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Executive Editor

Job description

Reporting to the Publisher and collaborating closely with design and marketing and with What on Earth Publishing’s partners, you will.

  • Oversee the building and running of a brand-new line of books, including 
    • Planning the publishing program, insuring a balance of age groups and price points;
    • Developing and maintaining the brand identity;
    • Managing the relationships between What on Earth Publishing and the relevant partners, keeping these relationships effective, efficient, and peaceful.
  • Acquire 8-10 children’s nonfiction/reference titles per year (mostly for the new line but including books outside that line as needed/desired), designed to stand out and sell strongly in the marketplace and to conform to the brand identity of the imprint for which it is acquired.
  • Project manage all titles acquired from initial concept through to bound book, including running P&Ls, scheduling, recruiting authors and freelance contributors, managing book teams to deliver high-quality books on time and on budget, and managing metadata.
  • Work closely with marketing to craft and support a powerful presence for the line and its individual titles in the marketplace, serving as a spokesperson if and as needed.
  • Edit content, including
    • Working closely with contributors and colleagues to plan and shape each title;
    • Working closely with design to ensure a harmonious, appealing, and child-engaging marriage of illustration, photography, text, and design;
    • Editing text for compelling storytelling and riveting information reporting, as well as for style, level and felicity.
  • As there is no provision for an assistant, manage your own calendar, travel planning, editorial support tasks, etc.
  • Other duties as required.


How to Apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter to with the subject line, ‘Executive Editor' by Friday 7th August 2020.


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Thank you and good luck!

Executive Editor

What On Earth Books, Tonbridge
Full-time, Permanent
Editor, Editorial