Constable and Robinson to launch a new commercial fiction imprint

Publisher Constable & Robinson is to launch Canvas, a new commercial fiction list headed by commissioning editor Victoria Hughes-Williams.

The Canvas list will initially publish 12 new titles a year, in print and digital, with its first title to be published in May 2012.

Fiction publisher James Gurbutt said: "Victoria's role and the launch of Canvas form part of a long-term objective to grow the business and to diversify our fiction offerings. The new list will be predominantly women's fiction—focusing on the mass market—an area in which, until now, we have not had a presence."

Hughes-Williams added that Canvas will be experimenting with how they engage directly with readers, saying: "It's an incredibly exciting time to be acquiring, as we develop new ways to shape the form of the books we bring to market."

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