Commissioning Editor/Senior Commissioning Editor, Wildfire Books
Who we are and what we do
Wildfire is a boutique imprint, part of the Headline Division of Hachette UK, and home to numerous bestselling authors across our fiction and non-fiction lists. From best-selling phenomena like Fleishman is in Trouble and Strange Planet, to Pulitzer Prize winning authors such as Eliza Griswold and Debut Dagger winner Chris Hammer – Wildfire has a broad and eclectic range of titles, books which get people talking, books with a bit of soul.
What you’ll be doing
Commissioning and publishing unmissable non-fiction, particularly focusing on the growing serious non-fiction sector of the UK market. You’ll be looking at market trends, spotting potential ideas for books, developing and maintaining external connects, thinking creatively about how to approach your own curated non-fiction list, and working with the publishing team on the strategic development of the Wildfire imprint. Reporting to the Publishing Director, you will be working within a small and supportive team and be obsessed with excellent metadata and SEO for your books.
Who we’re looking for
You’re proactive and tenacious, a non-fiction enthusiast who generates, develops and delivers on ideas for titles across all formats and who approaches potential authors with a vision for how they could be published by Wildfire. You could be relatively new to commissioning or have a number of bestsellers under your belt – the salary and job title will reflect that – and understand the important role you have in terms of negotiation. You will have an appetite for a range of serious non-fiction, from popular science to social issues, from quirky humour to big ideas. You will think about global, as well as local, sales opportunities, and niche areas alongside the more mass market.
What we offer
You will be joining a friendly, committed team of skilled editorial and publishing colleagues, working together to produce books we can all be proud of. As part of Hachette UK, you will also have the opportunity to benefit from company-wide schemes such as mentoring.
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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