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Regal’s Kim Bangs transitions to Baker Publishing Group Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 09 June 2014 11:05 AM America/New_York

KimBangsBaker Publishing Group has announced the appointment of Kim Bangs as senior acquisitions editor for the Bethany House and Chosen divisions.

Bangs most recently served as the publishing director at Gospel Light in the Regal Books division. Prior to this, she held several other positions at Gospel Light, including acquisitions and author relations manager, acquisition team member and contracts manager.

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Kyle Olund joins Worthy as executive editor Print Email
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:34 AM America/New_York

KyleOlund-webKyle Olund has signed with Worthy Publishing as executive editor. A publishing industry veteran of more than 20 years, Olund comes to Worthy after holding positions at Scripture Press/Victor Books, Random House and Thomas Nelson.

He has worked closely with such authors as Philip Yancey, Bodie and Brock Thoene, and the creators of The Beginner’s Bible. During his 10 years at Thomas Nelson, Olund rose from book design manager to managing editor and eventually associate acquisitions/development editor. Olund was intricately involved in creating such best-selling titles as Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, Do You Think I’m Beautiful by Angela Thomas, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and The Maxwell Daily Reader by John C. Maxwell.

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Worthy Publishing names associate publisher, PR director Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 02 June 2014 12:06 PM America/New_York

JeanaLedbetter-webWorthy Publishing has announced the promotion of Jeana Ledbetter to vice president, associate publisher of Worthy Books. Formerly vice president of editorial, Ledbetter joined Worthy at the company’s inception.

After nearly 30 years with the Southern California-based literary firm Yates & Yates, Ledbetter joined Worthy Publishing Group in 2009. Throughout her career, she has served as editorial advisor and literary agent to numerous best-selling authors, including Beth Moore, David Jeremiah, David Platt, Erwin McManus, Chuck Swindoll, Emerson Eggerichs, Les and Leslie Parrott, Henry Cloud and John Townsend.

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David C Cook announces new editorial director, associate publisher Print Email
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:01 AM America/New_York

IngridBeck-webDavid C Cook has appointed industry veteran Ingrid Beck as the editorial director of trade books and hired longtime publishing professional Tim Peterson as associate publisher of trade books.

Beck started with David C Cook as an assistant editor before moving into the position of developmental editor, working primarily with the Honor Books line. Her role later expanded to managing editor and author relations manager for the trade books team. Prior to her appointment as editorial director, Beck held the position of senior managing editor. Her new position also broadens her role into the acquisition and development of new titles.

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Val Buick joins Lighthouse Christian Products Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Friday, 02 May 2014 05:49 PM America/New_York

ValBuick-webLighthouse Christian Products Co. announced the hire of Val Buick as executive vice president and CEO.

“We are very excited that Val decided to join our team,” said George Nizynski, president and co-owner of the company with his wife, Pat. “We cannot think of anyone more highly regarded in the Christian gift industry. We have known Val for approximately 18 years. She was our first gift buyer at Family Christian Stores. Val will focus on helping Lighthouse expand its product offering into new and additional categories.”

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