PATRICK JANSON-SMITH is Chairman of Kingsford Campbell. Patrick has been one of the most successful publishers of his generation as well as a literary agent.
He is the son of the great literary agent Peter Janson-Smith who represented, among others, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Gavin Maxwell, C. Northcote Parkinson and the biographer, Richard Holmes.
Patrick started his publishing career as a publicity assistant at the University of London Press (Hodder & Stoughton) before joining Granada Publishing to work for one of the industry’s legendary figures, Carmen Callil. After an all-too-brief spell as Publicity Manager of a fledgling Octopus Books, he returned to Granada as an editor at the Mayflower paperback imprint. Before too long, he was poached by Transworld (then Corgi & Bantam Books) where he worked as an editor, rising to the position of Associate Editorial Director before being headhunted for a start-up book club, The Nationwide Book Service (jointly owned by Heinemann, Collins and Bonnier).
It was in 1981 that Patrick feels he found his true calling, having been invited back to Transworld as Publisher. He served in that role from 1981-2005 and founded the imprint Black Swan which was launched in 1983. During his time at Transworld, he was responsible for the careers of such authors as Jilly Cooper, Armistead Maupin, Howard Jacobson, Robert Goddard, Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope, John McCarthy & Jill Morrell, Andy McNab, Sophie Kinsella, Lee Child and Joanne Harris.
In 2005, Patrick joined the Christopher Little Agency, before returning to publishing in 2008 as Publisher of his own imprint, Blue Door, at Harper Collins. He retired from Harper Collins in 2014 but was very excited to be drawn straight back out of it to join Kingsford Campbell as Chairman.
He does not accept submissions.