Appleton to head fiction at Hodder Childrens Books
19.01.12 | Caroline Horn
Jon Appleton has been appointed to the newly-created post of editorial director for fiction at Hodder Children’s Books and will be joining the company on lst February.
Appleton joins from Hachette Australia, where he was children’s publisher during 2011. Previously to that he worked as editorial director at Orion under Fiona Kennedy.
Publishing director Anne McNeil said, “Jon Appleton is the ideal person to drive our fiction to its maximum potential. He joins a well established group of fiction editors – Beverley Birch, Rachel Wade and Naomi Pottesman – along with our other newcomer Ellen Holgate, who has come to us from Walker.”
Hachette has also recently appointed Karen Lawler as licensing executive manager across the group imprints.
Hodder’s authors include LJ Smith (Vampire Diaries), Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon), Robert Muchamore (CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys), David Almond (Skellig) and Hilary McKay (Caddy’s World).
Appleton said, “I am very excited to be taking up this new position. I relish bringing new authors to the list and will enjoy helping to consolidate the careers of the Hodder rising stars. I am delighted to be back in the UK and to be joining Hodder at such an exciting time.”