Headline's Fletcher to go freelance

Headline's Fletcher to go freelance

Headline Publishing Group's Martin Fletcher will leave his role as publisher at large in early November this year, in order to concentrate on freelance editing, writing and consultancy.

Fletcher has worked at Headline since 2001, having worked in publishing for close to 30 years, including seven years at Simon & Schuster, and four years as senior editor at Picador before that. He will continue to handle several projects for Headline in a freelance capacity, and intends to also work for other publishers, and expand his book review work. He said: "I just want to broaden my range really."

Director of publishing Marion Donaldson said: "It's been a great pleasure both professionally and personally to work with Martin for over ten years. I had long admired him as an editor before he joined Headline, and he has made a huge contribution to Headline, acquiring terrific books and editing them brilliantly, providing inspiration to the next generation of editors. I will be very sad to see Martin depart, and I'm delighted that we will continue to work together on various projects in the future."

Fletcher said: "I've had a tremendous time working at Headline, which is one of the most dynamic and exciting publishers in the business, with colleagues who are talented, enthusiastic and warmly welcoming . . . Leaving Headline has been a very difficult decision but I am hugely privileged to have made lifelong friends and very excited to be able to pursue other opportunities in publishing and related industries."

At Headline, Fletcher has been responsible for authors and projects including Jo Brand's autobiographies, and fiction from authors including Harry Thompson, David Gibbins, Robert Ryan and Quintin Jardine.