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Children’s Fiction & Picture Books Editorial Intern

Are you passionate about forging a career in Children’s books? Then check out this exciting new opportunity with a leading publisher…

Egmont is a publisher of some of the world’s leading children’s authors, illustrators and brands including Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and Andy Stanton. Their purpose is to make all children proud readers through their broad portfolio of inclusive books and magazines for children and families from all backgrounds, for every interest and reading ability.

Egmont have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, efficient and creative intern to join their busy fiction and picture books editorial teams. The successful candidate will learn from and work with the editors and publishing directors on author/illustrator-led books for the youngest readers through to young adult. They will report to the Fiction Publishing Director and Picture Books Publishing Director, with support from a Mentor and several editors. The ideal candidate will be trained in the key skills required to support an editorial team.


  • Business communication skills, key editorial and copywriting skills, manuscript assessment, financial assessments, systems and process management
  • General administrative support, such as responding to internal and external queries, trip/fair scheduling and booking, minuting meetings, ordering contractual copies for authors, catalogue creation processes etc.
  • The children’s book market: trends, patterns and competitors
  • How to perform book sales analysis using internal systems and Nielsen bookscan
  • How to create title P&Ls and risk assessments
  • Effective and audience-appropriate copywriting: e.g. TI sheets, sales and catalogue copy, cover copy, internal Book of the Month newsletters
  • Creating pitch materials
  • Internal data systems – to ensure that the publishing programme and biblio are accurate and up-to-date
  • The reprints process and how to manage it
  • The ebook process and how to manage it
  • How to assess a manuscript submission and report back to the team
  • The editorial process – from acquisition stage to print
  • Communication skills to effectively liaise with departments around the business and key external contacts
  • Key editorial skills: proofreading and potentially copyediting


  • Team player and ambitious
  • A love of reading and stories, and a passion for forging a career in Children’s books
  • Strong communication and literacy skills
  • Open minded, collaborative, cooperative and flexible
  • Proactive and has creative flair (i.e. the potential to learn to write good blurbs and copy)
  • Efficiency and organisational skills
  • Basic IT skills


  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • This internship is only open to candidates from a BAME or lower socio-economic background
  • Do not contact the company directly