In the UK, Alex Clarke will join Headline as publishing director of a new imprint (to be named in April), reporting to Mari Evans. Clarke will hire another editor, and the imprint will focus on “the pursuit of bestsellers by publishing a discerning collection of high quality commercial projects across both fiction and non-fiction.” Clarke is currently publishing director at Michael Joseph, and spent 15 years at Penguin UK.
Mollie Glick has moved over to CAA’s books department, still based in New York, and her clients are moving over with her. She has been at Foundry Literary + Media for the past 8 years.
Paul Fisher has joined Harper Christian as senior marketing director, fiction, reporting to Daisy Hutton. Most recently, Fisher served in a senior marketing role at Catapult Marketing in Nashville, TN and Thiel Audio.
Paola Crespo has joined Open Road as a marketing coordinator focusing on genre fiction; previously she was at Penguin Random House as a publicity assistant.
Matt Harris has joined Vearsa as head of sales. Previously he was director of business development at LibreDigital.
Erik Hane has joined Red Sofa Literary as an associate literary agent. He was formerly an editor for The Overlook Press and Oxford University Press.
At Random House Children’s Books, Kerri Benvenuto has been promoted to senior executive director, licensed and proprietary brand marketing; Robby Brown has been promoted to senior marketing manager, licensed and proprietary brands; Maureen McLaughlin moves up to senior art director; Melissa Zar has been promoted to trade marketing manager; and Sharon Burkle moves up to art director, marketing design.
Remember Shelfari? The book-centered social network started in 2006 and acquired by Amazon in 2008 is “merging with Goodreads” and closing as a standalone service, according to a communication sent to users. Shelfari members have been told they have two months to migrate their data to Goodreads.