Matthew Ballast has been promoted to acting director of publicity for Grand Central Publishing, replacing Jennifer Romanello, who recently departed the company.
Rachel Burley has been appointed vp, director of open access at Wiley, where she will facilitate the identification of open access opportunities and lead the development of products, policy, technology, processes, sales, and marketing initiatives necessary to provide support to authors. She has been at the company for five years, most recently as vp, publisher for current protocols.
At S&S Children’s, Jacqui Hudson has been named ebook developer and specialist for the Free Press, Aladdin, Simon Spotlight, Paula Wiseman, McElderry, Little Simon, and Atheneum imprints, moving over from the desktop publishing department. In addition, Ciara Gay has joined the Simon Spotlight/Little Simon design team as Junior Designer. she was most recently an intern at Random House/Schwartz & Wade.
Former president and publisher of Macmillan Children’s Dan Farley has left education technology platform startup HubEDU (formerly known as SwoopThat), which he joined in January as a principal and evp, business development, after the company was acquired by Rafter.com. In a note to colleagues Farley said he was “not going forward” with the new venture as it will relocate from San Diego, where Farley is based, to the Bay Area. “I’m proud to have played the leadership role in the pivoting, rebranding, and launching of HubEDU, enterprise, which we succeeded in positioning as preeminent provider of cloud-based adoption, price comparison, and pricing analytics services. Our solutions were crucial in helping students, professors, and colleges and their stores nationwide. That assertion was made by many and was attested by Rafter’s investment.”
Adrienne Franceschi has joined Storey Publishing and Timber Press as trade and gift sales manager, based out of Storey’s North Adams, MA offices. Sh was previously previously national accounts sales associate at Workman Publishing.
In the UK, Granta Books publishing director Sara Holloway will leave in July after more than 12 years with the company, though she will continue to work with a select number of authors on a freelance basis. With Holloway’s departure, Granta announced a number of changes and promotions. Bella Lacey has been promoted to editorial director, while editorial director Laura Barber will now acquire both for Granta and Portobello. In addition, Granta Magazine deputy editor Ellah Allfrey will also take on the role of editor-at-large for the books imprints, and Anne Meadows moves up to assistant editor.
NetGalley will provide online galley distribution for member publishers of the Independent Book Publishers Association.