Francesca Best is to join Transworld, moving to the Penguin Random House company from Hachette UK’s Hodder & Stoughton.
Best, who has been at Hodder & Stoughton for eight years, will become a senior commissioning editor for the women’s fiction team at Transworld, starting on 24th August.
Authors Best has worked with at Hodder & Stoughton include Lucy Dillon, Alexandra Potter and Katie Marsh.
Harriet Bourton, editorial director of the women's fiction list at Transworld, said: “I am thrilled that Francesca is joining the women’s fiction team here at Transworld. She has an infectious enthusiasm for the genre and brings an analytical, strategic approach to her publishing which I know will be a fantastic complement to our plans for the list.”
Best said: “While I am sad to say goodbye to Hodder, I am delighted and privileged to be joining Transworld. Not only are they a publisher I have long admired, with a fantastic women’s fiction list, but their recent publishing has been incredibly impressive to watch. I am very excited to become part of their editorial team.”
Last week it was announced that Suzie Dooré was to leave Hodder & Stougton to become publishing director at HarperCollins’ The Borough Press.