Sam Eades has been promoted to publishing director at Trapeze Books.
Eades joined Orion in June 2015 in a dual publicity and editorial role in Orion Fiction, before joining the Trapeze launch team where she acquired more than 50 titles.
Her authors include Sunday Times bestsellers Daniel Cole, Sharon Bolton and Tilly Bagshawe, alongside international stars David M Barnett, Alison Belsham and Rachel Winters. Eades has also launched two creative writing competitions in partnership with single parent charity Gingerbread and dating website eHarmony.
She was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2013, working at Transworld, Headline and Macmillan before joining Orion.
Trapeze said the promotion was part of a strategy to bolster its fiction list, with Katie Brown joining as commissioning editor from Headline last year, and Phoebe Morgan coming in as editorial director from HarperCollins. The publisher announced in December Morgan would be covering parental leave for Eades.
Together with publisher Anna Valentine, Eades will be responsible for increasing the turnover and title count of the fiction list.
Valentine said, "I’m utterly thrilled that Sam is stepping into this important leadership role at Trapeze Books, of which she couldn’t be more deserving. She has driven the Trapeze fiction list to profitable growth and the results speak for themselves. She’s brought an exciting roster of bestselling names to the list, she’s established innovative publishing partnerships with household brands, and her projects have been sold into numerous territories world-wide. Her outstanding reputation speaks for itself and her commitment to her authors and books is absolutely second to none."
Launched in October 2016, Trapeze had 13 top ten Sunday Times bestsellers last year, including Listening to the Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick and The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book. Across home, export and digital over 1.1m copies of Trapeze books were sold last year, yielding £5.17m in UK TCM sales, an increase of 136% year-on-year.