A changing of the guard is in the works at Picador, which will stop publishing originals and return to its primary role as Macmillan’s literary trade paperback reprint house. The switch is set for April 2019.
The move, Macmillan president Don Weisberg said in a memo, is an attempt to "bring greater focus across all our lists," adding: "One outcome of these efforts is to keep the trade paperback and trade hardcover editions consistent, and to leave the originating house in charge of both editions whenever possible."
As a result, Weisberg wrote, "day-to-day management" will move to FSG under the direction by James Meader, who has been newly appointed v-p and associate publisher. Meader will report to Mitzi Angel, senior v-p and publisher of FSG, in September, in addition to checking in with Stephen Rubin, the president and publisher of Holt. Darin Keesler, v-p of sales and marketing at Picador, will continue in his current capacity, reporting to Meader; Liat Kaplan remains his assistant. Also reporting to Meader will be: senior publicist Josh Zajdman; publicist Brianna Scharfenberg; publicity coordinator Sara DeLozier; and editor Elizabeth Bruce, who will work on reprints.
Picador managing editor Kolt Beringer will continue in his role, but will now oversee all paperback reprint publishing for FSG and Picador, and will report to Debra Helfand, v-p and executive managing editor at FSG. Anna deVries will move to St. Martin’s Press as a senior editor, where her Picador books currently under contract will be published, and where she will acquire books going forward.
As a result of the changes, v-p and publisher Stephen Morrison will leave Picador July 31; creative director Henry Yee, senior designer LeeAnn Falciani, and digital marketing manager Shannon Donnelly will leave August 9; and associate editor Pronoy Sarkar will leave November 30.