Kimberley Atkins

Kimberley Atkins

Penguin Random House Australia

My Manuscript Wish List

Kimberley Atkins is a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House Australia, based in the Sydney office, where she acquires commercial fiction and non-fiction. She is actively looking for new Australian voices in fiction and is driven above all by unforgettable characters and captivating stories. Anything that’s got a really strong hook, an original protagonist or lots of twists is top of her Wish List. (However, she’s not really looking for category romance; erotica; rural romance or sci-fi at this time. And no short stories please.)

Kimberley has worked in publishing for the last nine years in both Sydney and London, where she has held roles in editorial and marketing. Most recently Kimberley has been commissioning commercial adult fiction and non-fiction at Penguin, discovering new voices and working with international bestselling authors including Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, Lesley Pearse and Stephen Fry. At the end of 2016 she and her partner left the UK to live in Sydney, Australia where they have spent the last year trying not to get lost in a new city and spending as much time on the beach as is humanly possible.

In her spare time, Kimberley has also self-published a bestselling novel on behalf of her mother (Dani Atkins) which then led to a traditional publishing contract, seventeen international rights deals and four further novels. All of this means that she spends most of her time, both at work and in the evenings on the phone to the UK, talking about books. Which is no bad thing at all.

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Guidelines & Details


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Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, General, Thriller, Women’s Fiction

Favorite sub-genres:
I’d like the next…

Australian high concept love story like ONE DAY (David Nicholls); ME BEFORE YOU (Jojo Moyes) or MISS YOU (Kate Eberlen).

My favorites include…

Authors: Liane Moriarty; Jojo Moyes; Paige Toon; David Nicholls; Sophie Kinsella; Gillian Flynn; J.K. Rowling

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