Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, The Bodley Head

Date: 10-Jan-2019

Location: London, LND, GB, SW1V 2SA

Year: 2019

Company: The Random House Group Limited  

Requisition ID: 29302

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and creative Editorial Assistant or Assistant Editor to join The Bodley Head.


The Bodley Head, as part of VINTAGE, publishes influential and engaging non-fiction by some of the leading writers and thinkers of our time, addressing a huge range of subjects: smart thinking, science, reportage, memoir, history, biography, natural history and economics. Our books explore the ideas, the people and the human obsessions that shape our world.


Reporting to the Publishing Director, your primary role will be to assist the book production life-cycle and provide support for the Bodley Head editorial team. You’ll help see manuscripts through copy-editing, proofreading and production, as well as editing some yourself.


Your day-to-day will include checking and collating proofs, researching and clearing image permissions and reading and reporting on submissions, as well as providing excellent author and agent care. In addition, you will be creating TIs, writing compelling cover copy and tag-lines, and using your market knowledge to write inspiring jacket briefs.


You’ll be proactive and efficient, be able to work to deadlines under pressure, and have exceptional attention to detail. You will also need to be an avid reader of non-fiction, eager to hear new and challenging points of view and hungry for knowledge about the world, have good market awareness, bags of initiative and new ideas – although the focus of the role will be editorial and project management, we absolutely want someone who is fully involved in the conversation about commissioning ideas, identifying talent and developing projects. You’ll be engaged with the media, whether it’s in print, digital or audio form, and be comfortable using social media.


You will need prior editorial experience, which makes this a great opportunity for an Editorial Assistant looking to make the next step, or Assistant Editor looking for a new opportunity on a first-class non-fiction list.


If this sounds like you, please apply with your CV and cover letter no later than 24th January.

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