Editor, Harlequin


  • London  
    London, United Kingdom
  • Company
    Start date
  • Closing date
    6 February 2023  
    Posted on
    24 January 2023  

Job Summary:

We have an exciting opportunity for an Editor within the Global Series Acquisition, Harlequin UK team. This position will report to the Senior Editor of Harlequin Presents, Harlequin UK. The successful candidate will be responsible for editing, developing and retaining authors for the Harlequin Presents series within the Global Series Acquisition division, with a particular focus on acquiring and developing new authors, as well as supporting the packaging strategies of the imprint.

Key Accountabilities:

Imprint Management:

  • Provide strong creative support to the Harlequin Presents team, working on back cover copy and title strategies for the series.
  • Develop and implement the company’s acquisition and build strategies and contribute innovative ideas in this process.
  • Proactively recognise needs, opportunities and trends that will benefit the Harlequin Present imprint.
  • Work closely with the Managing Editor to ensure timely and seamless delivery of book components.
  • Regular liaison with the production department, art department, marketing department, public relations; Direct-To-Consumer; Digital.
  • Represents the program/company at both internal and external conferences and on social media.
  • Stays aware of the competitive marketplace, both in print and digital.


  • Manage and develop an author base across all UK-acquired global series for Harlequin and elicit the highest quality of writing.
  • Perform editorial work on manuscripts including reading and evaluating proposals, providing revisions to authors; line editing; preparation of ancillary book matter including back cover copy.
  • Ensure the ongoing and timely supply of high quality, saleable titles.
  • Maintain positive relationships with literary agents.
  • Acquire new authors for Harlequin UK-acquired global series, along with thinking outside the box for ways to discover new authors for the program.
  • Collaborate with Creative Vision Team on product packaging.
  • Other related tasks would include reading submissions; responding to author/agents/ monitoring payments to authors.


  • Strong communication, organisation and editorial skills, including project management, planning and organising, teamwork and collaboration, negotiation skills and a drive for results.
  • Demonstrated experience finding, editing and cultivating commercial romance fiction authors.
  • Strong editorial skills, from manuscript revision to line editing to copy writing.
  • A solid understanding of the print and digital markets.
  • A high level of creativity/innovation, functional/technical knowledge, ability to take initiative.
  • Strong social media skills.
  • A passion for romance fiction.


  • Hybrid working model (2+ days in the office).
  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays (option to buy and sell holiday days).
  • Enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave. 
  • Private healthcare cover and life assurance.
  • Free access to HeadSpace, employee assistance programme (24 hour helpline), mental health first aiders, and a wellbeing portal.
  • Season ticket loans (from day 1 for entry level) and cycle to work scheme.
  • Employee networks: HC All In (open forum), Elevate (for ethnic minority colleagues), HarperParents, Menopause at Work and Pride at HC.
  • Unlimited training on our Learning and Development portal, management courses (up to MA level) and mentoring programmes.
  • Virtual GP and eyecare vouchers.
  • Gym membership discount.
  • Onsite physiotherapy (London only).
  • Charitable donation matching and volunteering day.
  • We're a certified Carbon Neutral company.
  • Free e-books and audiobooks, newspaper subscriptions and discounts on books.
  • Subsidised canteen and retail discounts.
  • Onsite prayer room.

 If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to our Talent Acquisition Manager with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.