Orion is making two promotions within the Trapeze editorial team: Sam Eades, previously senior commisisoning editor, has been promoted to editorial director and Emma Smith, previously editor, has been promoted to commissioning editor.
The promotions follows a week-long series of events, New Voices Week, hosted by Trapeze to celebrate its official launch. It concluded on Saturday (8th October) with a special live slushpile event where writers had the opportunity to pitch to the Trapeze commissioning team.
Smith was this year’s The Bookseller’s Shooting Star, described by her colleagues as “a pop culture powerhouse with her finger on the pulse and an innate ability to spot trends”. Acquisitions to her name to develop a "smart, vibrant and diverse list of non-fiction" include It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby etc and The Brexit Survival Activity Book, both due out next month, as well as My Beautiful Struggle by Jordan Bone, just announced, and The Electricity of Every Living Thing by Katherine May. According to Orion, Smith is actively looking to acquire fresh voices in memoir, humour, top online talent, gift, pop science and trend-led lifestyle.
Eades joined Orion in 2015 as a senior commissioning editor and associate publicist, working in the Orion Fiction team. She joined Trapeze in January, and has signed 10 authors to the list including Sarah J Naughton, Isabel Ashdown, Lara Dearman, Jem Lester and David M Barnett. The fiction list launches with Ragdoll, the first in a debut crime series from former paramedic Daniel Cole, pre-empted for a six-figure sum ahead of London Book Fair and with rights now sold in 32 countries. Recent acquisitions include We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt, a much talked about title ahead of Frankfurt Book Fair this year, with deals and auctions in 22 countries. According to Orion, Eades is looking for "standout voices" in crime, psychological suspense, reading group and women’s fiction areas.
Both Eades and Smith continue to report to Anna Valentine, publisher for Trapeze, who commented: "Emma and Sam have played an integral part in the formation and launch of Trapeze. From spearheading our New Voices Week to running our podcast The Catch, and travelling all over the country to attend events during their spare time, they have gone above and beyond are integral to the future of Trapeze."