John Saddler has worked in the publishing industry over 20 years. He began as marketing copywriter at Transworld Publishers and became senior editor, editorial director and publisher of three prestigious literary imprints - respectively Black Swan, Flamingo and Anchor. He also worked for a time as an editor at Fourth Estate, now part of Harper Collins but then a small independent publishing house.
For Black Swan he acquired writers such as Tim Pears, Terry Macmillan and Matthew Kneale. For Flamingo he acquired Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, The Information by Martin Amis, Anita and Me by Meera Syal and Microserfs by Douglas Coupland, and worked with many major authors such as Kingsley Amis, Fay Weldon, J G Ballard and Amy Tan. While with Anchor, which he launched for Transworld in 1998, he published amongst many others, Ethan Coen, Germaine Greer, Meera Syal, Robert Edric, A M Homes, Julia Darling and Simon Mawer, shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2009.
The Saddler Literary Agency was founded in 2001. Among its clients have been: the 1993 Whitbread Prize winner Joan Brady; the award-winning crime writer Declan Hughes; novelists James Miller, Susan Barker and Joe Stretch; bestselling popular reference writer Russell Ash; true-crime writer Duncan Staff; historians Kate Williams, Ian Thompson, Sarah Wise, Jonathan Miles and Kelly Grovier; travel writer Jamie Ivey; television personalities Selina Scott and Adrian Chiles; football referee David Elleray; and sports writer Pat Butcher.
Karen Godfrey is a highly experienced fiction editor, especially in the area of crime fiction. She worked for many years at HarperCollins Publishers and edited books by many award-winning and bestselling authors including Val McDermid, Reginald Hill, Andrew Taylor and Robert Wilson.