Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 31, 2011

Publishing Industry News

Abrams will launch its third imprint Appleseed Books, a new imprint geared towards babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, in Spring 2012.

Helmed by publishing director Cecily Kaiser, the imprint will publish eight to twelve titles per season, aimed at children up to age five. “The Appleseed list will be commercially appealing with the added plus of the trademark Abrams aesthetic,” said Kaiser in a statement announcing the new imprint. “Even the youngest children deserve beautiful books. And when beauty is presented in a relevant and engaging way, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians get on board too.”

The Appleseed list will be a mix of board, novelty, and picture books; it joins the existing Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet Books imprints. Kaiser was hired by Abrams in June 2010; she was previously editorial director for Cartwheel Books and Little Scholastic. Abrams has not yet announced any titles or authors for the imprint’s debut list.

Digital children’s picture book publisher WingedChariot will make apps for HP’s TouchPad and webOS. In addition, the company announced a joint digital partnership with Walker Books at the Bologna Book Fair earlier this week. 

Simon & Schuster launched a new online, interactive book club for tweens in partnership with social media network Everloop beginning with Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, by Rachel Renee Russell and SPHDZ Book by Jon Scieszka.

Chronicle Books has appointed Ginee Seo as director of children’s publishing, effective May 12. Previously she was VP and editorial director of Atheneum, where she had her own imprint.

Crown has also promoted Sean Desmond to executive editor. 

At HarperCollins, Roger Freet has been promoted to Executive Editor for the HarperOne imprint.

Derry Wilkins has joined Sourcebooks as publicity manager, children’s & YA. Previously she managed children’s publicity for Sterling.

Former White House Press Secretary Named Crown Forum Editorial Director; Other Press Bumps Up Author E-Royalties; and More

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino has been named editorial director of Crown Forum, where she will acquire and edit six to eight titles annually for the conservative imprint.

Perino, who currently works as a communications strategist and Fox News contributor and helped devise the promotional strategy for George W. Bush’s Decision Points, will work out of Washington, DC.

Starting Friday, April 1, Other Press will increase its ebook royalty rates to 50 percent of net proceeds once an author’s advance has earned out, and to 30 percent before an advance has earned out.

Effective immediately, Hachette Book Group will handle Canadian sales and distribution for the Disney Book Group. HBG will also provide sales and distribution into the trade book market for Marvel.

Hope something listed provides an additional opportuntity to place your work.

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