Jeffrey Yamaguchi has joined Abrams in the newly created position of director of digital marketing. Previously he was director of digital marketing for the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. In addition, there have been several recent promotions in the marketing department. Veronica Wasserman has been promoted to associate director, marketing operations, licenses, and brands. Nancy Lambert moves up to senior marketing manager, while Ellie Levine has been promoted to marketing manager and social media specialist. Maya Bradford moves up to associate publicist, while Nico Cassanetti has been promoted to marketing coordinator. Finally, in the children’s marketing and publicity department, Laura Mihalick has been promoted to associate manager, and Morgan Dubin has been promoted to publicity and marketing associate.
Peter Cohen will take over as president of McGraw-Hill’s School Education Group, the division that serves the ailing preK-12 market, as well as assessment markets. Current president Dan Caton recently announced his retirement after 43 years in the industry. Cohen is current chief executive officer of Pearson School, their preK-12 division.
Former associate publisher of Howard Books and president of Word/Curb Records Barry Landis is joining faith-based entertainment agency Working Title as a partner.
Kaitlyn McCrystal has joined Dutton as digital marketing coordinator. She was previously an associate publicist at Touchstone.
Dave Schroeder has joined B&H Publishing Group as marketing strategist for projects in the Christian Living, Leadership, and Gift categories. Previously he was account director at The A Group.
In other announcements, Ingram has added color print-on-demand book manufacturing to the services available at their UK operation. Paperback color books will manufacture and ship from Lightning Source U.K. facility in two working days.
Simon & Schuster will distribute cookbook, health, and inspirational fiction publisher Good Books in the US and Canada starting June 1.
In awards news, Hilary Mantel’s hard-to-beat BRING UP THE BODIES leads a UK Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist that showcases a wealth of terrific books–including Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2012 selections The People of Forever are Not Afraid (Shani Boianjiu); Flight Behavior (Barbara Kingsolver); and The Light Between Oceans (ML Stedman) and Buzz Books 2013’s Life After Life (Kate Atkinson), along with Costa winner Francesca Segal and six other titles from our consensus Publishers Lunch Best of the Best of 2012 list.