Why We Commissioned These Debuts

Why We Commissioned These Debuts

11 Apr 2018, 13:45 - 14:30

Author HQ

What are publishers commissioning and how are they going about finding new talent?

Jade Chandler joined Harvill Secker in 2016 to build on their enviable crime and thriller list, which includes bestsellers Jo Nesbo, Ruth Ware, Denise Mina and Abir Mukherjee.
Debut thrillers, commissioned by Jade, and published in 2018, include Emily Koch’s If I Die Before I Wake, D.B. John’s Star of the North by and Jo Jakeman’s Sticks and Stones.

Flame Tree Publishing’s new trade fiction imprint, Flame Tree Press led by Nick Wells launches in September - with a focus on high quality horror, crime, science fiction and fantasy novels, from both established and up-and-coming writers, and working with communities of authors and readers online

Ahead of last year’s London Book Fair, HarperCollins secured a six-figure deal for The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder, Sarah J Harris’s debut adult novel. Martha Ashby, HarperFiction editorial director bought UK and Commonwealth Rights to the book.  A Bookseller Rising Star, Martha also published one of the most successful debut novels of 2017, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Come along and listen to how publishers are discovering new talent, what are they looking for when working with new writers, and what is selling in today’s market.  Sarah J Harris will present the author’s perspective.



  • Claribel Ortega


    Combined Book Exhibit

  • Martha Ashby



  • Sarah J Harris



  • Nick Wells


    Flame Tree Publishing

  • Jade Chandler


    Harvill Secker

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