David Shelley made deputy publisher for Little, Brown

<p>David Shelley has been promoted to the new position of deputy publisher for the Little, Brown Book Group, with immediate effect. Reporting to Ursula Mackenzie, and in conjunction with her, Shelley will have overall responsibility for the publishing strategy of all LBBG titles.</p><p>Shelley will also deputise for Mackenzie in representing Little, Brown&rsquo;s publishing to the wider trade, and will continue as Sphere publisher and digital publisher. He will also work closely with group sales and marketing director Robert Manser and the publishers of Little, Brown&#39;s various imprints.</p><p>Shelley said: &quot;I have had four very happy years at Little, Brown, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work right across the list in my new role. We are lucky enough to publish world-class authors in a very wide range of genres, and I am really looking forward to working with Ursula and the imprint publishers to help continue the incredible growth the company has seen over the last five years.&quot;</p><p>During his time at the publisher, Shelley has acquired and published bestsellers such as <em>Panic</em> by Jeff Abbott, <em>The Shakespeare Secret</em> by JL Carrell, <em>The Birthing House</em> by Christopher Ransom, and <em>The Brutal Art</em> by Jesse Kellerman. He has also taken on responsibility for established brand name authors such as Mark Billingham, Nelson DeMille and Duncan Falconer, and has made some major acquisitions, notably Val McDermid and Carl Hiaasen.<br /><br />Mackenzie added: &quot;David has a remarkable all-round knowledge of the book business and a marketing awareness that is second to none. Applying those skills across our whole publishing programme will add considerably to our strengths.&quot;</p>