Jennifer Romanello is leaving Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, where she is v-p, director of publicity, to become a partner at Emi Battaglia Public Relations, the literary publicity and public relations firm. She will stay at S&S until September 15 and join Emi Battaglia Public Relations October 1. Romanello and Battaglia worked together for 20 years at Warner Books and then Grand Central Publishing.
S&S Children's Publishing Division president and publisher Jon Anderson said, "In the two years she has been here, Jennifer has done a remarkable job rebuilding our publicity department and putting together a top-notch team of publicity professionals. Coming to us from the world of adult publicity, Jennifer has shown us an array of new approaches and ideas, for which we're all grateful."
Tara Sonin has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers as digital marketing & publicity specialist. She was previously marketing manager at Paper Lantern Lit.
Jennifer Bastien has joined Abrams adult publicity team as publicist. She was formerly an associate publicist at DK/Penguin Random House.
Kira Egan has joined the Abrams sales team as trade sales representative. She was formerly assistant manager and sidelines buyer for four years at Bank Street Books in New York City. She will call on Baker & Taylor, Diamond Comics and a variety of independent bookstores in New York City as well as manager several educational wholesaler accounts.