Fenton joins HQ as head of digital

Fenton joins HQ as head of digital

Bookouture’s Abigail Fenton has joined HQ as head of digital.

Fenton leaves her current role as commissioning editor at Bookouture to join HQ on 8th April.  A former Bookseller Rising Star, Fenton returns to HarperCollins where she began her career in the digital department, before becoming senior editor in Audio.  She left for Bookouture in 2016, and during her time there published digital titles across the commercial fiction market, including titles such as Don’t Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman and The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh, working with authors including Kerry Wilkinson, Pam Howes and Karen Clarke.

Publishing director at HQ Kate Mills said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Abigail back to HarperCollins and to the HQ team in particular. She brings with her a keen eye for commercial fiction in digital, and a real enthusiasm for the opportunities presenting themselves in the UK market and overseas right now. With her insight and passion for ebooks, we’re looking forward to welcoming her to the team and watching her grow our list and our sales, both at home and internationally.” 

Fenton said: “Though I'll be incredibly sad to leave behind my wonderful colleagues and authors at Bookouture, the opportunity to head up the digital list at HQ was one I couldn't turn down. The team's savvy commissioning and sheer ambition is hugely impressive, and I'm so excited to be joining them. HQ Digital already has a fantastic track record of building bestsellers, and I can’t wait to build on that.”

Nia Beynon was appointed to the newly created role as head of digital publishing at HQ in July 2017 and is now director at Amanda Ridout's freshly launched publisher, Boldwood Books.

With bestsellers in the UK, the US and Australia, HQ Digital has seen sales grow by 13% in 2018 compared to the previous year, the publisher said.