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Editorial Assistant

What you’ll be doing

This is an exciting opportunity for an organised and proactive individual to join our stellar editorial fiction team. Working across the Hodder Fiction list, with a focus on Hodderscape, you’ll be responsible for providing editorial and administrative support to the editorial team in the acquisition and production of new titles, and to assist with all aspects of administration, co-ordination and driving of the publishing programme in all media. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting at every step in the publication process, from manuscript delivery to final print/eBook.

The role will cover a range of editorial and administrative responsibilities, including:

  • briefing freelancers, checking their work and collating corrections
  • preparing prelims and working closely with production department to keep books on the critical path
  • liaising with authors and agents
  • updating systems and managing metadata
  • copywriting and assisting with jacket briefs
  • acting as the main point of contact internally between the editorial, art and production teams for allocated projects
  • managing the production of technically complex special editions

You will also assist in reading and reviewing fiction manuscripts and writing reading reports.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a highly organised and confident team player with meticulous attention to detail and a can-do attitude. This is a varied and creative role for someone with a strong interest in commercial young adult and adult science fiction, fantasy and horror. As this is a busy and technically complex list, you will need to have excellent communication skills, be able to manage your time effectively, prioritise and work well under pressure, and to work well as part of a large team. A competent knowledge of Microsoft Office is required and knowledge of Biblio is a bonus.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 community days per year, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Hodder & Stoughton is an award-winning publisher within Hachette UK, one of the UK’s biggest publishing groups. For over 150 years, we have been one of Britain’s leading publishers of fiction and non-fiction and are renowned for passion, quality and delivering bestselling books in many different formats.

Hodder Fiction is the commercial engine of Hodder & Stoughton, a division of Hachette UK. Our fiction list is extensive and aims to publish the best books across all genres. We put the reader at the forefront of everything we do.

Hodderscape is our vibrant science fiction, fantasy and horror list, publishing adult and young adult speculative fiction. Our authors include Stephanie Garber, Laini Taylor, Kerri Maniscalco, Elizabeth Lim, Chloe Gong, Pierce Brown, Becky Chambers and Tad Williams. We are never afraid to be out of this world, and we are looking to publish the very best commercial SFF.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit

Editorial Assistant

Hodder & Stroughton, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial Assistant
Salary description: 
£24,000 (+bonus + benefits)

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A competent knowledge of Microsoft Office is required and knowledge of Biblio is a bonus