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By Sheridan Pena, Penny Ruddock and Aimee Whittle

Sales, Marketing and Rights Assistant at Rowman & Littlefield

Closing Date: 31 March 2023

Salary: £21,000–£23,000

Location: Remote within the UK with flexible working hours

A US-based publishing house, Rowman & Littlefield, is looking for someone to join their International Sales, Marketing and Rights department. This assistant position will provide support and help build connections between Rowman & Littlefield’s US and UK partner and customers.

The Sales, Marketing and Rights Assistant will report to the Director. A list of primary responsibilities is as follows: answering customer enquiries over the phone and through email, managing the production and distribution of sales materials, reviewing author contracts, handling rights requests, assisting with the creation and implementation of marketing materials and attending literary events as needed.

An ideal skillset for this role includes a great eye for detail, being an exceptional communicator, working well in a team, excellent IT capabilities, familiarity with Microsoft Office and possessing a warm and friendly demeanour. An interest in the book market is preferred, but prior experience in publishing is not required. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Part-time Freelance Administrator at The Deborah Rogers Foundation

Closing Date: 31 March 2023

Salary: £30,000£40,000, dependent on experience

Location: London

Already got some experience under your belt? Then this could be for you!

The Deborah Rogers Foundation is seeking to recruit a part-time freelance administrator for its DRF Writers Award – awarded every two years – and the annual David Miller Internship Programme.

As part of the job, you’ll be liaising and communicating between the DRF Board and its main partners including judges, writers, partner organisations, literary agents and publishers across the DRF Writers Award and David Miller Internship Programme. One of your main roles will be administering and co-ordinating the intern programmes, including recruitment, plan schedules, travel arrangements and accommodations if needed. You’ll also get to organise award events and parties, including guest list, venue and catering!

The successful candidate will be highly organised, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, a keen eye for detail and will be positive and self-starting in their approach to their work. Ideal candidates will have an interest in reading and publishing, along with some previous experience in the book industry. Find out how to apply here.

Editorial and Rights Intern at Canongate

Closing Date: 2 April 2023

Salary: £23,650

Location: Edinburgh

Looking for experience in the world of publishing? Look no further! Canongate books is searching for an intern to support both their Editorial (three-and-a-half days per week) and Rights (one-and-a-half days per week) departments and learn how these teams work within a publishing house.

This internship is full-time, with hybrid working available, reporting to the Head of Editorial Management and is based in Edinburgh.

Amongst other things, you will gain an understanding of how a commercial book publisher operates – particularly how Editorial buys and produces books and how important Rights sales are to the profitability of a book. You’ll learn how international rights are sold and the stages of pitching, negotiating and reaching a deal – and the importance of communication with potential publishers and with authors and agents throughout the process. You’ll even get to learn how a book is put together, including stages of editing, drafting prelims, typesetting, proofreading and getting ready to print!

You do not need to have worked in publishing before, but good organisational skills, attention to detail and a love of reading are essential! You should also be able to respond flexibly to a busy workload and multiple deadlines and possess IT skills such as a working knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Word, Outlook and Excel). Find out more here!

Publicity Assistant at Hurst Publishers

Closing Date: 10 April 2023

Salary: £23,000–£25,000

Location: London, hybrid work option available

Working in publishing and publicity – what could be better? If these are two fields that interest you, then we’ve got a job opportunity for you!

Hurst Publishers are looking for a new Publicity Assistant to join their team full-time, helping to promote all their trade and academic books. This is an exciting opportunity where you will take on many roles such as organising events and managing social media. Hurst’s books are regularly featured in many well-known news outlets, so they run a very busy publicity department. This role would require you to pitch to various media outlets and draft press releases, liaising with other departments in the company.

A successful candidate will be up to date with current affairs and trends, have a genuine interest in the books produced and have excellent organisational and attention-to-detail skills. Whilst publishing experience is always appreciated – it is not necessary for this role! Find out more here.


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