New head at Hodder Children's Books

Jon Appleton has been appointed to the newly-created post of editorial director for fiction at Hodder Children’s Books and will be joining the company on lst February.

Appleton joins from Hachette Australia, where he was children’s publisher during 2011. Previously to that he worked as editorial director at Orion under Fiona Kennedy.

He joins other fiction editors – Beverley Birch, Rachel Wade and Naomi Pottesman and Ellen Holgate.

Hachette’s appointments follow the departure last autumn of Emily Thomas and Sara O'Connor, previously Hodder YA fiction publisher and senior editorial manager respectively, for Hot Key Books.