Transworld's publishing director for commercial fiction Sarah Adams and editorial director Frankie Gray have been promoted, with Adams becoming fiction publisher and Gray becoming publishing director for commercial fiction.
The changes "to strengthen and develop" the fiction editorial team will see Adams, who returns from maternity leave on Monday (28th November) take responsibility for all the company’s fiction publishing going forwards. She will report to Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr, and editorial director Jane Lawson and the literary fiction team will now report to Adams.
In Adams' previous role as publishing director for commercial fiction, she was responsible for acquiring runaway success story The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Disclaimer by Renée Knight. Her other authors include crime fiction authors Sharon Bolton and Belinda Bauer.
Frankie Gray (left) and Sarah Adams.
Gray will report to Adams, following her promotion to publishing director for commercial fiction. As editorial director, Gray this year published débuts The Widow by Fiona Barton and The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. She also acquired two novels by screenwriter and actress Ruth Jones and, most recently, Gin Phillips, whose début thriller, Fierce Kingdom, will be published in June 2017. She is credited as being "instrumental" in developing commercial fiction author, Paula Daly, too. Francesca Best and the women’s fiction team will report to Frankie in the future.
Marianne Velmans, Doubleday publishing director, will now work four days a week, continuing to report to Bill Scott-Kerr. She will carry on editing and working with authors such as Kate Atkinson, Lee Child and Curtis Sittenfeld as well as acquiring new books.