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Commissioning editor

Commissioning editors commission or buy authors, book titles or ideas for publication.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • keeping up to date with trends in the book market
  • identifying future markets and new products
  • deciding whether to accept submitted manuscripts
  • developing ideas for books and identifying suitable authors
  • preparing publishing proposals, including costings, projected sales and income
  • making decisions on reprinting, revising, and producing new editions
  • making sure schedules are followed and deadlines are met

You could work in an office.

With experience, you could move on to be a senior commissioning editor, editorial manager, director, or work as a freelance consultant.

You can find out more about becoming a commissioning editor from:The Publishers Association; Society for Editors and Proofreaders

You can also get information on working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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