Raft of promotions at Yellow Kite and Hodder non-fiction

Raft of promotions at Yellow Kite and Hodder non-fiction

The Yellow Kite and Hodder & Stoughton non-fiction teams have made a raft of promotions and new appointments.

Lauren Whelan (pictured above), previously editorial director, has been named associate publisher at Yellow Kite and will add some commissioning for the Hodder non-fiction team to her remit.  

After being with the publisher for six years, Whelan has had “a stellar 18 months”, according to Hodder with six Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers for the Yellow Kite list. She will continue to primarily acquire for the Yellow Kite and lifestyle lists under executive publisher Liz Gough. Whelan will also now acquire a number of market-leading and commercial non-fiction titles from leaders, celebrities and “changemakers” in the world of mainstream and digital entertainment, with a focus on sharing untold stories from those with big platforms, for publisher Kirty Topiwala’s non-fiction list.  

Holly Whitaker has been promoted from assistant editor to commissioning editor to lead a new strand of business publishing at Yellow Kite, with a focus on empowering women. This new focus will steer the imprint into a new direction devoted to professional self-help and development.  

Former editorial assistant Olivia Nightingall is promoted to assistant editor. During lockdown, Nightingall sent the company weekly "Lockdown Larder" emails featuring recipes by the division’s many cookery authors to inspire colleagues to cook new things, and subsequently these have morphed into "Hello Yellow" newsletters. 

In the Hodder non-fiction team, editor Cameron Myers (pictured, right) is promoted to commissioning editor, publishing books on current affairs, personal development and contemporary history for a Millennial and Generation Z audience. He has already acquired a number of titles including The Central Park Five, a two-book deal with George the Poet, Old School Cool by Billy Dee Williams and Hunting Ghislaine by John Sweeney. 

There have also been two new joiners with Jemma Mo becoming editorial assistant at Yellow Kite and Ciara Mongey joining Hodder non-fiction as editorial assistant, with Zakirah Alam appointed assistant editor.