Clare Smith has been promoted to executive publisher, literary at Little, Brown Book Group.
Smith, who is currently associate publisher for Little, Brown’s literary imprints and fiction publisher for the Little, Brown/Abacus list, will take up her new role on 1st July.
In her new role, Smith will take overall strategic responsibility for the company’s literary publishing, with the publishers of the Little, Brown/Abacus, Corsair, Dialogue Books, Fleet and Virago imprints all reporting to her.
Smith’s new role will involve working with the senior publishers to help shape a broader commercial, creative and communications strategy for Little, Brown's literary publishing. The literary imprints will continue to operate with editorial independence. She will continue to report to Little, Brown m.d. Charlie King.
King said: "Clare has a brilliant commercial and creative mind, and has brought some outstanding authors to the company, including global bestsellers Jane Harper and Celeste Ng. I am thrilled she is stepping up to this really important new role. Little, Brown’s literary publishing already has immense strength, with world-class authors and some of the best editorial and publishing talent in the business. Clare will work with our fantastic imprint publishers to reinforce Little, Brown’s position as a market-leading literary house."
Smith added: "I have loved the last eight years at Little, Brown and am delighted to be given the opportunity to work more closely with the literary imprint heads here. Literary publishing faces many challenges – as well as many opportunities – and we are incredibly lucky to have such a diverse range of imprints in this area."