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Assistant Editor, Non-Fiction & Ideas-Based Commissioning, Hodder & Stoughton

Who we are and what we do

Hodder & Stoughton is a market-leading publisher with market-leading non-fiction from a wide range of authors including Deliciously Ella, Michael Caine and Sir Alex Ferguson as well as Fiction from bestselling and prize-winning authors including John Connolly, Mike Gayle, John Grisham, Stephen King, Andrew Miller, David Mitchell, David Nicholls, and Jodi Picoult.

We are looking to create a new business, alongside Hodder, to cater for the huge appetite for stories in the widest variety of formats – from pure digital eBooks to audiobooks, podcasts and new forms of storytelling as well as conventional print formats. We are building an exciting new team with digital and audio experience from inside and outside the book industry.

What you’ll be doing

Managing titles from manuscript to print and ebook publication:

  • Liaising with authors and agents
  • Checking copy-edits, proofreads and ebook conversions
  • Assisting with cover briefs, cover copy and picture research
  • Communicating with art and production teams
  • Developing book ideas alongside the editorial director

Providing editorial support by:

  • Creating and maintaining up-to-date keywords, sales points and metadata
  • Writing copy for online listings and catalogues
  • Reading submissions from agents
  • Helping to launch titles internally with the wider Hachette team: liaising with Sales, Marketing and Publicity
  • Working on social media accounts

Who we’re looking for

The successful applicant will have at least one year’s editorial experience, a keen interest in the rapidly changing media landscape and the opportunities it presents to book publishers.  You will also have excellent organisational skills, the ability to stick to schedules and to work on several projects simultaneously and have the ability to communicate clearly. For someone who can spot commercial projects and help writers bring their books to new audiences, this is a perfect opportunity.

What we offer

This role offers the opportunity to work with a new team and shape a publishing unit in a creative and dynamic way. This role is based in our London office, and offers a competitive salary. Being part of Hachette also offers a wide range of benefits, including employee networks, healthcare and a rooftop staff cafe.

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.

We also recognise the importance of a good work-life balance, and champion flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

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