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Commissioning Editor, Illustrated Non-fiction

Company: Ryland Peters & Small

Location: Central London

Type: Editorial

Salary description: Dependent on experience


Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books is an international co-edition publisher of illustrated craft, interiors, gift, humour and lifestyle titles. We are looking for an energetic and creative editor with meticulous desk editing skills and a proven interest in these areas.

The Role

  • Commissioning, copy-editing and project-managing a range of illustrated books from inception to finished copy, including devising structure and content and working closely with authors.
  • Liaising closely with the design and production departments.
  • Writing creative copy for book jackets and sales and publicity materials.
  • Participating in the development of the publishing programme by contributing new ideas.

Experience and skills

  • A particular interest in contemporary culture and humour in both the UK and the US – from the best illustrators to the funniest puns, and all things millennial, from festivals and campervans to first-world problems and hipster hairstyles.
  • An ability to find and commission the right author for project ideas originated in house, as well as assessing proposals from authors and agents.
  • Strong copy-editing and proofreading skills – the role requires meticulous attention to detail, as well as sound technical ability. Relevant experience in editing illustrated non-fiction would be beneficial.
  • The ability to produce creative copy, both as part of the copy-editing process and for sales and publicity materials.
  • Liaising closely with the design department, as well as with the production and sales department.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • The ability to work well under pressure and as part of a small team.
  • A working knowledge of InDesign CC plus proficiency in all aspects of editing to layout on an Apple Mac.

To apply for this role please send a CV, covering letter and details of current salary to Penny Craig and Cindy Richards by email: and

Closing date for applications is 28 September 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted and invited to attend an interview.

Commissioning Editor, Illustrated Non-fiction

Ryland Peters & Small, London
Full-time, Permanent
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