The Publishing Post
By Aimee Whittle and Charlotte Hopkins
Children’s Internship – London Literary Scouting
Closing Date: 3 February
Salary: London Living Wage
Do you have an interest in children’s and young adult fiction? Look no further; London Literary Scouting are looking to hire an intern to join their children’s team!
This is a brilliant entry-level opportunity for someone with excellent communication skills, good time management and the ability to work both independently and within a tight knit and friendly team. Key responsibilities include reading submissions and writing reports on a tight turnaround, updating and maintaining the company platform to reflect the correct and most up-to-date information to clients, as well as general administrative support as required.
The ideal candidate will be passionate about children's and YA (young adult) publishing, with a particular focus on fantasy, rom-antasy, crossover and TikTok fiction. They will be a fast and insightful reader and have an understanding of key market trends and influences. Experience or interest in international markets, publishing and/or proficiency in a European language would be a bonus. To apply, click here.
Festival Intern – Edinburgh International Book Festival
Closing Date: 5 February at 11:59 p.m.
Edinburgh International Book Festival is looking for a Festival Intern. This role is a six-month long contract with an option of either part or full-time for the suitable candidate. It is something different and exciting for someone looking to gain experience in and learn more about literature and large scale literature events. It is a hybrid working role based in Edinburgh where hours are Monday-Friday until the event itself in August where staff are expected to work six days a week.
The intern will learn admin and marketing skills by taking notes and assisting with emails as well as creating social media posts. They will liaise with authors and other artists attending the festival and help support the planning and delivery of the event. They will learn various important skills that are valued in the publishing industry. The ideal candidate will have good IT, written and verbal communication skills, an understanding of social media and a willingness to learn new things.
This role is only open to Black, Asian, and ethnically-diverse candidates. Click here for more.
Trainee Marketing and Publicity Assistant – Usborne
Closing Date: 6 February at 11:59 p.m.
Usborne are looking for an aspiring Marketing & Publicity Assistant. With training on the job, as well as through internal and external providers, you will be providing general administrative support to the UK marketing & publicity team whilst learning and developing key marketing and publicity skills.
You will develop your skills by facilitating the efficient running of the UK marketing & publicity department by providing administrative support, contributing to Usborne’s social media platforms as and when necessary/appropriate, creating regular internal communications i.e. weekly updates for Sales’ Territory Managers, ad hoc internal communications and monthly department news for the wider company – and assisting in the organisation of Usborne events and attending where necessary including: exhibitions, book fairs, authors’ bookshops, school and festival events and book launches as required.
The ideal candidate will have, among other things, excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to juggle a varied workload in order to meet deadlines, and good writing skills with accuracy in spelling and grammar and attention to detail.
This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically-diverse candidates, disabled people and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Find out more here.
Front of House Assistant – The Blair Partnership
Closing Date: 6 February
Salary: £20,000 - £30,000
The Blair Partnership is a literary and entertainment agency which offers a wide variety of services to their clients. Some of these services include rights management, client representation and franchise management. They are currently looking for a new Front of House Assistant to join their team.
This is a great entry-level role for someone with a passion for books as well as someone with an interest in all types of roles within the publishing community. If you are successful, you will have many jobs which include but are not limited to reading new book submissions and providing agents with your professional opinion, managing meetings and diaries, handling deliveries, managing all visitors on site, taking calls and replying to emails. In addition to this admin work, you will help to keep food, beverage and stationary supplies stocked as well as organising catering for any business meetings or visitor events.
The ideal candidate will be friendly and have good communication skills, be trustworthy and reliable, someone who likes to pay attention to details and also who is proficient in using a computer (including using MS Office, Word and Excel). Click here to find out more.