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Editorial Assistant – Children's Picture Books, Fiction and Non Fiction

Location: London (Central)

Type: Editorial (Full time, permanent)

Salary: £25,000 per annum


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. Bestselling and award-recognised authors and illustrators on the list include Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Ben Miller, Adam Silvera, Benji Davies, Michelle Harrison, Smriti Halls and Steve Small, Nadia Shireen, Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley, Katie and Kevin Tsang and Benjamin Dean.

Job Profile:

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, and highly organized Editorial Assistant to join our small, dynamic editorial team, supporting us administratively on delivering our bestselling and award-winning programme of picture books and fiction. This is an opportunity for anyone with a passion for children’s books looking to develop a strong understanding of the editorial process and lifecycle of a book, to work across a wide range of titles and begin to build their editorial skills and relationships.

It is a crucial and wide-ranging role as part of a small and busy team, and a terrific opportunity to work on a list that’s packed with popular, acclaimed and stand-out books for children.

The Role:

Reporting to the Picture Books Publisher and Fiction Editorial Director, you will provide full administrative support to the editorial team, helping with the smooth running of the Editorial department and the delivery of our programme, and begin to develop your editorial skills.  You will also provide some administrative support to the Managing Director. Examples of tasks include:

  • Organising and minuting key meetings as well as diary support for the Managing Director
  • Administrative support for the senior editorial team including title setup and management, organization of bookfair schedules, freelancer paperwork and invoice processing
  • Supporting the Publisher and Editorial Director on the preparation of books for print, including checking proofs and plotters, maintaining production schedules and managing reprints
  • Copywriting, proofreading and metadata management
  • Liaising with internal departments including design, production, sales and rights, as well as authors and agents
  • Maintaining the submissions log, reading and reporting on manuscripts and contributing to the creative discussion of the editorial team

Your Profile:

You will have a demonstrable passion for children’s books and an enthusiasm to learn about the editorial process. This is a principally administrative role, so some office experience is highly desirable, and some knowledge or experience of the publishing industry is useful but not essential.  Exceptional organizational and communication skills, a meticulous eye for detail and the ability to prioritise across a wide-ranging and fast-moving list of tasks are essential.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, collaborative and dynamic team player to join our busy team.

Editorial Assistant – Children's Picture Books, Fiction and Non Fiction

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Publishing Support, Communications, Conference and Events, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial Assistant – Children's Picture Books, Fiction and Non Fiction
Salary description: 
£25,000 per annum

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