Senior Editorial Position, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Who we are and what we do
Weidenfeld & Nicolson is one of the most prestigious and dynamic literary imprints in British and international publishing, home to a wide range of literary fiction and non-fiction, modern classics, prizewinning debuts and worldwide bestsellers. Our passion for extraordinary writing dates back to our two founders, Lord Weidenfeld and Nigel Nicolson, who were responsible for introducing some of the twentieth century’s most remarkable voices – Vladimir Nabokov, Isaiah Berlin, Eric Hobsbawm, and Nicolson’s own parents Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West – to a wide readership. They launched their publishing house in 1949 with the idea of building bridges and opening minds through exceptional works of literature: we have been carrying on their legacy ever since. We publish across a number of categories including history, memoir, popular science, translated fiction, biography, crime and thriller, narrative non-fiction and first-rate literary fiction.
What you’ll be doing
We are looking for an experienced non-fiction commissioning editor to join the W&N team. Reporting to the Publisher, you will be responsible for building a commercially focused, profitable non-fiction list in line with the imprint’s publishing strategy. With a particular focus on history publishing, you will be responsible for the growth and development of the imprint’s history list, building strategies for W&N’s key history brand authors, diversifying the range of the list and acquiring new talent.
Who we’re looking for
A minimum of 2 years non-fiction commissioning experience is essential.
The ideal candidate:
· Passionate about non-fiction publishing
· Sound commercial awareness and ability to identify market trends and publishing opportunities
· Creative, with a proven record of successful ideas-generation
· Strong relationships with industry contacts
· Knowledge of the publishing process: commissioning, production and marketing for print, digital and audio
· Understanding of the financial drivers of the business and the ability to manage costs
· Negotiating skills
· Ability to work under pressure
· Strategically focused
· Excellent organisational and project management skills
· Thorough understanding of contracts
What we offer
The role is based in our riverside London office on Victoria Embankment working as part of a friendly, creative and ambitious team on one of the most well-established literary imprints in the industry.
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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