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Editorial Assistant

Salary: £25k

Location: London/remote

Are you an enthusiastic and organised individual looking to work for an innovative and ambitious company? Do you want to establish yourself in an editorial role, working as part of a team to shape the books of some of the world’s best commercial storytellers into market leaders?

Canelo is an independent publisher based in London. We are never afraid to try new things and challenge publishing industry norms. We enjoy working in undervalued areas of publishing and rejuvenating them for new audiences. Canelo was shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021.

The editorial assistant will report to the publishing director, but may be required to complete work on behalf of the editorial team as a whole. You will assist on projects related to frontlist new releases and books for our reissue list. To be successful in the role, you will need to be extremely organised and have excellent people skills. You will also demonstrate the ability to manage competing priorities and have an eye for detail. You will be a book lover, and have a proven interest in print, ebook and audiobook publishing in the UK and other territories.

Duties include:

  • Providing exceptional author care
  • Maintaining bibliographic systems and metadata
  • Assisting in logging, reading and responding to submissions
  • Handling manuscripts through the critical path, including booking freelance copy edits and proofreads
  • Checking copy edits and proofreads, and liaising with authors
  • Helping to prepare cover briefs and arranging for image library permissions
  • Writing and proofreading copy
  • Preparing copy for supplementary marketing and sales materials
  • Ensuring accurate and timely communications with agents and authors
  • Helping prepare texts for print as well as ebook publication

We are looking for a capable, energetic and collaborative person with a demonstrable passion for commercial books. This an entry level role, also suitable for candidates looking for their first position in an editorial department. Publishing experience is not essential though candidates with a track record in administrative or book-related roles may be prioritised.

Closing date: 17 December 2021

Please send a covering letter and CV to

Editorial Assistant

Canelo, London
Full-time, Home Working, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial Assistant
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