Shara Zaval has joined the Book Report Network as editorial manager of and She was previously a publicist with Independent Publishers Group in Chicago.

Sean McCarthy has left the Sheldon Fogelman Agency to start his own agency, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency. He can be reached here.

First Book has named Chandler Arnold chief operating officer; he was previously executive v-p. Alison Morris has joined the organization as senior director of publisher and author relations; she was previously senior editor of acquisitions and merchandising at Scholastic Book Clubs.