Sylvie Rosokoff has been promoted to director of foreign rights at Trident Media Group and Meredith Miller moves up to associate director. Claire Roberts, who has headed the department since 2006, is adding to her responsibilities as vice president by building her own domestic client list with a focus on upmarket and literary fiction, while continuing to handle international rights.
Marketing technology and services start-up Optiq.ly formally confirmed two recent additions to their executive team: Didier Jean Charles joined the company in October as director of engineering (he was most recently the director of application and online technology at Lincoln Center), and Susan Ruszala is vp of sales (she was president of Netgalley). The public beta of their Chrome extension will be announced “in the coming weeks.”
Heidi Richter has been promoted to director of publicity for William Morrow and Dey Street.
Kristina Forest has joined Random House Children’s as subsidiary rights coordinator. Previously she was subsidiary rights assistant at Simon & Schuster Children’s.
VitalSource has hired Jennifer Solomon as director of market development (she was vp, academic and professional sales at Jones & Bartlett Learning), and Tim Ridgway as senior marketing manager (he was vp of marketing at Califone International).
The National Book Critics Circle elected 8 new board members. The organization also established an Emerging Critics Fellowship initiative that aims to enroll an inaugural class of 5 critics in a year-long mentoring program.
The finalists for the Story Prize are:
For a While, Rick Bass
Goodnight, Beautiful Women, Anna Noyes
They Were Like Family to Us, Helen Maryles Shankman