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Assistant Editor, Hodder & Stoughton

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

What you’ll be doing

We are looking for an Assistant Editor with a demonstrable passion for young adult and crossover science fiction and fantasy to ensure the smooth running of this highly successful part of the Hodder list, with specific emphasis on managing our collaboration with the UK’s major subscription box companies in this field. This will involve project managing complex special editions. Because of the need to work closely with other head office departments, the successful candidate is likely to be based in our London offices. They will report on a daily basis to Senior Commissioning Editor, Molly Powell, and to SFF Publisher, Oliver Johnson.

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing editorial, administrative and project management support to the Hodderscape list. This is a varied and creative role for someone with a passion for young adult and adult science fiction, fantasy and horror. It is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their editorial career, or someone already working in a related publishing function such as production, sales or contracts who would like to start an editorial career.

They will play a key role in the acquisition and production of new titles, and work across the editorial and sales departments, helping to manage a busy and technically complex list. They will be supremely organised and curious, with a meticulous eye for detail.

They will have at least a year’s experience in an editorial, production, sales, contracts or other publishing role.

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of all stages of the production process, be aware of basic contractual terms, be used to dealing with complicated timelines and schedules, be adept at drafting copy, have excellent communication skills and a keenness to engage effectively with a wide range of contacts, such as production and sales colleagues, agents, authors and retail partners, and be proficient in maintaining and inputting into data bases such as Biblio. Above all, they must have a demonstrable passion for young adult and crossover speculative fiction.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!


The role will begin working from home due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, but once normality resumes this role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House. with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Hodder and Stoughton is one of the largest fiction publishers in the UK and has a vibrant young adult and crossover Science Fiction and Fantasy list served by our hugely popular social media platform, Hodderscape.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org

Hachette UK

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