Hurst is looking for a publicity assistant to join our team. You will be reporting directly to the Head of Campaigns and Media Relations and will help in the promotion of all of Hurst’s trade and academic books. The role will involve all aspects of publicity, from organising events and drafting press releases to tweeting, pitching to media outlets, and helping run our podcast. Although we are a small publisher, we consistently get coverage for our books in mainstream outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Sunday Times, and run a busy publicity department.
We’re looking for someone who will spot opportunities in unlikely places, is up-to-date on current affairs, can think of new angles to pitch a book to readers, and most importantly, has a genuine interest in the books we publish. Although there is a lot of room to be creative, publicity admin is a big part of the job, so strong organisational and writing skills, as well as attention to detail, are essential. Publicity experience is strongly preferred, but not necessary.
Responsibilities will include:
- managing paperback book campaigns
- writing press releases
- creating review lists
- proofreading copy
- publicity research
- organising events
- pitching authors to media contacts, literary festivals, and event venues
- book prize submissions
- running social media and our podcast ‘Afterwords’ with the sales and marketing assistant
- fielding media and author queries
Hurst is an independently owned and run non-fiction publisher based in London. We produce around 90 new books a year, building on our strengths in African Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies, War and International Relations, and global politics and history. Our trade list covers subjects as varied as British politics, global history, and popular science.
We are all presently working remotely but plan to have regular meetings in London when that is feasible again. We will consider applicants based outside London, but applicants must be prepared to attend London meetings in person. Hurst can only consider candidates legally eligible for work in the UK as of 2021.
Salary range: £23,000 - £25,000
Please submit a cover letter and CV to Alison Alexanian (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 8th of January (5pm GMT). Interviews will be held virtually on the 20th/21st of January.