Hodder & Stoughton announced a reorganization that creates two divisions within the group, “designed to strengthen the appeal and focus of its publishing and to take advantage of structural changes in the publishing industry.” The new division, called John Murray Press, will comprise John Murray, Hodder Faith, Consumer Learning, Two Roads and Saltyard Books–to be run by former Hodder & Stoughton publisher Nick Davies, who is rejoining the company in January as managing director from his current post as Canongate publisher. The Hodder & Stoughton division, comprising Hodder & Stoughton general fiction and non-fiction, Coronet and Sceptre, will have Carolyn Mays as its managing director.
Both Mays and Davies will report to Hodder & Stoughton ceo Jamie Hodder-Williams, who said in the announcement that he was “thrilled” for Davies’ return to Hachette after five years (and that his skills “will complement our exceptionally strong editorial talent to build a collection of specialist imprints into a business fit for the digital age”).
In addition, Hodder sales and marketing director Lucy Hale will take on the role of consumer director for the Hodder Group, with responsibility for sales, marketing, publicity and design across both publishing divisions.
Associate publisher at Atria Chris Lloreda will formally retire at the end of this year (and continue to work on some projects through February), Publishing Trends reports.
Joey McGarvey will join Ballantine Bantam Dell as associate editor on October 22. Previously she was an editorial assistant at Knopf.
Romance writer Barbara Freethy has sold more than 1 million ebooks through Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! self-publishing platform, the company announced Thursday. Freethy self-published 3 originals and 17 backlist titles through the platform.
CBS THIS MORNING READS, a new online venture that will virtually connect and engage CBS THIS MORNING viewers with their favorite authors. The first featured selection will be “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, which is published by Simon & Schuster, a subsidiary of CBS.
The CBS This Morning Reads program launched this week online, with Doris Kearns Godwin’s TEAM OF RIVALS from Simon & Schuster as the first selection. It provides “viewers additional access to their favorite writers over the course of a month, culminating with an on-air interview with the author.” For now it is an S&S-focused relationship but “as it expands, the CBS This Morning Reads franchise may incorporate additional publishers.”
2 Seas Agency is now scouting for Dutch publisher Bertram + de Leeuw.