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Black & White Publishing: Commissioning Editor (non-fiction)

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Apply as soon as possible for this full-time, permanent position based in Edinburgh.

Location: Nautical House, Commercial Street, Edinburgh. With flexible home working up to three days per week.

Salary range: £28,000 – £33,000 per annum


General Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a non-fiction commissioning editor to join our team in Edinburgh, bringing new non-fiction titles and proposals to our growing list.


Key responsibilities


  • Be aware of current successes in the UK book market and use that knowledge to commission new non-fiction titles and edit work as required
  • Consider a wide range of submissions as required
  • Proactively reach out to and create relationships with authors and agents
  • Be aware of emerging authors and artists with a view to approaching them
  • Review submissions brought by other members of the editorial team to editorial meetings
  • Play an active part within the team in new idea discussions
  • Take part in pitches – if required – for hotly contested titles, working with the design, sales, and marketing teams
  • Be aware of the different needs and schedules for books where and when world rights are acquired
  • Structurally edit acquired texts by working closely, creatively and sympathetically with the authors of the texts
  • Work closely with the design team and/or freelance designers to brief artwork as required
  • Work closely and supportively within our editorial team
  • Speak passionately about your books to the wider sales, marketing, publicity and rights teams, from acquisition stage and throughout the book’s publishing life
  • Editorially guide the books through the publishing process to ensure that all sales material and final files are timely and accurate
  • Writing AI copy, cover copy and sales copy as required


List and Project Management :

  • Project-manage your books in partnership with the relevant design and production teams, making sure key milestones are kept to and final files are supplied on time
  • Project-manage a range of books, of appropriate number and complexity
  • Problem-solve and/or escalate problems in the correct manner and in good time
  • Additional ad hoc duties related to commissioned titles, including maintaining Biblio information and writing new title information sheets as required
  • Attend and present at new acquisitions meetings and sales meetings
  • Work with the wider teams to produce appropriate sales material including cover copy, marketing material and material for bookfairs


Qualifications and Experience

  • A track record of commissioning profitable, successful non-fiction titles is essential
  • An understanding of the editorial process is essential, with a minimum of two years of editorial experience
  • Copyediting skills essential
  • Copywriting skills essential
  • Attention to detail
  • A good understanding of the marketplace and our target audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • A good communicator
  • A commercial thinker
  • An insightful organiser with the ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload to meet multiple deadlines
  • A flexible and cooperative team player

For more details and to apply, see the Jobylon website.