HarperPress to focus on non-fiction

HarperPress to focus on non-fiction

HarperPress will no longer publish fiction by the end of June 2012 with the publisher choosing to concentrate on non-fiction in the wake of Clare Smith's upcoming departure to Little, Brown.

It was announced this morning Smith will join Little, Brown in September as publishing director. HarperCollins said at the end of its next fiscal year in June 2012, all fiction authors published by HarperPress will be handled by HarperFiction publishing director Katie Espiner. Until then, the fiction programme will be led by editorial director Essie Cousins.

Victoria Barnsley, c.e.o. and publisher of HarperCollins, said: "Our goal in this review is to create more focus in the business. It makes absolute sense to concentrate on our core offering in HarperPress of history, politics, biography and memoirs.

"The successful HarperPress fiction titles will fit perfectly into Katie Espiner’s smart fiction list in HarperFiction—alongside Lionel Shriver, Tracy Chevalier and Paullina Simons. The authors new to HarperFiction will benefit from the increased scale and size of the support teams to help build their profiles."