Editorial Director, Orion
Who we are and what we do
Orion Fiction, part of the Orion Publishing Group, publishes commercial fiction across the market. We have an excellent track record of publishing Sunday Times bestselling brands, building authors with growing profiles and launching debuts beyond their first book. From prizewinners to ebook bestsellers to book club recommendations to brand authors who are twenty+ books into their careers, we publish the best of commercial fiction for every reader. Our authors include Alex Michaelides, Adrian McKinty, Cathy Bramley, Cathy Kelly, Ian Rankin, M J Arlidge, Michael Connelly, Libby Page and Veronica Henry. We pride ourselves on being a list with great heritage, that is also leading the market in the present.
What you’ll be doing
The successful candidate will be responsible for our newly launched digital imprint and develop the strategy for its profitable growth, evolving its identity and external profile. You will be excited by the opportunity to expand our digital growth, taking up a role of senior responsibility within our team of self-motivated, energetic and driven editors who all strive for creative originality, market impact and to beat their financial targets. You will acquire and publish a wide range of digital titles – covering crime and thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction and more general fiction. You will be an instrumental part of building the future of one of the best commercial lists in the industry today.
Who we’re looking for
Our ideal candidate will be collaborative, strategic, an excellent communicator and highly passionate about digital publishing.
You’ll be an accomplished editor with a portfolio of fiction titles that have achieved significant success in digital format. You will have experience with the development of a digital list and different digital models, and you will be able to demonstrate an ability to spot and pre-empt trends in the digital market. You will be an enthusiastic champion of your books from conception through to publication and beyond – collaborating closely with marketing, publicity, sales and rights.
You will have strong relationships within the industry and also be proactive in seeking out new projects. You may have managed people before and are excited to work closely with the rest of the team, nurturing talent in the more junior roles and supporting their professional development.
What we offer
This is an exciting opportunity to work with a talented team at a leading publisher, developing a digital-focused list. Orion is a fun, dynamic environment where your ideas will be heard: every story matters. We offer flexible working for all staff, whatever your circumstances. We want to create a truly inclusive team and are working to achieve a more balanced shortlist whenever we recruit.
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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