Bethan Jones has been appointed to the role of commissioning editor for fiction at Simon & Schuster UK following an eight-month stint of maternity cover.
Jones is joining the adult fiction department permanently and with immediate effect. Taking on the role of commissioning editor for fiction, she will report to Clare Hey, who returns to S&S UK from Orion on 4th November.
Jones originally joined the company as editor in January 2019, to cover editorial director Anne Perry’s maternity leave. Previously Jones worked at Orion for five years, becoming assistant editor before she left.
“Bethan has quickly become an indispensable member of the team, working with Anne’s authors and seeing their titles through seamlessly in readiness for Anne’s return to the company early next year,” S&S UK said. “Bethan will be working with, among other authors, Robert Crais, Russ Thomas (author of the hotly-anticipated debut Firewatching), Felix Francis and Martin Cruz Smith.
"While her main area of focus will continue to be crime and thriller publishing, she reads widely and immediately saw the potential in Sara-Ella Ozbek’s The High Moments, pitched as The Devil Wears Prada if it were written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, publishing next summer [also announced on 3rd September].”
Jones said: “I am loving working with everyone at Simon & Schuster - the teams here are so creative and dynamic - and this is a very exciting time to be joining the company. I am over the moon to become a permanent member of the editorial department, to continue working with exceptional authors and to have the opportunity to bring new names to the list.”
Suzanne Baboneau, m.d. of the S&S UK adult publishing division, said: “Bethan is a talented hands-on editor and a wonderful communicator, and it was clear very early on in her tenure here that she was a great fit in the department and throughout the company. We are delighted to be keeping her on permanently and strengthening our adult fiction team with her expertise.”