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Editor, Children's Fiction

This is a rare opportunity for a talented, enthusiastic and highly organised individual to join the Bloomsbury Children’s fiction editorial team. The role involves managing a variety of children’s titles through the editorial process – both autonomously and in support of the senior commissioning team – from manuscript delivery and cover briefing through to publication. It requires working collaboratively with authors and in-house colleagues in Design, Marketing, Publicity, Sales and Rights, as well as in our own editorial team.

This role reports to one of our two Fiction Editorial Directors. Please note this is not an entry-level role.

The role

  • Project-managing around 12 titles per year, seeing them through from manuscript delivery to printer-ready files
  • Undertaking structural and/or line-editing on some titles
  • Co-ordinating with Production and Design to keep titles on schedule
  • Liaising with Sales, Rights, Marketing and Publicity to provide copy and sales material on time, support campaign plans and champion your books
  • Maintaining day-to-day relationships with some key authors and their agents, being their go-to in-house contact and communicating information on all stages of progress on their books
  • Writing, reviewing and proofreading excellent copy for covers, AIs and catalogues
  • Taking responsibility for metadata and coding on your own titles, and some others as requested, on Biblio, ensuring it is current, complete and commercially appropriate
  • Reading and reporting on submissions, taking an active role in editorial meetings, creative brainstorms and discussions of potential acquisitions

Knowledge, skills and experience

We are seeking:

  • Demonstrated editorial experience in children’s publishing, ideally as part of a fiction list
  • Passion and enthusiasm for helping to create the books that kids love to read, as well as a good up-to-date knowledge of the children’s fiction market (5+ – YA)
  • Excellent author care and communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent proofreading and copy-editing skills
  • The ability to write strong sales copy and blurbs
  • The ability to prioritise and use own initiative, juggling several projects at one time
  • Solid time-management skills to cope with competing deadlines
  • A team player, able to galvanise cross-departmental support for books and authors, and to take a proactive role within the fiction editorial team, being a supportive colleague and champion of the fiction list as a whole  

Additional information

The role is a full-time and permanent

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred).  Allocated office days for this role are: Monday and Tuesday.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by Monday 2nd of October.

Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits:

Two paid Personal Wellness Days

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Season Ticket Loan

Sharesave Scheme

Private Health Insurance

In-house Doctor

Eyecare Voucher Scheme

Company culture – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom (BAME), Accessibility, Mental Health, Pride, and Parents, Guardians and Carers) and 21 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began. 

 Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

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Editor, Children's Fiction

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Project Management, Editorial
Editor, Children's Fiction
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Demonstrated editorial experience in children’s publishing, ideally as part of a fiction list Passion and enthusiasm for helping to create the books that kids love to read, as well as a good up-to-date knowledge of the children’s fiction market (5+ – YA)