James Spackman has been named managing director of Watkins Publishing, effective November. He was most recently sales and marketing director for Hodder & Stoughton and John Murray. Spackman will work alongside Duncan Baird to develop both the Watkins and Duncan Baird imprints in the UK and internationally. “I’m delighted to be joining Watkins at such an exciting moment,” Spackman said in the announcement. “It will be a real privilege to work with a list representing such rich heritage, and a company with such a strong reputation for quality. I’m looking forward to working with the Watkins team to develop an even stronger position in their specialist markets and an ever closer relationship with their readers, following the example set by the rest of Osprey Group.”
At Sourcebooks, Lynn Dilger has been promoted to svp, director of technology and content delivery. “Lynn was hired 12 years ago to help us get our start in eBooks (among loads of other things), and it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come,” said ceo and publisher Dominique Raccah in a statement. “She has been instrumental in building Sourcebooks, and her leadership has been will continue to be of tremendous value as we create the future.”
At Chronicle Books, Kate Woodrow has been promoted to senior editor.
Jon Sternfeld has joined Lyons Press as editor. He was previously an agent with The Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
The CWA announced its shortlists for a number of categories, including:
CWA Gold Dagger:
The Rage by Gene Kerrigan
Bereft by Chris Womersley
Vengeance in Mind by N J Cooper
The Flight by M R Hall
CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger:
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming
The Fear Index by Robert Harris