Corporate Information 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.
Simon & Schuster UK Editors, 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 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. In the area of commercial women’s fiction, my authors include the Sunday Times bestselling Santa Montefiore, Rachel Hore and Richard Madeley, along with Paige Toon and Sandra Howard. American fiction is also a great love of mine and I am fortunate to count Pulitzer Prize-finalist Philipp Meyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout, 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, Delia Ephron’s Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog Etc, Irish author Majella O’Donnell’s memoir, and Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden, which has been 2014’s highest-selling poetry book in the UK.
Joanne Dickinson –
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 have the ability to 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 next year include Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey, The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester and The Two of Us by Andy Jones.
Editorial Director, Fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster as editorial director in October 2014. Previously, I worked at Little, Brown Book Group, editing and commissioning across the literary imprints Little, Brown, Abacus and Virago. I looked after acclaimed authors such as Alexander McCall Smith and Donna Tartt, and commissioned a range of titles, including Brooklyn-based rising star Emily Gould’s debut novel Friendship; European thrillers by bestselling German crime writer Ferdinand von Schirach and others; book group fiction titles The Awakening of Miss Prim and The Little Paris Bookshop; and eye-opening memoirs such as Orange Is the New Black, I’ll Drink to That by Bergdorf’s legend Betty Halbreich, and the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller Bedsit Disco Queen by singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn.
At Simon & Schuster, I’m looking above all for brilliant literary and crossover fiction, suspense and mysteries – in English and in translation (I read French and Spanish). I love a distinctive, convincing voice and setting – whether that’s contemporary or historical – and compelling characters, and I have a weakness for genre-bending storytelling, an unreliable narrator or a clever plot twist.
Assistant Editor, Fiction
I started at Simon & Schuster in 2011 as Sales Analysis Executive and joined the Editorial team in 2012. I’m looking for reading group fiction that is unique and often quirky, and literary thrillers with a strong narrative. Some of my current projects are Sophie McKenzie’s Here We Lie, Penny Hancock’s A Trick of the Mind, Sascha Arango’s The Truth and Other Lies, Christopher Bollen’s Orient, and Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You. As a native Californian, I’m also interested in bringing undiscovered American classics to the UK and am thrilled to have recently published A Separate Peace.
Assistant Editor, Fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster in August 2012 as Digital Publishing Assistant, and transitioned fully into Fiction Editorial in April 2014.
I am looking for the new generation of commercial women’s fiction: sweeping love stories, strong friendships, family, and a fun, feisty female protagonist!
My current authors are Anna Todd, Jamie McGuire, Vina Jackson, Gillian Anderson and Colleen Hoover on the New Adult side, and I am project manager for Paige Toon, Sandra Howard, Richard Madeley, Lynda Bellingham and Lynda La Plante on the Adult Fiction list.
Publishing Director, Non-fiction
I have worked within the sphere of non-fiction for 20 years now, 15 of them as a commissioning editor. With a passion for narrative, my aim has been to gain as much experience as possible across the genres I love: history (whether it be social, military or otherwise), music and film, politics, business and architecture. To that end I am fortunate to have worked with some exceptional authors, brands and organisations.
My recent successes – as Publishing Director for Collins – have been Karren Brady’s bestselling autobiography Strong Woman; the phenomenally successful social history narrative The Sugar Girls (over 150,000 ebook sales); the book that sparked a whole publishing genre of infographic titles, Information is Beautiful by David McCandless; and the internationally successful The Slow Fix by TED favourite, and poster boy for the ‘Slow’ movement, Carl Honore. In serious history I have worked with authors such as Simon Schama, Professor Richard Overy, the Imperial War Museum and the Peabody Trust.
I have acquired major TV tie-ins which include Grand Designs and its sequel The Best of Grand Designs by Kevin McCloud, Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo and Dan Cruickshank’s Bridges. Across film and music I have published with The Ramones, Hugh Cornwall, Storm Thorgersson and Blondie.
Ian Marshall, Head of Sport
I joined Simon & Schuster as Head of Sport in December 2012 having previously worked at Headline and Orion, where I was Non-Fiction Publishing Director. The sports list at Simon & Schuster focuses on personality books and quality sports writing.
