Atkins hired as Hodder's editorial director for women’s fiction

Atkins hired as Hodder's editorial director for women’s fiction

Hodder & Stoughton has appointed Kimberley Atkins as editorial director for its women’s fiction publishing.

Atkins, who for the last 18 months has been working in Sydney for Penguin Random House Australia, will join the company on 1st August 2018, reporting to publisher Ruth Tross.

According to Hodder, Atkins’ remit will be to expand and spearhead Hodder’s publishing in the commercial women’s genre, acquiring titles from saga to sweeping historical to uplit to build brands and break out new voices.

Tross said: "I’m so pleased we could tempt Kimberley to come back to the UK and revitalise our publishing in this area. She has a huge love of, and insight into, women’s fiction and will be a brilliant addition to the Hodder team. I can’t wait to see the books and authors she will bring to the list."

Atkins was in marketing at Penguin before joining the editorial team at Michael Joseph, where she worked with authors including Isabelle Broom, Gillian McAllister and Giovanna Fletcher. Lately, in Sydney for Penguin Random House Australia for the past year and a half, she has published Paige Toon, among others.

Atkins said: "While I’m very sad to leave behind my exceptional colleagues and authors at PRH Australia, I’m so excited to be returning to London and joining the brilliant Hodder team. I’ve long admired Hodder’s commercial publishing and am really looking forward to working with their wonderful existing authors, as well as finding new ones to grow the women’s fiction list."

Hodder has also made three further promotions across the fiction editorial team: Sam Bradbury, who reports to Oliver Johnson, has been promoted to commissioning editor, and Thorne Ryan and Lily Cooper have both been promoted to the role of assistant editor.

Commenting on Bradbury's promotion, in which role she is taking on more responsibility for Hodder’s YA fantasy list as well as adult SFF as commissioning editor, Johnson said: "Sam has made great acquisitions, with Shiny Happy People by Lo Hardy and Emily Eternal by MG Wheaton, and is working on fantastic new voices in YA including Renee Ahdieh, Somaiya Daud and Natasha Ngan; I’m delighted to congratulate her on her promotion."

Tross said of Ryan and Cooper's promotions further they were "well deserved". 

"Thorne has published our Hodderscape open submission winner The Beast's Heart brilliantly, and has been doing sterling work on backlist and digital sales across Hodder’s list; and Lily has worked with Melissa Cox and Emma Herdman on a number of major campaigns across Hodder and Sceptre fiction," she said. "I’m very glad to recognise their contribution to our bestselling publications this year with these very well-deserved promotions."