Editorial Assistant Apprentice
Penguin Random House champions the world's most brilliant voices. In addition to books, ebooks and audiobooks, they also play a part in films, TV, radio, theatre, and live events.
Penguin Random House are looking for an Editorial Apprentice to work with the Fiction team at Ebury – one of their nine publishing houses.
You need a love of stories and ideas, and to be excited by all the different ways they can be told.
In terms of the day to day, you’ll be responsible for the smooth running of the team by completing editorial tasks, related admin and providing support to the Editor and Publishing Director.
And getting to the specifics...
- General office admin, like sorting post, photocopying, filing, tracking expenses, and arranging couriers and transport
- Being the first point of contact for questions from the author, agent and general public
- Supporting promotional activities such as author signings/events and sending out early copies
- Taking minutes for important department meetings and circulating as directed
- Managing the internal book process from production to design to make sure all teams hit their deadlines
- Writing book blurbs and promo information and checking documents for corrections
- Arranging for specified books to be edited, and proof-read by freelancers
- Running sales figures and generating reports
- Attending new project meetings and taking part in discussions around potential new books
- Updating book databases with information when changes occur (schedules, any metadata), keeping all data up-to-date, complete and high quality at all times before publication on Amazon, adding reviews, refreshing keywords, writing SEO description and liaising with colleagues to ensure titles are in relevant categories
You’ll learn by doing, getting stuck in, and soaking up the day to day. You don’t need to know about publishing and you don’t need to have studied any subjects in particular. Your introduction to publishing will be supported by a training programme designed to develop your editorial skills.
You’ll succeed if you are:
- Highly organised, with the ability to multitask and handle competing priorities
- An excellent communicator who can communicate effectively to a wide range of people
- Calm and resilient under pressure, with a level head when busy and adapting calmly when priorities change
- Able to ask for feedback and act on it
- Proactive and able to work independently – suggest improvements or new ideas