time.” FaithWords will also publish a devotional this fall, The Shack: Reflections for Every Day of the Year.