Harvill Secker has appointed Katie Ellis-Brown as deputy publishing director for crime, thriller and crossover fiction.
Ellis-Brown joins on 13th December from Raven Books, where she was editorial director, working with authors Stuart Turton, Laura Purcell, Natasha Pulley, Katherine Faulkner, Femi Kayode and Rosie Andrews.
Prior to that, she worked at Trapeze, where she published bestseller Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and acquired authors including Donna Douglas, Lia Louis and Sareeta Domingo. She also co-founded the All Together Network, which promotes the recruitment, retention and development of people from low socioeconomic status backgrounds and regional backgrounds within Hachette.
She started her career at Riot Communications and was shortlisted three times for the annual Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards, before joining Headline and Tinder Press, where she worked on campaigns including the PPC award-winning One Pound Meals. She was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2018.
Ellis-Brown said: "Joining Harvill Secker is an actual dream come true for me. Not only will I be working with a renowned team and supremely talented authors at such a prestigious imprint, it is also an opportunity to merge my love of crime, thriller and suspense with my passion for stand-out book club fiction. I am so excited to be joining the team at this pivotal moment for Harvill Secker and Vintage, and I feel privileged to be part of helping shape its future. I will miss Raven Books dearly, especially my authors and colleagues, and I will forever be in awe of their passion, creativity and kindness."
Liz Foley, publishing director, said: "We’re completely delighted to be welcoming Katie to Harvill Secker at this key point in the growth of our crime, thriller and crossover publishing alongside our literary and international list. She is a publisher with great flair and expertise and we’re incredibly excited about the future with her in the team."