Jennifer Weis will join the Ross Yoon Agency as senior literary agent based in New York, representing book club and women’s fiction, thrillers, memoir, narrative and platform-driven nonfiction, psychology and health. She was previously executive editor at St. Martin’s.
At Princeton University Press, Fred Appel is promoted to publisher, religion and anthropology; Ben Tate to senior editor, humanities; Susannah Shoemaker to editor, mathematics and engineering; Matt Rohal to associate editor; and Charlie Allen and Jacqueline Delaney to editorial associate.
Alloy Entertainment editor Hayley Wagreich is joining Serial Box as head of content, reporting to ceo Molly Barton and president Julian Yap. Rhoda Belleza joins the company as vp content development (she was at Imprint) and Marco Palmieri is promoted to the same title, with both reporting to Wagriech.
Deputy publishing director at Harper UK Sarah Hodgson will join Corvus as publishing director in mid-September, filling the role vacated by Sara O’Keeffe, who has left to launch her own business.
In the long-simmering battle between public libraries and publishers over terms for titles digital lending, 44 libraries comprising the Washington Digital Library Consortium are organizing a boycott of Blackstone Publishing’s digital audiobooks. As of July 1 the company introduced 90-day windowing on selected newly-published digital audiobooks for libraries — and those protesting libraries are responding by announcing a six-month boycott of all Blackstone digital audio releases from August 1 through January 31, 2020. The consortium’s analysis found that Blackstone comprises about 20 percent of their digital audio catalog — but they only comprised 2.7 percent of all digital checkouts over the past year (or 14,713 checkouts in all).