I have worked with a range of major sports stars, among them: Dennis Bergkamp, Geoffrey Boycott, Jenson Button, Eric Cantona, Brian Clough, Sir Nick Faldo, Paul Gascoigne, Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Johnson, Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Garry Sobers, Torvill & Dean and Jonny Wilkinson. I have also published a range of award-winning writers, including Mike Atherton, Gideon Haigh, Simon Hughes, Donald McRae and David Walsh. In 2014 and 2015, we are publishing five former winners of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. I have also recently commissioned the parody Graham of Thrones, as well as two important business titles: Launch and The Creator’s Code.
I maintain a diverse list of non-fiction with the main focus of my commissioning remit on popular memoir aimed at the UK mass market. I look to acquire a rolling programme of human interest stories, particularly nostalgia and difficult lives/survivor memoirs, as well as those rich in social history.
Recent successes have included Top 10 paperbacks such as Hackney Child, Her Ladyship’s Girl, Tainted Love, The Refuge and Runaway. Future titles in that category includeApril by Paul and Coral Jones and Four Waifs on Our Doorstep by Jan Ford. I also commission 'iconic' autobiography for a slightly older audience, such as Anger Is An Energy by John Lydon and, in tandem with Simon & Schuster US, I have acquired and will be editing the life story of international luxury brand-leader, Jo Malone, for publication 2015.
I maintain a relationship with organisations such as the Imperial War Museum and National Army Museum in London, and have commissioned and edited several titles of military/social history, that perform well on our backlist, including A Nurse At The Front. I look after leading self-help/MBS names on the S&S list for the UK market, including Rhonda Byrne, author of multi-million bestseller The Secret, The Power and The Magic, as well as a comprehensive list of titles (backlist and new books) brought to us by the FranklinCovey organisation, whose 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and other titles Stephen R Covey and Sean Covey are international landmarks in the genre.
Senior Commissioning Editor, Non-fiction
I joined Simon & Schuster in 2009, having previously worked at Hamlyn, part of the Octopus Publishing Group. I commission illustrated mass-market lifestyle titles; predominantly cookery which are as practical as they are beautiful. Recent successes have included Lisa Faulkner’s Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter which went to Number One on the Sunday Times bestseller list. My authors include Jane Asher, Christine Walkden, Aldo Zilli and Ariana Bundy.
I also look after branded and contract publishing titles, producing a wide range of titles tailored to clients’ specifications. Clients include Bonne Maman, The British Heart Foundation, The Scout Association, The Guild of Food Writers, Tate & Lyle, Sacla, Olives of Spain, Waitrose Cookery School, Tesco Real Food, The Women’s Institute and Poundland.
I also commission and work with Weight Watchers on all the Weight Watchers UK cookery books, for their members and for the general trade.
I began my publishing career at Simon & Schuster in 2011 and now specialise in commissioning contemporary non-fiction. I’m on a perpetual hunt for subversive, brave and modern books; I’m looking for humour, pop culture, narrative nonfiction, celebrity-driven projects, as well as a limited number of feminist, fashion and gift titles. My recent and upcoming books include Everyday Sexism by the award-winning feminist writer, Laura Bates; the TED books series, published in conjunction with TED Talks, which explore everything from architecture to business, space travel to love; The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg, a memoir with admirable frankness and a strong feminist message; a lifestyle book by Garance Doré, the inimitable writer, illustrator, photographer and fashion commentator; and Sprinkle of Glitter by vlogger sensation, Louise Pentland.
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 Jessie J, Sam Faiers, Jeremy Vine and Gordon Brown, and in successful collaboration with the founders of Not on the Highstreet.com and the programme makers of the Mr Selfridge series.
Editorial Assistant, Non-fiction
I began my career in publishing as an assistant to a literary agent after graduating in History from Kings College London in 2012. I joined Simon & Schuster at the beginning of 2014 and support the commissioning editors across non-fiction. Since joining, I have worked on a wide range of titles from The Now That’s What I Call Music Book, film tie-in Devil’s Knot and with authors such as Ranulph Fiennes and Julie Summers. My particular areas of interest include history, current affairs, popular culture and memoir.
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