(Junior) Editor, Pyramid - Octopus
Who we are and what we do
Octopus Publishing Group is an award-winning, non-fiction publisher producing titles on a wide range of subjects including food and wine, health and wellbeing, gardening and popular science.
The Pyramid imprint publishes 4 colour titles across gift, cookery, mind body spirit and popular reference – some titles for non-traditional retailers (including stationery, gift, fashion and homewares market-leaders), but also titles for the traditional book trade.
What you’ll be doing
We are looking for an Editor or Junior Editor to join our small team which publishes and repackages a wide range of titles on very tight turnaround times and budgets for a varied customer and retailer base. You’ll be the sole editor and editorial contact and your role is to oversee all editorial work on all titles – many of which will publish within 6 months of concept.
You will work with freelancers (briefing and checking work) where appropriate and when budget allows but, in many cases, you will be shaping, editing, copywriting and proofreading all titles and sales materials yourself. You will need to work under pressure and effectively on concurrent projects, with the ability to manage schedules and budgets, and complete necessary admin including pitches, invoicing, sales materials, costings and ad hoc work.
You will be working very closely with the Publisher and Designer to produce most titles in house. Many concepts are generated by the team and this role would best suit someone who will take a proactive part in shaping the publishing program and contributing ideas – it’s a fun and demanding role that offers an unusual amount of freedom, creativity and responsibility.
Who we’re looking for
You will need excellent market understanding and an awareness of market trends so that titles are in line with consumer expectation, but also the ability to respond to briefs that meet the requirements of a more traditional audience.
Applicants must have demonstrable and excellent editorial and proofreading skills – including copyediting and copywriting skills. Experience with Indesign is an advantage. Previous experience in book or print publishing is essential. We welcome applicants from departments other than Editorial who possess the necessary skills.
What we offer
This role is based in our London office, as part of an experienced team in a creative and dynamic working environment, and offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
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.
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