The new year brought new roles and new hires to Nelson Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Convergent, Zondervan and Herald Press. Below is a look at people moving up, or into, publishing and editing ranks.
Nelson Books Names Jennifer Gingerich Associate Publisher
Jennifer Gingerich brings more than 15 years in publishing to her new post as associate publisher at Nelson books, a nonfiction imprint of Thomas Nelson.
She will lead editorial strategy, oversee the editorial process, help shape acquisitions strategy for the imprint and assume day-to-day management of the editorial production team. Tim Paulson, v-p and publisher for Nelson Books said, “Jennifer has dedicated her entire career to the written word, crafting great books and building amazing teams.”
Gingerich’s experience includes leading and directing content development for Ramsey Solutions and working with brands such as Financial Peace University and Foundations in Personal Finance for high school and college students. She also spent four years at Thomas Nelson working with children’s products including Veggie Tales® VBS and Read & Share® Bible Preschool Curriculum.
Susan Tjaden Steps Up at WaterBrook & Multnomah
Susan Tjaden has been promoted from senior editor to executive editor for WaterBrook and Multnomah, v-p and publisher Laura Barker announced.
Tjaden joined the Penguin Random House imprints in 2012 as an associate editor. In various roles there, she acquired bestselling titles, and last March launched WaterBrook’s gift books line, Ink & Willow.
Barker said, “Susan is known for her ability to inspire authors to their best work as well as for her flexibility in editing across a variety of genres, from self-help and motivational titles to memoir, Christian living, and devotionals.”
Tjaden will continue reporting to editorial director Andrew Stoddard.
Derek Reed Rises to Convergent Executive Editor
Derek Reed, who began his career at Convergent as an intern in 2011, was named executive editor in January, reporting to Keren Baltzer, editorial director for Convergent. Tina Constable, executive v-p and publisher for Christian Publishing and Crown Forum, cited Reed’s “discerning eye for up and coming faith voices, commercial names and thought leaders” for the PRH progressive faith imprint.
Reed edited a string of nonfiction bestsellers and the upcoming memoirs of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Philip Yancey, author of numerous titles on Christian spirituality. “Respected and admired by authors and agents across the Christian and secular space, Derek is also a collaborative team player who is always ready to rise to the next challenge,” said Constable.
Emily Tobin to Lead Marketing for Zondervan Bibles
Melina Bouma, v-p and publisher of Zondervan Bibles has promoted Emily Tobin to marketing director for the Bibles team. She joined the team two years ago, bringing nearly 20 years of digital marketing experience. Bouma says, Tobin regularly surpassed industry standards "as she employs new strategies to put our Bibles in front of new audiences."
Zondervan publishes New International Version (NIV), New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), the Amplified Bible (AMP), and the newly acquired Thompson Chain-Reference Bible.
Herald Press names Laura Leonard acquisitions editor
Laura Leonard has joined the Herald Press editorial team as an acquisitions editor. Leonard, who started in her role in January, came to Herald Press from four years as communications director for the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College. Prior to that post she spent eight years as an editor at Christianity Today. Herald Press focuses on titles in Christian living and books addressing issues in reconciliation, anti-racism, justice, community, and spirituality.