Abrams hires Steve Ross for new books unit

Executive formerly was with HarperCollins

Publishing executive Steve Ross has joined Abrams Artists Agency as director of a new books division.

Ross is a former president and group publisher of HarperCollins' Collins unit and publisher of Random House's Crown division. In his new role, Ross is charged with expanding the agency's involvement in the book agenting and publishing and will head Abrams Author Services, expanding the consulting services he has been providing to a select list of clients.

Founded by Harry Abrams in 1977, the agency has offices in Los Angeles and New York.

"We had been contemplating a serious move into book and author representation, and Steve's track record and understanding of the swiftly changing dynamics of the book industry make him an ideal fit," Abrams said.

Added Ross: "The very business model that has sustained book publishing for generations is in flux. While some authors and their work remain best suited for an established publishing company, others may benefit from a more personal, hands-on approach with a different financial structure, an approach only now possible thanks to the rapid proliferation of accessible options in such areas as self-publishing, digitization, and distribution. We see these as two distinct businesses, separate but inextricably intertwined, with the collective goal of maximizing the potential for each individual author."
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