Editorial Assistant

Editorial Assistant


Macmillan Children’s Books 6+ 

Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Bluebird, Bello, Macmillan Children's Books and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of the worldwide Macmillan Publishing Group. We have recently been awarded Publisher of the Year for the second time in three years.

Macmillan Children’s Books, a division of Pan Macmillan (www.panmacmillan.com), is one of the UK’s leading children’s publishers; creating great stories for all ages for over 150 years. Split into two divisions - Macmillan Over 6s and Macmillan Under 6s - the house is the original home of classics such as Alice in Wonderland and The Water Babies, and now publishes over 400 books a year for babies, children and young adults. International bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators include: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Rod Campbell, Emily Gravett, Eva Ibbotson, Judy Blume, Frances Hardinge, Chris Riddell, Rainbow Rowell and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Macmillan Children’s Books also publishes Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s work for children and has an extensive poetry list. Campbell Books and Kingfisher are imprints.

The key tasks of the role will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Supporting the 6+ editorial team on editorial tasks on fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles
  • Seeing through reprints, reissues, export and new cover editions
  • Liaising with authors, agents and freelancers on individual projects
  • Briefing covers, writing cover copy, completing Advance Information sheets and preparing catalogue copy
  • Logging and managing submissions
  • Managing invoices, royalty queries and clearing permissions
  • Taking minutes for editorial and pre-acquisition meetings
The ideal candidate will:
  • Be educated to degree-level or the equivalent in experience
  • Have proven proofreading skills, preferably having completed a course in the subject
  • Have office experience, ideally having spent a period of time in a publishing office, with basic knowledge of the life cycle of a book
  • Be digitally savvy, with good knowledge of the children’s book market and industry
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and oral, as well as numeracy skills
  • Be highly organized, work well under pressure and show great attention to detail
  • Be hard-working, enthusiastic, courteous and professional
  • Be able to demonstrate real interest in reading children’s fiction
  • Have good administrative skills with proven office experience.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Powerpoint would be an advantage
  • Have an ability to deal with relevant publishing systems, e.g. Biblio, Vista, File Director

This role is based in our King’s Cross, London office.

To apply, please send your named CV and a covering letter confirming your current salary and quoting reference PAN/033/17 via email: [email protected]

The deadline for applications is 22nd October 2017

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All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK in order to be considered for the vacancy.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position.