Founder John Blake and managing director Rosie Virgo are stepping down from their roles at John Blake Publishing, which was sold to Bonnier Publishing in 2016. The Bookseller reported that "the eight staff currently located at the John Blake Publishing offices on Bramber Road will now relocate to Bonnier Publishing's Chelsea offices, where they will join Kings Road Publishing's adult nonfiction imprints Blink Publishing, Lagom and 535."
Kelly Ellis has been promoted to publishing director, effective immediately, and will run the John Blake Publishing list, along with her commissioning responsibilities for Blink. She will report to Ben Dunn, managing director Kings Road.
"It has been fun working with Bonnier Publishing, but I have a bestseller I am itching to write and the time has come for some new adventures," Blake said.
Dunn praised Blake as "truly a one-off in modern British publishing; a ground-breaker with a never-say-die attitude," and thanked Blake and Virgo for leaving the list in "fantastic shape."