Bookouture Strengthens Editorial Team As Gleeson Steps Up

Bookouture expands its editorial team with a promotion for Ellen Gleeson and the hiring of Jess Whitlum-Cooper of Headline and Susannah Hamilton of Corvus.

Gleeson (in the photo above) has been promoted from Editor to Associate Editor with immediate effect. Joining the publisher in 2017, Gleeson was congratulated by her team on an “exceptional year of digital bestsellers, including Kerry Wilkinson’s The child in the picture and Liz Eeles Secrets of the last house before the sea”.

Whitlum-Cooper (on the photo, on the right) will join the team as Associate Editor on January 4, under the leadership of Publishing Director Laura Deacon. Currently Editor-in-Chief at Headline, she has published Kimberley McCreight, Olivia Beirne and Kate Field and is also working on Victoria Hislop’s edition.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to join Bookouture. I have long admired their innovative mindset and formidable roster of authors, and look forward to being part of such a creative, dynamic and forward-thinking team.

Hamilton (at the bottom left) will join the team on November 22 as commissioning editor, reporting to associate editor Isobel Akenhead. She was previously at Corvus where she published authors SW Perry, Uzma Jalaluddin and Jennifer Hillier.

“After selling its 50 millionth eBook, Bookouture is clearly an incredibly exciting and dynamic place to work,” said Hamilton. “The team has been very welcoming and the authors that Bookouture publishes are fantastic. I can’t wait to be there.”

Hamilton and Whitlum-Cooper will both commission numerous commercial genre fiction films, including crime, female and historical fiction.

Earlier this month, Bookouture announced that it had reached 50 million sales since the start of its life in November 2012. Jenny Geras, md said, “Fifty million is an incredible number, which represents nine years of global growth. constant. We couldn’t have done it without our brilliant authors or our great team, and the promotions and hires announced here will help us steer us into the next 50 years.

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