Ebury Press appoint editorial director for science fiction and fantasy

Ebury Press has appointed Michael Rowley, previously a Waterstone's buyer, as editorial director for science fiction and fantasy.

Rowley was previously a sci-fi and fantasy specialist buyer at Waterstone's head office for seven years, having graduated from the University of Liverpool with an MA in science fiction studies. He initially worked for Waterstone's at the Manchester Deansgate branch, running the sci fi and fantasy section and co-editing the in-house genre magazine, Enigma.

Ebury Publishing m.d. Fiona MacIntyre said: "Michael is recognised as being one of the best in the business and it is a real pleasure to provide a home for him to develop a subject he so clearly loves. His astute understanding of the sf and fantasy audience will help shape an exciting, innovative and profitable list."

Rowley added: "Joining Ebury is a dream job for me, the high point of a long career specialising in genre fiction. To be part of such a wonderful and passionate team is hugely exciting, and I can't wait to get started."