Quercus to launch a new sci-fi, fantasty and horror fiction imprint in January 2011

Quercus is to launch a new fiction imprint in January, with Gollancz associate publisher Jo Fletcher joining to set up the new list. Jo Fletcher Books will  publish sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Fletcher has spent the last 16 years at the fantasy and science fiction imprint of Orion and has worked with authors including Terry Pratchett and Charlaine Harris.

Fletcher said she had enjoyed an "amazing time" at Gollancz. She added: "I don’t know what could be more exciting for an editing publisher than to be setting out with a blank slate and the backing of Quercus, with all its enthusiasm and vibrancy, and the inordinate success it’s had over the last few years."

Mark Smith, chief executive of Quercus said: "Jo has proved a formidable talent in finding great storytellers in the fields of SF, fantasy and horror for over two decades and we are all very excited by Jo’s decision to launch her new imprint with Quercus. We look forward to Jo Fletcher Books becoming another critically important and commercially successful imprint under the Quercus umbrella."