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Commissioning Editor

Purpose of the Role

Specialising in commercial fiction and innovative digital publishing, HQ publishes a wide range of fiction titles including crime, thriller, contemporary fiction, saga, historical and book club, alongside our curated boutique non-fiction list, and thriving digital-first imprint. Combining rapid growth with commercial success, HQ has a stellar record in launching fiction debuts such as BA Paris’s Behind Closed Doors, Michele Campbell’s It’s Always the Husband and Christina Dalcher’s Vox, along with an array of outstanding brand bestsellers such as Adele Parks, Linwood Barclay and Sarah Morgan.

This commissioning role requires a clear understanding of the fiction market, the ability to spot trends and publishing opportunities for the list, and the chance to work with a growing, ambitious collaborative team.

You will be building your own list and publishing ongoing authors, seeing titles through from acquisition to publication in all formats, and working with key teams to create effective publishing strategies, successful launches and build long-term sales. You’ll develop strong agent relationships, represent HQ at trade events and help grow HQ’s presence in the fiction market.

This is a role with a great amount of potential for growth, and the new Editor will be an important member of a dynamic fiction team. It will suit candidates who have both initiative and energy, and who are excited to think creatively about how we publish our books.


  • To read and respond promptly to submissions from agents

  • To commission, edit and publish commercial fiction titles successfully and profitably for HQ, both print and digital lists

  • To build own list of authors, publishing across women’s fiction, crime/thriller and historical

  • Build relationships with agents, with a view to bringing in the best talent to HQ

  • To ensure titles stay on critical path; collating author and copyeditor queries on to manuscripts when necessary

  • To have a good understanding of the UK commercial fiction market

  • To develop own ideas for fiction projects with IP potential

  • To ensure all departments have necessary information for strong sell-in, updating AIs and metadata as required

  • To present titles at regular meetings, both internally and externally

Skills and experience:

  • Previous editorial experience in commercial fiction.

  • Passionate about commercial fiction, energetic and enthusiastic,

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Takes initiative and is creative with problem solving.

  • Extremely organised with a keen eye for detail

  • Interpersonal and diplomacy skills

  • Technically competent including computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Enjoys a challenge

  • Remains calm when working under a heavy workload

  • Dynamic team member

  • Diplomatic

  • Flexible – able to work evenings and weekends as required to attend launches/events

Commissioning Editor

HarperCollins, London
Full-time, Permanent
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