Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Publishers Lunch

At Doubleday, Margo Shickmanter has been promoted to editor.

Tara Feehan will join Harper Children's as vp, finance and administration, moving over from the operations & technology finance team, and reporting to Suzanne Murphy. Feehan succeeds Randy Rosema who will retire in January.

Shari Black has joined Harper Christian as senior director of marketing for the specialty publishing division. She previously worked in account sales and marketing for Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Walmart.

At Workman Publishing, Constance Edmonds has been promoted to promotion coordinator across all imprints. Ashley McPhee joins as promotion coordinator for the Workman imprint. She was previous a children's book editor at becker&mayer!.

Laura Barrett has been promoted to production manager at Amazon Publishing.

There was a protest at the Amazon Books store on West 34th Street in Manhattan on Monday, with "dozens" entering the location to speak out about the new HQ2 company headquarters planned for Long Island City, Queens. (Now that the company has physical stores, it's easier to stage protests.) Those opposing the new headquarters have spoken out about potential transit and real estate problems it may cause, as well as the granting of $1.525 billion in incentives from New York to move in.

The initial conference for former Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott’s lawsuit against Moira Donegan, the creator of the S—-y Media Men list, has been rescheduled to February 8. It turns out that Donegan has not yet been formally served, and her attorney Roberta Kaplan notes that "she intends to seek a stay of discovery pending a motion to dismiss—whether with [Elliot attorney] Mr. Miltenberg’s consent or through filing a motion." Kaplan's letter to Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara references repeated failed attempts to reach Elliot's counsel to discuss the request.

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