Hanna Otero has been appointed publisher of Lonely Planet Kids, effective January 8. She was most recently editorial director of Sterling Children’s Books.
Kristen Luby has joined Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as marketing manager in the school and library department. Previously, she was a marketing associate at Penguin Random House Audio.
Emily van Beek has been named a partner at Folio Literary Management. She heads Folio Jr., the agency’s children and teen division specializing in children’s, middle grade, and YA books, representing both authors and illustrators; she has been with Folio since 2010.
Heather Alexander has joined Audible as executive editor, kids’ original content; previously she headed her own company, Heather Alexander Editorial, and before that was a literary agent at Pippin Properties.
Lerner Publishing Group has two promotions. Carol Hinz has been named editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books; she was previously editorial director of Millbrook Press. Amy Fitzgerald has been promoted to senior editor, from editor.
Disney-Hyperion has two promotions. Joann Hill has been promoted to creative director, from senior manager, design. Marci Senders has been promoted to manager, design in charge of YA fiction and e-book design; from lead designer.
Allegra Green has joined Macmillan Children’s Book Group as associate marketing manager; previously she was assistant manager for brand and licensed marketing at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Lindsay Davis Auld has joined Writers House as a junior agent, based in London. She was previously with Writers House from 2006 through 2009, and most recently was a freelance editor.
Random House Children’s Books has two promotions. Jake Eldred has been promoted to managing editor at Knopf; he was formerly associate managing editor at The Princeton Review. Claribel Vasquez has been promoted to assistant manager of production, from production supervisor.
Morgan Rath has joined Macmillan Children’s Book Group as associate publicist; she previously worked in publicity at BookSparks.
John Sellers has been named publicity director for HMH Books for Young Readers, beginning January 29. He has been the children’s reviews editor at Publishers Weekly since 2009.
Sarah Dotts Barley has been promoted to editorial director, young adult, at Flatiron Books; she was previously executive editor.
Bonnier Publishing USA has two new hires. Tim Murray has joined as v-p of sales; he was previously senior v-p of business development and sales at BookShout. Nadia Almahdi has joined as marketing manager for Little Bee Books and Sizzle Press; she was previously marketing manager at Bookspan.
Alexandria Campbell has joined Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing as production assistant.
Emilia Rhodes has been named editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, as of January 29. Most recently she was senior editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books where she acquired and edited YA and middle grade fiction, and before that was an editor at Alloy Entertainment and Simon Pulse. Authors she has worked with include Katharine McGee, Carrie Arcos, Claudia Gray, and Colleen Oakes.
Random House Children’s Books has two promotions. Michelle Nagler has been promoted to v-p, associate publishing director for the Random House Books for Young Readers Group, from associate publishing director. Frances Gilberthas been promoted to editor-in-chief of Doubleday and Golden Books, from editorial director, Doubleday.
Senior literary agent Elena Giovinazzo has been promoted to v-p at Pippin Properties. Giovinazzo joined the company as agency assistant in 2009; her client list includes Jason Reynolds, Katherine Applegate, and Cassie Beasley.
Marina Finaro-Shults has been promoted to senior manager, marketing promotions and sales communications at Disney Book Group, from manager, promotions.
Scholastic has several promotions and new hires. Aimee Friedman has been promoted to editorial director, from executive editor. Anamika Bhatnagar has been named associate publisher, Graphix, and Pilkey Publishing; she was previously associate publisher, Pilkey Publishing. Jenne Abramowitz has been promoted to executive editor, from senior editor. Chloe Fraboni has been promoted to senior editor, from editor. Stephanie Peitz has been promoted to director, cross channel marketing, from manager. Savannah D’Amico has been promoted to special markets sales associate, from special markets coordinator. Caitlin Harpin has been promoted to editorial director, Klutz, from senior editor. Edward Quicenohas been promoted to marketing coordinator, Klutz, from marketing assistant. Brittany Leddy has joined as marketing and publicity manager for Klutz; she was previously assistant marketing manager at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Shalini Saxena has joined as product editor, Klutz; she previously edited educational materials at the New Teacher Center. Jasmine Miranda has joined as marketing coordinator, education/library; she was previously at Macmillan Learning.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has several promotions. At FSG Books for Young Readers, Grace Kendall has been promoted to senior editor, from editor; and Nicholas Henderson has been promoted to assistant editor, from editorial assistant. At Roaring Brook Press, Emily Feinberg has been promoted to editor, from associate editor. At First Second Books, Calista Brill has been promoted to editorial director, from executive editor; Gina Gagliano has been promoted to associate director, marketing and publicity, from marketing and publicity manager; Kiara Valdez has been promoted to assistant editor, from editorial assistant. At Feiwel and Friends, Emily Settle has been promoted to assistant editor to the publisher, from administrative assistant. In production and design, Liz Dresner has been promoted to associate art director, from senior designer. Rebecca Syracuse has been promoted to associate designer, from junior designer. Celeste Cass has been promoted to assistant production manager, from production assistant. And there are two new hires: Madison Furr has joined as publicity assistant; she was previously an account manager at MediaRadar. And Luisa Beguiristain has joined Roaring Brook and FSG as editorial assistant; she previously worked at Books of Wonder.
Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing has two new hires. Alissa Nigro has joined as associate marketing manager; she was most recently marketing associate at Random House Children’s Books. Christian Vega has joined as marketing assistant.
Marisa DiNovis has been promoted to assistant editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, from editorial assistant.