Katherine Armstrong, currently editorial director of crime and thriller at Zaffre, is joining Simon & Schuster UK as deputy publishing director in the adult fiction department.
Armstrong starts at Simon & Schuster on 1st February 2021, where she will head the crime and thriller publishing list, reporting to fiction publishing director Clare Hey. She moves from Zaffre, which is part of Bonnier Books UK.
Armstrong's first acquisition, while at Faber & Faber where she spent 10 years, was Chris Ewan’s Safe House, which sold over 500,000 copies across all editions, was a Amazon Kindle Number 1 bestseller and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, according to the publisher. At Little, Brown she published Christobel Kent’s The Loving Husband. And at Zaffre she published the Richard & Judy W H Smith Search for a Bestseller winner Caz Frear (Sweet Little Lies) and Claire Gradidge (The Unexpected Return of Josephine Foxand). She also published Chris Whitaker’s We Begin at the End, which was the Waterstones Thriller of the Month for August 2020. Armstrong is one of the organisers of First Monday Crime Nights in London, a judge for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger for unpublished authors, and is involved in Belfast’s NOIReland Festival.
Commenting on the appoinment, she said: "I have had a great four and a half years at Zaffre and have enjoyed working with my very talented colleagues and authors, who I will miss very much; but I am excited to be starting a new chapter in my career and working with Clare and the incredible team at Simon & Schuster to grow and develop their already brilliant crime and thriller list."
Hey added: "I am delighted to welcome Katherine to Simon & Schuster. Her strategic and commercial publishing eye, her connections to the crime community, and her passion for crime and thrillers will be a perfect complement to the adult fiction editorial team."