Sterling Lord Literistic agent George Nicholson, 77, died on Tuesday. Before joining SLL in 1995, he founded Delacorte Press and Yearling Books, and was publisher of Books for Children at The Viking Press.
At Hachette Book Group, recently-appointed svp group sales director Chris Murphy announced a reorganization of the sales group to “better align individuals to make the very most of their skills, and position us as a strong, well-rounded sales team.” Dave Epstein moves up to vp, retail sales, and will hire an executive director of children’s sales to fill his former position.
Linda Jamison is promoted to executive director of mass merchant sales, reporting to Epstein, and Tracy Dowd is now director of sales, relocating to New York and reporting to Jamison. Karen Torres becomes vp of field sales and account marketing; Melissa Nicholas is promoted to director of account marketing.
Billy Clark is promoted to vp sales, retail analytics and client services, reporting to Murphy. David Bowers‘ position is being realigned to focus on digital sales as well as print and digital account negotiations, as svp digital sales, business development and strategy. SVP International, Canada and special sales Jean Griffin adds oversight of print sales internationally for HBG and its client publishers.
Anne Louise Fisher Associates is now scouting adult books for the Dutch publishing group Singel, which includes Athenaeum, Arbeiderspers, Nijgh & Van Ditmar, Querido and Q.
BEA is starting their series of author announcements for this May’s show, starting with the children’s breakfast — which features Nathan Lane as master of ceremonies, and author guests Rainbow Rowell, James Patterson and Oliver Jeffers.