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Assistant Editor

Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK and was named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2022 and 2023. They also won Children’s Publisher of the Year in 2023. Based in London with sister companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and India, the UK division has four imprints: Gallery, Scribner, Simon & Schuster; and Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction, and children’s publications. Home to bestselling authors and award winners, Simon & Schuster UK is a publishing house of quality writing and a proud home to its authors and their exceptional work. It also runs a sales and distribution service for a number of independent and international publishers including Andrews McMeel, Black Library, Boom! Studios, Elliott & Thompson, Inner Traditions, Rebellion and VIZ Media.

Simon & Schuster International is dedicated to publishing a broad and diverse range of books for everyone, representative of the world around us. They are committed to working with and supporting writers, illustrators, and other creative partners from all walks of life, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, nationality, religion or belief, age, social or economic circumstance.


Simon & Schuster, a global leader in general interest publishing, is dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Adams Media, Avid Reader Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at

About the Fiction, Adult Publishing Division

Simon & Schuster Fiction is home to a broad range of commercial fiction and has the aim of publishing a story for everyone. The home of authors such as Philippa Gregory, Chris Carter, Colleen Hoover and Milly Johnson, it is the commercial heart of the adult publishing at S&S UK. The editorial team is a tightknit group of eight editors who work with the creative and commercial teams across the company to ensure we’re getting the very best books into the hands of as many readers as possible.

The Job Profile

Simon & Schuster UK are looking for an Assistant Editor to work in their busy commercial fiction team. Reporting to the Editorial Director and supporting them with their list, this is an exciting role for someone who loves romantic and commercial fiction and wants to work in a varied and fast-moving environment.

The Job Role

This role will involve working across a range of fiction but with a focus on romance, contemporary and book club fiction. This is a varied and creative role which involves helping to manage the publishing process after structural edits have taken place, assisting with cover briefs, drafting cover copy and helping to ensure that deadlines are met by liaising with colleagues in other departments to ensure the smooth publishing of titles where necessary. The successful candidate will also be expected to check page proofs and proofread covers and other written material. Where necessary, provide author care and act as a point of contact for authors; data entry and management as well as checking and sharing TCM Bookscan sales figures, eBook and audio numbers to assigned authors and agents.

The Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have an interest in fiction publishing and particularly romance; they will have a can-do attitude, be able to take their own initiative and will thrive in a busy and varied role. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, with a strong grasp of grammar and strong proofreading skills, a meticulous eye for detail and an ability to interact at all levels.

Location: London

Salary: Starting from £30,000

Deadline: 29 April 2024

Please apply by attaching your CV and cover letter.

Simon & Schuster UK is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity and gender expression. At Simon & Schuster UK, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. 

Candidates hired for this or any other posted Simon & Schuster UK role will be employees of Simon & Schuster UK Ltd subject to all policies, including the Workplace Privacy Notice,and eligible solely for the benefits plans thereof.

Assistant Editor

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Editor, Publishing, Communications
Assistant Editor
Salary description: 
Starting from £30,000

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The ideal candidate will have an interest in fiction publishing and particularly romance, they will have a can-do attitude, be able to take their own initiative and will thrive in a busy and varied role.