Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has promoted evp of corporate affairs Mary Cullinane to the additional new role of chief content officer. She will “spearhead the company’s content development strategy for the K-12 education market and consumer audiences” and “develop the next generation of digital solutions while continuing to leverage the company’s existing products and iconic brands.”
Caroline Riordan has joined Penguin as digital business director. Most recently, she was at Trailer Park, an entertainment marketing and content agency, and prior to that she was senior manager of ebooks and business development at Hyperion.
Ann Treistman is joining Countryman Press as senior editor, looking for healthy lifestyle, cookbooks, and nature titles. Most recently she had been at Skyhorse.
At Wattpad, Candice Faktor is joining in the newly created role of general manager. Previously she was a co-founder and vp, corporate development and new ventures, at Torstar Digital. In addition, Charles Chan has been named head of engineering and Ashleigh Gardner joins as head of content. Previously both were at Kobo; Chan was director of core systems and Gardner director of content management.
At Berkley, Amanda Ng has been promoted to assistant editor.
Harry Endrulat has joined The Rights Factory as an associate agent. He is an author and has worked almost twenty years as both an in-house and freelance editor, for houses including as Fenn/Tundra, Harper Canada and Penguin Canada.
Former head of the Missouri State University bookstore Mark Brixey pled guilty to federal charges in a negotiated agreement related to over $1 million that he embezzled, from commissions paid by Follett for used book sales.
Once again, the fall season will see another installment of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid: Abrams announced that Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 will go on sale in the US in November 2013, with editions in the UK, Australia, Germany, Greece, Japan, Korea, and Norway “just after the US” release.
The Astrid Lindgren Award for children’s literature (worth almost $800,000) has gone to Argentine illustrator and writer Marisol Misenta, known as Isol, for picture books that “vibrate with energy and explosive emotions.”
Perseus will now distribute digital titles by Hazelden Publishing through Constellation on top of the companies’ existing physical distribution agreement.