Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 20, 2010

Publishing Industry News

Holt is adding two new editors to their team. Aaron Schlechter will join the house on October 4 as a senior editor. He has been at Overlook Press. The same week, Sarah Bowlin will start there as editor, focused on fiction but also acquiring nonfiction. She has been at Riverhead, assisting two senior editors and acquiring literary fiction. Both will report to president and publisher Steve Rubin.

Kevin Lewis is joining Disney-Hyperion Books as executive editor, acquiring and editing picture books as well as middle grade and YA novels. He was editorial director at the Simon & Schuster Children’s imprint.

Seth Fishman is joining The Gernert Company as a literary agent. He was most recently at Sterling Lord Literistic, where he worked since 2005.

Jill Schwartzman is joining Hyperion as a senior editor, acquiring pop culture, humor, memoir, biography, narrative nonfiction, popular history, and up-market commercial fiction. She was senior editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks.

Dawn Davis has been promoted to publisher of Amistad and also joins HarperCollin’s Ecco imprint as an executive editor, reporting to Daniel Halpern. For Ecco she will acquire general interest fiction, memoir, and nonfiction.

Obama Children’s Book Set for November 16

President Obama has written a children’s book, OF THEE I SING: A Letter to My Daughters, which Knopf Children’s will publish on November 16 with an announced 500,000-copy first printing. Illustrated by Loren Long, the book profiles 13 “groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation–from the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington.”

The book was both sold as part of his deal with Crown and Knopf Children’s in 2004, and written before Obama took office in 2009. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled soldiers serving our nation.

Do you know of any industry changes?  I would love to hear them.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks Kathy, for the updates.


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