Black & White Publishing

Location: Nautical House, Commercial Street, Edinburgh. With flexible home working up to three days per week.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis

Salary range: £22,000-£27,000 per annum (depending on experience)

General Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an editor to join our team, editing titles across our lists, including non-fiction, fiction and YA. 

Key responsibilities


  • Be aware of current successes in the UK book market and use that knowledge to help inform our commissioning and editorial work
  • Consider a wide range of submissions as required
  • Proactively reach out to and create relationships with authors and agents 
  • Be aware of emerging authors and artists with a view to approaching them
  • Review submissions brought by other members of the editorial team to editorial meetings
  • Play an active part within the team in new idea discussions
  • Take part in pitches – if required – for hotly contested titles, working with the design, sales, and marketing teams
  • Be aware of the different needs and schedules for books where and when world rights are acquired
  • Structurally edit acquired texts by working closely, creatively and sympathetically with the authors of the texts
  • Work closely with the design team and/or freelance designers to brief artwork 
  • Work closely and supportively within our editorial team
  • Speak passionately about your books to the wider sales, marketing, publicity and rights teams, from acquisition stage and throughout the book’s publishing life
  • Editorially guide the books through the publishing process, by working with the desk editor, production and design teams to ensure that all sales material and final files are timely and accurate
  • Writing AI copy, cover copy and sales copy as required

List and Project Management 

  • Project-manage your books in partnership with the relevant editor, design and production teams, making sure key milestones are kept to and final files are supplied on time
  • Project-manage a range of books, of appropriate number and complexity
  • Problem-solve and/or escalate problems in the correct manner and in good time 
  • Additional ad hoc duties related to commissioned titles, including maintaining Biblio information and writing information sheets as required
  • Attend and present at new acquisitions meetings and sales meetings
  • Work with the wider teams to produce appropriate sales material including cover copy, marketing material and material for bookfairs


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