31st March 2022

Otter and Bauer step up at Bonnier Books UK

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Bonnier Books UK today announces two key promotions, as the company strengthens its adult editorial team ahead of the next phase of its growth.

Susannah Otter has been promoted to publishing director of non-fiction imprint Blink and Sarah Bauer has been promoted to editorial director of fiction imprint Zaffre.

Otter joined Bonnier Books UK in 2019 and has acquired and published an array of acclaimed titles including Katherine Ryan’s Sunday Times bestseller The Audacity. Upcoming projects include Tom Parker’s memoir Hope, Sarah Hughes’ posthumous Holding Tight, Letting Go, Anita Bhagwanda’s Ugly, and Sandra Lawrence’s Miss Willmott’s Ghosts.

Bauer joined Bonnier Books UK from Orion in 2016, and has published the likes of Lex Croucher’s Reputation, Caroline Day’s Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life, and Helly Acton’s The Couple, in addition to steering Anton du Beke and Rosie Goodwin to ever-greater success and spots on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Kate Parkin, managing director of adult trade publishing, said:

“We’re thrilled to announce this pair of key promotions. Since joining us over two years ago Susannah has brought her immaculate taste, boundless energy and publishing verve to Bonnier Books UK. She combines an eye for good writing with sharp commercial acumen and – as one of the best-connected editors in publishing – a keen nose for industry buzz.

“Tireless, passionate about her authors and the wider list and endlessly creative, Sarah has a real eye for exciting IP fiction projects. Her market awareness has led to brilliant acquisitions and her exemplary author care and outstanding publishing sets a high bar.

“Their promotions reflect the value of their contributions so far as well as their integral roles in the growth of Bonnier Books UK as we move into the next phase of our development.”

Otter added: “I am so pleased and honoured to be making this next step at Bonnier. Together with my hugely talented team, we continue to build a far-reaching, ambitious list for commercial non-fiction with integrity and heart.”

Bauer commented: “The last five years working at Bonnier have been brilliant, I’m incredibly lucky to work with some of the most wonderful authors and agents and such passionate, talented and supportive colleagues. I’m excited to continue introducing readers to stories and writers they’ll love.”

Bauer and Otter begin their new roles with immediate effect.