Rachel Denwood quits HarperCollins to run children's division at S&S

News - Publishing Thursday, 17 January 2019

Early summer move for publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books


Simon & Schuster UK has revealed this morning that Rachel Denwood will be joining as managing director, Children’s Publishing Division. She is replacing Alexandra Maramenides, who announced last October that she would be returning to Australia this spring to get married.

Reporting to Ian Chapman, ceo and publisher, Denwood will, according to S&S's announcement, 'take responsibility for the strategic direction of the Children’s Division, building the creative focus of the list and looking for commercial opportunities to grow the business, while working closely with Simon & Schuster’s international teams on global titles and projects. Rachel will also join the UK board.' She arrives in early summer.

Denwood said: "After ten happy and successful years at HarperCollins it is hard to say goodbye, but the opportunity to lead and build the gem-filled Simon & Schuster UK Children’s list is simply irresistible. I look forward to working with S&S authors, illustrators and the talented in-house team to reach exciting new heights in our flourishing children’s book market."

Chapman said: "I am delighted to announce this appointment and to welcome Rachel to Simon & Schuster. Rachel is highly talented with a wealth of experience and great energy and passion for children’s books. She is the perfect publisher to take the helm of this vital and growing area of our business."

Denwood has spent 17 years at HarperCollins and PanMacmillan, working with names including The Princess Diaries, Paddington Bear, David Walliams and Veronica Roth. She has edited and launched talents including Holly Smale, Rob Biddulph, Anna James and Jenny Valentine.

Simon & Schuster Children’s publishes across fiction, illustrated and licensing, with authors includes Cassandra Clare, Rachel Renee Russell (Dork Diaries), Benji Davies, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, Danny Wallace, Ben Miller and Abi Elphinstone.

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