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Publicity Assistant

Coveted publicity role for a bookworm with a strong interest in running campaigns with a leading non-fiction publisher…

Hurst is an independently owned and run non-fiction publisher, based in Bloomsbury. They produce around 90 new books a year, building on their strengths in African Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies, War and International Relations, and global politics and history. their trade list covers subjects as varied as British politics, philosophy, and popular science.

They are currently looking for a Publicity Assistant to join the team, assisting with all aspects of publicity, from organising events and drafting press releases to pitching to media outlets.

You will be working directly with the Head of Campaigns and Media Relations and will be involved in promoting all the books they publish – both trade and scholarly – and helping to build the Hurst brand. The position will give you an opportunity to attend publicity meetings, and learn how to run a book campaign.


  • Managing paperback book campaigns
  • Writing press releases
  • Creating review lists
  • Proofreading copy
  • Publicity research
  • Organising and attending events
  • Pitching authors to media contacts, literary festivals, and event venues
  • Book prize submissions
  • Running social media with the sales and marketing assistant
  • Fielding media and author queries


  • Strong organisational and writing skills
  • Attention to detail are important for this role
  • A genuine interest in the books they publish
  • Someone who brings new ideas to each campaign and spots opportunities in unlikely places
  • Up-to-date on current affairs
  • Able to think of new angles to pitch a book to readers, whilst also handling the daily administration related to publicity
  • Publicity experience is a bonus, but not necessary


  • Submit a cover letter and CV to Alison Alexanian via this email by 7th June, 5pm. Interviews will be held on the 20th of June
  • Please state on your application that you heard about the role via Creative Access