Meet the team
KELLY ELLIS, PUBLISHING DIRECTOR
Kelly runs the John Blake Publishing list, alongside her commissioning responsibilities for Blink. Kelly, formerly a commissioning editor at Ebury Press, has published over 25 Sunday Times bestsellers including Katie Piper’s Beautiful, Running with the Firm, Secret Slave and more recently Dynamo’s The Book of Secrets, and has particular expertise in inspirational memoir and true crime, helping Bonnier Books UK claim the number one spot in both genres last year.
STUART FINGLASS, UK HEAD OF SALES - ADULT NON-FICTION
Stuart is the king of all things sales and digital (and metadata, whatever the heck that is!) He spends most of his time running around the country meeting with buyers from all kinds of stores, trying to make every single title the bestseller it deserves to be. After ten years at Virgin Books in a variety of roles and a six month stint compiling metadata at BBC Worldwide, he’s now part of the furniture at John Blake Books. His main loves in life include Liverpool FC, his wife and two kids, music and his iPad (possibly in that order).
TOBY BUCHAN, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Toby Buchan is our resident editorial genius. If you need to know the spelling, definition and pronunciation of a word no one’s used since 1724, he probably knows it. After a ridiculously long and successful career – including a stint at Michael O’Mara Books – he’s now settled with us. Toby is notorious for his honesty, scathing editorial criticism and his hatred of the exclamation mark. When the weather is right you’ll find him in his element: fishing rod in hand and trout hanging from the end of it.
JAMES HODGKINSON, EDITOR
In his lifetime, James will probably send more emails than the rest of us will eat hot dinners. Whether he’s keeping the rest of the office in line, tracking our submissions, or throwing ideas for books into the mix, you can guarantee that James is always busy. Much of his spare time is spent in gyms and courts playing various sports, for which his friends will confirm he wears unnecessarily short shorts. Otherwise, you’ll find him playing guitar loudly (but just a bit brilliantly).
SARAH FORTUNE, JUNIOR EDITOR
Sarah manages the progress of our books (and our unruly team), checking that everything is running on time with a cup of tea permanently in her hand. She’s also the only member of the JB crew with a Blue Peter badge, so she can stay. Sarah spent four years at Kings, had a year abroad in Provence (which she’s still not over), and internships at Allison and Busby, HarperCollins and Penguin, before finding herself at John Blake Publishing in April 2015. In her spare time, Sarah throws herself into living the London life, but equally takes days off to recover with Netflix.