Saturday, January 07, 2017

Trade news from Publishers Lunch

Dean Koontz, who has been without representation in his primary markets for years now, selected new literary agents a couple of months ago -- now announced via Deadline: Richard Pine and Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management will serve as his primary agents, with Jon Liebman and Missy Malkin at Brillstein Entertainment representing his books for film and television. Koontz continues his longtime relationship with attorney Richard Heller at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

In the UK, Diana Beaumont is leaving UTA and will join Marjacq Scripts, which completes the emptying out of UTA's London office. The agency tells the Bookseller it is "pivoting its strategy in the UK" to return to its historic focus on representing film and TV rights.

At Tarcher Perigee,
Joanna Ng has been promoted to editor, and Lauren Appleton has been promoted to associate editor.

At Holt, Richard Pracher has been promoted to creative director, reporting to Steve Rubin.

Therese Coen has joined Hardman & Swainson as rights director. Previously she was a rights agent at Madeleine Milburn Agency.

Emily Petrick has joined Random House Children's school & library marketing team as educational marketing associate. She was previously an advertising and promotion coordinator at Macmillan Children's.

Following a "refocusing of Atria's general nonfiction list," Leslie Meredith's position of vp, senior editor was eliminated and she left the company at the end of the year. She will continue to edit several of her authors for Atria.

Catherine Cocks will join the University of Washington Press as senior acquisitions editor on February 15. She is currently editorial director at the University of Iowa Press.

Abrams has
signed a lease for a full 42,000-square-foot floor of space in HarperCollins' new home at 195 Broadway in lower Manahattan, set to relocate in the third quarter of 2017. For the lunching crowd, Nobu is set to relocate to the building shortly.

Next week, Doyle Galleries will
auction some possessions from the late Nelson Doubleday, Jr., including various first editions.

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