Clare Hey, editorial director at Simon & Schuster UK, is joining Orion Fiction as publishing director.
Hey, who starts in her new role on 3rd January, will acquire women’s fiction and commercial-literary crossover fiction, reporting to new Orion Fiction publisher Harriet Bourton. She will also spearhead the imprint’s publishing strategy for these areas.
At S&S Hey worked with authors such as Santa Montefiore, Rachel Hore, Milly Johnson and Jane Costello, as well as bringing new talent such as Lucy Ribchester, Sophia Tobin, Iona Grey and Andy Jones to the list. Her list spans women's fiction and historical fiction, reading group fiction and award-winning fiction.
Bourton said: "Clare will be an incredible asset to our team, steering our publishing in these areas with passion and impeccable strategic instincts. She has an enviable track record for launching new talent, building author strategy with great verve, and growing and shaping a terrific commercial list. Clare plays a crucial role in the formation of the new Orion Fiction team, which is taking shape in a very exciting way; our ambitions are big and bold, and we plan to inject an already stellar list with fresh new energy and unparalleled successes."
Hey said: "I have loved my time at Simon & Schuster and will miss the authors and the team enormously, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to join Orion at such an exciting time. I have long admired David Shelley, Katie Espiner and Harriet for their energy, their vision and their drive to bring great books to a wide audience, and I am looking forward to joining them and helping shape the future of Orion Fiction."