Margot Herrera, senior editor at Workman Publishing, will transition to freelance as of July 2, after almost 27 years with the company.
Harper Germany is launching a children’s publishing program, expanding its existing YA list, and adding middle grade and picture books. Carina Mathern will join the company as executive editor for children’s books/YA, starting August 1. She is currently editorial director at Friedrich Oetinger. Ralf Markmeier, managing director and publisher of Harper Germany, said in the release, “I am delighted that Carina is joining HarperCollins Germany. Carina’s great publishing knowledge in the area of children’s books, as well as her enthusiasm, will help us continue our growth.”
Scholastic Trade announced a number of promotions and new hires. Lizette Serrano has been promoted to vice president, educational marketing and conventions; Emily Heddleson to associate director, educational marketing and conventions; Doan Buu to senior designer, Orchard and Cartwheel Books; Megan Peace to editor, Pilkey Publishing and Graphix; and Edward Quiceno to assistant manager, retail marketing, for Klutz.
Elliane Mellet joins as junior designer, licensing. She was previously a design assistant at the Little Brown Children’s. Brian Larossa joins as art director for Acorn, Branches, non-fiction picture books, moving over from Scholastic Education. Katie Heit joins as editor, picture books. She was previously at Greenwillow Books. Rae Crawford joins as junior designer, Orchard and Cartwheel Books.
Brianna Linden has been promoted to senior publicist at Viking/Penguin. Sara Leonard has been being promoted to associate publicist.
In the UK, Helen Garnons-Williams has been promoted to associate publisher of 4th Estate and William Collins, with marketing, publicity and design reporting to her. Tom Killingbeck becomes editorial director of William Colllins, while Anna Kelly moves up to editorial director for 4th Estate and HarperVia.
Brian Hampton, senior vice president and group publisher for Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, died on June 29. Hampton began his career with Thomas Nelson in 1991 as an editorial assistant. President and CEO Mark Schoenwald said, “So many at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, including myself, admired Brian for so much more than his contribution here, and his presence will be missed. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife, Karen, their two children, and extended families.”
Reese Witherspoon‘s July book club pick is Whisper Network by Chandler Baker.