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Griffiths and Loose leave roles at Faber

16 March 2016

From The Bookseller:

Faber has “closed” the positions of publisher for fiction and paperbacks and publisher for non-fiction and the arts, with Hannah Griffiths (pictured) and Julian Loose leaving their roles at the company.

Griffiths, publisher for fiction and paperbacks, will leave the company after 12 years, while Loose, publisher for non-fiction, who has worked at the company for 25 years, will stay on at the publisher until summer when he will become a consultant to Faber.

Mitzi Angel made the decision to restructure the editorial department following her appointment as publisher at Faber last year. Under the new structure, a group of editors—acquiring fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama—will report directly to her.

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Angel was appointed to her position from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York.

Link to the rest at The Bookseller

25 and 12 years working for the same company. On some occasions, good employees turn bad, but, in PG’s experience, that most often happens within a few years. In a shrinking business, there’s always someone who comes in from New York or some other suitably distant location to fire people who the new boss doesn’t know.

PG isn’t certain who first coined the saying, but his first thought on reading this story was, “You can’t cut your way to success.”

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7 Comments to “Griffiths and Loose leave roles at Faber”

  1. PG said “You can’t cut your way to success.”

    I wish you’d tell my current government. Osbourne and his pals are cutting my country into oblivion.

  2. I keep thinking of loose leaf tea every time I look at that headline.

    WRT to the cuttings — I think they left voluntarily, or that’s what Angel implies with her quote. She restructured so that all the editors report to her; Loose and Griffiths “sadly” choose to leave in light of that change. Perhaps they did not want to be under Angel’s leadership.

    • With ‘voluntarily’ not necessarily meaning what you think it does.

      I leave because you make my life hell is not the same as I leave because it’s all lovely and I’d love working under you, but I really must follow my dreams and this is a good time for me to do so.

      Nuance is everything.

      • Agreed, I should have made that clearer. I was thinking along the lines of them deciding that there wasn’t enough money in the world to make them want to work for her. I notice that the praise flowed to them, but they weren’t quoted as praising her … which probably would have to be taken with a grain of salt even if they had.

  3. Al the Great and Powerful

    I used to think that I never considered the publisher, just the author, when I picked books at the store. These days, I look for the publisher, and if its Randy penguin, or hachette, or now Faber, I look for some way to read it without benefiting the publisher (library, used bookstore, etc). Its a blunt tool, but if everybody did it, maybe the qig 5 might learn.

  4. “Mitzi Angel made the decision to restructure the editorial department following her appointment as publisher at Faber last year.”

    Mitzi’s no Angel! 🙁

    And I’m sure this will lead to massively increased book sales [sarcasm].

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