Headline makes string of editorial and publicity promotions

Headline makes string of editorial and publicity promotions

Headline has announced four promotions in its editorial and publicity departments. 

Sherise Hobbs (pictured) will be promoted to publisher from editorial director with immediate effect, while Katie Sunley is promoted to assistant editor from editorial assistant. 

Hobbs brought bestselling author and comedian Mel Giedroyc to the list and this coming January will publish international brand Diane Chamberlain following the author’s move to Headline. She recently published Ruth Druart’s debut While Paris Slept, and is also the editor for global digital bestsellers Kathryn Hughes and Emily Gunnis.

Sunley has provided editorial support on an array of Headline’s bestselling authors, including Victoria Hislop, Deborah Harkness, Alison Weir, Dorothy Koomson and Martina Cole, and will be a key acquirer for the Headline Accent list, with a focus on crime and thriller.

Jen Doyle, fiction publishing director at Headline said: "Sherise’s promotion couldn’t be more deserved. Her passion, creativity and editorial flair are second to none and she is an immaculate publisher of commercial fiction. We trust her taste implicitly at Headline and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the list next."

She added: "Katie has provided first-class support on an array of authors and I am delighted to see her take the next step in her career. She has a sharp eye and great commercial instincts and I have no doubt she will thrive in her new role, which will give her more space to acquire future digital bestsellers."

At Headline's imprint Wildfire, Ella Gordon has been promoted to editorial director from senior commissioning editor with immediate effect, while Rosie Margesson has been promoted from publicity manager to senior publicity manager.

Gordon has published Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner as well as international bestseller Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked it All Up by Tom Phillips. Last week she published Mother Mother, the debut novel by Radio 1 DJ Annie Macmanus. 

Margesson has managed several high-profile authors since she joined Headline, including campaigns for Max Whitlock, Shola Mos-ShogbamImu, Naomi Ishiguro and Harriet Tyce, among others.

Alex Clarke, publishing director at Wildfire said: "We’re absolutely thrilled to announce Ella’s promotion to editorial director. She has been such a brilliant, creative and energetic spirit in Wildfire’s acquisitions and publishing. I have absolutely no doubt that we’ll be seeing many more successes with her growing list of Wildfire authors."

Louise Swannell, communications director added: "Rosie has proven herself to be a dynamic publicist across both fiction and non-fiction titles and we are delighted to promote her as a senior member of the Headline publicity team"