Hodder promotes fiction team

Hodder & Stoughton has made a series of promotions in its fiction team, following the company's "biggest fiction year to date" in 2011.

Kate Howard [pictured], previously senior editor, has been promoted to the position of editorial director, and will work with Harriet Bourton, who has been promoted to assistant editor, on Hodder's "growing" adult/crossover list. Meanwhile, Laura Macdougall is promoted to assistant editor and will work closely with publisher Nick Sayers, with special emphasis on developing the historical fiction list and community around it.

Associate publisher Oliver Johnson will be working with a new assistant editor, to be appointed, on expanding Hodder's science fiction, fantasy and horror genre publishing, in addition to his general fiction responsibilities.

Francesca Best, previously fiction editor, has been promoted to commissioning editor with responsibility for publishing and acquiring reading group and commercial women's fiction. Katy Rouse has been appointed editorial assistant and will continue to work with publishing director Carolyn Mays.

Mays said: "I think the combinations in this new structure will make the most of our strength and depth in our separate areas of publishing, give us the chance to exploit fully all the digital opportunities within those areas, and build upon the successes of 2011—our biggest fiction year to date—allowing us to look forward to a hugely exciting future."