Earle joins David Fickling Books

Earle joins David Fickling Books

Bloomsbury children's sales director Phil Earle is to join newly independent David Fickling Books as sales and marketing director.

The new appointment will be effective from January 2014.

Earle joined Bloomsbury last year, and was formerly at Simon and Schuster and before that at Random House. He is also himself a published author.

DFB founder David Fickling, who previously worked alongside Earle at Random House, said: "From our point of view, Phil is the perfect combination of author and industry expert, reflecting the dual insights and inspiration of others in our team. His relevant market knowledge and his strong customer relationships fully match our belief in working very closely with all our partners to create excellent books."

Earle said: “I am leaving a terrific team at Bloomsbury, which in my view, speaks volumes about the brilliance of this opportunity. Working with David’s authors in the past—truly great writers like Siobhan Dowd, Philip Pullman and Jenny Downham—was the most rewarding experience of my career, so I’m incredibly excited to be joining DFB at the start of their new publishing journey.”

David Fickling Books turned independent in July, having previously been an imprint with Random House. Its launch titles will be published next year.