Rebecca Smart will join DK in January in the new role role of managing director, publishing, overseeing design, UK marketing and PR, publishing operations and Alpha Books in Indianapolis. She has been managing director at Ebury for the past 4 years. DK ceo Ian Hudson said in the announcement, “Rebecca’s appointment is an important step for the company…. With her mix of strategic leadership and commercial experience, combined with her vision, creativity and passion, she will lead the evolution of our global publishing, and seek out new digital and business development opportunities.”
Claire Payne joins Sourcebooks as director of sales, mass & special markets. She was most recently senior director of sales at Parragon.
Polly Osborn has joined Simon & Schuster UK as adult marketing and publicity director. She previously held positions at HarperCollins, Transworld, and Penguin Random House.
Rhea Lyons joins Hannigan, Salky, Getzler as agent. She was previously subrights director at Rodale.
At Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency in the Netherlands, Stéphanie Nootenboom and Rik Kleuver were promoted to literary agent, and Christiaan Boesenach was promoted to junior agent.
Rudy Giuliani’s former wife Judith Nathan Giuliani (they are divorcing) is said to be “in talks with at least three publishing houses” about her book. The source, who talks like an agent or a publicist, says: “Judith’s book will talk about how ‘America’s Mayor’ and his powerful friends operate, the secret deals and secret handshakes, what it is like being on the inside with Manhattan and DC’s power brokers. There is also much to discuss about Rudy’s relationship with President Trump, and how Rudy struggled after his own political ambitions to be president failed.” But as story acknowledges, those publisher talks — and this Page Six story plant — could just be a negotiating tactic in her divorce, before she is restricted in what she can disclose.