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Our Publishing Team

JENNY GERAS

Managing Director

I started my career in marketing, but since 2008 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 joined Bookouture in 2017, and am looking for new fiction across all commercial genres, including crime fiction, psychological suspense, women’s fiction and reading group fiction.

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CLAIRE BORD

Publisher

My career in publishing started at Michael Joseph, a commercial imprint of Penguin Random House. I then joined HarperCollins Fiction before moving on to run the editorial team at Avon.

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 colleagues. 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 – that is the biggest thrill of all.

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 Feb 2016 to take the opportunity of joining the ground-breaking & innovative team at Bookouture. The numbers speak for themselves!

CHRIS LUCRAFT

Digital Operations Manager

I spent 15 years specialising in digital operations before I joined Bookouture in 2017 – 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 and improving systems, so that our team can provide the best possible support to our authors and readers.

PETA NIGHTINGALE

Contracts, Rights and Author Development Director

​I joined Bookouture in February 2017 after 28 years in publishing both as a publisher, and as an agent with LAW Ltd (now The Soho Agency). 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 – all now Bookouture authors.

When Bookouture asked me to join their hugely successful team, it was an obvious and very exciting next step. Here, I run the contracts and rights departments, and 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 manage all the communications with our author family and with the trade press, to spread the word about why we are changing the face of global publishing.

ALEX CROW

Digital Marketing Director

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

head of Publicity

I have run my successful book blog Kim the Bookworm since 2009, and have read and reviewed thousands of books for publishers and authors. In 2015, after working in PR, sales and marketing for 24 years, I took the leap into full-time publishing and am delighted to be part of the awesome team 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.

KATHRYN TAUSSIG

Publishing Director

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 am originally from San Francisco, California but have lived in the UK for more than a decade.

RUTH TROSS

Publishing Director

Before joining Bookouture in spring 2019 I was the crime and thriller publisher at Hodder, where I worked with authors including Angela Clarke, Jeffery Deaver, Sabine Durrant, Erin Kelly and Vaseem Khan. I’m always on the hunt for a brilliant twist, an intriguing detective or a standout hook, as well as reading group and women’s fiction that makes you laugh, cry and think. I’m so excited to have the chance to find new authors for Bookouture’s bestselling and market-leading list.

Laura Deacon

Publishing Director

I joined Bookouture in August 2020 and have worked as an editor for 15 years. Prior to joining Bookouture, I managed the editorial team at Amazon Publishing, publishing million copy bestsellers Mark Edwards and Damien Boyd as well as Tina Seskis and Anna Ellory. Before this, I ran the Windmill paperback list at Penguin Random House and started my career at HarperCollins. I am looking for authors across all commercial genre fiction to be the digital bestsellers of tomorrow: from crime thrillers which get under my skin to evocative historical fiction and emotional women’s fiction with relatable characters.

Alba Proko

Audio Manager

I joined the exceptionally talented Bookouture team in September 2020 after five years at Bonnier Books UK, where I handled their non-fiction digital publishing before moving on to focus on audio. I’ve worked on a variety of bestselling audiobooks, from laugh-out-loud celebrity memoirs to chilling true crime stories. The audiobook market is growing rapidly, and I’m excited to work with our brilliant Bookouture authors to bring their books to life in this format. I’m also passionate about audio first publishing and I’m on the lookout for fiction and non-fiction that will captivate listeners.
Lydia Vassar-Smith Editor Bookouture

LYDIA VASSAR-SMITH

Associate Publisher

After working on a variety of bestselling authors at Transworld, Michael Joseph and Avon, I joined the Bookouture team in 2015 and have never looked back. Patricia Gibney, K.L. Slater and Carol Wyer are just a few of the authors I publish at Bookouture and I’m actively on the lookout for fabulous storytelling with a brilliant hook.

NATASHA HARDING

Associate Publisher

Prior to joining Bookouture in 2017, I’d been lucky enough to work in commercial fiction publishing for 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 A. 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

ISOBEL AKENHEAD

Associate Publisher

Before joining the Bookouture team in 2017, I had worked with a wide variety of bestselling women’s fiction and crime writers as an editor at Hodder & Stoughton; subsequently in digital sales for Hachette UK, and then running the UK eBook store for Kobo. Working for Bookouture means I can bring together my editorial and retail experience with a view to seek out the best in commercial fiction and crime thrillers.

JESSIE BOTTERILL

Associate Publisher

After seven 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 lookout 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.

CHRISTINA DEMOSTHENOUS

Associate Publisher

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!

HELEN JENNER

associate publisher

Before joining Bookouture in 2017, I worked as Digital Publishing Manager at Penguin Random House, working with bestselling authors and launching new digital products under the Penguin brand. I came to Bookouture with a passion for digital publishing that has grown and grown and I am privileged to work with a team of brilliantly talented people in a job that fuels both my creative side and my rather nerdy love of data. And I have built a list of brilliant commercial fiction authors, all bringing their own passion to their books, which I am truly proud to publish. I’m always looking for new voices – gripping crime thrillers, psychological thrillers that knock my socks off with a killer twist or a women’s fiction title that warms the cockles or has me weeping as I turn the pages.

Lucy Dauman

associate publisher

I joined Bookouture after three years at Little, Brown, where I commissioned crime and thrillers for the Sphere Fiction list. I am excited to be acquiring across all commercial genres for Bookouture’s bestselling list, from crime fiction and psychological suspense, to reading group and women’s fiction.

