Job title: Editorial Assistant
Company: What on Earth Publishing
Location: London
Salary: £24,000 per annum
Is the role permanent? Yes
Is the role full-time? Yes – 2 days per week in the London office, 3 days a week at home, with the possibility of more office days in the future.
Contact details: [email protected] with subject line ‘Editorial Assistant’
Closing date: Friday 17th November

Job description

What on Earth Publishing publish beautiful, innovative non-fiction books that engage children’s natural curiosity and passion for learning.

We are looking for a creative, meticulous Editorial Assistant with a passion for doing meaningful work that inspires, entertains and informs. We are a small team, so strong communication skills, the willingness to go above and beyond when necessary, and a friendly, open and positive attitude are musts.

Reporting to the Editorial Director, and collaborating closely with the Design team, you will…

  • Assist with project managing approximately 10 children’s non-fiction titles per year, from initial concept through to bound book, including scheduling, managing freelance contributors, liaising with licensors and licensees, and managing metadata;
  • Prepare contracts for review and liaise with agents;
  • Edit and proofread content, working closely with colleagues, authors and illustrators;
  • Prepare AIs and cover copy;
  • Liaise with colleagues in Design, Sales, Marketing and Production;
  • Assist with editorial administration, such as taking minutes of meetings;
  • Other duties as required.

Requirements for this role:

  • Outstanding organisational skills and the ability to juggle moving pieces;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • A passion for illustrated book publishing and awareness of the children’s non-fiction market;
  • Excellent people-management skills and the ability to function as part of a collaborative team;
  • A strong understanding of all aspects of written language, including narrative flow, grammar, spelling, punctuation, style and tone;
  • Excellent and flexible communication skills;
  • Experience of research and working with source materials is desirable but not essential.