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Industry:Book Publishing
Salary or training bursary: Competitive
Company:Walker Books
Open to all
Apply by:15/04/2020 - 23:00
Start date:June

Editorial Assistant

Have a passion for children's literature? Then check out this exciting job opportunity from a bestselling children's publisher...

As one of the UK’s leading publishers of children’s books, with a global reputation for innovation, Walker Books publish numerous bestselling titles, continually win major awards and are home to some of the biggest names in global children’s and teen publishing. They have worked with many award-winning authors, illustrators and brands, including Anthony Horowitz and Where's Wally?

Walker Books are looking for an Editorial Assistant to join their team. Reporting to the Senior Commissioning Editor, this is an ideal job for someone with a passion for children's publishing.


Editorial Roles

  • Checking proofs and PDF files to support editorial workflow
  • Proofreading some new titles
  • Managing the copyediting process in liaison with Editors
  • Anglicising Candlewick titles in liaison with Editors
  • Handling and approving Americanisations in liaison with Editors
  • Preparing materials for Acquisitions and Candlewick Decide meetings
  • Supporting Editors and Designers in maintaining existing author, illustrator and agent relations
  • Assorted writing tasks with support - e.g. marketing copy, straplines, advance information sheets, cover copy
  • Checking permissions, project research, fact-checking
  • Maintaining systems and databases, e.g. Biblio and updating metadata
  • May also include:
  • Reading and responding to unsolicited manuscripts, bringing promising manuscripts to editorial meetings
  • Routing and keeping track of the flow of materials though the department, informing Editors/Designers of book schedules, updating work-in-progress reports

Personal Assistant/Administrative Roles

  • Taking and typing up minutes in meetings
  • Diary management, arranging book fair appointments
  • Department meetings: booking rooms, collating information and materials and checking agenda in advance
  • Taking phone messages and managing visitors
  • Booking travel and filing expenses
  • Photocopying, sending out materials to authors/illustrators
  • Preparing PowerPoint slides for sales conference/launch, and administering running orders
  • Sending out licenced copies to authors, illustrators and agents



  • A passion for children's publishing
  • Highly organised and an enthusiastic self-starter
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Meeting deadlines while providing timely and accurate information
  • Accuracy of proofreading and an eye for detail
  • Ability to work as part of a large team


  • Prior publishing experience and/or degree


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  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • Do not contact the company directly

This opportunity is open to all candidates