Michael Cairns is joining Publishing Technology as chief operating officer of their online solutions division, replacing Louise Russell. His responsibilities include their pub2web hosting platform and the ingentaconnect portal. Most recently Cairns has been a consultant and served as chief revenue office for SharedBook, focused on their Academic Pub platform.
Greenhouse Literary Agency has hired Polly Nolan head up the UK side of their business representing children’s and YA authors. Currently associate publishing director, fiction, at Macmillan UK Children’s, she will start her new job on June 3.
Amber Morley has joined Chronicle Books as marketing coordinator for their children’s division.
At HarperCollins, Dana Trombley has been promoted to senior manager, digital marketing, adding oversight for the marketing of all the digital-first titles published through the Impulse lines.
Angela James has been promoted to editorial director, Carina Press.
At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Nicole Russo has been promoted to deputy publicity director and Lydia Finn has been promoted to publicist. Russo has been with the company since 2005.
Daughter of President Ronald Reagan and nonfiction author Patti Davis is releasing a self-published novel today, Till Human Voices Wake Us, and will follow shortly thereafter with two more works of fiction. A press release pitches it as “an exciting, liberating experience [that] allowed her to tell a story she had been developing for many years and present it just as she had conceived it.”
With Andrew Cuomo signing to write his own book for HarperCollins, the NYT suggests that the company is “backing away from publishing” New York Post columnist Fredric U. Dicker‘s biography of the New York governor. But the publisher indicated to the paper, “Harper does have a book under contract with Fred Dicker.”
McNally Jackson bookstore owner Sarah McNally is opening another store around the corner on Mulberry Street focused on what she calls “the life of the mind,” New York Magazine notes. Called Goods for the Study, it will feature “new and vintage furniture and office supplies.”
Quirk Books has agreed to a multi-year renewal of their sales and distribution agreement with Random House Publisher Services.
Midpoint Trade will distribute the Florida-based cookbook publisher Mr. Food Test Kitchen as of fall 2013.