Kelly Ellis is leaving Bonnier imprint John Blake to join HarperNonFiction in the newly created role of publishing director, with responsibility for popular culture and entertainment.
Previously publishing director at John Blake, Kelly will take up her new role in September and will report to publisher Ed Faulkner.
A spokesperson for Bonnier Books UK said they are not immediately recruiting for a replacement for Kelly. For the time being Ciara Llloyd, senior editor at John Blake will be taking on day-to-day responsibility for the John Blake publishing programme reporting into Matt Philips, publishing director for Adult Non-Fiction.
“Kelly has been instrumental in making Bonnier Books UK number one in both True Life and True Crime over the last three years and she’s published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, including Beautiful by Katie Piper, He Who Dares by Del Boy and Secret Slave by Anna Ruston,” HarperCollins said. “Most recently she has worked with authors including Noel Gallagher and Tanya Burr, and secured a number one bestseller with Dynamo’s The Book of Secrets. As the head of John Blake Publishing, she’s also overseen the development of key author brands, such as Christopher Berry-Dee’s Talking with Serial Killers series and Kate Kray.”
HarperNonFiction is one of the fastest growing areas of HarperCollins UK, the publisher said. Faulkner said: "It is a very exciting time here at HarperNonFiction and we have many more plans for future growth in development.”
Kelly Ellis said: “I’ve had the time of my life at Bonnier Books UK. Building a non-fiction list alongside such a talented pool of people and now seeing our efforts turn into such positive results is incredibly rewarding. I’ll deeply miss the wonderful team and authors on both the Blink and John Blake imprints. HarperNonFiction is in such an exciting place with ambitious plans for growth, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining at this time. Their publishing has always impressed me and I can’t wait to join the fantastic team, get stuck in and shape an even brighter future for their mass market publishing.”
Faulkner added: “HarperNonFiction is one of the fastest growing areas of HarperCollins UK. I have long been an admirer of Kelly’s commercial instincts and brilliant publishing at Ebury, Blink and John Blake. She is an astute and creative publisher and we can’t wait to welcome her to our extremely talented team. Kelly’s arrival means we are able to strengthen our acquiring team and editorial director Vicky Eribo will now focus on commissioning titles onto our new Mudlark imprint under the leadership of publishing director Jack Fogg."