The Borough Press has promoted Carla Josephson to senior commissioning editor while Ore Agbaje-Williams is also moving up as editor.
Josephson joined the HarperCollins imprint in 2017 as commissioning editor, arriving from Simon & Schuster. Her first acquisition was Joanna Glen’s The Other Half of Augusta Hope, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2019, and she also won the auction for Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone, to be published next spring.
She is interested in commercial-literary crossovers and is particularly keen to find a “gorgeous historical novel or a literary love story”, the publisher said.
Previously an assistant editor, Agbaje-Williams first joined HarperCollins in 2016. Alongside working with the imprint’s authors across the whole list, Agbaje-Williams spearheaded Borough’s BAME open submission, acquiring Wild Fires by Sophie Jai. She likes "fresh young writers with an original story to tell" in fiction and non-fiction.
The Borough Press, which celebrates its sixth birthday this month, has also announced an expanded commissioning role for publicity director Ann Bissell.
Bissell, whose authors include Charlotte Philby, Layla AlAmmar and Bella Mackie, is keen to acquire contemporary literary fiction with bite.
Publishing director Suzie Dooré said: "As the imprint turns six, I couldn’t be happier with the strength of the editorial team and our list – Carla, Ore and Ann are all great editors with excellent taste and I’m excited to see what they acquire this year and in the future."