Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is reorganizing its Henry Holt Books for Young Readers imprint. Christian Trimmer has been named editorial director of the imprint; he is currently executive editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and will join the company on November 7. Laura Godwin, v-p and publisher, will launch her own imprint, called Godwin Books. Both will report to senior v-p and publishing director Jean Feiwel.
Authors Trimmer has worked with at S&S include Michelle Hodkin, Terry Fan and Eric Fan, and Daniel Kraus. “Christian will bring a distinct and enthusiastic direction to Holt BYR,” Feiwel said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him and expanding on the great Holt personality and legacy.”
Godwin has been with Henry Holt for more than 25 years and has worked with a wide range of authors, including Eric Carle, Mike Curato, Peter McCarty, Rosemary Wells, Jacqueline Kelly, Eugene Yelchin, and Denise Fleming. Her new imprint will publish fiction and nonfiction across all age ranges. “Laura is one of the most gifted editorial talents I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and the time is right to allow her the freedom to grow and focus her own list,” Feiwel said.
As a result of the reorg, two editors will be leaving the imprint: executive editor Sally Doherty and editor Lauren Bisom. Christy Ottaviano, who has an eponymous imprint at Henry Holt, will now report to Trimmer.