Editorial Assistant - HarperFiction

HarperCollins Publishers

  • Salary: £25,000 Permanent
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 5:00pm, 12th Aug 2022 BST

Perks and benefits

Healthcare
Retirement benefits
Wellness programs
Employee Assistance Programme
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Extra holiday
Professional development
Mentoring/coaching
Paid volunteer days
Flexible benefits scheme
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

8.72 (16446)

Job Description

As Editorial Assistant, you will facilitate the smooth running of the department and provide administrative and editorial support to the publishing director and three editors. There will be regular opportunities for the successful candidate to develop their editorial skills, working on edits alongside the editors, assisting with creative briefs for books, and writing cover copy and AI sheets. This role requires regular liaison with authors, agents and other departments, good time management and a can-do attitude are essential.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

Administration

  • Arranging author and agent meetings and presentations, and preparing documents

  • Liaising with freelancers, raising purchase orders and processing invoices

  • Tracking materials to/from designers & editors

  • Providing advance/sample materials for other departments e.g. sales, marketing, rights

  • Writing rejection letters and dealing with general enquiries

  • Diary management for Publishing Director

  • Liaison on Publishing Director’s behalf with authors, agents, other departments etc.

  • Organising meetings, travel schedules

  • Raising new contracts, managing new contracts through the system

  • Logging and monitoring submissions

  • Looking up sales figures and data, creating sales reports

  • Taking minutes at divisional meetings, as required

  •   Other general office admin/systems

Editorial

  • Writing reader reports for submissions

  • Supporting team on edits as required

  • Copy-writing and checking sales & marketing material e.g. catalogues, rights sheets, presenters

  • Monitoring and amending metadata

  • Monitoring Amazon to ensure copy and jackets are up to date

  • Helping to manage reprints: responsibilities include organising the re-branding of covers, updating prelims

  • Sending cover proofs/finished copies to authors/agents

  • Creating Advance Information sheets as requested, monitoring and updating them

  • Proof-reading jacket copy, catalogue copy, Ais

  • Preparing and circulating cover briefs

  • Managing titles from first manuscript through to publication:

    • Reviewing copy-edits and proofreads from freelancers

    • Checking and collating proofs, revises, and preparing files for print

    • Preparing prelims and putting books through the production process

    • Organizing and creating back ads

    • E-book editorial checks

    • Writing cover/catalogue copy as required

  • Creating and monitoring timelines for key publications

  • Creating content for and engaging with HC social media channels

  • Working closely with Sales and Marketing to help promote titles across the list

 Skills and Experience:

  • Solid administrative & organisation experience or knowledge with a high level of computer literacy

  • Possess excellent time management skills

  • Be an effective communicator at all levels

  • Be familiar with MS Word; Excel; Outlook

  • Have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail

  •   Be a book lover

  • Enjoy literary and commercial fiction

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Fri 12th Aug 2022

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Fri 12th Aug 2022