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Editorial Director, Canelo Crime (Parental Leave Cover, 9-12 months)

Salary: £41,000-45,000 p.a., depending on experience
Full-time/Part-time: Full-time
Location: Flexible, with occasional days required in our London office
Start date: July 2022
Deadline for applications: 20/05/2022

Canelo is looking for a dynamic and experienced commissioning editor to run our Canelo Crime imprint over a period of parental leave.

Canelo is a flourishing independent publisher with a focus on genre and mass-market storytelling. Although we began as a digital publisher, in recent years we have also become one of the most exciting and acclaimed new paperback publishers in the UK. We were shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year at The British Book Awards in 2021 and 2022 and launched a hardback list this year. Canelo Crime is our dedicated crime imprint which publishes market-leading names like Rachel Lynch, M J Lee, Marion Todd and Stephanie Sowden, among many others.

We are open about experience and background, but this job would suit someone with a passion for crime fiction and strong experience working in editorial. Awareness of what successful series publishing looks like is particularly desirable.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing a busy editing and publication schedule meeting ambitious targets
  • Offering excellent author care to our stable of writers
  • Commissioning a select number of books for the list with a clear genre focus and great bestseller potentia
  • Steering the Canelo Crime imprint working closely with colleagues to maximize opportunities for the imprint and its authors
  • Overseeing manuscripts through desk edit processes such as copy edits and proofread
  • Drafting cover briefs and working with designers and the team in-house to deliver industry-leading jackets
  • Writing and editing copy, producing timely metadata and supplementary marketing and sales materials
  • Liaising with authors and agents about acquisitions, editorial points, sales and marketing information and general updates
  • Potentially line-managing some members of the wider editorial tea
  • Ensuring an exciting publishing strategy that attracts high-quality, commercially-attractive writers to the list is adhered to and further developed.

Please apply with a covering letter and/or CV to michael@canelo.co


Publicist/Publicity Manager

Salary: circa £31,000-£36,000 p.a., depending on experience
Full-time/Part-time: Full-time
Location: Flexible, with occasional days required in our London office
Start date: June/July 2022
Deadline for applications: 20/05/2022

Are you a forward-thinking publicist with a passion for commercial fiction, looking to work for an ambitious company? Can you help us celebrate and promote our thriving roster of authors, who cover everything from romance and saga to crime and thrillers?

Canelo began as a digital publisher, but in recent years we have also become one of the most exciting and acclaimed new paperback publishers in the UK. We were shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year at the year at The British Book Awards in 2021 and 2022, and launched a hardback list this year. The chosen candidate will play a large part in developing and growing a function that will help take our hugely promising and frequently bestselling list to the next level.

Working closely with the sales and marketing team, you will drive publicity across the full breadth of our list, implementing title, series and imprint campaigns. You will secure reviews, interviews, features and more, oversee award submissions, festivals and events appearances, and liaise with online communities. You will envisage creative ways for us to place our books into the hands of readers, reviewers and influencers, to expand our regional, national and international visibility, and help us build new audiences and relationships. This is an opportunity to make a real impact with some incredibly talented and hard-working authors, and to secure for them the recognition and coverage they richly deserve.

We are open about experience and background, but this job would suit someone with passion, enthusiasm, trade know-how, a broad range of contacts, who is digitally and socially engaged, and ideally with experience of producing effective commercial fiction campaigns.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Increasing author prominence, visibility and reach
  • Devising and implementing campaigns in traditional and new media on frontlist publications, as well as select backlist and range titles, targeting prominent reviews and features
  • Building, targeting and engaging our range of contacts
  • Build and maintain great relationships with our growing list of authors
  • Producing press releases, pitches, and any extra creative materials
  • Overseeing submissions and nominations for awards, festival slots, and other events
  • Managing relationships with external partners including bloggers and other suppliers and influencers
  • Providing regular updates on campaigns to ensure excellent author care

Please apply with a covering letter and/or CV to francesca@canelo.co