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Publishing & Rights Assistant

Are you an organised multi-talented book lover? If so, apply for this brilliant opportunity to support the rights and editorial teams for one of the most renowned publishing houses…

Founded in 1843, Pan Macmillan is one of Britain’s oldest and largest book publishers. They pride themselves on also being the fastest growing major publisher in the UK and were the recipients of the Bookseller’s Publisher of the Year award in both 2015 and 2017. Their bestselling authors include the likes of Adam Kay, Joe Wicks, Jeffrey Archer, CJ Sansom, Don DeLillo, Bret Easton Ellis, Jessie Burton and Ken Follett.

They are looking for a Publishing & Rights Assistant to support the Children’s Books (6+) editorial team and the rights team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a range of tasks, from book fair and sales catalogues and launch presentations to assisting editors with copywriting and briefs.

This is a varied role where no two days will be the same, so if you are versatile and willing to develop your knowledge and experience in the publishing world, they would love to hear from you.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

For 6+ Editorial Team

  • Writing cover copy
  • Writing a submission report
  • Proof-reading text

For Rights Team

  • Creating sales material for bookfairs and trips
  • Arranging trips and bookfair schedules for Rights Managers
  • Raising contracts and invoices for the sales team (Biblio and contract training)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participation in the assistant team meeting and general MCB (Macmillan Children’s Books) shared tasks, such as book fair and sales catalogues, Christmas cards and launch presentations
  • Becoming familiar with VISTA and Bookscan sales reporting
  • Attending and participating in the Editorial Meeting
  • Arranging and minuting meetings, creating agendas, booking rooms, organising catering if required
  • Checking metadata for 6+ titles
  • Helping to draft title information sheets for 6+ titles
  • Supporting the Publisher and Editors with ad hoc work such as creative pitches and Powerpoint presentations
  • Assisting editors with cover copy and cover briefs as directed
  • Recording submissions and writing manuscript reports and rejection letters as requested
  • Co-ordinating freelance editors and proofreaders according to critical path schedules
  • General admin support to the 6+ publishing team (including proofreading materials)
  • Raise contracts and invoices for permissions
  • Organise bookfair schedules and trips for sales managers
  • Checking sales figures and creating sales material

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE

  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Ideally speak another language
  • Should be highly organised, work well under pressure and have great attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • GCSE level Maths and English

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Educated to A level standard, if not degree level

TO APPLY

  • 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