Publisher Kerry Enzor is leaving Quarto to lead a new Quercus imprint focused on international non-fiction originated entirely in-house.
Enzor starts work this month, building a new editorial team and creating a new list across popular reference, lifestyle, gift and travel. The unnamed new imprint aims will launch in 2020.
The move sees Enzor return to Quercus, a firm she first joined as a commissioning editor in 2012. She left in 2014, heading to Quarto where she is currently publisher for non-fiction imprint White Lion.
She said: “I am thrilled to be back at Quercus and to be rejoining it at such an exciting time. I have watched Quercus go from strength to strength over the last five years and yet retain that indie spirit that makes it such a dynamic, creative place to work. I am sad to be leaving brilliant colleagues and authors at Quarto, but the opportunity to build a list from scratch with Jon was far too good to pass up.”
Quercus m.d. Jon Butler said the new imprint was a “logical extension” of its diverse list of authors and a continuation of how Quercus began in 2004.
He explained: “Imaginative, international-facing non-fiction is what kick-started Quercus into being almost fifteen years ago, matching clever concepts with the perfect authors and speed to market. I’ve long admired the classily packaged, zeitgeisty lists that Kerry has put together elsewhere over the last ten years, and am excited to see what she builds here at Quercus.
“The UK remains our biggest market – but most of the world’s consumers live somewhere else entirely, which suggests a huge opportunity for the next stage in our growth, alongside our mature, trade-facing fiction and non-fiction imprints led by Cassie Browne and Katy Follain. What sets Quercus apart is its incredibly diverse author base: fully 40% of our authors come from one of 25 countries other than the UK or US. I see this new imprint as the logical extension of that point of difference, listening to readers wherever they are, and actively creating books that inform, entertain and enrich their lives.”