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Editor (6 month FTC)

Team: Mills & Boon

Role closes - 12:00pm, 23rd Jan 2020 GMT (Europe/London)


If you’re an editor with a passion for high-sensuality contemporary romance, familiar with the changing publishing marketplace and an experienced editor with strong packaging skills, this could be an opportunity for you!

We are open to full time, part time or flexible hours for this position

Introduction to the role

We have an exciting opportunity for an Editor for Mills & Boon series romance programme as part of the Harlequin UK Global Acquisitions team. This position will report to the Senior Editor of Mills & Boon Modern (Harlequin Presents).  The successful candidate will be responsible for editing, developing and retaining authors for the Mills & Boon Modern series within the Global Series Acquisition division, with a particular focus on acquiring and developing new authors, as well as supporting the packaging strategies of the imprint.

Key Accountabilities:

Imprint Management:

  • Provide strong creative support to the Mills & Boon Modern/Harlequin Presents team, working on back cover copy and title strategies for the series.

  • Develop and implement the company’s acquisition and build strategies and contribute innovative ideas in this process.

  • Proactively recognize needs, opportunities and trends that will benefit the brand and imprint.

  • Work closely with the Managing Editor to ensure timely and seamless delivery of book components.

  • Regular liaison with the production department, art department, marketing department, public relations; Direct-To-Consumer; Digital.

  • Represents the program/company at both internal and external conferences and on social media.

  • Stays aware of the competitive marketplace, both in print and digital..


  • Manage and develop an author base across all UK-acquired global series for Mills & Boon/Harlequin and elicit the highest quality of writing.

  • Perform editorial work on manuscripts including reading and evaluating proposals, providing revisions to authors; line editing; preparation of ancillary book matter including back cover copy.

  • Ensure the ongoing and timely supply of high quality titles.

  • Maintain positive relationships with literary agents.

  • Acquire new authors for UK-acquired global series, along with thinking outside the box for ways to discover new authors for the program.

  • Collaborate with Creative Vision Team on product packaging.

  • Other related tasks would include reading submissions; responding to author/agents/ monitoring payments to authors.

Skills and experience:

  • Progressive editorial experience in book publishing.

  • Strong communication, organization and editorial skills, including project management, planning and organizing, teamwork and collaboration, negotiation skills and a drive for results. 

  • Demonstrated experience finding, editing and cultivating commercial romance fiction authors.

  • Strong editorial skills, from manuscript revision, line editing to copy writing.

  • A solid understanding of the print and digital markets.

  • A high level of creativity, functional knowledge and the ability to take initiative.

  • Strong social media skills.

  • A passion for romance fiction.

  • Capacity to build trust, teamwork and collaboration.

Editor (6 month FTC)

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