Sophie Stericker, currently art director at Orchard Books, will next year take on the role of creative director of the newly formed Hachette Children’s Group (HCG).
Hachette UK is to merge its three children’s businesses – Hachette Children’s Books, Orion Children’s Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – into one division on the 1st January, with Egmont’s Hilary Murray Hill becoming its c.e.o.
In her new role Stericker will be responsible for the creative strategy of all aspects of HCG’s publishing and will represent art and design on the HGC board.
First got this news via Facebook while out and about this afternoon. It’s an exciting announcement and it will be interesting to see how the “ambitious plans” of which Samantha Smith speaks will be realised by the two new appointees.
Scholastic has made two appointments to its fiction editorial team, David Maybury and Peter Matthews.
Maybury, currently an editor for Puffin Ireland and developer at Brown Bag Films, will join Scholastic as commissioning editor on 16th June.
Meanwhile Matthews, most recently an assistant editor at Random House Children’s Publishers, will join the company next week as desk editor for fiction.
Both will report to Samantha Smith, publisher, fiction and picture books, who said: “We have ambitious plans for our fiction list and David and Peter are perfectly placed to help us drive that ambition and help us seek out the books that children really want to read in today’s dynamic market. I’m so pleased to be welcoming them both to the team at such an exciting time.”
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Templar’s Big Picture Press imprint publisher, Rachel Williams, is moving to Aurum, comes news of another Templar change:
Bonnier-owned Templar today announced that creative director Amanda Wood is stepping down.
Richard Johnson, c.e.o. of Bonnier, said: “Mandy has decided to back away from the cut and thrust of day to day business life at Templar and instead will be working for us on a freelance basis in completing various projects she has started during the last 12 months. On behalf of Bonnier, I would like to pay tribute to the work she has done at Templar both before and after acquisition and she leaves behind a legacy of which she can be truly proud.”