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Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Tonic

Tonic is a new imprint dedicated to living. 

Like any good tonic, our books will invigorate and refresh. They are bold and ground- breaking, and at the same time they have real heart – a pick-me-up for mind and body. Our authors combine leading expertise in their fields with the empathy that comes from lived experience; and whether they have the expertise of life experience or academic credentials, they’re warm, full of character and relevant to your everyday life.

The opportunity

We are looking for an Editorial Director to commission and publish top-quality and commercially relevant wellbeing books for Tonic. They will have proven experience of commissioning bestsellers and an ability to discover and secure talent ahead of the curve. They will have an instinct for standout authors and breakout books. They will have a strong network of agent and author relationships, and a gift for online research. They will have a deep knowledge of the wellbeing genre and a feel for its future direction, as well as a genuine passion for helping readers think, feel and live better.

Their publishing will have the scope to be broad and span across psychology, nutrition, health, parenting, inspirational thinking and mindfulness, both black-and-white and full colour.

They will bring to the role both strategic thinking and effective communication. They will help establish the Tonic imprint in the wellbeing market and build strong foundations for future growth through relevant and profitable publishing. The right candidate will be a great collaborator, who is able to take direction as well as set it. They will bring energy and forward-thinking to this ambitious and mutually-respectful team, and they will build great relationships across the business.  

The role

  • Commissioning commercially successful and top quality books within wellbeing
  • Early discovery of talent via agents and direct approaches, and securing that talent quickly
  • Maintaining a strong network of agents and authors
  • Effective media and social media research
  • Knowledge of the wellbeing genre and a feel for future trends
  • A passion for wellbeing and connecting that with audiences
  • Breadth of interest within wellbeing
  • Strategic planning around imprint development
  • Effective communication in-house, to the trade, and to consumers
  • Working to critical path and managing budgets and production
  • Delivering profitable publishing in line with divisional targets
  • Collaboration within the team and building relationships across the business

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience of commissioning bestsellers in wellbeing
  • Talent for discovery via agents and direct research
  • An instinct for standout authors and breakout books
  • Strategic thinking and strong communication skills
  • An ability to pitch, package and publish with maximum impact

Additional information

The role is a full-time permanent position

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred).  Allocated office days for this role are: Monday and Tuesday

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by 30th November 2022.

Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits:

Two paid Personal Wellness Days

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Season Ticket Loan

Sharesave Scheme

In-house Doctor

Eyecare Voucher Scheme

Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom, Disability, Mental Health, Pride and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 12 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began. 

Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

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Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Tonic

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Tonic
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Proven experience of commissioning bestsellers in wellbeing Talent for discovery via agents and direct research