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Publishing Director, Fiction, Cornerstone (12 month contract)

Cornerstone is looking for a Publishing Director to lead and build a distinctive array of literary and crossover fiction voices, across the Cornerstone imprints: Windmill Books, Hutchinson and William Heinemann; as well as manage estates and revive authors from the backlist in the form of a classics list with drive and originality. 

This is a parental leave cover for Publishing Director, Charlotte Cray, expected to last 12 months.

As Publishing Director, you will have a passion for impactful, bold fiction and the ability to communicate that passion, spearheading the publishing vision from acquisition onwards. 

You’ll need a nose for new trends, a strong commercial understanding of publishing and be able to creatively find new talent. You’ll be comfortable working collaboratively with publishing colleagues from sales, communications, rights, art and production; and be able to balance an exciting work pace with diligence and care.

To apply for this position, please submit a CV and full covering letter by midnight on 31st Jan. Your covering letter should outline why you would be the right person to take on this role; your publishing successes in recent years, and your vision for making fiction literary lists some of the most exciting imprints in the UK.

About Us:
Cornerstone’s literary list is bursting with prize-winners, exceptional new voices and expert non-fiction writers publishing across a broad range of genres. Our fiction writers include Amor Towles, Carys Bray, Elizabeth Lee, Lauren Groff, Olivia Gatwood, Tish Delaney, Tom Hanks, James Ellroy, Nicola Barker and Jenni Fagan. In non-fiction, we publish Tara Westover, Mike Parker, Sally Huband, Jess Phillips and Alexandra Heminsley, among a burgeoning list of re-issues such as Olivia Manning’s Fortunes of War series.

We are currently working remotely but expect this role to transition back into our Vauxhall Bridge offices when possible. We are open to discussing flexible working options at interview stage. 

What you can expect from us:
Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Personal Learning Allowance
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended Parental Leave policy 
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business 

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated. 

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

Publishing Director, Fiction, Cornerstone (12 month contract)

Penguin Random House Group, London
Contract, Full-time
Publishing, Rights, Communications, Sales
Publishing Director, Fiction, Cornerstone (12 month contract)

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