Hachette Book Group’s Orbit division is adding a new imprint for commercial fiction, Redhook. Launching in April 2013 with Robert Lyndon’s historical epic set in the 11th century HAWK QUEST, they plan to start with one or two titles a month. The imprint will publish in all formats, including some digital-only titles. Orbit svp and publisher Tim Holman says in the announcement, “Redhook will help us grow the division and broaden our business and consumer relationships. Our highly focused acquisition strategy will be matched by original and individually tailored publishing strategies.” CEO David Young adds, “The creation of Redhook is an exciting opportunity for Hachette Book Group to grow our business and expand our touch points with consumers. As he has done so successfully with Orbit and Yen Press, Tim Holman will build a stellar commercial fiction list and will bring these books and authors to market in exciting and creative new ways.”
At Penguin USA’s international sales department, Kevin Kirk Luna has been promoted to senior director, international sales for UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Christi Hall has rejoined the company as international sales manager, Europe and US exporters (excluding PMG). She was at Simon & Schuster most recently. Caitlin Altendorf has moved over from the domestic sales team to become international sales manager, Asia.
JABberwocky Literary Agency has hired Brady McReynolds to run their growing foreign rights department. McReynolds was most recently in the publicity department at Penguin.
Former colleagues at Christopher Little Agency Caroline Hardman and Joanna Swainson are launching a new agency, Hardman & Swainson. At least 18 existing clients are moving with them, the Bookseller reports, and they will focus on literary and commercial fiction, crime and thriller, YA, and quality non-fiction, including popular science, philosophy and memoir.
Roseanne Wells has joined the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an agent. She was previously an agent at the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.
At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Siena Koncsol has been promoted to associate publicist.
Adam Marsh Editorial Services has hired screenwriter and director Kai Murphy, extending their services to include novelists wanting to adapt their works into screenplays and screenwriters.
Jon McGregor has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel EVEN THE DOGS, published in 2010 by Bloomsbury.