DK has appointed Katy Flint and Pete Jorgensen from Quarto in the newly created roles of senior acquisition editors for its licensing division.
The pair, who start on 22nd March and 6th April respectively, are tasked with acquiring and publishing new licensors and partners for the global market to “accelerate the company’s strategy to grow the licensing list and reach a broader audience”. Both will report directly to Mark Searle, publishing director for licensing.
Searle said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Katy and Pete to the DK Licensing team at such an exciting time. With their in-depth knowledge, passion and experience, we will accelerate our growth strategy plans, diversify our licensed publishing and achieve our ambitions to reach new audiences.”
Flint is the former Little People, Big Dreams brand manager and commissioning editor who steered the direction of the series publishing programme from 2019 onwards, giving Quarto Kids its first Sunday Times bestseller in 2021, as well as a New York Times bestseller in 2020 with This Book is Anti-Racist.
She said: “I grew up on DK books; you can always feel the quality and understand the information clearly. They make you feel empowered about a subject and inspire a love of learning. I am looking forward to working somewhere with such a trusted legacy, mixing the clarity of a DK book with my style of editorial direction for illustrated books.”
Jorgensen was senior commissioning editor, working for White Lion and Frances Lincoln, and more recently overseeing a reshaping of Ivy Press. Prior to joining Quarto, he worked at Ryland Peters & Small on the creation of Dog ’n’ Bone, a trend-led gift imprint.
He said: “I am very excited to join DK and get a glimpse behind the curtain at the people who have made so many category-killing books. Having regularly come up with what I thought was a genius concept, only to discover that DK already had the same idea and turned it into a bestseller, I am delighted to have the opportunity to learn from a team that leads the way in illustrated publishing.”