Joel Richardson has been appointed as publisher at twenty7, the new digital-first adult fiction imprint of Bonnier Publishing.
Richardson joins from Quercus, where he held positions including audiobook publisher and editor, where he worked with authors including Joel Dicker and Hester Browne.
The new imprint will focus on debut authors and international writers new to the UK markets, covering commercial fiction genres. All books will be published as e-books in the first instance, with mass market paperbacks following within six months. The first titles from twenty7 are due for release later this year.
Mark Smith, former founder and c.e.o. of Quercus, who joined Bonnier as c.e.o. of the Fiction division after Quercus was sold to the Hachette Group, said: "I’m delighted that Joel has joined us to head up our new adult fiction imprint, twenty7. Joel brings a wealth of experience, a great eye for commercial titles, an expansive network amongst the author and agent community and a quiet confidence that saw him shine during his time at Quercus."
Richardson said: "I’m really thrilled to join the new team at Bonnier Publishing. It already feels like a fresh and exciting place to be, and I’m excited to take on the challenge of finding the brightest new voices in commercial fiction, and bringing them to the audiences they deserve."