New Jersey children’s picture book author Vanessa Flournoy passed away last week after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. You may recognize her or her book, Celie and the Harvest Fiddler written with her twin sister Valerie Flournoy that was published by HarperCollins and illustrated by James E. Ransome in 1995.
Simon & Schuster Children’s reportedly plans a new sci-fi, fantasy and horror imprint for “YA and above.” Justin Chanda will be publisher, and the company has hired Joe Monti from the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency as executive editor, with Navah Wolfe moving over to work as editor for the new line. They aim to publish 12 to 15 hardcovers a year starting in spring 2015, though the imprint may launch a few titles in the prior season.
At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Siena Koncsol has been promoted to publicist.
St. Martin’s, marketing manager Eileen Rothschild has been promoted to associate editor. She will also be the content coordinator for SMP’s e-originals.
Skyhorse will launch a new library-focused imprint, Carrel Books, in fall 2014, with an initial list of 20-30 titles annually in categories such as medicine/health, history, biography/memoir, and business/careers. The imprint will be overseen by Niels Aaboe, who joined Skyhorse in 2012.
The four first pages have been sent in to Emily Seife at Scholastic.
Check back next Friday for the results.