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Penguin’s Jeff Gomez moves to e-singles startup Byliner

Laura Hazard Owen

Byliner is one of a number of startups seeking to publish books in a new way, and now it’s made its first traditional book publishing hire: Jeff Gomez, who was the VP of online consumer sales and marketing at Penguin, has moved to Byliner as the head of writer marketing, a new position, Byliner announced Wednesday.

In his new role, Gomez — who was the director of internet marketing at Holtzbrinck before he went to Penguin — will “work with the company’s team of accomplished editors to continue to grow the Byliner Writers Network,” according to the announcement. “He will be responsible for helping Byliner authors communicate more effectively with their readers and fans, and ensure that Byliner remains the premier source for the best stories by the best writers.”

Byliner, which was founded in 2011 by former Outside magazine editor John Tayman, publishes e-singles — works of fiction and nonfiction that are shorter than a full-length book but longer than a magazine article. (To see why I like this format, click here.) The site also hosts a large library of content published elsewhere and lets users follow their favorite writers. Byliner recently launched a subscription service for its e-singles, and it is publishing the New York Times’ ebooks.

“Our goal is to give readers the most satisfying, seamless way to discover and enjoy stories by the writers they love, and to provide Byliner writers with exceptional support and a platform that lets them grow and directly engage their fan bases,” Tayman said in a statement. “Jeff’s unique combination of publishing savvy, leadership ability, and writing background makes him a great fit for us.”




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