Ebury editor Katie Seaman will join HQ as commissioning editor for fiction.
Seaman will start her new role on 7th October, replacing former commissioning editor Clio Cornish, who left HQ earlier this month to join Michael Joseph as editorial director after seven years with HarperCollins.
HQ publishing director Kate Mills said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Katie is joining the HQ team as commissioning editor. She’s a smart, innovative editor with a huge passion for commercial fiction. Her ability to spot an emerging trend and her keen eye for a gap in the market will, I’m sure, help us build the HQ fiction list further. I’m very much looking forward to her joining us and watching her list take shape.”
Starting her career at Hodder, Seaman later headed to Orion, where her publication of Hot Mess by Lucy Vine earned her an industry Trailblazer Award in 2018. During her time at Ebury, Seaman has published Roxie Cooper’s The Day We Met and Ali Pantony’s Almost Adults, as well as working with authors including Rowan Coleman, John Marrs and Caitlin Moran. She also commissioned Feathertide by Beth Cartwright which is a major launch title for Ebury next year. She has been heavily involved in Penguin Random House’s creative responsibility initiatives including the WriteNow mentoring programme, working with "The Great British Bake Off" contestant Priya O’Shea on her debut novel The Good Indian Girl’s Cooking School.
Seaman said: “I’ve really enjoyed working with so many talented authors and am sad to leave behind some wonderful books, especially those which haven’t published yet. But I’m very excited to be joining HQ, a team whose innovation and dynamism I’ve long admired. I can’t wait to get started and bring new talent to the list.”