Winner: Editor of the Year
Usborne has built its phenomenal reputation and sales on its non-fiction, activity and early years publishing, but Rebecca Hill’s amazing success with its growing list of older fiction in 2018 has added new depth to the children's publisher's output.
It is this work that makes her the first children’s publisher to win the Editor of the Year award—though she and her authors haven’t been short of recognition over the past few years. Hill was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017, and followed that up last year with the Branford Boase Award—unique in the prize world in that it recognises the contribution of editors to children’s books; in her case, Mitch Johnson’s début, Kick. She also edited The Bookseller’s 2018 YA Book Prize winner, Will Hill’s After the Fire, and had books up for the Blue Peter Book Awards and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize too.
She is longlisted again for the Branford Boase Award in 2019 for not just one but two books: P G Bell’s The Train to Impossible Places and Sophie Anderson’s The House with Chicken Legs, which was Usborne’s top-selling fiction book of the year. As well as débuts, Hill steered the success of established writers including Holly Bourne and Geraldine McCaughrean—who scooped the Carnegie Medal and the Independent Bookshop Week Children's Book Award for Where the World Ends.
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