Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK. The group is based in London with sister companies in Australia, India, Canada and the United States. Within the UK division, there are three imprints: Simon & Schuster; Simon & Schuster Illustrated and Simon & Schuster Children's Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction, and children's publications. Home to bestselling authors and award winners, Simon & Schuster UK prides itself on being a commercially driven publishing house of quality writing. It also runs a sales and distribution service for a number of independent and international publishers including VIZ Media, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Rebellion, and Black Library.
Managing Director, Adult Publishing Division
I joined Simon & Schuster in 2000 from Macmillan. I oversee the Adult Editorial department, working closely with our Fiction and Non-fiction Publishing Directors on the shape and focus of our hardcover and paperback lists. I’m lucky enough to have a commissioning role as well, and I edit a number of our authors, predominantly fiction but also in the areas of narrative non-fiction and memoir.
I am proud to work with established authors such as Lynda La Plante and the late Jackie Collins, both of whom joined S&S from Macmillan, and Philippa Gregory. We have taken all three to Number One on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Publishing Child 44, Tom Rob Smith’s astonishing debut, in 2008 has been a highlight, as have his three subsequent thrillers, including his Number One bestseller, The Farm. In the area of commercial women’s fiction, the authors I work with include the Sunday Times bestselling Santa Montefiore, Rachel Hore and Richard Madeley. American fiction is also a great love of mine and I am fortunate to count Pulitzer Prize-finalist Philipp Meyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna Quindlen, Alice Hoffman, Richard and Judy Book Club authors Adriana Trigiani and Karen Thompson Walker, and Waterstones favourite Joseph Kanon, among the international authors I have acquired.
My non-fiction includes Sting’s Broken Music, two volumes of memoir by Anjelica Huston, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, Ferdinand Mount’s memoir Kiss Me Goodbye, and Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden, which was 2014’s highest-selling poetry book in the UK, and its follow-up Poems That Make Grown Women Cry, and the upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann and Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods.
Publishing Director, Fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster in 2013, having previously worked at Quercus and Little, Brown Book Group. As Publishing Director of the fiction list I oversee the editorial team as well as commission my own titles. My authors include Chris Carter, Melissa Hill, Caroline Kepnes, Sophie McKenzie and Patricia Scanlan. I am keen to acquire strong crime and thrillers, ranging from historical crime to psychological suspense, from serial killers to high-concept standalones. I am also interested in darker, issue-led women’s fiction and ‘dilemma’ novels, page-turning stories that make the reader think: ‘What would I do if that happened to me?’
Editorial Director, Fiction
I acquire commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, reading group fiction, some literary fiction and historical fiction. I am interested in great stories, well told; novels that will engage a large readership and that transcend genre. I started my career at HarperCollins and worked with authors including Tracy Chevalier, Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell, then started at Simon & Schuster in 2011. My list is hugely varied and the authors I work with include many bestselling and award-winning authors such as Jane Costello, Milly Johnson, Santa Montefiore, Rachel Hore and Nadifa Mohamed. My highlights for this year include American Housewife by Helen Ellis, The Amber Shadows by Lucy Ribchester and These Days of Ours by Juliet Ashton.
Editorial Director, Fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster as editorial director in October 2014, and since then have set up a new UK literary imprint within S&S, called Scribner. The Scribner list represents a hugely exciting opportunity to grow and nurture our literary publishing and to publish some of the best, most dynamic writing around. Scribner authors include Graham Swift, Alice Hoffman, Isabel Allende, Benjamin Wood, and emerging talents Karine Tuil, Guillermo Erades, Ian McGuire, Virginia Reeves and Nicolaia Rips.
I commission for both the Scribner and Simon & Schuster lists, and I am looking for brilliantly crafted literary fiction, stylish storytelling with broad appeal, and distinctive narrative non-fiction, as well as intelligent suspense and mysteries – in English and in translation (I read French and Spanish). I love an utterly convincing voice and setting – whether that’s contemporary or historical – and compelling characters, or a story that no one else can tell. I am keen on genre-bending storytelling, unreliable narrators or clever plot twists.
Prior to joining Scribner/S&S, I was at Little, Brown Book Group, editing and commissioning across the literary imprints Little, Brown, Abacus and Virago, and working with authors such as Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Tartt, Emily Gould, Ferdinand von Schirach, Nina George, singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn and Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black.
Scribner (Maternity Cover)
I joined Scribner in May 2016, looking after the list while Rowan Cope is on maternity leave. My own passion is for page-turning literary fiction with broad appeal, heart-stopping historical novels and upmarket crime and thrillers. I love stories of messed up families, coming of age tales, love stories (particularly tragic ones), unputdownable mysteries, books with vivid and compelling settings (be they historical or contemporary), jaw-dropping twists and – above all – an engaging narrative voice.
Prior to joining Scribner, I was Senior Editor on the Mantle list at Pan Macmillan, working on authors from bestsellers Kate Morton and C. J. Sansom to award-winners Jane Smiley, Ray Celestin (The Axeman’s Jazz) and Malcolm Mackay. My acquisitions included psychological thriller The Liar’s Chair, which was selected for the Loose Women Bookclub and The Reader on the 6.27, a quirky, heart-warming French bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Month.
Project Editor, Fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster in 2012 as Digital Publishing Assistant, converting backlist titles into eBooks. I then took control of our New Adult list, setting up and managing our Romance platform, The Hot Bed.
