Stormzy’s Penguin Random House imprint is set to expand and has appointed Lemara Lindsay-Prince to the newly created role of commissioning editor for #Merky Books.
Lindsay-Prince is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Plantain Papers, an independent print journal. She is the first dedicated editor of #Merky Books to be hired since the imprint’s launch in July 2018.
“Since its inception, #Merky Books has shown that its committed to becoming the home for a new generation of writers,” said Lindsay-Prince. “Watching closely from the sidelines I’ve appreciated its boldness, thoughtfulness, and the work it has done to bridge the gap between writers who are unfamiliar with the publishing industry as it stands – creating greater transparency and meeting storytellers where they’re at, both naturally and authentically.”
Lindsay-Prince, who is a PRH WriteNow mentee, will take on the role on Monday 28th October and will report to William Heinemann editorial director Tom Avery with plans to grow the list and launch more events across the UK, following on from the imprint's successful New Writer's Prize and writer's camp.
She added: “We’ve made a strong statement with our titles so far and I’m looking forward to growing our list by championing more authors who will contribute to conversations echoing around culture and society, expand our imaginations exponentially and give voice to an unlikely and fresh protagonist. Alongside our publishing focus, #Merky Books is forging a path in cultural spaces too, and I’m looking forward to expanding more in this area as we continue to evolve by launching more events across the UK where people can be seen. Creating new initiatives which give people the tools they need is paramount to me, and where we can provide space for people to be mentored, inspired to start or continue writing and hear from brilliant storytellers all around the globe will be exciting.”
The new hire comes after #Merky Books revealed plans to publish Malorie Blackman’s long-awaited autobiography. The imprint will publish its third book, What: That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu on 14th November and will open a pop-up shop between 14th and 16th November in partnership with Apple and Beats by Dr Dre. The shop will host workshops, panels and interactive events with a retail space. The location is yet to be announced.