Espiner and Young among HC promotions

Espiner and Young among HC promotions

HarperCollins has announced a raft of promotions across the HarperFiction editorial team, with Katie Espiner (pictured) promoted to publisher of The Borough Press and Kimberley Young becoming publisher of the women's fiction list.

Other changes will see Emma Coode becoming publishing director of the sci-fi and fantasy Voyager list, with Natasha Bardon becoming Voyager editorial director. Espiner will now also take overall responsibility for Voyager, as well overseeing the historical fiction lists.

Jane Johnson's role as a Voyager publishing director remains unchanged.

Kate Elton, executive publisher for fiction and non-fiction, praised the performance of the team. She said: "Kim brings a wealth of passion, intelligence and forward thinking to everything she does", and credited Coode with expanding the breadth of the Voyager list during her three years as deputy publishing director. She also praised Bardon's "strong strategic insight" and role in acquisitions, and said that Espiner had gone "from strength to strength" with the launch of The Borough Press and the performance of writers such as Bernard Cornwell.

Elton said: "There is a very natural crossover between both the literary and historical lists and the fantasy genre, and I look forward to seeing the synergies and strategic partnerships which will be fostered by this more formal link between the various imprints."

The editorial moves follow a series of other people moves in the fiction and non-fiction teams. Last month, Natalie Jerome was made publisher of non-fiction following the departure of Carole Tonkinson to begin her own list at Pan Macmillan. Martin Topping was also appointed to the newly-created role of creative director for non-fiction.

In fiction, Ann Bissell was promoted to publicity director at HarperFiction after being PR manager, while Natasha Hughes became licensing and properties editor, Emily Labram became project executive, and Charlotte Ledger was appointed editor.