Hachette’s David Shelley Names Sally Kim to Lead Little, Brown

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David Shelley, in naming Sally Kim to Little, Brown, says he has admired her work ‘from across the Atlantic’ at Hachette UK.

Sally Kim. Image: Hachette Book Group, Karla Tomanelli

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

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Shelley: ‘Calm Integrity, Dynamism, and Heart’
As Publishing Perspectives’ international readers will recall, the news was announced on November 15 that Hachette UK CEO David Shelley would add the CEO role for the company’s United States’ division, Hachette Book Group to his duties, an intriguing model in which the United States’ and United Kingdom’s divisions of the French conglomerate would be helmed by a single chief executive.

Today (February 13), Shelley has announced his first major leadership appointment since taking over the States’ Hachette division, succeeding Michael Pietsch. Shelley is naming Penguin Random House’s Sally Kim as the new president and publisher of the influential Hachette division Little, Brown.

Bruce Nichols, who has been senior vice-president and publisher of Little, Brown since 2020, departs on March 1. Kim is to begin her tenure at Little, Brown on March 4, reporting to Shelley and joining Hachette Book Group’s executive management board.

Kim, who has for some eight years been senior vice-president of PRH’s GP Putnam’s Sons, acquired and edited her own list of fiction authors including Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age); Robert Jones Jr. (The Prophets, a National Book Awards finalist); Chloe Benjamin (The Immortalists); Steven Rowley (The Guncle); Megan Abbott (The  Turnout); Sarah Winman (Still Life); Cristina Alger (Girls Like Us); Alma Katsu (The Hunger); and Susan Barker (Old Soul).

David Shelley

In making the announcement today, Shelley says, “I’d like to pay tribute to the work Bruce [Nichols] has done in his four years as publisher of Little, Brown. In that time, he strengthened the publishing house’s nonfiction list,  bringing out No. 1 bestsellers by Liz Cheney, Don Lemon, and Clint Smith, and maximized the sales and impact  of major marquee authors including Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, and James Patterson.

“He has  nurtured, developed, and diversified the storied Little, Brown list with bestsellers from Nathan Harris, Tricia  Hersey, Uma Naidoo, and Shawn Stevenson, among others, while bringing in exciting new voices in all categories—and great new editorial, marketing, publicity, and design colleagues to work on those books. I wish Bruce all the best in his next chapter.”

Kim: ‘An LA Kid’

“I’m very excited to welcome Sally Kim,” Shelley says, “whose work I’ve long admired from across the Atlantic.

“Sally has  done an incredible job over her distinguished career and most recently as publisher at Putnam, achieving  terrific success for their authors, and leading the team with calm integrity, dynamism, and heart. She’s a  brilliant editor as well as a publisher—in common with many of her predecessors at Little, Brown—and I love her editorial taste in fiction and nonfiction, as well as her publishing flair.

“I believe that Sally will be a visionary leader for Little, Brown and will help this most revered of publishing houses embark on an exciting new stage of its journey, working with the talented Little, Brown editorial, marketing, publicity, and design teams to attract and develop writers who speak to and represent the readers we serve.”

For her part, Kim says, “Like so many in book publishing, I’ve spent a lifetime reading and revering Little, Brown’s illustrious books and authors; they were what drew me, an LA kid, to dare to make the leap to New York publishing all those years ago.

“Joining Little, Brown to help evolve its enviable legacy of finding and nurturing  new voices at this, one of the most vibrant times in our industry and culture, is an incredible opportunity and  truly an honor.”

Notable Putnam authors include Delia Owens (Where the Crawdads Sing); Eve Rodsky (Fair Play);  Hoda Kotb; CJ Box; John Sandford;, Tom Clancy; Clive Cussler; and Lisa Scottoline.

Kim’s career spans some 30 years. Before she was at Putnam, she held senior editorial roles at Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Crown Publishing Group, and St. Martin’s Press. She was given the 2022 Poets & Writers Editors Award, a recognition of “a book editor who has made an outstanding contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose over a sustained period of time.”


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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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