New editor and NYC post for The Literary Platform

While you’ve all had your feet up watching the Olympics, we’ve been busy luring new recruits into The Literary Platform fold with our tasty carrot mantra – ‘do it for love, not money’.

We’re delighted to announce a new Managing Editor, Leila Johnston, and a new stringer in New York, Emma Young, who will lever US communications on behalf of our clients, as well as keep an ear on the ground for what’s happening in the US while we are sleeping.

Leila Johnston, Managing Editor

Leila Johnston is a writer, editor and maker with a keen interest in subverting technology. Her career has spanned the arts and digital worlds: first as deputy editor of a national lifestyle magazine, then editing several blogs for Shiny Media, and later writing two books. Her choose-your-own-adventure book and iPhone app Enemy of Chaos was featured in WIRED UK in 2009, and her humour book How to Worry Friends and Inconvenience People was adapted for interactive animations by BBC Comedy in 2010. She is currently a regular contributor to WIRED UK.

Leila also creates and hosts events. In February, her two-part London conference about the End of the World, “The Event” was a sell-out. She co-hosted a birthday celebration for the ZX Spectrum at the BFI in London in the spring, and co-founded the interdisciplinary storytelling panel Storywarp, which ran throughout 2011.

Leila’s current creative projects include Minotaur: the musical, the satirical mysticism site TheInnerHead.com, and the popular geek podcast Shift Run Stop.¬†She lives in Sheffield, where she recently completed a residency at the Site Gallery as one of six creative technologists selected for the Happenstance Project, which she presented a talk about at TEDx Sheffield 2012.

More here: Final Bullet

Emma Young, US Communications (New York)

Emma is an experienced publicist from the UK who has run campaigns for authors from actress Stefanie Powers to designer Chip Kidd, and from comic book legend Grant Morrison to Booker shortlisted Tom McCarthy. She has worked for large publishers such as Random House and Simon & Schuster, digital start-ups such as Enhanced Editions and, most recently, ran the publicity department for indie Biteback. She ran the popular literary night The Book Stops Here through which she hosted a section of the inaugural World Book Night in London.

Emma currently lives in New York and will be developing the US communications arm on behalf of The Literary Platform consultancy team.

We’re really pleased to have them both on board!

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