Commissioning Editor [JOB POSTING]

Watkins Publishing, UK

Salary Range: £30,000 – £32,000, dependent on experience.

Applications close: 15th October 2021

Do you love books about personal development, alternative health and new ways of living, working and connecting with others? Do you have sound commercial sense and experience of commissioning and project managing illustrated and mono books in this field?

Watkins, one of the world’s leading independent wellbeing publishers, is looking for a creative and dynamic commissioning editor with an ambition to publish innovative, high-quality and commercially successful books in this fast-growing sector.

Key Responsibilities

  • Commissioning new books for Watkins, including coming up with new project ideas and searching out new talent 
  • Identifying and developing reuse projects from the backlist
  • Negotiating contracts with agents and authors
  • Liaising closely with authors at all stages from the first spark of an idea to promoting the published book and beyond
  • Concept development, including creating and pitching new project proposals, briefing authors, structural editing, flatplanning, organising shoots, briefing designers to create covers and interior spreads
  • Liasing with copyeditors and designers on the creation of colour illustrated books in Indesign
  • Creating and managing P&Ls
  • Briefing and working closely with in-house project managers
  • Writing sales copy 
  • Taking responsibility for the success of your books by liaising closely with the Marketing & Publicity and Sales departments, identifying promotional opportunities and generally being the champion of your books

Key Skills & Expertise

  • Knowledge of the wellbeing and mind-body-spirit market (e.g. who publishes what, what is selling well, what future trends might be)
  • Contacts in the field (e.g. agents, potential authors)
  • A track record of commissioning commercially successful books 
  • A sense for what makes a great book
  • The vision, patience and experience to turn an idea into a book 
  • Great editorial skills and an eye for design
  • Ability to juggle tasks, prioritise and organise yourself and others
  • Fantastic communication and a love of collaborative teamwork
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • Word, Excel, Indesign

To apply for this full-time role, please email a CV and covering letter to