Natalie Jerome has worked as a Publisher and Acquiring Editor for some of the UK’s most prominent publishing houses including Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, Bonnier Books and HarperCollins where she was a commissioner for ten years before making the move across to literary agenting for Aevitas Creative Management, a leading transatlantic independent literary agency. Included in the 2018 publishing trade magazine The Bookseller’s Industry top 100, she was described as a ‘brand publishing wizard’ having acquired and published books that have sold, during the course of her career to date, six million copies driving revenue of £30m. Natalie specialises in commercial Non-Fiction and has commissioned and published books by a host of high profile names including the multi-million copy-selling One Direction titles as well as books from George Best, Alan Carr, Chris Evans, JLS, Little Mix, Gary Barlow and Rochelle Humes. As a literary agent, her clients include the actor David Harewood and Sir Lenny Henry.
As one of the few black Publishers in the UK, Natalie has worked to improve diversity within the industry. She is Deputy Chair of Literature Wales and is a founding trustee and board member for Creative Access, a mentoring and graduate trainee scheme for black and minority ethnic candidates looking for paid internships across the media sector. In her first 12 months as an agent she was shortlisted as Literary Agent of the Year at the 2021 British Book Awards and in 2016 Natalie was highly commended for her work at the National Business in the Community Race Equality Awards.
I aim to seek out and develop books and voices that are game-changers, across fiction, non-fiction and childrens. My mission (and it really is one!) is to continue and accelerate the narrative of my career thus far, reaching audiences that remain persistently under-served by publishing, looking outside of the industry for new voices who have the potential to reach millions of readers and change perceptions of what is and isn’t good literature and who our readers are today.