Appointment of PRH editor part of 'major TCM focus' on middle-grade and teen/YA in 2019
The Hachette Children’s Group has appointed Tig Wallace as senior commissioning editor in the Fiction Team, reporting to editorial director Sarah Lambert, and overseen by senior group publisher Ruth Alltimes.
Previously commissioning editor at Penguin Random House, Wallace has spent six years working mainly on fiction in the Children’s team. He acquired and published last year’s Waterstones Prize-shortlisted This Mortal Coil, YouTuber and influencer Lilly Singh’s bestseller How To Be A Bawse, and most recently, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown, which has sold 365,000 copies in the UK since October. He was nominated for the Branford Boase award in 2016.
Wallace said: "At the end of six very happy years at Penguin Random House, I’m grateful to the fantastic team I've learned so much from, and for the wonderful authors I had the chance to publish. I’m now really thrilled about moving to Hachette Children’s Group. I hugely admire their ambitious, broad and savvy publishing – I’m pleased to be joining at this exciting point in their story, and look forward to all that’s to come in 2019 and beyond."
Lambert said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Tig Wallace to Hachette Children’s Group. We have huge ambitions for the growth of our fiction list and see the opportunities in middle-grade and teen/YA as a major TCM focus for us in 2019 and beyond. Tig has a very impressive career track record, and we know that together with the highly talented editors he is joining, Tig’s creative, commercial approach will bolster our firepower to deliver inspired acquisitions and market-focussed publishing."
Along with Wallace, the older fiction team comprises editor-at-large Helen Thomas, senior commissioning editors Sam Swinnerton and Naomi Greenwood (both currently on maternity leave), commissioning editor Lena McCauley, and commissioning editor Polly Lyall Grant.