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Last updated: Wednesday 17 July, 2019
Editorial Assistant (History)
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About the Job

Bloomsbury Academic Division: Editorial Assistant (History)

The Opportunity

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is a leading international publisher with strengths in trade, children’s, professional and academic publishing. We are currently looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking Editorial Assistant to provide administrative and organisational support within our Academic Division. The Editorial Assistant will work on the History list, working with other members of the Humanities and Social Sciences team. This is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand about a broad range of activities across the publishing business and develop the key skills required for a career in publishing. The successful candidate will join a friendly team based in our central London offices.

The Role

To assist the Commissioning Editor and Editorial Director for History in the effective management of print and electronic products throughout the publication process. This includes liaising with authors to ensure manuscripts are delivered on time, preparing manuscripts for production, sending proposals and draft manuscripts for review, managing backlist titles, and other administrative duties.

Working with Authors
•Maintains close contact with authors to ensure timely delivery of manuscripts
•Acts as the main point of contact for author queries, resolving issues as needed
•Prepares and organises author contracts, ensuring they are returned in a timely manner
•Maintains and updates frontlist plan to keep publishing programme on schedule and support Editor and Editorial Director to achieve agreed revenue and profitability targets

Production, Permissions and Reviews
•Prepares and briefs manuscripts for production to agreed standards and on schedule
•Clears third-party permissions
•Organises peer reviews for projects as requested, ensures they are delivered in a timely way and records their progress

Writing Copy and Briefing Covers
•Writes and edits marketing and back cover copy
•Briefs cover designs

Administration and Market Research
•Creates and maintains accurate title records on internal Bloomsbury databases, including Biblio3
•Supports editors in managing backlist titles, monitoring stock levels and reprints as required
•Assists with the development of new book projects by conducting market research
•Provides administrative support for Commissioning Editor and Editorial Director

Collaboration and Representation
•Works closely with all members of the History team
•Liaises with other members of the Humanities and Social Sciences team as well as colleagues from other departments such as production, design, marketing and sales to meet key dates
•Responds promptly and appropriately to external and internal inquiries

Knowledge, Skills and Experiences

Organisational Skills
•Exceptional organisational, time management and prioritisation skills
•Ability to meet deadlines and handle competing priorities
•Basic Project Management skills

Communication Skills
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•Ability to demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation
•Good attention to detail
•Ability to communicate in a calm and logical way when under pressure
•Good prioritization skills and ability to multi-task

Problem-Solving Skills and Commitment
•Proactive, happy to take the initiative
•Ability to work independently
•Confident, enthusiastic, hard-working, committed
•Team player
•Effective networking skills, able to build rapport with internal and external contacts

Processes and Systems
•Ability to learn and adapt to new systems and processes quickly
•Knowledge of relevant systems and websites

Industry Knowledge and Experience
•Committed to a career in academic publishing
•Interested in developing industry and market awareness
•Some commercial awareness and understanding of the publishing industry desirable
•Some prior publishing experience an advantage

This role is based at Bloomsbury’s London office, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP.

To apply, please email your CV, a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements, your salary expectations and notice period to

Closing date Wednesday 1st August 2019.
Skills: Editorial

Job information

Contact information

Contact name: Bloomsbury Publishing
Reference: EA0108

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