Bonnier Publishing has hired Eleanor Dryden, currently publishing director of Avon, HarperCollins’ commercial fiction arm, as publishing director of its adult fiction imprint Zaffre.
In her new role, Dryden will have overall responsibility for women’s fiction, one of the areas Bonnier is targeting for growth. She will start in the New Year and report to executive director Kate Parkin.
Parkin said: “We are very excited to be welcoming a publisher of Eli’s experience and brilliant track record to the rapidly growing Bonnier Publishing Fiction team. We are looking forward very much to her arrival in our Marylebone office and to the energy and creativity she will bring to our women’s fiction publishing.”
Dryden added: "I was thrilled to be offered this incredible opportunity with Kate and with the dynamic and entrepreneurial Bonnier Publishing Fiction team…It's heart-breaking to have to say goodbye to my authors at HarperCollins and that will be a wrench but I know they'll be in the best hands with the wonderful Avon team.”
Dryden has spent three years at HarperCollins and has previously worked at Pan Macmillan, Orion, Constable and Robinson, and Waterstones. During her career she has worked with authors such as Jeffrey Archer, Kate Mosse, Claudia Carroll, Julia Williams, Tracy Buchanan, Angela Clarke and Scott Mariani.
HarperCollins has now promoted Helen Huthwaite, the current senior commissioning editor, to editorial director of Avon.
Oli Malcolm, publishing strategy director of fiction, non-fiction and Avon, said: “I want to thank Eli personally for her immense contribution to Avon over the last three years, and for leading the team so passionately. However, I have the utmost faith in her successor Helen Huthwaite, a HarperCollins and Avon stalwart, who will bring her vision and editorial expertise to an already successful team.”