Amina Youssef has been appointed commissioning editor at Simon & Schuster Children's fiction division, as the team announces new acquisition responsibilities as part of a larger growth plan.
Youssef will join S&S in November from Hachette Children’s Group, where she has worked with authors including Zanib Mian, Alexandra Bracken and Zana Fraillon, and commissioned The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe, which is in development with Netflix. At S&S, Youssef will work with a list of established and debut authors, as well as acquiring new fiction talent.
Meanwhile, Melissa Gitari is promoted from editorial assistant to assistant editor and will extend her remit to seek out new voices for the list, as will fiction editor Lowri Ribbons.
Rachel Denwood m.d. said: "We have big plans for the S&S Children’s fiction list and as well as making a raft of thrilling acquisitions, publishing director Ali Dougal is building an editorial dream team of fantastic quality. This is a hungry team on a mission to back up their exciting, astute acquisitions with editorial excellence, publishing vision, and the finest author care. Under Ali’s expert leadership this team and their authors will flourish and I know that our exciting plans will come to life. I am utterly delighted to welcome Amina to S&S, and to see the team spread their commissioning wings."
Commenting on her appointment, Youssef said: "HCG has been an incredible company to work for and it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye to my colleagues and authors, but I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the dynamic fiction team at S&S headed by Ali. The prospect of driving an impressive roster of notable S&S authors and building a fresh and innovative list of my own fills me with real excitement, and I can’t wait to get started."