Top team rewarded at Picador

News - Publishing Thursday, 23 May 2019

Ravi Mirchandani, Francesca Main and George Morley all promoted after explosive growth at Pan Mac's literary imprint


Mirchandani moves up to editor-in-chief from associate publisher, while Francesca Main is promoted to associate publisher from publishing director, and George Morley becomes publishing director. All three will continue to report to Picador's publisher, Paul Baggaley.

According to a statement from Picador, Mirchandani 'will focus in his new role on acquisition strategy and the shaping of the Picador list in conjunction with Paul, utilizing his unique experience in developing publishing relationships and acquiring projects to work closely with the commissioning editorial team.

'Francesca Main will continue to add to her remarkable list of writers of literary and reading group fiction and memoir, as well as taking on responsibility for the development and training of the younger editorial team.

'George Morley, who moved to Picador in 2018 as editorial director to strengthen its growing non-fiction offer, will oversee all of Picador’s publishing systems and processes, while continuing her non-fiction publishing role.'

All the promotions take effect from today.

Paul Baggaley, publisher at Picador, said: "As Picador has grown considerably over the last few years, I have recognised the need to develop a new structure with new responsibilities for my senior team. Fortunately I have three of the most experienced and creative colleagues in Ravi, Francesca and George, who have supported me invaluably over the last few years, and I’m delighted to be able to reflect their talents in these new roles."

Of the three, Morley is the longest-serving, having first joined Macmillan in 1994 after stints at Transworld, Penguin and Thames & Hudson, before moving across to Picador in April 2018. She is a non-fiction specialist and has worked on authors including Michael Burleigh, Jane Glover, Adam Hochschild, Judith Mackrell, David Nott, David Olusoga, Roberto Saviano, Robert Service and Susannah Stapleton. Her authors have won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, the Costa Prize for Biography, the Wolfson Prize and the PEN/Hessel-Tiltman Prize.

Mirchandani meanwhile joined Picador as associate publisher five years ago, after spells at Penguin, Weidenfeld, William Heinemann and Atlantic. His publishing at Picador ranges across literary fiction, popular science, history and narrative non-fiction, including the Booker prize-winner Aravind Adiga, Baillie Gifford winner David France, John Carreyrou's FT/McKinsey-winning Bad Blood and Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life, which was shortlisted for both the Booker and the Women's Prize.

Francesca Main joined Picador as an editorial director in 2011 and was promoted to publishing director in 2017. At Picador she has built a list of literary and reading group fiction and memoir and launched authors including Jessie Burton, Adam Kay, AJ Pearce, Emma Flint and Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Picador recorded year-on-year growth of 43% last year with sales hitting £12.5m. This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay sold over 500,000 copies, becoming the biggest selling non-fiction book of 2018, the imprint won the FT, Orwell and Goldsmiths prizes whilst poetry sales topped £1m.

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