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Desk Editor - Adult Publishing

We’re looking for an organized and detail-oriented Junior Desk Editor / Desk Editor who’s passionate about working across a variety of genres – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and classics. This is an important and varied role for someone who enjoys seeing projects through to completion accurately and effectively.

The Role
You will be working with the Editorial Services team in bringing our Adult publishing programme to life, ensuring pesky typos and recalcitrant commas are ironed out. The role includes overseeing backlist titles and the reissues programme as well as managing your own frontlist titles through all aspects of the editing and production process.

A typical morning might see you responding to emails from editors and authors before moving on to some cover artwork checks. You might then work through a copy-edit collation, resolving queries with an author and preparing the file for the typesetter. In the afternoon you might attend a team progress meeting to discuss schedules with Editorial and Production, and follow it up with some schedule maintenance in Biblio to ensure critical path dates are achieved. Following the meeting you now know when to book an indexer for one of your titles so you’ll be in touch with our brilliant freelancers to book someone in for the job. You might then check an ebook file ahead of distribution, check captions and maps in a non-fiction title, or be called on to proofread a pitch document for an exciting new acquisition.

The role is all about the detail and requires someone with first-rate proofreading and copy-editing skills. It is also, in part, a support role, and the right person will be happy to carry out general admin tasks to help with the running of the department, such as proofreading TIs and catalogues, and checking sales and marketing materials, as necessary.

The successful applicant will:

  • Have previous desk-editing or editorial assistant experience
  • Have excellent copy-editing and proofreading skills
  • Have an impeccable eye for detail and an excellent understanding of the English language, i.e. grammar, punctuation and semantics
  • Have an understanding of the production process and the ability to draw up, manage and renegotiate schedules in line with the critical path
  • Be self-motivated and highly flexible – happy to move between projects as priorities dictate and manage multiple projects effectively
  • Have a strong understanding of Microsoft Word (track changes) and Adobe (for digital markup).

    We’d love it if you had:

    • A passion for working as part of a team, including strong communication skills
    • A broad knowledge of, and interest in, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and classics, and a love of reading
    • Familiarity with Google for Work (Gmail/Google applications)
    • Experience of working with Biblio would be an advantage.

    In return we can offer you a range of great projects, a supportive and collaborative working environment as well as a competitive salary and benefits package.

    The position is based at our offices in Farringdon, London.

    The role is a full-time, permanent position.   

    Salary starting from: Around £28,000 depending on experience

    Hiring Manager: Laura Carr, Managing Editor

    Closing Date: 5 June 2022

    We are highly committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. Our full Diversity & Inclusion Pledge is available here

    All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK in order to be considered for this role.

    Please note that all personal information which we process in connection with your application will be treated in accordance with our Recruitment Privacy Notice available here: Please read our Recruitment Privacy Notice before submitting your application

    Desk Editor - Adult Publishing

    Pan Macmillan, London
    Full-time, Permanent
    Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
    Desk Editor - Adult Publishing
    Salary description: 
    Around £28,000 depending on experience

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