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By Leah Bird and Tasneem Hafiz

Editorial Assistant – Picture Books & Non-Fiction, HarperCollins Publishers

Closing Date: 23 June

Salary: £25,000

Location: London

A fantastic, entry-level opportunity has arisen for an Editorial Assistant to join HarperCollins’ Farshore to support the busy Picture Book and Non-Fiction Team, publishing award-winning and bestselling books.

You will be supporting the team in editorial and administrative tasks, including proofreading, taking meeting notes, updating the publishing programme and liaising with other key departments, including production, sales, marketing, PR and publishing operations. You will also be building knowledge of the children’s and wider book market, staying up to date with trends and competitor titles, undertaking market research as required, and alerting the team to possible new opportunities. Your responsibilities will also include liaising with authors, agents and freelancers on individual projects, writing copy, completing advance information sheets and inputting and managing metadata.

The ideal candidate will be friendly, efficient and self-starting. You will fully immerse yourself in the world of children’s books and help create profitable titles that contribute to their market growth and uphold the Division’s mission to “make every child a proud reader.” You will ideally be extremely organised and efficient, have an ability to meet deadlines and have a precise eye for detail. You will also need confident communication skills and strong copywriting and proofreading skills.

For more information and to apply, click here.


The DRF David Miller Internship Programme, Deborah Rogers Foundation

Closing Date: 26 June

Salary: £2,400

Location: London

The Deborah Rogers Foundation (DRF) is looking for two interns to complete six-week internships and who will be introduced to the world of rights and agenting.

Those who are successful will have the opportunity to work with companies such as Penguin Random House and Faber. You will be given an entry level introduction to rights and agenting, providing a full understanding of rights professionals within the wider industry. You will have first-hand experience and intensive training to give you a significant steppingstone to future employment. You will also be involved with the Frankfurt Book Fair and given mentoring and guidance throughout your placement.

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in publishing, in particular rights and agenting. You will be eager to learn, have good time management skills and be highly organised. This opportunity is particularly aimed at individuals from a group that is underrepresented in the creative industries. To apply, click here.

Editorial Assistant Apprentice, Alain Charles Publishing

Closing Date: 23 June

Salary: £18,000

Location: London

Alain Charles Publishing is looking for an enthusiastic publishing assistant apprentice to join its editorial team. The role will include composing online news stories and writing up press releases covering a range of industry sectors across the Middle East and Africa.

Key responsibilities include proofreading and editing copy when necessary; writing original content; attending conferences, exhibitions and events; content and magazine production; coordinating and supporting departments such as the design, production, editorial and sales teams.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication skills (written and spoken) as well as good attention to detail. The role is also looking for someone who is organised and self-motivated. You will also have an understanding of social media and digital developments and be engaged in current affairs.

For more information about this apprentice, please click here.

Publishing Operations Apprentice, Quarto Publishing

Closing Date: 30 June

Salary: £17,290

Location: London

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an entry-level apprenticeship position at Quarto Publishing. This job is the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to take their first step into publishing and loves children’s books.

The successful candidate will provide administrative assistance to a team of editors and designers. Other key responsibilities of the role include management of administrative systems such as: working with the five trade imprints to facilitate working practices and processes that help the teams deliver books on schedule and within budget; administer the sending out and filing of contracts; managing the processing and filing of invoices and much more. There will also be opportunities to carry out ad-hoc duties such as market research, writing meeting minutes and liaising with other departments, external project managers and freelancers.

The ideal candidate should be willing to show initiative and be proactive. You will have good written communication skills and show professionalism whilst interacting with various teams. A good team member and being able to work independently is a must.

For more information about this apprentice, please click here.


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