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Industry:Book Publishing
Contract Type:Internship/traineeship
Salary or training bursary: £20,000 per annum
12 months
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:27/05/2021 - 23:59
Start date:July

Editorial & Rights Intern

Do you dream of working in publishing? Well, this is your chance to gain experience in both Editorial and Rights! 

Canongate Books is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers. Since 1973 they’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, exciting voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, life-changing… Along the way there have been landmarks of fiction – including Alasdair Gray’s masterpiece Lanark, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the best-ever-selling Booker winner – and non-fiction too – from Barack Obama’s memoir Dreams From My Father to Samin Nosrat’s new cookery classic Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. 

They are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working Editorial and Rights Intern. Reporting to the Managing Editor, the successful candidate will work to support both Editorial (4 days per week) and Rights (1 day per week) departments and learn how these teams work within a publishing house. You do not need to have worked in publishing before.

What you will learn

  • An understanding of how a commercial book publisher operates – particularly how Editorial buy and produce books and how important Rights sales are to the profitability of a book
  • What they look for in a manuscript and what makes a book/author a good business proposition in the UK and in other countries
  • How they sell international rights and the stages of pitching, negotiating and reaching a deal – and the importance of communication with potential publishers and with authors and agents throughout the process
  • How copyright works and how to request permission for using another author’s work in a book
  • How a book is put together, including stages of editing, drafting prelims, typesetting, proofreading and getting ready to print
  • How to proofread, including working on book covers
  • How quotes promote an author’s work and how to source them through mail-outs and press coverage, and how to select the best quote for the book
  • How to create rights guides and catalogues for our mailing lists, ensuring they are appealing and informative
  • The importance of strategic and rigorous preparation for book fairs and international rights trips
  • How to use business systems such as Biblio, Sage and Slack
  • What it’s like to work as part of a dynamic team, managing a busy workload and multiple demands on your time

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Passion for reading
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent English – good grammar, spelling and fluent command of the language
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Able to respond flexibly to a busy workload and multiple deadlines
  • Confident communication skills and ability to talk about why you love a particular book
  • IT skills such as a working knowledge of Office (especially Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint)

To Apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted) and address to the 'Creative Access Recruitment Team'
  • Please do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address: [email protected]

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.