The Bookseller Names 2019 Rising Stars; Pan Mac’s Laura Ricchetti is the ‘Shooting Star’

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A new class of 40 ‘Rising Stars’ in the UK publishing industry is named by The Bookseller, in association with sponsor Frankfurter Buchmesse.


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‘Shooting Star’: Pan Mac’s Laura Ricchetti
As Tom Tivnan at The Bookseller writes in his announcement of the 2019 Rising Stars group of emerging professionals in the UK’s book industry, “Rising Stars is, at its heart, a celebration of the wide array of talent in the trade.”

The annual program recognizes some 40 players in the book business and its “Shooting Star,” is given a trip to the Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20), which partners with the trade magazine on the program.

Frankfurter Buchmesse sponsors The Bookseller’s Rising Stars, which originated in 2011.

Tivnan points out that this year’s Shooting Star—Laura Ricchetti, 27, who heads Pan Macmillan’s European and Middle East international sales department—is, for the first time, from the sales side of the business.

There’s also a sad element to Friday’s (July 5) announcement, in that Sophie Christopher, Transworld senior publicity manager and one of the three founders of The FLIP (Female Leadership in Publishing), died unexpectedly on June 3.

As Mark Chandler writes at The Bookseller, also on Friday (June 5), Christopher’s family has launched an online fund-raising page in her memory, already approaching £2,500 (US$3,131) in donations.

It’s the first time, Tivnan notes, that a Rising Star has thus been named posthumously. And Christopher’s FLIP co-founders, Helena Gonda and Ella Horne, say that in tribute to their lost colleague, they’ll continue to press forward with the FLIP’s newsletter and programming.

The Bookseller’s Rising Stars 2019
2019 Rising Star Company Position
Magdelene Abraha Jacaranda Books Group editorial and marketing manager
Federico Andornino Weidendfeld & Nicolson Commissioning editor
Jenny Baldwin Shapes for Schools Founder and director
Lily Bowden Jessica Kingsley Publishers Senior marketing and publicity executive
Kit Caless Influx Press Editor and co-founder
Natalie Carter Black Girls Book Club Founders
Alexander Cochgran C+W Translation rights and primary agent
Emma Corfield-Walters Book-ish Owner
Melissa Cummings-Quarry Black Girls Book Club Founders
Lucie Cuthbertson-Twiggs Vintage Publicity manager
Matt Devereux NBNi Client account manager/marketer
Amy Ellis PLS Permissions Rights and licensing manager
Kay Farrell Sandstone Press Assistant publisher
Lyndsey Fineran Cheltenham Festivals Literature festivals programme manager and commissions manager
Helena Gonda The FLIP/Transworld Founders
Stevie Hopwood Usborne Senior marketing executive
Sarah Hornsley The Bent Agency Agent
Rosie Howie Hodder Gibson Publisher
Ammara Isa HarperCollins Senior trade marketing executive
Zainab Juma Penguin Random House Creative manager, audiences and audio
Robyn Law Society of Authors Awards manager
Laura Lictensteiger Cengage Strategic marketing manager
Silvia Molteni Peters, Fraser + Dunlop Agent
Harriet Moore David Higham Agent
Charlotte Mursell HQ Senior commissing editor
Rory O’Brien Pan Macmillan Key account manager
Mairi Oliver The Lighthouse Bookshop Owner
Francesca Pathak Orion Fiction Publishing director
Laura Ricchetti Pan Macmillan Head of International Sales, Europe and Middle-East
Simon Richardson BBC Radio Assistant producer
Eve Roberts Macmillan Children’s Senior rights manager
James Roxburgh Atlantic Senior editor
Molly Slight Scribe Editorial and publicity manager
Dhara Snowden Rowman & Littlefield Senior commissioning editor
Hayley Steed Madeleine Millburn Agent
Jessie Sullivan Quarto Deputy head of marketing
Kim Walter Zed Co-owner and editorial director
Hannah Whitty Plum Pudding Agent
Kishani Widyaratna Picador Editor
Hannah Wood Little, Brown Women’s fiction art director
Rowan Yapp Square Peg Editor

Tivnan has reported that this year saw a higher level of submissions than in the past, and he notes that in commentary from the newly named Stars, most of them “talked about expanding readership and getting books and stories into as many people’s hands as possible,” regardless of the sector of the business in which they work.


More from Publishing Perspectives on the Rising Stars program is here, and more from us on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He is also co-owner and editor with Jane Friedman of The Hot Sheet, the newsletter for trade and indie authors. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.

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