Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Ltd. and Singing Dragon (London, UK) [jump to US office]
Jessica Kingsley, Chairman and Managing Director
Jessica started JKP on her kitchen table at the beginning of 1987, with an overdraft of £5,000, having previously worked for a group of companies distributing American academic and professional books throughout Europe. She has been Chairman of the Independent Publishers Guild, served on the British Council Publishers Advisory Council, and was for many years a member of Council of the Publishers Association. Most recently she was Chairman of the Society of Bookmen, and she now serves on the Advisory Committees of the Publishing MA courses at the London College of Communication, and City University.
Frank Roney, Finance Director
Frank has held finance director level positions since the mid 1970’s and these, for the last 35 years, have primarily been within the publishing industry. His experience is extensive both within public, private and venture capital backed international businesses with responsibilities ranging through finance, HR, distribution and IT. He has helped grow businesses both organically and through acquisition as well as overseeing the public flotation of a venture backed publishing business in the 1990s.
He joined JKP in 2009 and is mainly responsible for the group’s finance function which includes servicing the royalty requirements of the company’s rapidly expanding author base
Octavia Kingsley, Marketing and Production Director
Octavia joined JKP in 2000, and in 2011 became Production Director, since 2013 she has also been Marketing Director. She is responsible for the print and design of all JKP and Singing Dragon books, as well as all marketing material.
Mark Scott, Sales Director
Mark has worked at director level in the book publishing industry for twenty years and has a wide range of sales experience across many different markets and channels. He joined JKP in 2014, and is responsible for managing the company’s sales in the UK and Export markets. Mark’s portfolio of customers is ever expanding and encompasses traditional booksellers, wholesalers, special sales, professionals and electronic sales.
Stephen Jones, Senior Commissioning Editor
Stephen Jones is commissioning editor for social work, social care, adoption, foster care and related areas at Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He has worked in publishing since 1999, and at Jessica Kingsley Publishers since 2004. Prior to JKP, he worked at Taylor & Francis on their higher education list and Kogan Page on their business and education lists. He is on Twitter @steve_jkpbooks
Lisa Clark, Senior Commissioning Editor (currently on maternity leave)
Lisa Clark commissions in the fields of arts therapies, autism, and complementary therapies and is responsible for the editorial end of JKP’s digital publishing strategy. She joined JKP in 2007 and is an English Literature graduate of the University of Nottingham. @LisaClarkJKP on Twitter.
Claire Wilson, Senior Commissioning Editor
Claire Wilson commissions across the Singing Dragon list, covering acupuncture and East Asian medicine, manual therapy, yoga and bodywork, and other complementary medicine areas. She joined JKP in 2014 and prior to this was Commissioning Editor at Elsevier publishers where she managed the Complementary Medicine list. She has worked in publishing since 1995 and is a Masters graduate (Publishing Studies) of the University of Stirling and an English Literature graduate of the University of Glasgow.
Natalie Watson, Senior Commissioning Editor
Natalie Watson commissions the religion list at Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Prior to joining JKP in July 2015, Natalie was Senior Commissioning Editor (SCM Press) at Hymns Ancient & Modern and Head of Publishing at the Methodist Publishing House. Natalie has a PhD in theology from the University of Durham and has worked in publishing since 2003.
Andrew James, Senior Commissioning Editor
Andrew James commissions books on gender diversity and sexuality as well as on early years and pastoral education. Prior to joining JKP in 2016, he was Senior Commissioning Editor at Palgrave Macmillan where he established their Education list. He is an English Literature and Philosophy graduate from the University of Warwick and has been in publishing since 2010. Follow @andrew_JKP on Twitter.
Amy Lankester-Owen, Senior Commissioning Editor
Amy Lankester-Owen commissions in adolescent mental health and related areas. She previously commissioned politics for Palgrave Macmillan and social work, counselling and gerontology here at JKP. Amy has worked in the book trade since 1997, she’s writing a YA trilogy herself, and she has a BA in PPP from Oxford and an MA in English literature from King’s College London. Amy is on Twitter@amy_JKP
Elen Griffiths, Commissioning Editor
Elen Griffiths commissions books on issues affecting refugees and migrants, and also in the field of grief and bereavement. Elen joined JKP in 2016 and was previously Commissioning Editor for Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies at Polity Press in Cambridge. Follow @elen_JKP on Twitter.
