Egmont has announced two promotions with Lindsey Heaven (pictured) appointed fiction publishing director with Liz Bankes succeeding her as editorial director.
The announcement of these promotions follows news of the departure of Ali Dougal, publishing director, who will be leaving Egmont shortly to take up a newly created role as publishing director at Simon & Schuster Children's UK. Heaven and Bankes will take up their new positions on 1st March 2020. Egmont will recruit shortly “to get the team back up to full capacity in order to continue their hugely successful streak and hit the 2020 Bologna Book Fair running,” the publisher said.
In her five years at Egmont, Heaven has worked with many of the most successful and prestigious authors and estates, Egmont said, including Holly Jackson, Tahereh Mafi and the Blyton Estate. Before that, she worked at Penguin Random House where she was the editor who originally acquired Wimpy Kid. “Lindsey has been instrumental to many of Egmont’s recent key acquisitions; her commercial eye and strategic instinct are second to none; and she is beloved by authors and agents alike,” Egmont said.
Heaven's role as editorial director will go to Bankes who is currently commissioning editor. “Liz Bankes has made a name for herself as a commissioning editor of great breadth and skill, able to work with a diverse range of authors, established and new, from the madcap Andy Stanton; to the amazing Jim Smith and the magical Sarah Driver; and seemingly everything in between," Egmont said. "Liz has a particular talent and passion for comedy and her appointment to fiction editorial director ensures that Egmont’s reputation as a powerhouse for great comedy writing for children is in the best possible hands.”
Commercial director Sarah Bates said of Dougal’s departure: “We are very sad to see Ali go, but with so much to be proud about in our recent fiction performance, she is definitely leaving us on a high. It is also testament to her development of the team that we are able to build such a brilliant succession plan from within.”
Bates said of Heaven’s promotion: "Lindsey is the perfect choice to take up the publishing director role and I’m hugely excited to see her stamp her mark on the future direction of Egmont’s thriving list."
In 2019, Egmont published the highest selling fiction début of 2019, Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, which sold 61,627 copies according to Nielsen BookScan, with a number of other highly performing titles and awards. The team also recently acquired Amari and the Night Brothers by B B Alston and The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips, which secured 21 foreign language deals within four months.