Bonnier Zaffre has hired Felicity Johnston as its new commissioning editor at children’s imprints Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press. She replaces Tilda Johnson, who is leaving the company in August.
Johnston is currently a commissioning editor of children’s fiction and non fiction at Hachette Children’s Group and will join Bonnier in September.
Tilda Johnson is leaving Bonnier to go travelling before setting herself up as a freelance editor.
Jackie McCann, previously editorial director for Campbell Books at Macmillan Children’s Books, is moving to Penguin Random House Children’s to take on the role of publisher at Ladybird.
McCann will be responsible for commissioning new publishing at Ladybird, drive a refresh of its backlist and look at new digital developments. She will also develop the ‘vintage Ladybird’ publishing strand.
Francesca Dow, m.d. for Penguin Random House Children’s, said: “This is a key new appointment for our business which signals our excitement and ambition for Ladybird and its role in shaping and driving the children’s pre-school market.”
McCann’s appointment follows a reorganisation of the Ladybird team in April that saw Shannon Cullen take on the role of publishing director and Kate Head become publisher for education and international.
Not a bit surprised by this news. Shannon stood out immediately on first meeting several years ago, when she had just started in publishing (as a copy editor I seem to remember).
Penguin Random House Children’s division (PRH Children’s) has promoted Shannon Cullen to the role of publishing director.
In her new job, Cullen will take on responsibility as publishing director for Ladybird, where she will grow children’s pre-school and non-fiction publishing under the Ladybird brand, as well as continue in her role as publishing director in the Puffin fiction team.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to have overview across the children’s division to ensure we are seeking new publishing opportunities in all the places where our readers are, and remain in tune with the fast-paced multimedia landscape,” said Cullen. “Entertaining and educating our youngest audience to become our readers of tomorrow is at the heart of our storytelling heritage.”
Viking Children’s Books has announced a reorganization that eliminates senior editor Sharyn November’s position. November joined Penguin in 1990 as an associate editor at the Puffin Books imprint, and was editorial director of the Firebird imprint, established in 2002.
In a statement on Twitter she said, “Leaving is hard—but I’m excited to see what’s next, and what publishing/editorial opportunities arise.”
Children’s publisher Nosy Crow has appointed Katherine Halligan to the new role of head of non-fiction and activity publishing.Halligan, who will join the company 11th January, will develop Nosy Crow’s non-fiction output, as well as work on its recently announced partnerships with the National Trust and the British Museum.Halligan was most recently editorial director for Scholastic, a job she left in 2011 to look after her young family and spend time in her native America. Prior to that she was senior commissioning editor for picture books at Simon & Schuster.Nosy Crow’s m.d. Kate Wilson said: “Five years into our publishing, and having won our two publishing partnerships, 2016 felt like the right time to appoint someone of Katherine’s calibre, experience and seniority into this newly created role. I’ve worked with Katherine when I was running Macmillan Children’s Books and again when I ran Scholastic UK, so I jumped at the opportunity to hire her again as soon as her family circumstances made it possible for her to resume her career in the UK.”
The Bookseller has reported:
Sarah Odedina has resigned from her position as children’s publisher at Oneworld saying she did not receive the necessary support to build her list.
She leaves the company with immediate effect.
Odedina joined Oneworld in May to launch Young Adult imprint Rock the Boat… [She] told The Bookseller that she was "not given the support or trust that would be essential to build a successful list".
Odedina was previously m.d. at Hot Key Books, a role she left in November 2014.
full report via Odedina leaves Oneworld | The Bookseller.
After all the recent upbeat news about the resurgence of interest in the physical book and the apparent drop in popularity of ebooks (largely it has to be said stemming from James Daunt’s upbeat view of business at Waterstones) this piece, tucked away in The Guardian’s Financial section, came as a bit of a cautionary surprise…
Print sales have been in decline as ereaders such as Amazon’s Kindle and rivals Kobo and Nook prove more popular. Figures from the Publishers Association show that UK digital book sales rose 11% to £563m last year, while print copies fell 5% to £2.75bn.
Ebooks now make up 25% of the market, just eight years after the launch of the Kindle in 2007. Figures released this year by NielsenBookScan showed physical sales of adult fiction had declined by more than £150m in just five years.
As posted in The Bookseller:
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Commissioning Editor to join the Faber children’s team and work across picture books right up to Young Adult.
The role will involve some commissioning. Ideally we want someone with an excellent track record within children’s editorial, knowledge of market trends and the target readership. With well-honed editorial experience and, in line with the list’s focus on editorial excellence, you will demonstrate an aptitude for structural editing and the ability to bring out the very best in authors.
This is a maternity cover, starting in January 2016, for a minimum of 9 months.
On offer is a competitive salary, an excellent working environment and the chance to work for one of the UK’s best-known and most respected independent book publishers.
To apply, please send your CV, covering letter and a list of your favourite children’s books by email to email@example.com
Job Profile: We are seeking an established PR professional for an exciting, fast-paced role in children’s publishing reporting to the Children’s Marketing and Publicity Director. The Children’s Marketing and Publicity team is dynamic and creative, with a reputation in the industry for excellence.
Your Role: You will be working across the full list, from picture books to YA fiction, leading on imaginative and integrated publicity campaigns.
The Candidate’s Profile: You will have an established network of media and event contacts and be able to hit the ground-running in a vibrant department. Experience in children’s publishing PR highly desirable as is a good working knowledge of planning and executing PR campaigns. A prowess for multi-tasking and innovative thinking is a must as is exemplary organisational skills and an eye for detail. A passion for children’s books is essential.
Please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org attaching your CV and covering letter with details of your current salary and expectations.
Nosy Crow is looking for a new member of their small, dynamic and highly successful team. Their rapidly growing sales, marketing and publicity department needs a Sales and Publicity Assistant whose key function will be to assist the Head of Sales and Marketing, the Head of Publicity and the Sales Executive.
Follow the link for full details… Deadline July 20th.
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