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Desk Editor

We are very excited to be working with a leading independent non-fiction London based publisher on a new editorial position. This is a fantastic opportunity for an editorial professional who loves words and who can take a manuscript and knock it into shape. If you are looking for a more immersive desk editing role where you will be part of an inclusive, friendly team and work across a wide range of commercial non-fiction titles, please get in touch. The company offers a hybrid working arrangement of 3 days in the office and 2 days working from home.

Working with the Commissioning Editors, the Desk Editor will work with colleagues, both within the team and the wider company on a broad range of titles.

 Some of the key responsibilities will include:

  • Responsibility for every stage of a book, from commissioned manuscript to the finished book
  • Working closely with authors and developing content where necessary
  • Briefing cover designers, writing cover copy and circulating cover designs/proofs
  • Working with the picture researcher on cover images and illustrations/plate sections
  • Copy-editing, fact checking, proofreading and making final checks before sending book to print
  • Managing freelance editors, proof-readers, designers, indexers, typesetters etc.
  • Writing material for AIs and catalogues
  • Presenting titles at sales conferences

We are looking for someone with a strong eye for detail, who is confident and happy to immerse themselves in making great books for the commercial non-fiction market.

The successful person will ideally have some proven desk editing experience from a similar commercial non-fiction publishing background, with the ability to produce books with engaging, interesting text that is consistent in tone and style. You may also be an Assistant Editor, looking for your next step in non-fiction publishing. This role requires great organisational and communication skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines. The ability to work and collaborate with colleagues within the team and wider company is essential as is a flexible approach to your work as there will be times when projects change focus. You may be working on several different titles at any one time, so the ability to apply yourself to different genres is important.

If you think this could be the next step for you, please send your CV and a short cover note, outlining your salary expectations, to:

For a confidential chat about this role, please call us on 0207 048 6223


Desk Editor

Redwood, London
Full-time, Permanent
Editor, Editorial
Salary description: 
Attractive salary plus excellent company benefits. Details on application.

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