Ellen's primary function was to come up with ideas for books and special issues, either spearheading new content development or mining the vast library of previously-published content to collate into a new collection for a new book or special publication. She oversaw the creation of many of Martha's books, from start to finish, from design to publication, and was instrumental in the success of Martha's publishing ventures. I think it must have been such a fun job to be in charge of this department! I know I speak for everyone when I wish her all the best and say that she will certainly be missed! Good luck, Ellen!
Ellen Morrissey Leaving MSL
I learned on Friday that Ellen Morrissey will be leaving MSL to pursue new career opportunities. Ellen was the editorial director of books and special projects at Martha Stewart, responsible for all those great special issues and books that we so ravenously collect. Ellen joined the company in 2001 as a books editor and oversaw the publication of eleven New York Times bestsellers, including Martha Stewart's Cookies, Martha Stewart's Cupcakes, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook, Everyday Food: Fresh, Flavor, Fast, Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts and Power Foods. She had previously worked at Gourmet magazine and at Harper Collins Publishers.