Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 17, 2011

Publishing Industry News

Our own Nancy Viau has signed a contract for a quiet picture book to Robin Benjamin at Marshall Cavendish Children’s. The title is STORM SONG, a rhythmic telling of the sounds and beat of a thunder storm as a little boy is scared out of bed and then lulled back to sleep. Release date has not been announced.

Ruta Rimas has joined Simon & Schuster Children’s Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry imprints as associate editor, reporting to Justin Chanda. She was at Balzer & Bray.

At Bloomsbury USA, Lea Beresford has joined the company as associate editor and assistant to the publishing director. She was at Random House for four years.

Allison McElgunn has been promoted to assistant editor at Holt.

Olivia Griffiths has joined Sourcebooks as associate marketing manager, children’s and YA. Previously she was an associate marketing manager for Holiday House.

Candlewick Press, Sarah Ketchersid has been promoted to executive editor. She has worked at Candlewick for 10 years.

Kristin Lindstrom has closed her agency, Lindstrom Literary Management, after 15 years to open a new business, Flying Pig Media. She will provide a range of publishing services to authors from craft/content editing to creative management of the electronic and print-on-demand books.

For all you True Blood TV fans, Charlaine Harris indicates she has the final two novels in the Sookie Stackhouse series planned: “I’m writing Book Twelve and then there will be Book Thirteen. And then I’ll think of something else new and wonderful to do.”

Question:  This week I realized that the third weekend in June is Father’s Day Weekend.  That is the weekend we had figured we would have to do the 2012 Conference, but I am afraid that will not work with most people’s schedule.  So I am leaning towards changing it to the week before.  The only thing is the hotel will have more people around, but the conference area will not be affected.  Princeton University changed their graduation to the first weekend in June, which bumped us out of our  traditional weekend in all the hotels in that area.  Any thoughts?

This Tuesday night ‘s dinner at Cafe Centro is with:

Agent Mary Kole,  Agent Liza Flessig, Agent John Cusick, Agent Linda Pratt, Senior Editor Catherine Onder, Senior Editor Alexandra Cooper, Executive Editor Caitlyn   Dlouhy.

Wednesday’s dinner is at A.J. Maxwell’s with:

Editorial Consultsnt Eileen Robinson, Agent Scott Treimel, Agent Marietta Zacker, Editor Shauna Fay, Editor Heather Alexander, Exceutive Editor Erin Clarke, Assistant Editor Sara Sargent, Senior Editor Rebecca Frazer.

Both have a few spots left and both cost $150 to attend.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. First—Congratulations, Nancy! How wonderful for you! SO exciting 🙂 I love the sound of the book. It sounds so soft and inviting 🙂

    As for the conference weekend, I personally don’t think that a busier hotel would affect things all that much. The fact that the two buildings are so separated, I would think it should be fine. It’s not like they would interfere with the Mix and Mingle, right? I mean, if we reserve certain spaces at certain times, the general public wouldn’t be using them, I’m assuming? Is that the only real issue that’s troubling you? As long as the conference center is ours, that’s what matters most, I would think.


  2. YAY, Nancy!!! So happy for you!!!

    As for the conference question, I agree not to have it interfere with Father’s Day, but the weekend before should be fine. If the hotel is busier, but can still accommodate us then I don’t see a problem.


  3. So happy to hear Nancy Viau got a contract for a quiet book. Yahoo!


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