Bookouture - digital publisher of brilliant fiction

Our Publishing Team

Oliver Rhodes

Managing Director and Founder

I founded Bookouture with a vision to establish the best of a new generation of digital publishers.  After 12 years working in publishing, with commercial fiction authors like Diane Chamberlain, Alex Kava, Debbie Macomber and Victoria Fox, my aim was to take the best of traditional publishing and combine it with smart digital marketing and a global approach to author brands.

Claire Bord


My career in publishing started over fourteen years ago at Penguin Books where I was lucky enough to work with authors such as Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell and Sue Townsend. I then joined HarperCollins Fiction team before moving onto one of its fiction imprints Avon. At Avon, I was developing the list of one of the most successful commercial imprints in the UK.

Being part of a dynamic and thriving company such as Bookouture is incredibly exciting. I have relished the opportunity to shape the list, working with talented authors and a talented team. As a publisher and editor, the thrill of discovering a new writer never gets old. To be able to nurture and grow these writers into repeat bestsellers, read the incredible customer reviews and see readers come back for the next book – that is the biggest thrill of all.

Jenny Geras


I started my career in marketing, but for the last nine years I have edited and published commercial fiction, first at Pan Macmillan and then at Penguin Random House, where I ran Arrow, the commercial paperback imprint of the Cornerstone division. I’m looking for new fiction for Bookouture across all commercial genres, including crime fiction, psychological suspense, women’s fiction, reading group fiction and saga.

Mark Alder

Data and Insights Director

Having spent almost ten years in traditional publishing – creating bespoke data systems/reports and providing analysis and insight, it was a simple decision in February 2016 to take the opportunity of joining the groundbreaking and innovative team at Bookouture. The numbers speak for themselves!

Chris Lucraft

Digital Operations Manager

I’ve spent 15 years specialising in digital operations – beginning in the music industry at Warner Music International and Sanctuary Records, before gravitating to the world of books at Harlequin and supporting a vast number of different publishers at Virtusales (Biblio). I’m delighted to have found a home here at Bookouture. The folks here are without a doubt the most encouraging, inspiring, and innovative team of people I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of.

My work here is very much focused on distributing data and creating & improving systems, so that our team can provide the best possible support to our authors and readers.

Peta Nightingale

Head of Talent, Contracts and Rights

I joined Bookouture in February 2017 after 28 years in publishing, both as a publisher and as an agent with LAW Ltd.  Commercial fiction has always been my passion and in 2012 I set up and ran LAW’s digital author publishing list, creating some notable Kindle bestsellers in the process, including Tracy Bloom, Tilly Tennant, Emma Davies and Sophie Ranald.

When Bookouture asked me to join their hugely successful team, it was an obvious and very exciting next step.  Here, I manage the submissions process, working with authors both through agents and directly, to develop their work and find the perfect editorial home amongst our brilliant team. I also handle the contractual process and liaise with the trade press to spread the word about why we are changing the face of publishing.

Alex Crow

Head of Digital Marketing

I joined Bookouture in August 2016, having previously worked in digital marketing and digital project management, both within traditional publishing at Orion and outside the industry. I believe Bookouture is challenging the existing publishing model and the chance to work in such a dynamic and forward-thinking environment was too good to pass up.

Kim Nash

Publicity and Social Media Manager

I have run my successful book blog Kim the Bookworm for around six years, and have read and reviewed thousands of books for publishers and authors.

After working in sales and marketing for many years, I took the leap to work within publishing full-time and am delighted to work at Bookouture sharing our amazing books and authors with the world.  I am now absolutely living my dream!

Noelle Holten

Publicity and Social Media Manager

I have run an award-winning book blog, CrimeBookJunkie, for a little over two years now but my passion for reading and reviewing spans decades! I have had freelance experience as a manuscript advisor as well as running my own publicity services company for a time.

I had worked in criminal justice for over 18 years when a dream-come-true opportunity to work in publishing arose and I leapt at the chance. I am thrilled to be working at Bookouture and I am really excited to be able to share all the amazing books and authors and spread the #BookLove everywhere!

Alexandra Holmes

Managing Editor

I worked in non-fiction publishing after completing an invaluable MA in Publishing. I joined the Bookouture team in 2018 and love working closely with authors to make their books the best they can be.

Lydia Vassar-Smith

Associate Publisher

I have been in publishing for more than ten years, working at Transworld, Michael Joseph and most recently Avon where I published bestselling authors such as C L Taylor. At Bookouture I publish Louise Jensen and Tilly Tennant amongst others and am actively looking for more crime and women’s fiction.

Natasha Harding

Associate Publisher

I’ve been lucky enough to work in publishing for over ten years. Previously I’ve commissioned commercial fiction at Avon, Harpercollins and Pan Macmillan, working with bestselling digital and print authors. My role as Associate Publisher really is a dream job. Bookouture are market leaders in commercial fiction – and with such a creative and supportive team it’s not hard to see why.

Shalini Boland, Sarah Denzil and Jenny Hale are just a few of the bestselling authors I publish at Bookouture. I’m actively acquiring standout, gripping commercial fiction, books with an unforgettable hook and stories that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Kathryn Taussig

Associate Publisher

After six years commissioning commercial fiction at Quercus, I joined Bookouture in 2018 to pursue my passion for digital publishing. I have published everything from romance to psychological thrillers, and my authors have included bestsellers Lucy Dawson, Jill Childs, Linda Green and Tracy Rees. I love twisty thrillers, family epics, backstabbing best friends and clandestine affairs. Two of my dream authors to publish would be Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty. I’m originally from San Francisco, California but have lived in the UK for more than a decade.

