CWA appoints Maxim Jakubowski as Publishers’ Liaison Officer
Press Release from the Crime Writers’ Association
The Crime Writers’ Association has appointed Maxim Jakubowski as its first ever Publishers’ Liaison Officer. Jakubowski, who currently also serves as a CWA Vice Chair, takes up the post with immediate effect.
CWA Chair Martin Edwards said, “Links between crime writers and publishers are vitally important. The publishing landscape is changing rapidly, and we’d decided it’s time to strengthen and develop those links by appointing a dedicated expert to enhance existing relationships and create new connections.
“Nobody is better qualified to fulfil this key role than Maxim Jakubowski. His long and wide-ranging experience, not only as an author and editor but also as a publisher, agent, reviewer, and bookseller, gives him a unique insight into the challenges facing our members and publishers in the UK and elsewhere.”
Maxim Jakubowski said, “As an ex-publisher myself, I am all too aware of the symbiotic relationship between writers and publishing houses, and look forward to playing a role in improving this vital rapport and representing authors of crime, mystery and thriller books and CWA members in an ever-changing industry in which both parties play such an important part.”
Jakubowski’s appointment is the latest in a series of initiatives launched by the CWA over the past two years. These include the establishment of a Libraries Champion (there are now Champions for England, Scotland, and Wales respectively), a Booksellers’ Champion, and two Festival Liaison Officers. The increasing value of these roles to writers is reflected by continuing growth in CWA membership numbers, which have risen consistently in recent years to a current figure in excess of 800.