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Commissioning Editor, Embla Books

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

Job title: Commissioning Editor, Embla Books

Reports to: Publishing Director, Embla Books

Location: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London

Working pattern: Flexible remote working up to three days per week

Imprint: Embla Books

Department: Adult Trade Publishing

Salary range: £35,000 - £39,000 per annum (depending on experience)

General Summary

Embla Books is Bonnier Books UK's digital-first Imprint. Launched less than a year ago, it is home to bestselling books and authors across a broad range of genres - from crime and thrillers to sagas and romantic fiction.

We are looking for an experienced and commercially-savvy commissioning editor, with a solid track record of publishing commercial fiction digitally, to join our growing team. In this role, you will be responsible for building our commercial fiction list. You will work closely with a tight-knit team in a fast-paced, start-up environment, to publish bestselling books and deliver an exceptional experience for our authors.

Key responsibilities:

  • Acquire and publish commercial fiction books and help build author brands.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with authors, literary agents and industry contacts.
  • Actively contribute to the acquisition and editorial strategy of the imprint.
  • Work closely with the Embla Books team to continuously raise the bar and deliver a best-in-class publishing experience for our authors.

Work with great people

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."
Blanche Carballo
Audience Development Lead
"I’m glad to work with amazing people each day, and to know that my ideas are heard. It’s exciting to be part of a company that has ambition and wants to make an impact in everything it does."

Skills & Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • A deep understanding of digital book publishing and the commercial fiction market, and an ability to spot trends.
  • Solid track record of acquiring and successfully publishing commercial fiction, ideally across a broad range of genres (both standalone and series), and building author brands in the digital space.
  • Impeccable communication skills and an ability to forge strong, long-lasting relationships with authors, agents, internal teams and freelancers alike.
  • Strong business judgement, and an ability to use data to inform decisions and measure results.
  • Solid negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability to work with authors to shape stories and series from concept stage through the editorial process, bringing out the best in their work with an eye for the all-important hook and overall commercial package.
  • Excellent and creative editor, proofreader and copywriter, with a great eye for commercial packaging.
  • Excellent metadata and general digital publishing skills.
  • Excellent organisation skills, and the ability to successfully manage a busy list to tight deadlines.
  • A proven ability to continuously insist on high standards and deliver best-In-class publishing experiences for authors.

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

At Bonnier Books UK, we believe that every book matters. We love to publish stories and content that open our eyes to new perspectives and bring us closer together. We offer a nurturing home for our authors, illustrators and brand partners, publishing bestselling books for readers and listeners everywhere. We know that fantastic stories can come from anywhere and our purpose is to bring them to as wide an audience as possible, a simple ethos that has led to us becoming one of the country’s leading publishers.

The offspring of Bonnier Books, a family-owned top-15 world publisher headquartered in Sweden, we are inspired by a rich literary heritage but not bound by convention. We think in generations rather than quarters, and strive always to operate in an open, curious way that contributes to the future of the planet and its people. As a climate-neutral publisher we are an active participant in the Science Based Target initiative, committed to a strategy to limit global warming to 1.5 °C.

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