Whatever the genre, I am always on the lookout for a standout hook, unforgettable characters and original storytelling that will keep me gripped from the first page to the last.

MAISIE LAWRENCE

Commissioning Editor

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.

JENNIFER HUNT

Commissioning Editor

I worked at Lucas Alexander Whitley Literary Agency for three 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.

ELLEN GLEESON

commissioning editor

I have previously worked in educational publishing at HarperCollins and, after spending some time outside publishing, I was thrilled to be offered the Publishing Executive 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.

EMILY GOWERS

commissioning editor

I joined Bookouture in 2018, after working at Headline and Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and I am thrilled to be continuing my passion for publishing bestselling commercial fiction. From swoon-worthy romance to gripping psychological suspense, I adore books with tension, twists and above all a satisfying ending.

cara chimirri

commissioning editor

I began my publishing career in a sales role at HarperCollins, before moving to the editorial team at HQ where I commissioned for HQ Digital. I am passionate about digital publishing and the kind of addictive, page-turning fiction that you just can’t help but recommended to everyone you know. I am absolutely thrilled to have joined the team at Bookouture and to have the chance to create more digital bestsellers with this amazing team!


I am always looking for crime and thriller with an unforgettable twist and sweeping historical fiction that will capture readers’ imaginations. I also love high-concept book club and women’s fiction that makes you look at the world slightly differently.

Therese Keating

commissioning editor

I started my publishing career in the sales department at Quercus, before moving into an editorial role there and going on to commission across crime, thriller and historical fiction. Now I can’t wait to combine my love of commercial fiction with Bookouture’s expertise in digital publishing. 

I love police procedurals with a strong sense of place, backstabbing families, and thrillers with clever hooks as well as all types of historical fiction and the quirky side of reading group. Make me gasp or laugh aloud and I’m yours!

Natalie Butlin editor publishing bookouture writing

NATALIE BUTLIN

Commercial Director

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.

Hannah deuce

Digital Marketing Executive

I graduated with a BA and MA in History before building my professional background in Marketing and PR, in addition to running my own business as a social media manager. I then went on to complete an MA in Publishing before joining the Bookouture team in 2019. 

I am a fan of reading broadly across all genres with a particular fondness of historical fiction. I like to unwind from a busy day at work by spending time with my horse Vince!

Saidah Graham

Rights Executive

After completing an MA in Publishing Media in 2017, I started my publishing career as a Rights Assistant at Bonnier Books in 2018. After 2 years there, I joined the Bookouture team in the Autumn of 2020. It’s exciting to be immersed in the innovative world of digital-first publishing and to be part of a team seeking out new roads in translation markets around the world.

Marina valles

digital operations Executive

I began my career in publishing in Barcelona after graduating with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Comparative Studies in Arts, Literature and Philosophy. I then went on to complete an Executive Masters in Digital Publishing, before moving to London.

I am absolutely delighted to join Bookouture and much looking forward to contributing to its success. I am so passionate about books and data that in my spare time I enjoy volunteering in a community library, where I am also the Chair of the IT Committee.

Nina Winters

Publishing Executive

Before joining Bookouture in 2020, I spent three years working for Ebury, Penguin Random House’s non-fiction division, and as a freelance editor. I have worked across marketing and editorial, with a focus on audience insights and trends in non-fiction. I’m delighted to now be part of Bookouture’s non-fiction imprint Thread. I’m always looking for an exciting true story, a touching memoir or a smart new way to approach life and business.

HAmzah Hussain

Publishing Executive

Over the years I built up my publishing experience by interning for several independent publishers. This culminated in me joining Hachette’s Fresh Chapters Traineeship in 2019. After an exciting and enriching year at Little, Brown Book Group’s literary editorial team, I am thrilled to join Bookouture. It has been fascinating to learn about the world of digital publishing and I can’t wait to bring even more compelling books to our readers.

MARTINA ARZU

Publishing Executive

After starting my publishing career in rights at Penguin Random House, I was thrilled to join Bookouture in summer 2019 as Publishing Executive. I am interested in books across all genres and I am especially drawn to emotional, powerful stories with strong atmospheric writing. I look forward to building my career in editorial with such a talented and forward-thinking team.

RADHIKA SONAGRA

Publishing Executive

After a variety of jobs (including one very short stint as the world’s worst barista), I got my start in publishing by editing material for an educational publisher. I was thrilled to move to Bookouture, both because of my love of fiction and because I get to work with some of the brightest and most dynamic publishing talent. While I have varied taste in genres, the books I love always feature strong, complex characters, tightly driven plots and prose that stays with you long after.

rhianna louise

Publishing Executive

I began my publishing career in publicity after completing an MA in literary translation and creative writing, and after spending some time in the charity sector. I am so thrilled to be growing my editorial career in commercial fiction as part of the trailblazing Bookouture team. I absolutely love writing with a strong sense of place, memorable characters and a tightly driven plot – and I am always on the look-out for heart-pounding, twisty crime and thrillers.

Kelsie Marsden

Publishing Executive

I joined Bookouture in summer 2019 after previously working in lifestyle publishing and then fashion. I am passionate about stories of all kinds and I look for books that make me feel something, whether that’s a nail-biting crime thriller or a heart-warming rom-com. I am excited to grow my career within such an innovative and talented team!