Grove Atlantic has become the latest publisher to raise the starting salary for full-time employees. The independent publisher has raised entry-level pay to $40,000. In addition, Grove has announced it has formed a new executive committee “to help with the day-to-day running of the company and larger business decisions.”

Joining CEO and publisher Morgan Entrekin, who will chair the committee, are Elisabeth Schmitz, v-p and editorial director; Judy Hottensen, v-p and associate publisher; Deb Seager, v-p and director of publicity; Amy Hundley, v-p and executive editor; and Peter Blackstock, v-p and deputy publisher.

Hundley and Blackstock are joining the committee following promotions. Blackstock has been at Grove for nearly 10 years, working with some of the publisher’s best-known authors. In addition to continuing his editorial work, Grove said he will begin to work with Entrekin “on matters relating to business and finance.” Hundley, a 20-year Grove veteran, will continue as director of subsidiary rights, as well as taking on expanded responsibilities.

“Grove has had a strong year in 2020, and I am grateful to my colleagues for adjusting their work patterns and collaborating so excellently,” said Entrekin in a statement, pointing to the publication of seven New York Times bestsellers as well as the publication of the Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain. “I am happy to be able to bring more voices into the decision-making process for the business and to help train my younger colleagues to ensure a bright independent future for Grove Atlantic.”

Grove joins such companies as Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and the independent publisher Beacon Press in raising starting salaries.