Pan Macmillan has promoted editorial directors Francesca Main and Trish Jackson as part of its "ongoing" aim to grow its commercial and literary fiction programmes.
Main, previously editorial director at Picador, has been promoted to the role of Picador publishing director, while Jackson, editorial director at Pan Macmillan, has been promoted to the role of fiction publishing director. Both promotions are with immediate effect.
The two senior promotions follow the changes announced last week to Pan Macmillan's communications team, in which two senior appointments were made to separate out commercial fiction and brands from literature and partnerships. Claire Evans was recruited from Transworld to take on the newly-created role of communications director for commercial fiction and brands, starting in April, while Emma Bravo was promoted to the new role of communications director for fiction, literature and partnerships.
Main, who has been in the role of editorial director for the past five years since joining Picador in 2011 from Simon & Schuster, was recognised at the British Book Awards when she was named Editor of the Year in 2015. As Picador continues its positive growth she will work closely with publisher Paul Baggaley, associate publisher Ravi Mirchandani and the Picador team to develop a number of initiatives to take Picador further forward.
Jackson, who was also made an editorial director five years ago in Pan Macmillan’s commercial fiction team, is credited for her work in the crime genre community and in taking sales of international bestseller David Baldacci from strength to strength. She will work closely with publishing director Wayne Brookes and the fiction team to grow the crime fiction offering in particular.
Jeremy Travathan, publisher at Pan Macmillan, said: “Trish and Francesca's promotions are an important part of our continuing strategy in the Pan Macmillan adult division to grow our commercial and literary fiction programme by finding and nurturing new talent, reinventing existing authors and establishing a new generation of key authors in key genres for the future.”
Last week The Bookseller reported that in 2016 Pan Mac’s sales through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market were up almost 27% to £77.7m in a “record-shattering best year ever”.