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Head of PR

  • Salary: 12 month Fixed Term Contract (Maternity cover)
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 16th May 2021 BST

Job Description

We’re looking for an experienced Senior Publicist to join our successful Fiction division on a maternity cover contract. The role is a fantastic opportunity for someone with extensive publicity experience and good knowledge of the commercial fiction market to join an established and successful team.

Working closely with the PR team, and your editorial and marketing colleagues, you will devise and implement innovative, integrated and targeted publicity campaigns for a diverse range of bestselling and emerging fiction authors, as well as literary estates, with the aim of driving profitable sales and raising and maintaining their profiles.

Key tasks and accountabilities:

  • As part of the Marcomms team, develop innovative and creative publicity campaigns in line with key objectives across individual titles or brand authors

  • Deliver creative, stand-out publicity campaigns across both traditional and new media channels

  • Generate and foster review and feature coverage across relevant media, including newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, online and social media

  • Plan and execute author tours to raise author profile and generate sales

  • Work closely with the Editorial, Marketing and Sales teams to ensure publicity opportunities are fully maximised and communicated across the division

  • Present publicity strategy and campaigns to internal and external stakeholders including editors, authors and agents

  • Develop the year round programme for 'HarperFiction Presents' and deliver engaging content to grow the channel

  • Maintain, develop and grow relationships with key journalists, producers and new media contacts across all channels

  • Generate trade press releases and announce new title acquisitions

Experience required

  • Solid, demonstrable publicity background in commercial fiction

  • Excellent author care experience

  • Proven track record in generating publicity coverage across a variety of authors and campaigns and a range of media

  • Experience across a variety of genres including crime, literary brands/estates

  • Experience of organising and managing author tours and events

  • Experience of organising successful virtual events, with retail partners, and across a variety of platforms

  • Experience of digital and traditional communications

Skills required

  • Capable of creative and innovative publicity campaigns

  • The ability to juggle a heavy workload under pressure

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required

  • A team player with excellent communication and organisational skills

  • Motivated self-starter with a ‘can-do’ attitude

  • Extensive and proven network of media, literary and bookseller contacts

If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to our Recruitment Manager at with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Head of PR

HarperCollins, London
Contract, Full-time, Maternity Contract
Administration, Campaigns, PR, Publicity, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Social Media
Head of PR

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Extensive and proven network of media, literary and bookseller contacts