Editor-in-chief of Gallery Books Jen Bergstrom has been promoted to vp, publisher, continuing to report to group publisher Louise Burke. “Over the past three years, Jen has served as Editor-in-Chief of this young imprint,” Burke said in the announcement. “Instrumental in Gallery’s successful run as a profitable imprint committed to serving readers by publishing established authors and introducing emerging voices both in fiction and non-fiction, Jen’s savvy acquisition strategy and flair for promotion has helped Gallery become an imprint of choice for agents and authors alike.”
S&S ceo Carolyn Reidy added: “Bergstrom’s creative energy and business acumen make her a natural publisher, and have been critical in forging a strong identity for Gallery Books. Since she began at Simon & Schuster, Jen has risen to every challenge placed before her, and it is a joy to recognize her accomplishments with this promotion.”
Andrea Rogoff joined Picador as a publicist on January 8. She was most recently an associate publicist at Simon & Schuster.
In the UK, Pan Macmillan has restructured its sales, marketing and publicity teams, creating a single marketing and communications department and consolidating its sales team into one division. The marketing and communications department will be split into three teams: fiction, led by Emma Bravo, who as director, fiction and partnerships will work across Pan, Macmillan, Picador, Mantle and Bello; nonfiction, led by Dusty Miller, who will focus on “events and the development of third-party partnerships to build audiences, customer loyalty and brand longevity”; and Children’s, led by Katharine Smales, who as direct will add consumer research to her responsibilities along with marketing and publicity.
In addition, Sandra Taylor has been promoted to online publicity director, Rosanna Boscawen moves up to content and communities editor, and on the sales side, Elise Burns has been promoted to sales director for the non-fiction division, with recruitment currently underway for sales directors for Macmillan Children’s and Fiction/Picador.
Liz Gough is joining Hodder & Stoughton on February 26 as publisher of the company’s forthcoming personal development list, set to launch in early 2014. Previously she was editorial director at Pan Macmillan.
Clare Somerville has joined Hachette Children’s Books as deputy managing director, with responsibility for group sales, rights and marketing. Previously she was general manager for Harlequin UK’s India business, responsible for UK and export sales.
John Cusick will join the Greenhouse Literary Agency on January 14 with a focus on children’s and young adult titles. Previously he was an agent at Scott Treimel New York. In addition, Julia Churchill will build a transatlantic picture book list while continuing to represent fiction from UK & Commonwealth writers.
Mary Anne Thompson Associates has been appointed North American scout for Morning Star Group in Taiwan, covering the adult market; bloomoon in Germany, covering the YA/children’s market; and Libri Kiado in Hungary, covering the adult and YA/children’s markets.
Richard Blanco will be “pluck[ed] out of the relatively obscure and quiet world of poetry and put him on display before the entire world” as the featured poet at President Obama’s inauguration. Author of three poetry collections, he is now at work on a memoir.