Editorial Assistant Apprentice at HarperCollins
HarperCollins are looking for an Editorial Assistant Apprentice who will facilitate the smooth running of the department and provide administrative and editorial support to the editorial and wider team. As an efficient and hard-working member of the team you will, amongst other things:
- Maintain the smooth running of the division alongside the other assistants, managing the division’s roster of meetings and collating minutes as required;
- Assist with desk editing;
- Liaise with external freelancers on bookings and purchase orders;
- Ensure that books meet critical path in conjunction with the production teams;
- Read and report on a range of fiction submissions;
- Communicate with authors and agents on a regular basis;
- Supporting other members of the team;
- Offer significant support to the publishing/editorial directors and senior commissioning editor as necessary.
In addition to this, there will be regular opportunities for the successful candidate to develop their editorial skills, working on edits alongside the publishing/editorial director and senior commissioning editor, assisting with creative briefs for books, and writing cover copy and AI sheets. In time, the editorial assistant will take on their own authors under the supervision of their line manager.
This role is ideally suited to an organised and detail-focused candidate who has both initiative and energy and is looking for their first entry-level role in commercial publishing. They will have a keen interest in all genres of commercial fiction, read widely, and be excited at the prospect of applying creative flair to the editorial process, ensuring that our publishing continues to stand out at the forefront of a competitive market.
- Reading submissions and submitting reader reports.
- Managing freelance editorial bookings.
- Shadowing on editorial work as necessary.
- Taking on responsibility for authors as arranged, with assistance from a designated managing editor.
- Proofreading jacket copy, catalogue copy, AIs, and divisional documents as necessary.
- Organising back ads, as well as extra end matter.
- Writing copy as required.
- Creating cover briefs and briefing designers
- Liaising with the production team and editors, helping to ensure critical path is met.
- First point of contact with other departments for general editorial queries.
- Take ownership of creating effective metadata for the publishing/editorial director and senior commissioning editor as requested.
- Raising purchase orders as necessary.
- Sending books to authors and agents as requested.
- Pulling together Powerpoint presentations.
- Collate and distribute the weekly updates and minutes to the team.
- Organising and helping to support the production of special editions.
- Organising signing materials for various special editions.
- Meeting management for publishing/editorial director.
- Expenses management for publishing/editorial director.
- Collating and providing sales reports as requested.
- Booking meeting rooms.
- Organising author and agent meetings.
- Organising Book Fair schedules.
- Entry Requirements
- You’ll need to attend an online Zoom screening interview with our Talent Team (don’t worry, we’re a friendly bunch!) and pass initial assessments in Maths and English.
- This position is only open to non-graduates.
- Some administrative and organisation experience
- Excellent attention to detail
- Advanced MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint knowledge
- Excellent organisational skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- A passion for books