The Bookseller – News – Bradbury promoted to publishing director at PRH science fiction and fantasy publisher Del Rey

Sam Bradbury has been promoted to publishing director of Del Rey, the home of science fiction and fantasy at Penguin Random House UK, effective immediately.

She will report to Century publisher Selina Walker and work alongside publishing director Ben Brusey, while continuing to manage Del Rey’s editorial team, including senior editor Kate McHale, who has joined the footprint of Waterstones head office in April.

Del Rey publishes genre authors and entertainment franchises including Star Wars, Stranger Things and Lore Olympus.

Sam Bradbury joined Del Rey in February 2020 as part of the relaunch of the imprint at Cornerstone and was promoted to Editorial Director in January 2022. Since joining, according to the publisher, Del Rey has published 14 Sunday time bestsellers, doubled its UK TCM market share and increased international sales by more than 300%.

Bradbury was also responsible for publishing Naomi Novik’s The Scholomance series, Hail Mary Project by Andy Weir, Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe and night book by Holly Black. She will continue to lead the imprint and acquire crossover adult and young adult fantasy, sci-fi and horror.

Walker said: “This is such a well-deserved promotion and reflects what Sam has accomplished in her short time with us at Del Rey. It reflects his passion for the genre, his expertise and his editorial prowess. Del Rey is such an exciting imprint to be associated with, and I know Sam will take him further and further.

Bradbury commented, “I am incredibly proud of all that Del Rey has accomplished so far and consider myself extremely lucky to be working with an extremely talented, passionate and hardworking team of colleagues, writers and agents. I am thrilled to take on the role of Managing Director and look forward to seeing where Del Rey’s future takes us.

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