Karen Kosztolnyik, who formerly served as executive editor at Grand Central Publishing, is returning to the Hachette division as v-p and editor-in-chief. In her new role, Kosztolnyik will lead the publisher's hardcover line.
Kosztolnyik will, the publisher said, lead GCP's acquiring editors in fiction and nonfiction and oversee editorial across the whole list. She will also acquire and edit books in her areas of interest, specifically commercial and literary fiction. Reporting to Kosztolnyik will be editors Millicent Bennett, Maddie Caldwell, Wes Miller, Suzanne O’Neill, Lindsey Rose, and Gretchen Young, along with their support teams. Kosztolnyik starts in the position on May 30.
Speaking to her new role, Kosztolnyik said: “I have admired the many successes on their list and know well how much dedication everyone at Grand Central brings to their books.”
Kosztolnyik was most recently executive editor at Gallery Books and Scout Press, where she acquired such books as agent Bill Clegg's novel Did You Ever Have a Family and Lisa Genova's Inside the O’Briens.
The hiring of Kosztolnyik at HBG is the latest in a series of executive changes at the division since the December departure of former president and publisher Jamie Raab, along with v-p and editor-in-chief of hardcovers Deb Futter, who also led imprint Twelve Books.
“Karen Kosztolnyik is well known in the book business for her taste, for her devotion to authors and their books, and for her warmth and generosity of spirit,” said GCP's senior v-p and publisher Ben Sevier. “I can’t imagine a more appropriate leader for Grand Central’s accomplished editorial team, and I know that with Karen’s partnership our editors, and our authors, will flourish.”