Penguin Random House (PRH) Children’s today announced several changes in its editorial department, including hiring a new editor to grow its social media and celebrity publishing.
The company has hired Holly Harris to work on celebrity publishing for children and YA readers. She will join PRH Children’s on 22nd August from Headline’s non-fiction team, where she has worked with YouTuber Marcus Butler and reality TV star Charlotte Crosby.
PRH Children’s has also promoted commissioning editor Anthea Townsend, who manages the Roald Dahl publishing, to editorial director. In the new role she will continue to commission new fiction authors.
Publishing director Shannon Cullen said: “We are delighted to announce these changes within our team. Anthea Townsend has had a huge influence on our strategy for Roald Dahl in the past 18 months and, along with the wider Roald Dahl team, has driven innovation and growth across our publishing. Anthea is also a smart and intuitive acquiring editor, which is reflected in the quality of the titles she commissions.”
She added: “I am very excited to welcome Holly Harris. Holly has a natural talent for spotting highly commercial opportunities. As the publishers of Zoe Sugg, Tom Fletcher, Clare Balding and Lilly Singh, we have always aimed to be innovative in the way we develop great stories and storytellers in this space.”
In addition, the company has promoted Tig Wallace from junior editor to editor, where he will work with authors such as Chris Bradford and Sally Green. Emma Jones has been promoted to assistant editor.