Frances Lincoln Children's Books looking at publishing more commercial fiction

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books is refocusing its list away from picture books towards more commercial fiction under the direction of new editorial director Maurice Lyon. Fiction output will nearly double to 20 titles this year while its picture book programme will be cut from 45 to around 25 titles.

Lyon said: "Frances Lincoln is known for specialising in multicultural picture books and fiction but we are aware that we need to position ourselves as a publisher for all readers, without loosing sight of our roots."

Frances Lincoln’s new fiction list will have more "trade appeal" said Lyon, while still appealing to librarians and teachers. It will cover age ranges from eight to 14 years.