Former publisher of Free Press Martha Levin will be reunited with Hyperion (where she was publisher from 1998 through 2001) on August 5 in the role of acting publisher, reporting to Michael Pietsch. Levin will work there “for at least six months to publish the books under contract and fully incorporate Hyperion’s backlist into HBG’s systems,” Pietsch said in an announcement to staff. In addition, Betsy Hulsebosch will remain with the reconstituted Hyperion, promoted to associate director of marketing and publicity.
Levin is “assembling a team” for Hyperion, to include an editor, designer and support staff to work on the Hyperion list, and HBG says their long-term plan is make the Hyperion backlist “the foundation for a new division of Hachette, devoted to nonfiction, which supports our strategic goal to expand HBG’s nonfiction presence.”
Longtime Harper editor and publisher Cass Canfield, Jr. passed away on July 30. He was 90. Canfield joined Harper in 1958 as assistant to the president and worked there his entire career, retiring in 2004. CEO Brian Murray notes: “During his time at Harper, he had an incredible influence on our business – serving as Publisher of Harper’s Paperbacks, Religious and Medical Books, eventually becoming the head of the Trade Book Division of Harper & Row, signing and editing legendary authors, serving on the board of directors, and more.” He followed in the footsteps of Cass Sr., a Harper president and board chairman who began his long career at house in 1924. “Between these two publishing legends, there was a Cass Canfield working at HarperCollins for 80 years. And while there are many people at HarperCollins who remember Cass Jr. personally, all of us will remember him for his great contributions to our company’s legacy.”
Scholastic announced a slew of new hires and promotions across the trade group. Katrina Krantz has joined Klutz as director of digital marketing. Most recently, she was marketing manager at StarMaker. Caite Panzer has been named director of rights and global publishing strategy, moving over from Oxford University Press, where she was brand and communications manager. Kelly Smith has joined as senior editor, nonfiction. Previously she was an editor at Sterling. Katie Carella has also been promoted to senior editor. And Michael del Rosario has been named managing editor, moving over from becker&mayer!.
In promotions, Elizabeth Whiting moves up to director, mass market sales while Karen Lo has been promoted to director, trade finance and Walter Olalekan moves up to business manager, trade finance. Janelle DeLuise has been promoted to associate director, rights & co-editions; Dan Moser moves up to manager, special sales. Candace Greene has been promoted to assistant marketing manager. Finally, Emma Brockway has been promoted to associate publicist.
Scholastic’s corporate communications department also announced a number of promotions. Morgan Baden has been promoted to senior director, internal communications and social media, while Anne Sparkman moves up to manager, corporate communications and Kristen Joerger has been promoted to senior digital publicist. Chris Johnson has been promoted to senior producer, intranet and special projects while Megan Kaesshaefer moves up to manager, social media and special projects and Lia Zneimer moves up to writer & producer, internal communications and social media.
David Morris has been named vp, publisher of Zondervan’s nonfiction trade books. Previously he was vp, editorial director for Guideposts Books.
Patricia Kelly has been named director of sales of Lonely Planet Americas. Previously she was vp, sales at Ten Speed Press.
At Kensington, Jackie Dinas has been promoted to rights manager.
At Doubleday, Cory Hunter has been promoted to associate editor.
Katie Halata will join Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as school & library marketing manager. Previously she was sales & marketing manager at Egmont USA.
Leila Porteous is leaving her role as senior editor at Watson-Guptill, to work as an independent editor.
As a result of the ongoing restructuring of Wiley’s former professional & trade division (now called professional development), Debra Englander has left the company after nearly 17 years. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we stated an incorrect figure for Harlequin’s net digital royalties on series titles. They pay 20 percent of net proceeds, not 15 percent.