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Assistant Editor, Head of Zeus non-fiction

Award-winning publisher Head of Zeus is looking for a new member to join their non-fiction team. This busy, fast-paced role would suit someone enthusiastic and organised, with a love of non-fiction and at least one year’s experience working in trade publishing. 

If you are a passionate reader of history, biography, art history and nature writing, with excellent communication skills, the ability to manage a varied workload, and the desire to join an ambitious publishing team, this is the perfect next step for you.

The role will be based in the Head of Zeus offices in Clerkenwell, London, but there is the opportunity to work from home up to three days a week.

To apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter to Georgina Blackwell ( by midnight on Sunday 30th January, in an email with the subject line ‘Application – Assistant Editor, Head of Zeus Non-fiction’. Please note this is not an entry-level position. 

Job Description

Reporting to the Publishing Director for Apollo Non-fiction, you will work on approximately 25 titles a year, across all formats, some of which will be colour illustrated.

Your role will consist of:


  • Liaising with authors from copyedit stage onwards
  • Proof collation and checking corrections
  • Picture research, managing image budgets and permissions clearing
  • Preparing and signing off prelims
  • Reading and reporting on submissions as requested


  • Assisting with the briefing of covers as requested
  • Preparing cover copy as requested  
  • Proof-reading & signing off cover copy 

Sales material:

  • Creating and updating AIs 
  • Briefing and managing the design of presenters, blads, bound proofs & A+ pages
  • Preparing & checking catalogue copy
  • Assisting with selected social media campaigns 

Author liaison:

  • Sending authors digital promotion updates
  • Sending authors monthly sales updates
  • Sending out author advance copies and contractual copies 

Departmental assistance:

  • General administrative assistance as and when required



  • At least 1 year’s experience in the editorial department of a trade publishing house.


  • A knowledge of the life of a book from manuscript to final copy
  • An awareness of the current book market
  • Excellent prioritisation skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • A collaborative team player; enthusiastic and adaptable
  • Meticulously organised and works well to deadlines
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Highly competent with MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Experience of working on illustrated books and with InDesign would be an advantage


£25–27k, depending on experience


Midnight, Sunday 30th January, 2022

Assistant Editor, Head of Zeus non-fiction

Head Of Zeus, Greater London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Editor, Non Fiction, Publishing, Marketing, Communications, Business Development, Social Media, Editorial
Assistant Editor, Head of Zeus non-fiction
Salary description: 
£25,000–£27,000 depending on experience

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At least 1 year’s experience in the editorial department of a trade publishing house.