The Booker Prize Foundation is looking for a seasoned, innovative commissioning editor to take responsibility for bringing ‘our’ books to life online – covering all longlisted, shortlisted and winning books for both the Booker Prize and the International Booker Prize. They’ll be able to identify the nuggets in the manuscripts, scrapbooks, notes and letters from our archives as well as those of some of the world’s greatest authors. With ease they’ll make connections and identify themes and subjects for individual books as well as collections across our Library.
The successful candidate will weave these elements together with their own ideas and understanding of our culture, history and social context. They will then have the vision, contacts and chutzpah to imagine (and land) top class individuals who will have something unique and appealing to say. They will think big in multiple formats and will be responsible for commissioning and delivering content (text primarily as well as audio, video and imagery, depending on their experience).
They’ll then be able to create this package of content and launch it effectively with the maximum impact across the Booker Prizes’ digital portfolio – as well as, with any luck, column inches and cultural and literary partner websites via syndication.
We are not driven by a daily publishing schedule of quick bites, social media hits or desk-researched listicles and articles. Our yardstick will be: Is this genuinely unique and will audiences be enthralled by it? Is it of exceptional quality? Could it be syndicated to a UK or international publication or picked up as a news story?
This role requires an entrepreneurial mind balanced with an appreciation of the reputation and place of the Booker Prizes within the literary world. The ideal candidate will have a feel for existing audiences and also appreciate our desire to reach more people across the world who aren’t yet engaged with the prizes. We want to delight and surprise readers of quality fiction. We also have plans to appeal to new audiences of all ages and to encourage them to develop a lifelong love of reading.
It requires someone with a sharp eye, big ideas that they have the wit and charm to pull off, and a whole heap of creative energy that can be focussed on delivery. We are looking for someone who shares the prizes’ own democratic vision of what great literature can be.
While our platforms are digital and digital expertise is welcome, it is not the primary requirement for this role. Depending on the individual, they will partner with and be supported by digital expertise to help with the execution of their creative ideas.
We would like someone with first class writing skills and editorial judgement, who is able to manage a small team of web producers and a wider pool of freelance talent and contributing writers and creators.