Editor Rigby leaves Hutchinson due to 'changing emphasis'

Editor Rigby leaves Hutchinson due to 'changing emphasis'

Sarah Rigby, senior editor for Cornerstone imprint Hutchinson, is leaving the company after seven years, due to the “changing emphasis of Hutchinson’s publishing”.

She leaves Hutchinson on 16th May and plans to continue working within the publishing industry. Rigby joined Hutchinson in April 2012 and was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2014.

The statement accompanying her departure stated the reason was due to the “changing emphasis of Hutchinson’s publishing”. The Bookseller understands that no one else is leaving and Hutchinson has not provided further information on the changes. 

Rigby’s departure comes two weeks after the high-profile publication of her acquisition Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard, which will be a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller this weekend. Another recent acquisition, Finding Clara Falkenberg by Anika Scott, has attracted a six-figure US deal after Rigby secured world rights.

During her time at Hutchinson, she published a number of bestselling authors including Professor Alice Roberts on Tamed: Ten Species that Changed Our World; Shaun Usher (Speeches of Note); Matthew Parker for Goldeneye: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica and Rob Cowen, whose Common Ground was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and voted one of Britain’s top three nature books of all time. She also led the team that created the international and Sunday Times bestseller Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Francesc Miralles and Héctor García.

Rigby has also been involved in Penguin Random House’s WriteNow scheme for underrepresented writers since its inception.

Jocasta Hamilton, Hutchinson’s publishing director, said of Rigby’s departure: “Sarah has been a wonderful colleague. A smart acquirer and dedicated publisher of her own books, she’s also been a creative collaborator and champion of the list as a whole.”

Rigby said: “I am so proud of all we have achieved these past seven years. I will miss Jocasta and the authors enormously, but will be carrying so many happy memories to my next publishing adventure.”

She can be reached on sarahrigbyeditor@gmail.com.