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Editor, Black & White Publishing

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Edinburgh
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Edinburgh

Job title: Editor

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

Salary range: £22,000-£27,000 per annum (depending on experience)

General Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an editor to join our team, editing titles across our lists, including non-fiction, fiction and YA.

Key responsibilities


  • Be aware of current successes in the UK book market and use that knowledge to help inform our commissioning and editorial work
  • 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
  • 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, by working with the desk editor, production and design teams 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 editor, 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 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

Work with great people

Alex Alexandrou
Head of Commissioning - Children's
"When I joined Igloobooks, I saw it as an exciting opportunity that would offer a completely different experience to any other design environment — I still like it after being here for over five years!"
Sahina Bibi
Marketing Executive
"My team is vibrant and fun — brilliant minds brimming with wonderful ideas. Though we each manage our own projects, we're always bouncing ideas off one another and brainstorming fresh new initiatives."
Shane Hegarty
Head of Operations
"From my earliest days in the company I have been encouraged and enabled to have an appreciable input into how, when and what gets done — which is a rare thing to obtain, or sustain, in any company."
Nick Stearn
Art Director
"My first impressions when I joined Bonnier Books UK were: "'Wow, this company is so different." It acts in a different way, it has energy, it's exciting."

Skills & Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • A track record of commissioning profitable, successful titles is desirable
  • An understanding of the editorial process is essential, with a minimum of two years of editorial experience
  • Editing skills, writing skills and attention to detail
  • Copyediting skills essential
  • Copywriting skills desirable
  • 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

If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website. We look forward in hearing from you.

Bonnier Books UK is committed to building a diverse workforce through positive action. Currently, Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic employees are under-represented in our workforce and we actively encourage applicants from these groups. For further information, please read our Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan here.

Great Place to Work

  • Competitive Salary

  • Working with a team of passionate, talented people

  • Internal learning and development programmes

  • Career Development opportunities

  • Fun social events

About the company

Bonnier Books is home to 13 adult and children’s imprints, publishing across a wide variety of genres, for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference – we believe every book matters.

Bonnier Books UK is owned by Bonnier Books, a family-owned company headquartered in Sweden. Bonnier Books is a top-15 world publisher.

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