Sally Kim has joined Putnam as vp, editorial director, moving over from Touchstone, where she held the same position. Putnam and Dutton president Ivan Held said in the announcement: “Sally is the perfect person to both help carry on Putnam’s bestselling tradition and to lead our editorial team in the evolving marketplace. She has vision, market acumen, an eye for talent on the page, terrific agent relationships, and the right sensibility to help each editor bring in top books in each of Putnam’s areas of strength.” Kim added: “I can point to so many books on Putnam’s rich and distinguished list as the reasons why I set out here from the West Coast two decades ago. To join this group now, as it looks to continue cultivating the bestsellers of tomorrow and publishing books of enduring value, is a true and exciting privilege.”
The London Book Fair advisory board has added Richard Fisher, former managing director, Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press, and Michael Healy, executive director (International Relations) at the Copyright Clearance Centre.
Nordsteds announced that David Lagercrantz will write two sequels to The Girl in the Spider’s Web, itself a continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels. In a statement issued by the Swedish publishing house Lagercrantz said: “I can’t let it go. It was such fun to write and an incredible adventure. Furthermore, I think I have a very good story going.” Knopf will publish the books in the US, and spokesperson Paul Bogaards said on Twitter that the book has sold more than 500,000 copies since its September 1 publication.
Perseus will partner with RR Donnelley to improve the publisher’s management and distribution of metadata through the BookMap platform by giving over optimization and distribution of metadata to booksellers and other third parties to the Harvest platform developed by Donnelley division LibreDigital.