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Editorial Assistant, Head of Zeus non-fiction

Head of Zeus, now part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, is a publisher of fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books, committed to new talent, great writing and quality in everything we produce. With our 35-strong team based in Clerkenwell (and remote), we have centuries of expertise, global reach, and a nimble, creative, decisive culture. We have published 93 (and counting) #1 bestsellers around the world, won 21 literary prizes and two industry awards. 

Editorial Assistant, Head of Zeus non-fiction

Award-winning publisher Head of Zeus is looking for an Editorial Assistant to join their non-fiction team. This busy, fast-paced role would suit someone enthusiastic and organised, with a love for non-fiction and some 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

Reporting to the Publishing Director for Apollo Non-fiction, you will work on approximately 20 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

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • 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.

Additional Information

This is a permanent full-time role  with an annual salary of £25,000 which is based at our Clerkenwell, London offices working on an a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based/3-days home based (or fully office based if preferred).

As an Assistant role, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To assist candidates who want to start and to establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury offers an interest-free rental deposit to support securing somewhere to live. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be paid back over 2 years.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role to Kanika Laing ( in an email with the subject line ‘Application – Editorial Assistant, Head of Zeus Non-fiction’. Closing date Friday 11 November 2022

Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required amount of applications.

Bloomsbury Benefits

Head of Zeus is part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and as well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits.


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits

·       Two paid Personal Wellness Days

·       Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3   

        hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

·       Season Ticket Loan

·       Sharesave Scheme

·       In-house Doctor

·       Eyecare Voucher Scheme

·       Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom, Disability, Mental Health, Pride and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 12 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources 

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Book Trade Charity provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Editorial Assistant, Head of Zeus non-fiction

Head Of Zeus, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial Assistant, Head of Zeus non-fiction
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A knowledge of the life of a book from manuscript to final copy An awareness of the current book market Excellent prioritisation skills