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Commissioning Editor - Entertainment (Illustrated Non-fiction)

An opportunity has arisen at one of the UK's most exciting independent publishers, which specialises in creating beautifully crafted illustrated books for both adults and children. 

Our partner is looking for a highly creative and experienced Commissioning Editor to join their team and be responsible for delivering the entertainment list: including music, film and graphic novels.

You will be responsible for commissioning and creating complex projects; including collaborating with and briefing authors, illustrators, designers, and all freelancers. You will be responsible for a range of exciting titles from commission to publication, ensuring to keep to schedule and within budget. 

The successful candidate will have excellent creative vision, a strong commercial focus, previous experience in commissioning, and extensive knowledge of illustrated co-edition publishing. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Identify potential book projects that align with the goals and target audience of the company.
  • Commission and manage a list for the adult colour-illustrated market in the areas of music, film, graphic novels and wider entertainment. 
  • Create and manage both the frontlist and backlist programme for the entertainment list. 
  • Recognise industry trends, market demands, customer feedback and competitor activities to stay informed and adapt strategies accordingly.
  • Negotiate acquisitions and contracts. 

Experience and skills required:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in commissioning in the entertainment genre. 
  • Ability to conceive and deliver projects hands on, as well as building publishing strategy.  
  • Commercial awareness and knowledge of co-edition colour-illustrated publishing. 
  • Strong communication skills, and able to collaborate in a fast moving entrepreneurial environment. 

If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful opportunity, please contact Dean with your CV at

At Wonderful, we are dedicated to promoting diversity in all its forms. We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that promotes equal opportunities for wonderful people. We actively encourage candidates from under-represented groups to apply and warmly welcome all individuals with exceptional abilities, irrespective of their background. 

Commissioning Editor - Entertainment (Illustrated Non-fiction)

Full-time, Permanent
Commissioning Editor
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Communication skills, commissioning, commercial acumen