UK literary agent Carole Blake died Tuesday night, announced online by her agency Blake Friedmann: “It is with huge sadness that we must share the news that our beloved mentor, colleague and friend Carole Blake died last night. The loss of such an incredible woman so soon is not something any of us feel prepared for, but we are grateful that she lived so fully to the last, and that she died swiftly and painlessly, on being readmitted to hospital last night, with Julian by her side. We will keep friends posted regarding the family’s plans as soon as we can – please bear with us.” She worked in publishing for 53 years, starting her own agency in 1977 and merging with Julian Friedmann’s agency in 1982. Blake had served as president of the UK’s Association of Authors’ Agents and was the author of From Pitch to Publication: Everything You Need To Know To Get Your Novel Published (1999).
In other People news, Allison Janice joined Rodale Books as editor on October 24, reporting to Jennifer Levesque. She had been an associate editor at Berkley.