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Senior Editor, Viper Books (maternity contract)

Viper Books, the crime and thriller imprint of Serpent’s Tail, is looking for an experienced editor for a maternity cover of up to 12 months, four days a week. The successful candidate will be responsible for heading up this vibrant new imprint, and for keeping the titles moving smoothly through all stages of the publication process. This part of the role will comprise approximately three days a week. The editor will also provide editorial support across the Profile Books and Souvenir lists as required, comprising approximately one day a week. The role will report to the Serpent’s Tail publisher.

Key responsibilities

  •  Author and agent care
  • Editing manuscripts
  • Writing and maintaining Biblio metadata and schedules
  • Briefing covers, writing cover copy and organising cover reveals
  • Liaising with the sales and rights departments and providing title information, book club pitches, copy and feedback as required
  • Liaising with the marketing and publicity departments on strategy and social media assets, as well as the Viper newsletter
  • Keeping a close eye on all titles’ performance, both physical and digital, and being proactive in exploiting opportunities for coverage and sales
  • Presenting titles at company launch meetings, foreign rights presentations and sales conferences
  • Travelling to and attending book fairs and crime writing events
  • Carrying out market research and keeping up with genre trends
  • Providing editorial support to the Profile and Souvenir lists as required

The ideal candidate will have a passion for and ideally several years’ experience in crime or commercial publishing, with a flair for structural and line editing. With total editorial responsibility for the imprint, they will need experience of managing multiple projects simultaneously, and a strong eye for detail in order to maintain house style across metadata, online presence and book design. A social media presence and existing relationships within the crime community would be a useful asset but is not a necessity.


Fixed-term maternity contract of 9-12 months, 4 days a week, starting October 2021


 £32,500 full time equivalent (£26,000)

To apply

Please address your covering letter to Miranda Jewess (Editorial Director, Viper) and send together with your CV to by 23 July


Senior Editor, Viper Books (maternity contract)

Profile Books, London
Contract, Maternity Contract, Part-time
Administration, Publishing, Publishing Support, Marketing, Communications, Conference and Events, Business Development, Editorial
Senior Editor, Viper Books (maternity contract)
Salary description: 
£32,500 full time equivalent (£26,000)

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Ideally several years’ experience in crime or commercial publishing, with a flair for structural and line editing