Hodder & Stoughton is strengthening its fiction department by appointing Curtis Brown's Emma Herdman and promoting two people.
Herdman is joining the company as senior editor in early January, and will report to associate publisher Kate Howard. Herdman was assistant buyer at Waterstones before joining Curtis Brown where she worked with Vivienne Schuster and Felicity Blunt. She has been tasked to find "compelling literary fiction" for the reading group market across the Hodder and Sceptre lists.
Herdman said: “I am so excited about this move into publishing, and about building a list. Covering everything from books with a great hook to narrative-driven novels illuminating the everyday, and from historical to contemporary to dystopian, the uniting element will be exceptional writing and recognisable characters; stories you can’t keep yourself from talking and thinking about.”
Emily Kitchin has meanwhile been promoted to commissioning editor. Kitchin, who has recently acquired Elly Blake’s Frostblood trilogy, is expanding the range of fiction she acquires to include more commercial women’s fiction.
Francine Toon, meanwhile, who during the Frankfurt bookfair pre-empted Phillip Lewis’s debut The Barrowfields, has been promoted to editor, and will be looking for literary fiction for the Sceptre list.
Hodder's managing director Carolyn Mays said: “There are so many bright and impressive people in our industry. I am delighted to be able to recognise the talents, energy and dedication of the vibrant and creative editorial team at Hodder, and am looking forward enormously to the fresh perspective and flair that Emma Herdman, with her unique experience, will bring us.”