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Assistant Editor - Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton

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

What you’ll be doing

You will report to the Publishing Director and Associate Publisher and will be responsible for providing editorial support within our small and collegiate team. You will play a key role in the production of new titles throughout the publishing process, liaising with colleagues across the company, as well as authors and agents. This is a varied and creative role for someone with a passion for literary fiction and non-fiction and an exciting opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their editorial career.

Who we are looking for

You will be supremely organised and curious, with a meticulous eye for detail, good writing skills and enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team. You will also be a passionate reader, and keen to learn as much as possible to help you along the path to commissioning in this area.

You will have at least a year’s experience in an editorial role. The ideal candidate will have experience in:

  • Proofreading, checking permissions
  • Reading, reporting and making editorial suggestions on manuscripts/proposals
  • Working on advance sales materials, metadata, writing TI and other copy
  • Communicating effectively with authors and agents
  • Collating proofs, checking copy-edits
  • Researching sales and statistics, looking for new opportunities

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, 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 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

We are seeking an ambitious and creative Assistant Editor to join the team at Sceptre, a leading publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction.

Sceptre is the literary imprint at Hodder & Stoughton, a publisher of iconic brands and books of the year. We publish prize-winners, literary gems and conversation-starting non-fiction. Our authors include David Mitchell, Siri Hustvedt, Jenn Ashworth, Jessica Andrews, Clare Hunter, Noreena Hertz and Hans Rosling.

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

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