Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 24, 2010

Publishing Industry Changes

Macmillan has hired Jonathan Yaged to take over as president of their children’s publishing group from Dan Farley, reporting to company ceo John Sargent. Yaged had been publisher of the Disney Book Group before leaving there at the end of last year to join web-based marketer House Party as chief operating officer. Macmillan imprint publishers Simon Boughton, Jean Feiwel, and Roger Priddy will report to Yaged, along with director of marketing Joy Dallanegra-Sanger.

eBook publisher Rosetta Books is expanding into children’s books, having released digital versions of the entire line of 73 Rainbow Magic books for the US market. As with some of their previous releases, they are sold exclusively through the Kindle store for the next year, in exchange for what Rosetta founder Arthur Klebanoff calls “prominent site promotion.”

At Chronicle Children’s, Naomi Kirsten was promoted to associate editor.

For those who may not have heard, Random House will close Tricycle Press, the children’s imprint of Ten Speed Press in the Crown division. The change will take effect at the end of January.

Publishers Weekly reported: “Random House Children’s Books is discontinuing the frontlist publishing program of Berkeley-based Tricycle Press, the 18-year-old children’s book imprint. As part of the change, v-p and publisher Nicole Geiger and her four-person editorial team will leave the company on the 31st as well.”

Random House purchased Tricycle’s parent, Ten Speed Press in 2009, and RHCB has been responsible for Tricycle since February. RHCB will continue to sell and support the press’s backlist under the Tricycle name. No decision has been reached yet on what imprints will publish titles currently under contract.

Ten Speed Press, also in Berkeley and now an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, is not affected by the decision. It will continue to operate under the leadership of Aaron Wehner.

Good luck defrosting the bird and making all that food.  I’m eating out on Thanksgiving and making dinner. So today, I’ll be busy making pies, prepping the turkey and making coleslaw.  I don’t mind that part.  It’s the cleaning up that gets me.

Talk tomorrow,


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