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Kensington editor-in-chief John Scognamiglio will run the eponymous John Scognamiglio Books imprint, publishing 4 to 6 works of commercial fiction a year in hardcover, beginning in 2018 with titles including The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak (January 2018) and This I Know by Eldonna Edwards (May 2018). CEO Steven Zacharius says in the announcement, "We're…

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People: Lorena Jones Imprint Ready to Launch, and More

Ten Speed Press formally announced the launch of Lorena Jones Books, the cooking and lifestyle imprint overseen by vp, publisher Lorena Jones, who rejoined the imprint in September 2015 to begin work on the new line. Set to begin publishing in April will publish 6 to 8 titles annually in the…

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At the American Booksellers Association, longtime development officer Mark Nichols will retire following the 2017 Winter Institute after 16 years with the organization. As of January 1, 2017 Matthew Zoni will be promoted to director of development and publisher relations and will become a member of ABA's senior staff. Peter Reynolds will have an…

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People: Young Named Canongate Chairman, and More

Former ceo of Orion (and before that ceo of Hachette Book Group USA) David Young will become chairman of Canongate Books in January. He takes over from Christopher Bland, who is retiring after 22 years in the position. CEO Jamie Byng says in the announcement, "David Young is someone who…

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ReaderLink Buys Old Reader's Digest Children's; Bellow Moves Imprint to SMP; and More

Readerlink has acquired the former Reader's Digest Children's Publishing, which has been operating as Studio Fun International, and will merge the list into their Printers Row Publishing Group and existing group of imprints. The release notes that "on a transitional basis, some SFI employees will continue to perform similar duties and tasks under…

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New Young Adult Imprints for St. Martin's and PRH Canada

St. Martin's is launching a crossover, coming-of-age imprint publishing "in and beyond the YA category," Wednesday Books. Launching in fall 2017 and aiming for 10 to 20 titles a year, it is led by Jennifer Enderlin and editorial director Sara Goodman. SMP will publish Rainbow Rowell, Courtney Summers, Roshani Chokshi, and all of their young adult…

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Vicki Jaeger has joined Portable Press -- part of ReaderLink's Printers Row Publishing Group -- as developmental editor. She was marketing manager at Mattel Consumer Products, and most recently a licensing consultant for entertainment and consumer products companies. At Donaghy Literary Group Valerie Noble has been promoted to senior agent. Amanda Ayers Barnett has joined…

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Hogarth Lines Up Sarah Jessica Parker Imprint

After playing the writer in "Sex and the City," actor Sarah Jessica Parker is the latest celebrity to set up an imprint. She will be editorial director of SJP for Hogarth, where she "will help to find, edit and publish three or four new novels a year," with the first…

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Marketing technology start-up OptiQly, which is working on optimizing the display and sales of books, ebooks, and other products at online retailers, has acquired The Logical Marketing Agency, a boutique digital marketing consultancy. Logical co-founders Pete McCarthy and Jess Johns have joined OptiQly full-time, as chief product officer and director of marketing, respectively. The third…

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Amanda Bergeron moves to Berkley as executive editor on September 26. She has been at Morrow/Avon for the past 8 years. Natasha Fairweather will leave United Agents and join Rogers, Coleridge & White in October, where she will also join the board. Joan Strasbaugh has joined The Experiment as senior editor. Becky Herrick has joined Skyhorse as editor…

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