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Commissioning Editor, Bookouture

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

What you’ll be doing


Making our books as good as they can be – both in concept and execution. We can sell good books, but great books will sell themselves. You will be responsible for managing a list of authors across the whole publishing process.

Concept development – working with authors at the start of projects to optimise commercial hooks and structure.

Editorial revisions process – including structural edits and line editing.

Preparing manuscripts for typesetting / ebook conversion and supplying final files for distribution.

Author management – ensure we offer an excellent level of ‘customer service’ to our authors whilst also making the best commercial decisions for our books – including regular and timely communication.


Bringing on board talented, consistent authors who we can work with over multiple books to build a readership for. We can get readers to pick up an ebook – we need authors whose stories will have them queuing up for more. We’re looking for someone with a broad view of the market, able to make strategic acquisitions with commercial potential.  

Identify authors to target for acquisition with a particular focus on current global bestselling trends in commercial fiction and identifying any genre gaps in our publishing schedule that we should be acquiring into.

Agent relationships – attract and acquire high-quality submissions from agents.

Direct approaches – identify authors to target for acquisition and creating persuasive pitches for authors / agents. 

Generate IP book ideas – create persuasive pitches for multi-book ideas with high global potential across multiple formats including Film/TV.

Create author / agent proposals – outline our vision and expectations for their books.

Prepare author contract deal sheets for approval.


Working to maximise revenue for our authors by creating attention-grabbing, persuasive and search optimised packaging and descriptions.

Reviewing the success of that work by checking Amazon rankings and sales and making changes to optimise if needed.

Packaging (titles, subtitlescover design) – create and agree effective packaging by producing well researched, commercially focused, clear briefs and collaborating constructively with colleagues and freelance designers.

Writing effective retailer descriptions and press releases.

Metadata (keywords and categories) – supply suggested keywords and Amazon categories for your books.

Brief PR and social media requirements, working closely with our Social Media and Publicity Managers to ensure each campaign is as strong as possible.

Monitoring – you are responsible for the success of your books and will need to check how they’re doing daily. You’ll also lead conversations on your titles at our weekly commercial review.

Who we are looking for

  • You will be a keen and wide-ranging commercial reader, with an insight into which books work and why
  • You will have impeccable attention to detail, excellent organisation skills, and the ability to prioritise a busy workload on tight deadlines.
  • You will have an exceptional approach to author care.
  • You will be logical and analytical in your approach to all things.
  • You will love using data to enhance creativity, and challenging and changing the way things are done.
  • You will have a growth mindset.

What we offer

  • Bookouture is a dynamic working environment, where your ideas will be heard and where you will have the capacity to change things, take risks and do things differently.
  • We are a fun and sociable workplace where there is always lots going on.
  • You will be part of a fast-growing company, with the opportunities for career progression that offers.

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days 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, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Bookouture is the UK’s fastest growing digital publisher and part of Hachette UK. We are only nine years old but we have grown rapidly every year and have now sold more than 50 million books to readers worldwide. To keep up this incredible rate of growth, we’re looking for someone to join our fiction editorial team.

In the role of Commissioning Editor, you will be working with some of our bestselling authors, and finding new ones to bring to the company. You will be working with authors to come up with the strongest concepts, the best books, and the perfect packaging to reach as many readers as possible. After publication, you will monitor sales and ensure that titles are always optimised to reach the widest possible audience.

Our Commitment

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.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org

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