New roles for Arthur and Gascoigne, as Cornerstone restructures

New roles for Arthur and Gascoigne, as Cornerstone restructures

Random House company Cornerstone has shaken up its internal structure, aligning William Heinemann, Hutchinson and Windmill, and appointing William Heinemann publishing director Jason Arthur as publisher across the three imprints.

Caroline Gascoigne, formerly Hutchinson publishing director, is simultaneously appointed to the newly-created role of publisher at large for the Cornerstone Division.

Cornerstone m.d. Susan Sandon said: "The new editorial structure is designed to add focus to the publishing efforts of our literary and mid-market imprints whilst also enabling larger synergies across the company."

On his appointment, Arthur said: "I'm hugely excited to be given this opportunity. Between them, Hutchinson and William Heinemann have almost 250 years of prestigious publishing and while the two lists have very distinct identities, what they share is a passion for excellent writing and innovative and imaginative publishing. I firmly believe that–together with the much younger Windmill paperback list . . . both Hutchinson and Heinemann can become even stronger. I am particularly looking forward to working with the team on our plans to celebrate Hutchinson's 125th anniversary in 2012."

He added: "The much more focused publishing at the literary and mid-market end of Cornerstone over the last few years is really starting to pay off. We now have a great track record when it comes to introducing brilliant new voices . . .This alignment of imprints is going to make it much easier for editors to acquire over the lists and to work in a much more collegial way."

Gascoigne said her change in role was a "wonderful opportunity to focus on my primary love–quality writing by great authors, produced to the highest possible standards–and I am particularly pleased to be able to widen my brief across the entire company."

She added: "While I will continue to acquire new authors and new projects and to be responsible for publishing them within Cornerstone, I will remain absolutely focused on working closely with the stellar writers I now publish and I'm especially glad of the opportunity to devote more time to them and to launching their books."

Arthur will be appointing a new editorial director, who will work with editorial director Paul Sidey and associate editorial director Emma Mitchell. Windmill editorial director Stephanie Sweeney will continue to acquire across Cornerstone and will report directly to Arthur, as will William Heinemann senior editor Drummond Moir.

Gascoigne will continue to report directly to Sandon. She will work four days a week.