Isobel Akenhead

Associate Publisher

I have worked for over 15 years in publishing – as an editor at Hodder & Stoughton working with a wide variety of bestselling women’s fiction and crime writers; subsequently in digital sales for Hachette UK, and then running the UK eBook store for Kobo. Coming to work for Bookouture is an absolute dream and I intend to bring together my editorial and retail experience to seek out the best in commercial fiction and crime thrillers.

Jessie Botterill

Associate Publisher

After 7 years working as a literary agent for Janklow & Nesbit UK, I joined the Bookouture team to pursue my passion for commercial fiction with the best of the best in digital publishing.

As an editor, I’m always on the look-out for stand-out voices and original storytelling. The books I love have clever plots, ingenious hooks and always, always, a compelling protagonist with an unforgettable voice. Crime thrillers, psychological suspense, book-club and women’s fiction, for me it’s about smart, commercial ideas with big ambition.

Helen Jenner

Commissioning Editor

I have worked in book publishing for seven years, starting as a freelancer for Bloomsbury and more recently as Digital Publishing Manager at Transworld. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Bookouture team and I’m looking forward to working with some great crime, thriller and women’s fiction authors.

Abigail Fenton

Commissioning Editor

My career in publishing began at HarperCollins where I spent five and a half years, firstly in the ebooks team and later in audio. In my most recent role, I published audiobooks across the HarperFiction, HarperNonFiction and Avon lists.

I’m now delighted to be a part of the Bookouture team, and am looking for fresh new talent to add to our existing list of stellar authors. I commission across all genres that Bookouture publishes, including women’s fiction, crime, and psychological suspense.

Christina Demosthenous

Commissioning Editor

I joined Bookouture after four years at Headline, where I commissioned across the fiction and non-fiction lists. My taste is eclectic and I’m excited to channel this into publishing a variety of genres. I’m just as gripped by an uplifting rom-com as I am by a razor-sharp psychological thriller and I’m always on the lookout for stories that make me cry with laughter or gasp in shock. I love books that are bursting with secrets and lies, whether I’m left feeling warm and fuzzy or watching my back!

Jennifer Hunt

Commissioning Editor

I worked at Lucas Alexander Whitley Literary Agency for 3 years before joining Bookouture in 2017. Now as Commissioning Editor I can’t wait to add more bestsellers to our list. I’m passionate about twisty commercial fiction, the biggest hooks and the best new writing.

Natalie Butlin

Commercial Manager

After an invaluable year in marketing at Bookouture I became a commissioning editor, and published bestsellers such as The Little French Guesthouse, Bad Little Girl, and The Summer House. I loved the role, but became the commercial manager as I wanted to use my experience to do what I feel makes Bookouture the best publisher around – optimising live books to give each one the best chance of success.

Previously, I have worked as an assistant agent at Christine Green, and a creative writing tutor and editorial assistant at The Complete Creative Writing Course.

Jules Macadam

Digital Marketing Executive

After graduating with a degree in chemistry, I decided to pursue a career in marketing as I love approaching tasks with a balance of creative and logical problem solving. Whilst new to publishing, I have previously worked in various digital marketing environments including ad agencies and online retail.

I love the variety of books we get to work with and the fast-paced environment – I’m learning something new every day!

Ellen Gleeson

Publishing Executive

I have previously worked in educational publishing at HarperCollins and, after spending some time outside publishing, I was thrilled to be offered the Publishing Assistant role. The focus on quality commercial fiction and the intelligent and ambitious approach to every step of the publishing process makes Bookouture an exciting place to be, and I’m delighted to be working alongside the brilliant team.

Leodora Darlington

Publishing Executive

Before coming to Bookouture I had the pleasure of completing a Creative Writing MA and running a successful writing blog, both of which have given me an extra dose of empathy for the writers I work with. As part of this team, I have enjoyed the opportunity to support titles that have gone on to become huge bestsellers and love working with such smart, enthusiastic people – team members and authors alike!

When it comes to reading, I love commercial fiction that stays with me, whether it’s a thriller that leaves me gasping at the ending, a romance that truly pulls on the heart strings, or a story with a compelling fantastical element. I am also hugely passionate about books written by or featuring diverse voices, across the whole spectrum of diversity.

Maisie Lawrence

Publishing Executive

Before joining the team at Bookouture, I was at Simon & Schuster, where I worked with bestselling authors including Rupi Kaur, Paige Toon, Rachel Hore and Lisa Cutts. I am also a co-founder of Pride in Publishing, the new networking group for LGBTQ people working with books.

I’m delighted to join Bookouture, where I’m looking forward to building a list. Above all I look for character, and I particularly love the quirkier side of reading group fiction, as well as a flawed detective in a police procedural, crime with a strong sense of place and sweeping historical fiction.

Emily Gowers

Publishing Executive

After two years at Headline, I am thrilled to be continuing my passion for publishing bestselling commercial fiction at Bookouture. From swoon-worthy romance to gripping psychological suspense, I adore books with tension, twists and above all a satisfying ending.