Ellie Farmer and Lauren Ace have both been made editorial directors at Little Tiger, while Charlie Moyler has joined as art director.
Farmer has been promoted to editorial director of the press' flagship picture book list. She has been with the publisher for a decade and has edited some of its bestselling picture books of recent years, including Poo in the Zoo by Steve Smallman and Ada Grey, and Emma Yarlett’s Nibbles the Book Monster series.
Picture book publisher Jude Evans said: “Ellie has tremendous flair and an innate gift for picture books. Her creativity and judgement make her the best of editors, inspiring and supporting her authors and illustrators to shape the thread of an idea into a brilliant book. Her voice and vision have played a huge part in the success of the list, and I’m excited by the ideas and ambition she brings to this new role. I look forward to working together as we continue to push the boundaries of the Little Tiger picture books to ever-more exciting and innovative publishing.”
Farmer said: “I’m incredibly proud of how the Little Tiger list has evolved over the past few years. And in my new role, I'm looking forward to ensuring that the ethos of nurturing talent, strong storytelling and creating beautiful books—alongside a team of inspiring creatives—continues to flourish.”
In fiction, Ace has been appointed editorial director, overseeing the team formerly known as Stripes. Ace started her publishing career as publicity assistant at the company 13 years ago. In the intervening years, she has worked in publicity roles at Macmillan Children’s Books and Riot Communications, before returning to Little Tiger as brand director in 2015.
Ace said: "I have loved working closely with the fiction team in my previous role, so I feel incredibly privileged to be given the opportunity to lead such a talented group of editors and designers. I have always valued being as involved as possible in every aspect of a book’s journey, so it’s a real thrill to be given this freedom to map out our future publishing and embark on new adventures with our authors and illustrators, both new and established.”
She will be joined by art director Charlie Moyler, previously a senior designer at Walker Books. During her decade at the Walker, Moyler helped to establish strong series publishing with a focus on foreign-rights deals, and assisted in acquiring some of Walker’s "most successful signings" of recent years.
Publishing director Thomas Truong said: “In her brand role, Lauren has contributed to shaping our publishing strategy, particularly in terms of developing and championing new talent and addressing the gaps on our list. I value her opinion and advice immensely, so I couldn’t think of anyone better suited to taking our fiction publishing forward. Lauren brings a huge amount of commercial knowledge and creativity from her publicity and marketing roles, but she has always had an editorial sensibility and I am excited to see her tap into this further in this new role.
“In Charlie, I believe we have found the piece we have been missing from this creative team. Looking at her previous work, it is clear that she has an exceptional design eye and I know she shares my passion for nurturing illustrative talent and pushing the limits of what a book can be and do. I’m looking forward to Charlie bringing her considerable creativity to our list, guiding and inspiring our design team and working with Lauren to realise our shared ambitions and vision for Little Tiger fiction.”
Moyler added: “The vision that Lauren and Thomas have for the fiction list at Little Tiger is palpable, and I am beyond excited to join this creative team. My hope is to encourage a creative environment that constantly strives for the best, building on what is already an impressive pool of talent, and to help shape an innovative and inspired future for the list."
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