Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 30, 2011

Publishing Industry Changes

Emily Meehan joined Disney-Hyperion as an Executive Editor.  She will edit “acquire and edit young adult novels as well as middle grade and picture books.” She came from Simon & Schuster, where she started as an Editorial Assistant in 2000.

Here’s Meehan’s essay about one of her acquisitions for S&S:

Skyhorse Publishing, founded in 2006, will launch a children’s imprint this fall called Sky Pony Press:

Jean Reynolds, a founder and Publisher at Millbrook, is serving as a consultant for this imprint, but the company doesn’t note any other personnel.

Parent company Skyhorse’s website does not invite submissions for children’s books yet: 

If Sky Pony takes after its parent, it will publish nonfiction with an emphasis on “guy books.”

Changes at Penquin:

Since 2008 Lauri Hornik has overseen both the Dial and Dutton divisions as President and Publisher.  She will continue to be in charge of Dial, publishing 50-75 titles per year. Some of those titles and authors started out linked to Dutton.

Dutton will become a “boutique imprint focusing on MG and YA,” with Julie Strauss-Gabel in charge as Vice President and Publisher. It will
publish 10-15 titles a year. Strauss-Gabel was previously Associate Publisher, working under Hornik.  In sum, bigger fish, smaller pond, and a chance to exercise what she’s learned from Hornik.

Plume senior editor Denise Roy is now serving as a senior editor at Dutton.  She joined Penguin in 2009 after fifteen years at Simon & Schuster.

At William Morrow, Katherine Nintzel has been promoted to senior editor.

At Delacorte Press, Krista Vitola has been promoted to assistant editor.

Writers House junior agent Stephen Barr is the focus of an NYT “entry level” profile.

Zachary Wagman is joining the Crown Trade group as editor on February 1, acquiring fiction and nonfiction, reporting to publisher Molly Stern. He has been at Vintage since 2006. Also in the unit, Jenna Ciongoli has been promoted to associate editor, continuing to report to Charlie Conrad. She will edit and acquire nonfiction and  also collaborate on select projects with senior editors. Christine Kopprasch has been promoted to assistant editor, editing fiction, continuing to report to Stern. 

Little Brown Children’s fiction editorial director Jennifer Hunt is moving to Los Angeles in February, where she will continue her work for publisher as well as “explore opportunities in the entertainment and digital arenas.”

Lionsgate will release the movie version of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, on March 23, 2012. Shooting is scheduled for late spring or summer, although no cast has been announced yet.

If you know of any other changes, please let us know.  Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you, Kathy, for all of the updates. I appreciate your time. Have a terrific week, Buffy


    • Buffy,

      Thanks for leaving a comment to let me know you are making use of what I post. That helps me to keep going. Hope your paths cross in the future.



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