Simon & Schuster has made two appointments to its editorial team in Canada, while confirming the departure of two other staff members.
Nita Pronovost will now be joining the Canada operation as editorial director from her position as senior editor at Doubleday where she built “an impressive list” of commercial fiction and nonfiction including eight number one national bestsellers.
Meanwhile, Patricia Ocampo has been named managing editor of S&S Canada, joining from Annick Press where she was also managing editor. Ocampo has worked as both a literary agent in the children’s division of the Transatlantic Agency and a freelance editor.
Pronovost will replace Martha Sharpe as editorial director of S&S Canada, who has left the company, according to the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper, along with associate publisher Alison Clarke.
Amy Cormier, the company’s director of publicity, confirmed to the newspaper that Sharpe and Clarke were no longer with S&S Canada, and added “we are not able to comment on staff who have left the company.”
Of the new appointments, Kevin Hanson, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada, said: “I am thrilled to welcome both Nita and Patricia to our Canadian team. They will be a great complement to our existing publishing group as we expand our program.”
S&S announced in May 2013 that it would expand its operations in Canada to establish an editorial base alongside the existing sales and distribution operation. Up until then, Canadian authors had been published by the US arm of S&S.