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By Jessica Povey, Richa Jain and Charlotte Hopkins

Foreign Rights Assistant at Michael O’Mara Books

Closing Date: 14 March 2024

Salary: £25,000

Location: London, Clapham


Are you looking to kickstart your career in publishing? Michael O’Mara Books, an independent publisher, is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Foreign Rights Assistant to join their team. 

As part of the foreign sales department, you will help to support the team with general administrative tasks. You will be performing general duties ad hoc, managing co-editions, and drafting and dealing with sales contracts. Effective organisation will be key when liaising with the sales team, as you will be tasked with preparing materials for book fairs and sales trips. There may also be opportunities for you to attend these events in a supportive capacity.

The successful applicant will be an excellent multi-tasker and strong communicator with a meticulous eye for detail, capable of prioritising tasks and remaining calm under pressure. They should be willing to build relationships with both the foreign sales department and external contacts. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential, and familiarity or prior experience with data entry via Biblio would be advantageous. Strong foreign language skills are desirable, and any previous experience in publishing would beneficial. While the company is interested in publishing graduates, it is not a requirement, so if you believe your skills align with the position, do not hesitate to apply.

The position will be based in Michael O’Mara’s London office in Clapham. The company operates on a hybrid working model, with Tuesday to Thursday in the office and two days per week remote work.

If you're keen to explore this exciting and varied role, click here for more information and to apply via Creative Access. 

Editor Fellowship Programme at SAGE publishing

Closing Date: 26 March 2024

Salary: £35,100

Location: London


SAGE, a global academic publisher dedicated to empowering researchers and educators, is inviting applications for its Editor Fellowship Programme in collaboration with Creative Access. This 18-month developmental journey aims to nurture talent for mid to senior roles within academic publishing and offers immersive editorial placements across Sage's diverse publishing areas. External support from Creative Access includes coaching, leadership development and mental health resources.

As a Fellow, you will play a pivotal role within Sage's online products and journals business sectors, becoming an integral member of a dynamic, hybrid team. Throughout the program, you will gain comprehensive insights into Sage's products and publishing processes, as well as its collaborations with societies, researchers and academics.

Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing a career in academic publishing, along with proven written and oral communication skills. Strong relationship building and research abilities are essential, along with commercial acumen and the ability to work independently as part of a hybrid global team. Proficiency in navigating fast-paced environments and quickly assimilating new information across multiple areas, along with excellent organisational skills, are also desired.

This opportunity is open exclusively to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse individuals with non-academic publishing backgrounds or non-editorial roles within publishing. If this sounds like a position for you, apply here at Creative Access.

Contracts Assistant at Simon and Schuster UK

 Closing Date: 13 March 2024

Salary: £27,000

Location: London


If you’re looking for an entry-level publishing role, then why not have a look at Simon and Schuster’s most recent listing? Simon and Schuster UK are global leaders in general interest publishing, with numerous popular divisions and imprints.

The successful candidate will work within the Contracts department and report to the Contracts Manager. You will work alongside the Head of Contracts to provide essential administrative support as well as helping to negotiate and draft contractual documents under supervision. You will respond to internal and external queries, liaising with various departments and agents to do so. You will get a chance to work within both the adult and children’s divisions, gaining insight into the publishing industry as a whole.

The ideal candidate will have some knowledge and interest in law and contracts as well as familiarity with the publishing industry. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills are essential, alongside the ability to collaborate effectively within a team environment and work independently when necessary. It will be beneficial to have some administrative or office environment experience, including Microsoft 365 and other basic IT skills.

If this sounds like a job you’d like, then you can apply here.

Trade Marketing Assistant at Bounce Marketing

Closing Date: 18 March 2024

Salary: £24,000–£25,000 depending on experience.

Location: London


Bounce, the UK’s leading specialist Children’s Sales Agency, represents a range of the best children's publishers from the UK and beyond. It is currently looking for a Trade Marketing Assistant to join its friendly and busy team in Islington.


The role will involve liaising with client publishers including Scholastic and Little Tiger, while providing invaluable support to the field sales team. Responsibilities involve taking meeting notes, giving feedback to the sales force and coordinating three annual sales conferences. You will also be tasked with uploading material onto various platforms, including the Bounce website (WordPress), Edelweiss and


The ideal candidate will be passionate about children’s publishing and will possess an understanding of the bookselling, publishing or retail landscape. Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, are paramount, alongside an enthusiastic approach and a proactive 'can-do' attitude. You will be organised, with brilliant attention to detail and a strong ability to work under pressure.


You can apply for the role here.



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