Search for the book trade’s up and coming talent

POSTED ON: 24/08/12 TAGS: The Bookseller Young talent publishing

by BMS

The Bookseller has begun its second annual search for its Rising Stars, a listing of the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators.

The list, to be published in the 21st September issue of The Bookseller, will look at candidates from all areas of the trade including publishers, booksellers, supply chain, publishing technology companies and new digital entrants.

Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller features and supplements editor, who is leading the selection committee with deputy features and supplements editor Felicity Wood, said: “The Rising Stars is about up and comers, but we’re not necessarily talking just about an age-based list. It could be someone brand new to the trade with tonnes of experience outside of it, or even someone who has been in the trade for a long time who has shifted gears to a new, exciting role.”

He added: “Ultimately, what we’re looking for is people who have the vision, talent and creativity to lead the industry in what will certainly be a challenging future.”

The Rising Stars do get noticed. Of the 38 entries on the 2011 list, 16 were promoted or moved companies to take on greater responsibilities. In the last calendar year, for example, Random House’s Dan Franklin stepped up from digital editor to digital publisher; Rebecca Hart went from being the buyer for Foyles Royal Festival Hall and St Pancras locations to managing and opening up the bookseller’s high-profile shop in Westfield Stratford City; and Madeleine Milburn (née Buston) moved from being head of rights at Darley Anderson to setting up her own literary agency.

Anyone wishing to nominate a colleague or themselves or is seeking information about the Rising Stars, can contact Tom Tivnan ( or Felicity Wood ( by 5th September.



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