Emily Griffin is joining Cornerstone as deputy publisher of Arrow Books after seven years at Headline.
Griffin will head up the Arrow team within Cornerstone, and will be in charge of the acquisition and strategy of new fiction across the Arrow list. She joins the company on 27th March.
Griffin, formerly senior commissioning editor at Headline, worked on some of the company’s biggest commercial fiction brands and brought a raft of new talent to the list, including Jo Thomas, Mary Torjussen, and forthcoming lead debuts My Sister by Michelle Adams and The Feed by Nick Clark Windo. The latter high-concept novel was snapped up by Griffin from agent Juliet Mushens within 24 hours of submission ahead of 2016's London Book Fair.
Griffin is credited in having shaped the strategy for both key emerging and established authors at Headline as well as for its wider crime and thriller list. Prior to Headline, she worked in an editorial role at Dorling Kindersley.
Cornerstone publisher Selina Walker said: "This feels like an exciting time to be acquiring new fiction, and I could not be more delighted that Emily will be joining us as deputy publisher of one of the UK’s most successful paperback imprints. Emily’s talent is obvious and her energy and passion for publishing is infectious, and we share similar tastes in crime as well as commercial fiction. I very much look forward to working with her in the years to come."
Griffin said: “I have so enjoyed my time at Headline and I’ve had the privilege to work with many fantastic authors and brilliant colleagues. But I have long-admired Cornerstone’s creative and commercially focussed publishing – and its enviable crop of top-flight brand authors – and the opportunity to work with Selina in steering the Arrow list to even greater success was too good to pass up. I can’t wait to take up this exciting new role.”