Another set of Douglas & McIntrye alums — former publisher Trena White and former coo Jesse Finkelstein — have started a new company. Their Page Two Strategies is “a full-service publishing agency” that “will help non-fiction authors navigate their full range of publishing options, including self-publishing, and also provide consulting services to companies looking to develop or expand their own publishing strategies.” Page Two also has an alliance with the Translatlantic Agency, in which White and Finkelstein will represent some nonfiction in a traditional fashion, as associate agents.
At Scribner, Kate Lloyd has been promoted to associate director of publicity.
At McGill-Queen’s University Press, Jonathan Crago has been promoted to editor-in-chief while Kayla Madden moves up to senior editor.
World Book Night US will announce their 30 new book picks on October 23 starting at 6:30 via video chat (in a partnership with Shindig).
Amazon ran an online poll to see which books readers favored for National Book Award honors. Jhumpa Lahiri’s LOWLAND led the fiction candidates with 28 percent of votes; Lawrence Wright’s GOING CLEAR had 31 percent of the nonfiction votes; and David Levithan’s TWO BOYS KISSING drew 41 percent of YA votes.
The NYT provides generous coverage of an event with author Lois Duncan as part of the launch of Lizzie Skurnick Books, which is reissuing Duncan’s 1957 book DEBUTANTE HILL.
In announcements, Simon & Schuster has revamped their website with a fully responsive design to help “serve the fast growing segment of our traffic that comes via mobile or tablet.” They say mobile now comprises 26 percent of site traffic, compared to 11 percent a year ago.