As Project Editor, I work across the list, focussing on our brand authors. My current projects include Lynda La Plante’s Hidden Killers, Michael Jecks’ Blood of the Innocents, Paige Toon’s The One We Fell in Love With, Richard Madeley’s The Night Book, Holly Hepburn’s Star and Sixpence, Tom Rob Smith’s London Spy and Heidi Swain’s Summer at Skylark Farm.
I am looking for books that cater to the millennials, a fresh, young voice for the women’s fiction market. Sweeping love stories, strong friendships, family, and a fun, feisty protagonist. I also love a good crime/thriller, specifically those with a twist that even the most hardened cynic won’t see coming – something to really wrap my head around.
I joined the Fiction Editorial team at Simon & Schuster in 2012 after completing my Master’s in English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. I’ve worked with a huge variety of authors, from Graham Swift and Benjamin Wood to Philippa Gregory and Sophie McKenzie. I’m currently building my own list and lean towards upmarket reading group fiction with crossover appeal, but enjoy a brilliant story no matter what genre it falls into. Above all, I am looking for novels with a strong, emotionally compelling narrative and an intriguing, unique voice. I’m quite partial to quirky or unreliable narrators.
Upcoming highlights include two debuts: Aoife Clifford’s compelling psychological suspense, All These Perfect Strangers and Jordan Harper’s filmic, edgy She Rides Shotgun. As a native Californian, I’m also thrilled to be launching the S&S American Classics series in summer 2016.
Editorial Assistant, Fiction
I joined the Fiction Editorial team at Simon & Schuster in 2016. Previously, I was the manager of the Forward Prizes for Poetry, where I worked with poets and poetry-lovers including Claudia Rankine, Kei Miller, Jeanette Winterson, Samuel West and Grayson Perry. I have also worked at Persephone Books, the Times Literary Supplement and on iF Poems – a poetry app for children with audio by Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hiddleston. This year, I’m sitting on the judging panel for the CLPE award for best poetry book written for children. I love crime, psychological thrillers and women’s fiction.
Publishing Director, Non-fiction
I have led commissioning departments that have acquired Professor Brian Cox’s Wonders of . . series; Downton Abbey ITV tie-in (number one bestselling title both sides of the Atlantic). I really love working in the genres of narrative history, popular science, politics and serious memoir and acquired both physical and digital projects with high-profile authors, brands and organisations. I have enjoyed various best sellers with the likes of Karren Brady, Carl Honore, Sir David Attenborough, the Imperial War Museum, Ferdinand Mount, Jonathan Fenby, Paul Morley, James Naughtie, Michael Portillo, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Editorial Director, Non-fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster in December 2012, initially as Head of Sport, having previously worked at Headline and then Orion, where I was Non-fiction Publishing Director. Our sports list at Simon & Schuster focuses on the twin strands of personality books and quality sports writing. Recently, we have published memoirs by Dennis Bergkamp, Geoffrey Boycott, David Lloyd and Nigel Mansell, building on the company’s track record with stars such as Pelé, Paula Radcliffe and Paul Scholes. Previously, I have worked with Brian Clough, Nick Faldo, Paul Gascoigne and Martin Johnson and many other sporting legends. This year I am most excited by Joey Barton’s brilliant book No Nonsense.
We have also published numerous award-winning sports writers, including Mike Atherton, Gideon Haigh, Simon Hughes, Ronald Reng and David Walsh, winning the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize with authors Tom Bower, Donald McRae and Brian Moore. In the Cross Sports Book Awards of 2016, we had more shortlisted books than any other imprint.
Beyond sport, I have published in a wide range of areas, especially business, autobiography and humour, working with Duncan Bannatyne, Leslie Phillips, Andy Taylor and Marco Pierre White to name but a few. This autumn’s highlights include Spaceman by astronaut Mike Massimino and The Phantom Atlas, a lavish look at the maps that got it very wrong, by Edward Brooke-Hitching.
Editorial Director, Non-fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster in May 2016, having previously worked as Editorial Director at Little, Brown, editing and commissioning for the Piatkus commercial non-fiction list and the Little, Brown/Abacus literary non-fiction list. During my time there, I worked with a wide range of authors, from bestselling nutritionist Patrick Holford and Professor Mark Williams, author of the market-leading Mindfulness, to New York Times bestselling author Dr Eben Alexander.
At Simon & Schuster I am very keen to grow our offering of wellbeing books, focussing on health/diet, popular psychology, personal development and mind, body, spirit. I’m looking for respected experts with an engaged following, strong backlist potential and something truly new to share. I am also interested in thought-provoking non-fiction in the areas of psychology, popular science and inspirational memoir.
Senior Project Editor, Non-fiction
I studied Literature and Linguistics at York University, before training as a copy-editor with Cambridge University Press. After three years in editorial at Headline Publishing Group, I joined Simon & Schuster in 2012, to work with commissioning editors across the non-fiction team. I edit within a wide range of genres, including history, celebrity autobiography, TV tie-in, current affairs, business, sport and memoir. I have worked with a number of best-selling and high-profile authors, such as Caroline Flack, Sam Faiers, Ranulph Fiennes and Gordon Brown, and in successful collaboration with popular vlogger Louise Pentland (Sprinkle of Glitter), the founders of Not on the Highstreet.com and the programme makers of the Mr Selfridge series.
Commissioning Editor, Non-fiction
Editorial Assistant, Non-fiction
Managing Director, Children’s Division
Editorial Director, Children’s Fiction
Editorial Director, Children’s Fiction
Editorial Assistant, Children’s
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