Wilson restructures Headline's editorial team

<p>Headline has restructured its fiction team, making a number of promotions, which will be effective from 1st October. </p><p>Former associate publisher Mary-Anne Harrington will take on the role of publisher from that date. Headline applauded her &quot;impeccable taste... clear commercial eye and the ability to create enormous bestsellers&quot; as reasons for the promotion.</p><p>Meanwhile Vicki Mellor and Sherise Hobbs, both senior commissioning editors, will become associate publishers. Mellor&#39;s &quot;strong list of crime and thriller authors&quot; and Hobbs&#39; acquisition of Tasmina Perry were both held up as examples of good work. </p><p>Jane Morpeth, deputy managing director, said: &quot;I&#39;m very proud to have watched the remarkable progress the three senior editors have made in acquiring and championing talented and commercial authors. The bestsellers they&#39;ve helped create will be joined by many more, and I&#39;m confident that the more recently appointed editors will achieve similar success.&quot;</p><p>Also as part of the restructure, Claire Baldwin is being promoted into one of the vacated senior commissioning editor roles, up from commissioning editor, while desk editor Leah Woodburn steps into Baldwin&#39;s position. Kate Byrne, previously editorial assistant, will become desk editor at the same time. </p><p>Kate Wilson, chief executive of Headline, said: &quot;These promotions are an acknowledgement of the strong editorial judgement and impressive track records of senior individuals, while the promotion of more junior members of staff is a tribute to &#39;The Headline School of Editing&#39;, and Headline&#39;s commitment to promoting from within where possible. This is a great team that will take Headline&#39;s fiction publishing from strength to strength.&quot;</p><p>Marion Donaldson, publishing director of fiction, added: &quot;It&#39;s very exciting that Headline&#39;s long-established editorial tradition of internal promotion has produced such terrific results. With these promotions in place Headline clearly has one of the strongest fiction editorial teams in the business, perfectly positioned to spot and build excellent relationships with the very best writers and ensure their positions on the bestseller lists.&quot;</p>