Little, Brown Book Group has made a series of promotions within its editorial department.
At Piatkus, Zoe Bohm and Anna Boatman, both previously editorial directors, have been promoted to publishing director for Piatkus Non-Fiction and Piatkus Fiction respectively. Both were praised for having done "outstanding jobs", working with brand authors such as Mark Williams, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Christine Feehan and JR Ward to publish in new areas.
Sarah Castleton, recognised for her "invaluable contribution”, has been promoted from commisisoning editor to editorial director for Atom and Corsair. Her authors include Alex Wheatle, who won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for Crongton Knights and Fiona Melrose, whose Midwinter was longlisted for the Baileys Prize.
2017 Bookseller Rising Star Ailah Ahmed has been promoted from commissioning editor to senior commissioning editor. Her acquisitions include Korean thriller writer Y.J. Jeong, CN Lester, June Eric-Udorie, Lauren Berry, and Chigozie Obioma, who was shortlisted for the Booker prize for his debut novel.
At Constable non-fiction, assistant editor Claire Chesser has been promoted to the role of editor. Among her achievements since joining Little, Brown in April 2015, she worked on A Life in Football by Ian Wright, oversaw the continued parody successes of Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd, and orchestrated the creation of The Private Gardens of England. Her new remit will be to acquire five new titles per annum.
"I am absolutely thrilled that we have promoted this hugely talented group of colleagues,” said Charlie King, managing director of Little, Brown.
"These new roles are testament to the excellence and the strength-in-depth across Little, Brown Book Group's editorial department, and to the company's commitment to growing people's long-term careers."