Emma Herdman to join Bloomsbury as publishing director

Emma Herdman to join Bloomsbury as publishing director

Emma Herdman is set to join Bloomsbury as publishing director, specialising in commercial literary fiction.  

She will make the move in July, leaving Hodder Fiction and Sceptre, where she is currently editorial director. She will be part of the senior editorial team, reporting to Bloomsbury's editor in chief, Paul Baggaley.

Herdman said: "I have been very fortunate to work with talented and inspiring authors and colleagues at Hodder, but the lure of a new challenge was irresistible. Bloomsbury is a publisher I’ve long admired, for both the people and the books they publish, and the prospect of joining the team with Paul newly at the helm is hugely exciting.

"Though I’m sad to leave Hodder, I’m looking to the future with eager anticipation, and can’t wait to discover brilliant new stories in the years to come."

Baggaley said: "I have admired Emma’s ability to acquire and publish commercial literary fiction, building a list that is critically acclaimed and prize-winning as well as reaching a wide readership.

"Emma has a brilliant commercial sensibility, a smart sense of how to bring her authors to readers and she is a real team player. Her experience of all sides of the industry as a bookseller and literary agent, before moving into her editorial role, gives her real insight into the commercial fiction market and I look forward to working with Emma to develop this area for Bloomsbury."

Herdman started out working on the shop floor at Waterstones, before joining the fiction buying team, reviewing for The Bookseller in her spare time.

She moved to Curtis Brown, and later Hodder and Stoughton, where she was senior editor. Her recent authors include The Sunday Independent Irish Newcomer of the Year Anne Griffin, Abi Daré, author of Bath Novel Award-winning The Girl with the Louding Voice, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, author of "Fleabag: The Scriptures".