Bookouture boosts editorial team as Gleeson steps up

Bookouture boosts editorial team as Gleeson steps up

Bookouture is expanding its editorial team with a promotion for Ellen Gleeson and the hiring of Headline’s Jess Whitlum-Cooper and Susannah Hamilton from Corvus. 

Gleeson (pictured, above) has been promoted from commissioning editor to associate publisher with immediate effect. Joining the publisher in 2017, Gleeson was praised by her team for a “standout year of digital bestsellers including Kerry Wilkinson’s The Child in the Photo and Liz Eeles’ Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea”. 

Whitlum-Cooper (pictured, right) will join the team as associate publisher on 4th January, reporting to publishing director Laura Deacon. Currently commissioning editor at Headline, she has published Kimberley McCreight, Olivia Beirne and Kate Field as well as working on Victoria Hislop’s publishing.  

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Bookouture. I have long admired their innovative mindset and formidable list of authors, and I can’t wait to be part of such a creative, dynamic and forward-thinking team.” 

Hamilton (below, left) will join the team on 22nd November as commissioning editor, reporting to associate publisher Isobel Akenhead. She was previously at Corvus where she published authors S W Perry, Uzma Jalaluddin and Jennifer Hillier. 

“Having just sold their 50 millionth e-book, Bookouture is clearly an incredibly exciting and dynamic place to work," Hamilton said. "The team have been so welcoming and the authors that Bookouture publish are fantastic. I can’t wait to get stuck in.” 

Both Hamilton and Whitlum-Cooper will be commissioning widely across commercial genre fiction including crime, women’s fiction and historical. 

Earlier this month, Bookouture announced that it had hit 50 million sales since the start of its life in November 2012. Jenny Geras, m.d., said: “Fifty million is an incredible number, which represents nine years of consistent global growth. We couldn't have achieved this without our brilliant authors or our amazing team, and the promotions and hires announced here will help to drive us towards the next 50.”