Shyam Kumar and Zoe Yang have been promoted to editors at Orion imprint Trapeze.
Trapeze said Kumar (pictured, right) has demonstrated "great talent-spotting and commercial instincts" with the acquisition of Sunday Times bestseller And It Was Beautiful by Phil Hay, and upcoming titles such as Nihal Arthanayake’s debut non-fiction and Neel Patel’s Tell Me How to Be for the Trapeze fiction list. He also took charge of a selection of executive publisher Anna Valentine’s titles, including Ruth Coker Burks' All the Young Men, Daniel Rachel's Don’t Look Back in Anger and PizzaExpress: From Italy with Love.
Kumar said: "I’m delighted to be taking on more responsibility at Orion as well as developing my own non-fiction list. I’ve put a lot of thought and energy into scrutinising the areas of market that I’m passionate about and I’m really looking forward to acquiring more agenda-setting books on big ideas, current affairs and popular culture for Trapeze, as well as cultivating my love of sport and gift and humour on Seven Dials."
Yang, (pictured, top) joined Orion in 2019, moving to Trapeze Fiction in early 2021. She has commissioned several debuts in that time, including Love and Virtue from Diana Reid for Trapeze Fiction, and "WitchTok" influencer Frankie Castanea’s Spells for Change for Orion Spring. She has also edited forthcoming novels from authors including Jendella Benson, Chloe Ashby, Salma El-Wardany, and supported Orion m.d. Katie Espiner on the upcoming publication of Candice Carty-Williams’ second novel.
She said: "I’m thrilled to be promoted to editor and have loved my time at Trapeze since joining earlier this year. I’m very much looking forward to finding exciting new voices, dynamic characters and unique concepts to bring to Trapeze’s already stellar list of talented authors and conversation-starting books."
The pair will take up their positions immediately.
Jamie Coleman, publishing director of Trapeze, said of the promotions: "Shyam and Zoe are exceptional colleagues and brilliant team players, who richly deserve these promotions. We know that both of them have exciting careers ahead and can’t wait to see how their ambitious commissioning shapes the Trapeze fiction and non-fiction lists over the coming years."