Brownlee Donald Associates was formed in January 2014 by Fiona Brownlee, a board level executive with over 20 years PR, marketing and rights experience in the publishing industry, both in London (at Pavilion Books & Midas PR) and Edinburgh (at Mainstream Publishing latterly owned by Random House).
It is a hybrid agency which was set up to offer PR consultancy to international publishers distributing into the UK while selling rights for UK publishers internationally. BDA also handles PR for UK based publishers.
Fiona brings a strongly commercial approach to organisations and a global outlook. She enjoys finding creative solutions and uses strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to establish new partnerships. She underpins all this with efficient planning, organisation and budget management.
She was on the board of the Edinburgh International Book Festival for over ten years and after forming Brownlee Donald Associates Fiona was invited to join the PPC (Publishers’ Publicity Circle) Committee in London (2014-2019), ASLA (the Association of Scottish Literary Agents 2014-present) based in Edinburgh and the board of Publishing Scotland (2014-2019). She remains on the Publishing Scotland Trade and Marketing Committee and the International Fellowship Steering Group. After setting up Brownlee Donald Associates she was named as a Rising Star by The Bookseller
In 2015 Fiona was joined by Tim Donald, a senior marketing executive, with over 17 years experience in the newspaper industry. He brings experience in delivering fully integrated marketing campaigns that deliver against the marketing objectives, excellent creative judgement and the ability to lead project planning in order to deliver multi-layered campaign plans. He has outstanding relationship skills and is experienced at building partnerships, bringing an address book with contacts across all aspects of Scottish arts, culture, sport, food, drink, heritage and politics.
Non book projects have included The Caledonian Challenge for Foundation Scotland, a report on the Circular Economy for The Club of Rome, Picture Hooks, a mentoring scheme for illustrators and the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.
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