Before packing my bags and leaving ‘Bright Lights’ to search for ‘Brideshead’, I was lucky enough to work in US publishing at Random House and HarperCollins. I was the SVP Publisher of Harper Perennial, where I watched after countless authors, including classics, new writers and notable names such as Michael Chabon, Barbara Kingsolver and Mary Karr.
I also co-founded It Books, an imprint dedicated to pop-culture, fashion, film, music and celebrity. In the imprint’s first 18 months, It Books boasted 13 New York Times bestsellers, including two #1 titles: Shit My Dad Says and Red by the former lead singer of Van Halen, Sammy Hagar. I’ve taught at NYU as well as spoken at numerous writer’s conferences. And always happy to speak to writers at conferences, classrooms and festivals.
I am the co-founder of the independent bookstore/cocktail bar The Society Club in Soho, London. If you want to come in and chat with me about your writing, come on over. We have a full cocktail bar surrounded by books, what more can you ask for?
I’m looking for non-fiction that either answers a question or asks one. I want to work with writers in all fields; but most especially science, psychology, business/economics, fashion, style, music, art and philosophy. Some of my recent titles include Saving Normal by Allen Frances, How We Feel by Giovanni Frazzetto, Isle of Noises by Daniel Rachel, Buddha’s Daughters by Christine Toomey, Silver Screen Chic by Amber Butchart and a reissue of the classic Cheap Chic.
For fiction, I am lucky enough to work with Simon Van Booy, who won the Frank O’Connor award in 2009 for his collection of stories Love Begins in Winter, Paul McVeigh and Robin Antalek. .
If you think your work might be something I’d love, please send a hard copy addressed to me by the normal submissions procedure, or send me an email.