Bookouture has promoted Kathryn Taussig to publishing director with responsibility for recruiting and leading a new US-focused team.
The digital publishing imprint announced plans earlier this year to build a third editorial arm that would diversify its commercial fiction list with the US market in mind.
Taussig, originally from California, will head up that team. She joined the firm from Quercus in August 2017 as associate publisher and has since acquired titles from Lucy Dawson, Jill Childs, Debbie Viggiano and others.
She will take up her new position on 23rd April, reporting to publisher Jenny Geras.
Geras said: “Kathryn has made a huge impact on Bookouture since she joined us. She is an outstanding publisher, manager and entrepreneur and I know that she and her new team will achieve great things for Bookouture.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be stepping into this role,” said Taussig. “I have learned a lot during my time at Bookouture and I find the way we publish – author and reader-focused and data-driven – so inspiring. The US is already a huge territory for us, but there’s so much more to be achieved there still and I’m excited to be given the chance to expand our global readership.”
The promotion comes after a record-breaking year for Bookouture, selling 8.5 million copies in 2018.
US revenue makes up more than half Bookouture’s total and the Hachette-owned publisher aims to take on more staff as it continues to expand.