Miller departs Pan Mac after 17 years

Miller departs Pan Mac after 17 years

Pan Macmillan’s award-winning non fiction and events communications director Dusty Miller has left the publisher after 17 years and is not being replaced.

Miller worked her last day at the publisher last month and is now working on the Stoke Newington Literary Festival with the event's director Liz Vater. Miller has been on the steering committee for the festival since its inception in 2010. It takes place this weekend (1st - 3rd June).

During her time as a publicist, Miller has worked with a wide range of authors including Tony Wilson, David Blaine, Louis Theroux, Coleen Nolan, Tony Robinson, Vivienne Westwood and Richard Wiseman. In particular, she has championed live events, including launching a physical ‘book shack’ to create a pop-up event space at festivals. She was also heavily involved in steering the ‘Shore to Shore’ tour of Carol Ann Duffy and her poet friends as they travelled the country in visiting independent bookshops.

Miller joined Pan Macmillan in 2001 and in her most recent role oversaw marketing and publicity for adult non fiction with special responsibility for event strategy across the lists. In February she won the PPC award for hardback non-fiction for Picador’s campaign for Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt and was highly commended at the British Book Awards earlier this month, along with being featured in The Bookseller’s campaign focus.

Miller told The Bookseller: “It feels good to leave Pan Mac on a high with the massive success of Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt, an author and a book I feel very passionate about. And I am looking forward to having a bit of time out after 17 eventful and extraordinary years and to seeing what happens next.” 

Miller is not being replaced at Pan Macmillan. Communications director for fiction Emma Bravo has now been given responsibility for all non-fiction Picador titles while communications director for commercial fiction and brands Claire Evans has taken over Miller's other responsibilities along with Jodie Mullish, communications director for Bluebird. Rachel Mellor continues as events executive working across adult fiction and non-fiction.  

The news comes a week after the publicists Kate Green and Alice Dewing were promoted at Pan Mac: Green has been appointed to head of Picador publicity while Dewing has become communications manager for Picador and partnerships.

Miller can be reached at dustymillerPR@gmail.com.