Commissioning Editor (Aster, Gaia, Godsfield), Octopus Publishing Group
What you’ll be doing
You will be a key member of a small team, joining during our most successful year to date, with exciting plans for significant growth ahead. Your creativity, commercial flair and drive to acquire the most compelling new books in wellness, nature and beyond will contribute significantly to the growth of Aster and Gaia in particular. You will be responsible for developing a fresh, distinctive and commercially focused list. You will actively commission a multitude of voices and acquire books that will engage a diverse audience, identifying gaps, opportunities and market trends along the way. You will build on existing external relationships and generate new ones in the search for new possibilities. You will be hands-on as well as strategic, championing your books from the moment of submission, overseeing every stage throughout the publication process from contracts to cover briefs and copyedits to campaign plans, working closely with colleagues in every department and collaborating with authors, agents and other partners through publication and beyond.
Who we are looking for
If you are knowledgeable, persuasive and enthusiastic about the genres at the heart of Aster and Gaia as well as the audiences they serve – bursting with ideas for smart, creative, commercial new publishing – then we’d love to hear from you. Energy, purpose, and a demonstrable ability to discover emerging talent, spot new trends and successfully drive new books from concept through publication, working effectively with colleagues at all levels within the business and in the world beyond, will be second nature to you. You’ll be as comfortable and highly competent in blue sky thinking as you are in the day-to-day: whether it’s pitching, P&Ls, deal negotiations, preparing briefs, presenting, positioning or editorial detail. And you’ll have international awareness plus experience of both narrative/mono and illustrated books, too.
What we offer
Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes, a discretionary bonus and much more.
This is a full-time role reporting to our London office, where we work to the 3/2 model, blending office days (3 or more) with home working days (up to 2).
Who we are and what we do
The AGG division of the Octopus Publishing Group – the award-winning non-fiction specialists at Hachette UK – is comprised of three imprints: Aster (founded 5 years ago to specialise in wellness, and now also encompassing food, drink and lifestyle), Gaia (relaunched in 2021 to focus on nature publishing) and Godsfield (MBS). As the publishing home of experts and the inspirational, of bestsellers, trusted voices and familiar faces, and of the practical, essential, unputdownable and unforgettable in wellness, nature and lifestyle, AGG is ambitious, commercial, dynamic – and expanding. Our authors include the Chelsea Physic Garden, Claridge’s, Flock Together, Aimee Fuller, Monica Galetti, Dr Alex George, Sabrina Ghayour, Catherine Gray, Kate Humble, Lia Leendertz, Claire Nelson and The Slimming Foodie, to name a few.
Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.
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