Location: London (Central)
Type: Editorial – Children’s Colour Publishing
Term: Full-time, permanent
Salary Description: Competitive
Reference: S&S UK ED/SNR ED COL PUB
Closing date: Tuesday 16th August 2022
Simon & Schuster Children’s Books is one of the leading children’s publishers in the UK, dedicated to immersing children of all ages in diverse and creative reading experiences, encouraging a lifelong love of reading. Founded in 1998, it has a record of continuously strong sales, prestigious awards, and numerous high quality and bestselling titles and series. Much-loved authors and illustrators on the colour list include: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (Barry the Fish with Fingers, Supertato), Benji Davies (The Storm Whale series), Smriti Halls and Steve Small (I’m Sticking with You) and Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (the Aliens Love Underpants series). Simon & Schuster UK won Publisher of the Year at the 2022 British Book Awards.
We’re looking for a highly skilled, creative and detail-oriented editor to join our dynamic children’s colour publishing team. In the role you’ll help us to seek out, shape, champion and publish books that children will love to read. This is a hugely exciting time to be joining S&S and a terrific opportunity to work on a dynamic list that’s packed with popular, acclaimed and stand-out books for children.
Reporting to the Picture Books Publisher, you will be responsible for multiple projects from manuscript to publication, plus provide editorial support to the whole colour publishing team. The core focus of the role is picture books but there will be appealing opportunities to work with authors and illustrators whose books span the Simon & Schuster list, for example colour graphic novels and select non-fiction.
The Candidate Profile:
You will love children’s books and be excited about creating titles which children will ask for on repeat. You must be driven, committed and creative, with excellent editorial skills and a terrific eye for detail. With the ability to project-manage a large number of books on budget and on schedule within a very busy environment, you will be calm under pressure and thrive on meeting deadlines. Working closely with the design, sales, rights, marketing, PR and production teams, you’ll nurture strong in-house relationships, and excel in author, illustrator and agent care. Good market awareness across the UK and internationally is desirable, and demonstrable children’s picture book experience is essential.
We are a small team, so you will be happy to pitch in across all areas and you will have strong communication, project, and time-management skills.
We have big plans for our children’s list: we’re in an exciting phase of growth, and we’d love you to be part of that.
Simon & Schuster UK is an equal opportunities employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.