Quercus hires Follain, promotes Riley and Bierwerth

Quercus hires Follain, promotes Riley and Bierwerth

Quercus has made a series of promotions and hires in its senior editorial team, including the appointment of former Canongate publishing director Katy Follain, and announced a new division and a new imprint.

The appointments have been made by Jon Butler, who became m.d. of Quercus in July this year, joining from Pan Macmillan.

Quercus editor-in-chief Jon Riley (left)  becomes publisher of a new, yet to be named, imprint that will focus chiefly on literary fiction and quality crime.

Publishing director Stef Bierwerth (right) is promoted to publisher for Quercus Fiction, and is “charged with driving growth in the company's traditionally strong commercial heartland”.

Follain (below left), who left Canongate at the end of August to “pursue new carer opportunities within the industry”, becomes publisher of Quercus Non-Fiction, heading up a new, focused non-fiction division.

Butler said: “In my first few months at Quercus, I have been tremendously impressed by the depth of editorial talent across the company's family of imprints.

“In its remarkable 10-year history, in which it has won versions of Publisher of the Year no fewer than three times, Quercus has always been marked out by its canny, clever commissioning.

“By empowering Jon, Stef and Katy to mark out and own clear areas of excellence, I'm confident that we can build on our great start to life at Hachette and develop our reputation for finding the best authors and storytelling from around the world, for a truly international readership.”

Riley is a former publisher at Penguin, Faber & Faber and Picador, and his team at Quercus will include Niamh Mulvey, Rich Arcus and Rose Tomaszewska. Butler said he was sure Riley would “create a leading literary imprint in no time”.

Butler worked with Bierwerth at Macmillan, and said: “She is an extraordinarily talented publisher and with the knowledge and taste of Jane Wood and Kathryn Taussig in her new team, we are justified in having enormous ambition for our commercial fiction publishing in the future.”

Butler said the appointment of Follain signalled Quercus’ “ambition for our non-fiction publishing”.

“The commissioning team of Richard Milner, Jane Sturrock and Ione Walder is already very strong and Katy's leadership and smart, creative, international approach to non-fiction takes that team to the next level,” he added.

Follain will start her new role on 2nd November.