Who We Are
Hera is a publisher on a mission to publish the very best in commercial fiction. Let us tell you a story…
From gripping psychological suspense, police procedurals and serial killer thrillers, to romance, heartwarming sagas, quirky uplifting fiction and sexy, glamorous contemporary fiction – whatever your reading tastes, Hera has you covered!
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Co-Founder and Publishing Director
Keshini Naidoo has extensive experience of breaking books into bestseller status, with her biggest authors selling millions of copies in digital sales alone. Having started her editorial career at Avon (HarperCollins UK), she then moved to being Associate Publisher at Bookouture, where she published global bestsellers including Angela Marsons and Kathryn Croft.
She was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017, because she has “unabashedly embraced commercial titles”.
Keshini loves all genres of commercial fiction – from dark psychological thrillers with a twist that leaves you breathless to cosy romance that comforts like a mug of steaming hot chocolate, she always has a book (or three) on the go. She’s passionate about bringing the best stories to life on the page and wants to publish books that keep you reading until the wee small hours…
Managing Director, Hera and Canelo
Iain Millar has been MD of Canelo since it began publishing in July 2015, and has overseen its growth from an initial 3 titles, to well over 1,500 now contracted.
He has also worked with Hera since they launched, and following the acquisition of Hera by Canelo in August 2021, is absolutely thrilled to be taking a more hands-on role here.
Formerly an award-winning book marketer and an ebook publisher, he has worked with a wide range of acclaimed and internationally-bestselling authors, and is passionate about helping writers reach their broadest possible audience. He is responsible for making sure Hera have access to the many skills of the Canelo team, while also ensuring Hera retain their unique brand and special publishing vision.
Lindsey Mooney was the Co-founder, along with Keshini, of Hera Books. She left Hera in August 2021 following its acquisition by Canelo. She remains a great friend of the company.