Two go at Pocket, after S&S makes vertical move

<p>Simon &amp; Schuster has moved its Pocket Books paperback publishing under the control of its editorial team, with the loss of two jobs.</p><p>Mike Jones, non-fiction editorial director, and Maxine Hitchcock, fiction editorial director, will be in charge of paperback publishing for their respective areas under a new vertical structure. Both report to S&amp;S publishing director Suzanne Baboneau.</p><p>Ian Chapman, S&amp;S m.d., said: &quot;This new approach will allow us to publish in a clear and focussed way, and our editors will have an even closer relationship with our authors, seeing them through the publication of all formats of their books.</p><p>&quot;These changes will inform our overall approach as to how we acquire and work with authors, our relationships with retail partners, and the consumer marketing campaigns that are so critical to the success of our individual titles, our continuing authors, and Simon &amp; Schuster UK as a whole.&quot;</p><p>Julie Wright, Pocket publisher, and Sally Partington, Pocket editor and media tie-ins manager, have been made redundant. Chapman said of their departures: &quot;They have both been wonderful colleagues who have contributed enormously to the turnaround of our paperback list, giving each author the benefit of their publishing skill and expertise.&quot;</p><p>Chapman added that S&amp;S&#39; turnover is 13% up year on year, compared to the wider market,<br />which is down 6%.<br /><br /> </p>