Helen Conford began working at Penguin Books in 2001, becoming a commissioning editor in 2003. She is now an Editorial Director at two Penguin imprints, Allen Lane and Particular Books (which launched its first list in July 2009). She was shortlisted for the Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.
I am very grateful to Helen for mentoring a SYP student whose goal is to move from newspaper journalism to book publishing, specifically commerical fiction and non-fiction. (Helen has been assisting this person with her CV, interview technique and the specific role of an editor.)
Thank you, Helen!