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

Publishing Director

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.

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.

Keshini Naidoo

Associate Publisher

I’m excited about the prospect of unearthing some fresh talent and eager to build on my experience of working with eBook bestsellers at Avon. The digital landscape offers a unique opportunity for nimble, innovative publishing and I can’t wait to start building a stable of exciting new authors at Bookouture.

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!

Natalie Butlin

Commissioning Editor

After an invaluable year in marketing at Bookouture, I am now commissioning fiction and searching for new voices. I publish bestsellers Helen Pollard and Jenny Hale amongst others, and have recently acquired psychological and crime thrillers.

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.

I love working at the forefront of digital publishing, with such incredible authors, and an innovative, supportive team.

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.

Jessie Botterill

Commissioning Editor

After nearly 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 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.

Lauren Finger

Managing Editor

I have been an editor and managing editor in publishing for over 15 years in Australia and the UK, working with authors and publishing professionals to help their books become the best books they can be. I am thrilled to be a part of the Bookouture team.

Mark Alder

Data and Insights Director

Having spent almost ten years in traditional publishing analysing data, presenting results, creating forecasts & providing insight, it was a simple decision to take the opportunity of working with the ground-breaking & innovative team at Bookouture. The numbers speak for themselves!

Alex Crow

Digital Marketing Manager

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.

Hannah Todd

Publishing Assistant

I recently graduated with a Publishing degree from Oxford Brookes, while working at The Writers’ Workshop, an editorial consultancy. I also run Hello Me, it’s You, a non-profit mental health project for young adults.

On finishing university, I was delighted to be offered an internship at Bookouture. I was soon offered the role of publishing assistant, allowing me to work in a constantly evolving, innovative business at the forefront of digital publishing.

Jennifer Hunt

Publishing Assistant

I worked as an assistant at literary agency Lucas Alexander Whitley for 3 years, working with many commercial authors and running the social media for the business and some our established clients. I am thrilled to be joining the team at Bookouture, who bring so much passion, digital innovation and attention to detail to every book they publish.

Ellen Gleeson

Publishing Assistant

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.

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