Beverly Rykerd has been promoted to vp, director of publicity at Waterbrook Multnomah. In addition Lisa Beech is returning to the company as assistant director of publicity. Most recently she was a publicist at David C. Cook for the last four and a half years, and originally worked at Waterbrook/Multnomah between 2006 and 2008.
Zondervan has promoted Jesse Hillman to vp, marketing for the church, academic, reference, and reflective publishing team.
Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair’s “Hot Type” columnist for more than twenty years, is bidding the magazine “a fond farewell” to focus more time on her own writing.
In the UK, Jennifer Doyle will join Headline and Headline Review as publishing director, fiction, reporting to Mari Evans. Doyle spent the past five years at Cornerstone, most recently as deputy marketing director. Additionally, Emily Griffin has been promoted to senior commissioning editor at Headline.
Both Delacorte and Penguin Random House UK Children’s will release a young adult adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code in September. Brown says in the announcement, “It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in.” PRH’s Listening Library will publish an audio version of the YA edition in the US as well. The movie version of Brown’s Inferno opens the following month, on October 28.
Megyn Kelly‘s forthcoming memoir, publishing November 15, will be titled Settle for More. She says the phrase “has been my life motto, ever since I was an unhappy lawyer looking to change my life years ago. I caught Dr. Phil on TV one day, who said the only difference between you and someone you envy is that you settled for less. I thought to myself: settle for more.”
Cyrus Copeland has won the Chautauqua Prize for Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, a Mother’s Heroism, and a Son’s Quest (Blue Rider Press).
We note, with some caution, that Hillary Clinton‘s new personal financial disclosure form shows over $5 million from Simon & Schuster for her most recent memoir Hard Choices in what looks to be 2015 income. If that’s in addition to what she has already disclosed, that would lift her total earnings for the book (from either the advance or foreign pass-through income, given the modest sales) — since her tax returns through 2014 already disclosed $8.56 million in income for that book. So we’ll save any definitive conclusions on this until Clinton releases her actual 2015 tax returns, which will be more specific than the just-released PFD. (Updated: The actual 2015 tax return showed $3 million in additional payments from Simon & Schuster, so that would put her total for the book at $11.56 million.)