Linda Evans, senior editorial director at Transworld, is to retire in April after 23 years with the company.
Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr paid tribute to her in a message to the company in which he called her “wonderful” and “redoubtable”.
Evans joined Transworld in 1992 and, according to Scott-Kerr, she "quickly became the rock on which Transworld's Women's Fiction publishing was founded". Evans has edited and published authors including Jilly Cooper, Joanna Trollope and Sophie Kinsella, and Scott-Kerr credited her with "bringing countless other writers to the list and nurturing their careers with great insight, kindness and expertise”, as well as being "a shining ambassador for Transworld itself”.
He added: "On a personal level, I, like so many of us here, will miss her friendship, her good humour, her innate decency, her knowledge and, most of all, her wisdom. She has helped many of us through the years, through good times and bad, over a pizza (too many in my case), the occasional glass of wine (see above) and yet another cup of coffee. And I for one am enormously grateful for that.
He continued: "Although we will much miss her on a daily basis, I am happy to say that Linda will continue to work on one or two ongoing projects for Transworld."
Evans said: "It’s been a wonderful 23 years and I shall miss my fantastic authors and my brilliant colleagues. But I know I’m leaving Transworld in very good heart and with an exciting future in the PRH Group."