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Job Opportunities at What on Earth Publishing

By Georgia Appleyard and Amy Joan Sayner

Are you looking to gain experience in publishing? What on Earth Publishing is a dynamic, independent publishing house based in London, Kent, and Washington, D.C. They publish innovative and beautifully illustrated non-fiction books that engage children’s innate curiosity and passion for learning.


Sales & Metadata Admin Assistant (freelance)

Closing date: 10 November 2023

Salary: £120 per day (7.5 hours) / 1 day a week

Location: Remote or office-based (London)


This is an exciting opportunity for an outgoing team player who is a hardworking, confident communicator with a desire to learn and a passion for children’s books. Reporting to the Sales and Marketing Director, the successful candidate will provide key administrative support to a small, busy and dynamic team supporting What on Earth’s US and international markets. The focus will be to manage the metadata process, with key responsibilities including:

  • Uploading data including photographs to key US systems

  • Ensuring UK and US data feeds are activated

  • Supplying Australia with digital sales material and new title information / schedules

  • Submitting new titles to UK warehouse systems

  • US reprints information uploads

You will learn to use internationally recognised publishing and bibliographic systems including CoreSource, Edelweiss, Seeview, and Stison. Hours will be one full day or two half days a week, with flexibility when required. To apply, please contact Helen Thewlis at Helen.Thewlis@whatonearthbooks.com with a covering letter, CV, and available working days by Friday 10 November.


Editorial Assistant

Closing date: 17 November 2023

Salary: £24,000 per annum

Location: London (hybrid with two days in-office and three remote)


This is a great entry-level opportunity for a creative, meticulous Editorial Assistant with a passion for meaningful work that inspires, entertains, and informs. The successful candidate will work within a small team, so strong communication skills, a willingness to go above and beyond when necessary, and a friendly, positive attitude are essential.


Reporting to the Editorial Director, and collaborating closely with the design team, you will:

  • Assist with projects, managing approximately ten children’s non-fiction titles per year from initial concept through to bound book, including scheduling, managing freelance contributors, liaising with licensors and licensees, and managing metadata

  • Prepare contracts for review and liaise with agents

  • Edit and proofread content, working closely with colleagues, authors, and illustrators

  • Prepare AIs and cover copy

  • Liaise with colleagues in design, sales, marketing, and production

  • Assist with editorial administration, such as taking minutes during meetings

Requirements for this role:

  • Outstanding organisational skills and the ability to juggle various tasks

  • Meticulous attention to detail

  • A passion for illustrated book publishing and awareness of the children’s non-fiction market

  • Excellent people-management skills and the ability to function as part of a collaborative team

  • A strong understanding of all aspects of written language, including narrative flow, grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, and tone

  • Excellent and flexible communication skills

  • Experience of research and working with source materials is desirable but not essential

To apply for this exciting role, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@whatonearthbooks.com with the subject line, "Editorial Assistant."


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