Kate Lyall Grant is to become the new publisher of Severn House, with overall responsibility for the entire list, including the Crème de la Crime titles.
Crème de la Crime, specialising in mid-list authors, is celebrating its first birthday with the imprint “actively publishing two books a month”. The publishing house says it has seen growth on Amazon of 150% year-on-year, with 50% of Severn House's business in the United States.
Lyall Grant formerly worked at Simon & Schuster. She said: “In the current economic climate and the cautious buying market, our independent status means we can attract better quality authors than ever before. We’re competing with bigger publishers and gaining more coverage and starred reviews in trade journals and are hoping that the new e-book list and Severn Select imprint will pick up the slack from the declining library sales.
"With e-books especially, Severn House can compete on a more even playing field. Crème de la Crime allows British crime writing to be highlighted with the support of the whole company.”
The Crème de la Crime list includes authors such as Simon Brett, Paul Doherty and R N Morris.