Sarah Hamlin, Commissioning Editor
Sarah Hamlin commissions for the yoga list and across other JKP subject areas. She joined JKP as an Editorial Assistant in 2014 and is a German Studies graduate of the University of Warwick. Follow @SarahNHamlin on Twitter.
Jane Evans, Commissioning Editor
Jane Evans currently commissions in the field of art therapy and across other JKP subject areas. She joined JKP as an Editorial Assistant in 2013 and is a Theology and Religious Studies graduate of the University of Cambridge. Follow @bookswithjane on Twitter.
Neil Dawson, IT Development Manager
Neil Dawson oversees all aspects of technology at JKP, from websites and special development projects, to our servers and desktop PCs. Neil joined JKP in 2016 after 10 years in the radio industry. Before that, he had a career as a musician and he has also worked for Church House Publishing and Yorke Edition.
Claudia Esteves, Foreign Rights Manager
Claudia joined JKP in April 2016. She handles translation rights sales worldwide and special sales in the UK and overseas. She was previously at Watkins Media, selling rights and co-editions across all lists, and began her publishing career at David Higham Associates in 2012, working in rights and permissions. She is an MPhil graduate of the University of Cambridge (English Studies) and of the University of São Paulo (Literary Theory).
Sarah Plows, Marketing Manager
Sarah Plows has worked in publishing since 2007, having previously held positions in the marketing departments of Palgrave Macmillan and Robert Hale. In 2015 she joined JKP, where she manages the marketing and publicity team. Follow @HappyPhantom_UK on twitter.
Victoria Peters, Editorial Manager
Vicki joined JKP as a Production Editor in 2009 and now manages the Production Editorial team. The team work closely with the Production Design department and a trusted pool of freelance editorial staff to ensure all new products are published to schedule and JKP’s high editorial standards are always maintained. Vicki is an English graduate of the University of Nottingham.
Abi Renshaw, Production Manager
Abi has worked in publishing since 2007, joining JKP in April 2016. Her previous role was at Hymns Ancient & Modern, a Christian publishers within the charity sector. She has previous experience with newsprint, magazines, journals, books and developing an app for printed products. Abi manages the Production Design team, making sure all JKP titles are beautifully designed and in stock in all territories, both in print and digitally.
Lily Bowden, Publicity Executive
Lily joined JKP in April 2016. Prior to entering the publishing world, she worked in marketing for creative and advertising agencies. She studied English Literature and Language at Nottingham University. She now looks after the marketing for the Chaplaincy, Religion and Spirituality books and the newly launched Gender Diversity list. She also manages the publicity for all of JKP’s trade titles.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc. and Singing Dragon (Philadelphia, USA)
Jessica Kingsley, Chairman
David Corey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
David manages the U.S. sales and marketing office for JKP. His responsibilities include overseeing the JKP staff in the U.S., inventory and fulfilment management, direct marketing, and key account relations. He has worked in the book-publishing industry for two decades, at such houses as W. W. Norton, Tuttle Publishing, and University Press of New England. In addition to his work with JKP, David also teaches classes and seminars on both the craft and business of writing, and is a former board member of the New Hampshire Writers' Project.
Katelynn Bartleson, Marketing Associate
Katelynn handles all queries regarding author outreach, direct marketing, publicity and reviews in the US. Katelynn has worked at JKP since 2009, including a stint as an intern at the company. She has experience in sales, customer service and digital marketing. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in English, concentration in American Literature, and a certificate in Creative Writing. Get in touch with Katelynn for US-based publicity, author queries or review copy requests.
Stephanie DeMuzio, Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Stephanie is responsible for implementing and maintaining up-to-date information in major U.S. databases; monitors stock levels at the U.S. warehouse and manages reorders for stock replenishment; maintains both JKP and Singing Dragon inboxes in the U.S. to serve customers; and serves as a resource to the rep groups. She also handles new sales and marketing opportunities for schools and universities and is in charge of coordinating desk copies and e-inspections.
She began her career with JKP in 2012 as one of our intrepid interns.
Rebecca Gyllenhaal, Relationship Coordinator
Rebecca joined JKP as an intern in 2015 and was brought on as Relationship Coordinator shortly after. Rebecca handles organizational outreach, conference scheduling and marketing, special promotions, and assists with digital marketing and publicity. She has a degree in English from Bryn Athyn College and spent a year studying Scottish Literature and Gaelic at Edinburgh University. In addition to her work in publishing, Rebecca has experience writing for and editing literary magazines and is a member of the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group. Get in touch with Rebecca for US-based publicity or review copy requests.