Andrew Kidd has been hired as editor-at-large for Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Kidd will fulfil the role while continuing as chair of the Rathbones Folio Prize, which he founded in 2013, and remaining as chief executive of Alexi Books, a curated digital book platform.
He will report to Kirsty Dunseath, publish at W&N Fiction and begin in January 2018.
Kidd, who left Aitken Alexander Associates where he was managing director in 2014, said: “With Alexi up-and-running and now focused on marketing and subscriber growth, I’m delighted to have space to take on this new role working with Kirsty, whom I’ve long admired, and the excellent W&N team. It’s exciting to have an opportunity to bring new writers to Weidenfeld, and I much look forward to getting to know my new colleagues, while also continuing to work on the further development of Alexi and the Rathbones Folio Prize.”
Dunseath said she was “hugely excited” by the prospect of working with Kidd.
“He has such breadth and depth of experience, a strategic mind, tremendous energy and drive, and of course he has worked with some of the biggest and most influential names in modern fiction,” she said. “I love the fact that he has seen so many facets of the industry and he will be a wonderful asset to the team as we continue to build and grow the W&N list.”
Kidd has also been publisher of Picador. Authors he has published include John Updike, Matthew Kneale, Jonathan Safran Foer, Edward St Aubyn, Jim Crace, Carol Ann Duffy, Bret Easton Ellis, Jackie Kay, Alan Hollinghurst, Cormac McCarthy and John Banville.