By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘Shooting Star’: Pan Mac’s Laura RicchettiAs 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
|Group editorial and marketing manager
|Weidendfeld & Nicolson
|Shapes for Schools
|Founder and director
|Jessica Kingsley Publishers
|Senior marketing and publicity executive
|Editor and co-founder
|Black Girls Book Club
|Translation rights and primary agent
|Black Girls Book Club
|Client account manager/marketer
|Rights and licensing manager
|Literature festivals programme manager and commissions manager
|Senior marketing executive
|The Bent Agency
|Senior trade marketing executive
|Penguin Random House
|Creative manager, audiences and audio
|Society of Authors
|Strategic marketing manager
|Peters, Fraser + Dunlop
|Senior commissing editor
|Key account manager
|The Lighthouse Bookshop
|Head of International Sales, Europe and Middle-East
|Senior rights manager
|Editorial and publicity manager
|Rowman & Littlefield
|Senior commissioning editor
|Deputy head of marketing
|Co-owner and editorial director
|Women’s fiction art director
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.