David ShelleyDavid Shelley was 23 when he was "thrown completely in at the deep end" and made publishing director of Allison & Busby. He'd joined the publisher straight out of university as an editorial assistant, and a combination of staff leaving—and Spanish parent company Editorial Prensa Iberica's obvious confidence in him—meant he was running it three years later.
Over the next five years, Shelley dragged the independent publisher back into profit. He cut its list back dramatically, introduced a line of library hardback crime novels, and saw turnover quadruple to £1m. Unsurprising, then, that he drew the attention of larger rivals, and was eventually poached by Little, Brown.
He's spent the past two years as LB editorial director for crime and thrillers, and earlier this year took on the additional role of Sphere paperback publisher. He's been enjoying getting to grips with the women's fiction end of the Sphere list. "I have quite dark dreams and nightmares from all the crime and thrillers. I tend to react to things with huge suspicion because in thrillers awful things happen at every turn, so it's really nice to be reading some women's fiction."
(extracted from The Bookseller)
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UK publisher David Shelley and author, Mark Billingham describe UK publishing today
Dry humour meets crime fiction