Profile celebrates 25th anniversary with promotion spree

Profile celebrates 25th anniversary with promotion spree

Profile Books has turned 25 and celebrated the occasion with a raft of promotions across its editorial and campaigns team.

The publisher reached the landmark on Thursday 1st April and, on the same day, promoted editor Miranda Jewess (pictured) to editorial director of Viper Books.

Formed just over a year ago, Viper Books has had notable successes this spring with Janice Hallett’s The Appeal chosen as the Sunday Times Crime Club’s Book of the Month, Tina Baker’s Call Me Mummy going viral with a range of stunts crafted by the author, and Catriona Ward’s much discussed The Last House on Needless Street.

Profile’s audio publishing has also grown in the past year in partnership with Little, Brown. In a further promotion, Louisa Dunnigan has been made head of audio, continuing to commission books, while Nathaniel McKenzie steps up to audio editor and rights executive.

Luke Brown, who previously worked for Serpent’s Tail for a period when it acquired Tindal Street’s backlist, has been made commissioning editor for the imprint.

Meanwhile, a Women’s Prize longlisting for Detransition, Baby author Torrey Peters is celebrated with a promotion for Leonora Craig Cohen to editor.

On the campaigns team, Flora Willis has been made head of marketing, working across all imprints, while Anna-Marie Fitzgerald is promoted to head of publicity for fiction and commercial non-fiction, also taking on brand-level responsibilities for Serpent’s Tail and Souvenir Press.

The promotions follow the appointment of Ed Lake and Cecily Gayford as joint publishing directors for Profile Books, the recruitment of Alex Elam as rights director, and the appointments of Niamh Murray and Rebecca Gray to the executive.

M.d. Andrew Franklin said: “There are two things that matter more than anything else to a successful publisher. The first is obviously the authors. On our 25th birthday we could not be more proud of our writers. They are the very finest there could be. And the second thing is the people.  If we didn’t have the very best, we couldn’t care for our authors and books as we do. So these promotions – and there are a lot – are a source of real pleasure and pride to all of us. They are well deserved and promise great things for our 26th year and way beyond. Champagne all round.”