At Ten Speed Press, Lisa Westmoreland has been promoted to senior editor.
Jeff Olson has been promoted to executive editor, Business at Apress, a division of Springer Science+Business Media.
Marc Visnick has joined Callisto Media as director of sales. He was most recently director of sales, North America for Lonely Planet.
Claire Kelley has joined Melville House Books as director, academic and library marketing. She was most recently marketing manager at Free Press. In addition, Dustin Kurtz has been named marketing manager, responsible for the company’s bookseller outreach programs and marketing for its series publications. Previously he was a buyer and general manager for McNally Jackson.
Haskell Nussbaum has joined The Rights Factory as an agent, focusing on literary and commercial fiction, and “intellectually interesting” nonfiction. Previously he was a lawyer and administrative law judge for the NYC finance department.
BookBaby is now offering its publishing services to all federal government agencies to convert publications, brochures, and other documents into ebooks.
Former Random House ceo Alberto Vitale gave a wide-ranging interview to the Spanish magazine Trama/Texturas in April (translated into English and republished at Publishing Perspectives) in which he discussed his career, the current state of Random House under ceo Markus Dohle (“they are doing very, very well”, while on Dohle, “I have to tell you that, in hindsight, after five years, during his tenure, he has done a brilliant job.”) and thoughts on ebook pricing: “The price of the eBook should be $9.99 and down, I am convinced of that. Some publishers who have adopted the agency model are pricing them at $12.99 and $14.99 or more, and this is way too high. They might sell a lot of books at that price, but they would sell a hell of a lot more if they would price them at $9.99.”