Hodder appoints Mantle's Humber as senior commissioning editor

Hodder appoints Mantle's Humber as senior commissioning editor

Josie Humber is leaving Pan Macmillan imprint Mantle to become a senior commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton's fiction team.

Humber will report to Hodder’s publisher for general fiction Kate Howard, and will focus on commercial literary fiction for both the Hodder and Sceptre imprints.

She will join in early November, leaving Pan Macmillan after five years. As an editor for Mantle, she worked with brand authors Kate Mosse, Kate Morton and Natalie Haynes, as well as debut authors such as Laura Shepherd-Robinson and Mary Paulson-Ellis.

Howard said: “I am so excited to be working with Josie to develop our commercial literary fiction list. Her passion and creativity for finding those books that capture the zeitgeist and get readers talking really shines through in her publishing, and I can’t wait to see what new authors she will bring to Hodder.”

Humber added: “I am thrilled to be joining such a brilliant team and to be able to work on two such prestigious imprints. I had six very happy years at Mantle, but this opportunity to work with Kate was one I couldn’t resist. I’ve long admired Hodder and Sceptre’s lists, and I can’t wait to find those new books to bridge the gap between the two.”