Headline’s publishing director for fiction, Mari Evans [pictured], has been appointed as deputy m.d. of the publishing group, while Sarah Savitt joins the company after eight years at Faber & Faber. Evans’ brief will be to “build on the success” of Headline’s fiction, non-fiction and Tinder Press lists. She will continue to report to Headline Publishing Group m.d. Jane Morpeth.
Evans has been publishing director of fiction at Headline since 2013, and has published authors including Harriet Evans, Alison Weir and David Duchovny.
Savitt, currently editorial director at Faber, will take on the role of publishing director, fiction, at Headline and Headline Review, reporting to Evans. At Faber she has published and commissioned authors including Helen FitzGerald, Maria McCann, Alex Hourston, and Louise Doughty. Before working at Faber & Faber, Savitt had roles at HarperCollins and David Godwin Associates.
Morpeth said: “2015 is proving to be a very exciting year for Headline, with our range of bestsellers, our year-on-year growth, and our new home in Carmelite House, and with these appointments we have even more ambitious plans. Mari is a phenomenal publisher, with enormous energy, creativity and vision, and I know, as we look forward to our 30th birthday celebrations next year, with her, the team at Headline and now Sarah on board as well, the best for Headline is yet to come.”
Evans said: “I’ve had a fantastic and energetic two years at Headline and in this new role, I’m keen to lead a new phase of growth.
Headline has a unique passion for the business of publishing books and we will be matching that passion with increased ambition for success. I’m thrilled that Sarah is joining us and I know with her acumen as an acquirer and publisher, she’ll be a key element in delivering that growth.”
Savitt said: “I have loved my time at Faber and will miss the incredible authors I have had the privilege to publish, as well as my smart, passionate colleagues. But now I'm hugely excited to be joining such a dynamic, creative team at Headline, and I look forward to being part of the next phase of their publishing. It feels like a thrilling time to be at Hachette and I'm delighted to take up this new challenge.”