Profile Books has promoted Hannah Westland to the position of Andrew Franklin’s editorial deputy.
Westland has been the publisher at Serpent’s Tail since 2012, and before that was an agent at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Her authors at Serpent’s Tail include Zoe Pilger, Sarah Perry, and Jami Attenberg.
Profile m.d Franklin said: “There have been a number of cases of editors going on to become successful literary agents. But there aren’t many examples of literary agents becoming brilliant publishers. It has worked so incredibly well for Serpent’s Tail that I am mystified why other publishers don’t try to poach agents. It has been so successful with Hannah Westland that the urge to promote her was irresistible and I am delighted that she is now my deputy.”
Westland will retain her current title of Serpent’s Tail publisher and the Profile and Serpent’s Tail editorial team will now report to her.