Jennifer Gonzalez will take on the responsibilities of the open role of vp, adult merchandise sales at Macmillan formerly held by Steve Kleckner. At the same time, Gonzalez will retain her current role as vp, children’s sales — taking the new title of vp, merchandise and children’s sales. President of the sales division Alison Lazarus says, “Jenn has done a phenomenal job with our children’s books for MCPG, Tor and our distribution clients and has already been overseeing sales of those titles into the merchandise channel. Adding our adult books to her role is a natural fit and allows us to have one point of sales management contact for our customers.”
Also at Macmillan, Jill Freshney has been promoted to the new position of senior executive managing editor at Macmillan Children’s. The position is “designed to consolidate our managing editorial team and maximize the opportunities that will afford us,” and she will oversee managing editorial and copy editing for the entire Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Over at Pan Macmillan in the UK, Carole Tonkinson will join the company in the fall as publisher of a new, yet-to-be-named non-fiction imprint. The imprint will specialise in parenting, inspirational memoir, wellness and self-realisation including cookery, business books and self-help. Tonkinson, who has led the HarperNonfiction team for the last five years, will report to adult publisher Jeremy Trevathan.
Alissa Kleinman has been promoted to digital managing editor for the Crown Publishing Group.
Saleem Dhamee has been promoted to senior client liaison manager at the University of Chicago Press’s Chicago Distribution Center division.
With the sale of Quercus to Hodder & Stoughton complete, the company’s US division will officially switch distribution from Random House Publisher Services to Hachette Book Group as of July 1. HBG will also supply office space for Quercus’s five US-based employees.
Author Hugh Howey tells TechCrunch he is “exploring opening up an independent bookstore.” Howey adds, “I’m looking at spaces with a real estate agent right now.”