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Assistant Editor, Riverrun – Quercus

We are seeking a highly motivated assistant editor to work on a variety of tasks on the prestigious riverrun list, reporting to the publisher.

Who we are and what we do

Riverrun was launched in 2017 to be the literary imprint of Quercus. It publishes around twenty new titles a year across literary fiction, crime and serious non-fiction, as well as riverrun editions, a list of classic translations. Prize-winning authors include Peter May, Louise O’Neill, Polly Clark, Tom Rachman, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Daniel Kehlmann.

What you’ll be doing

Managing titles from manuscript to print and ebook publication:

  • Liaising with authors and agents
  • Checking copy-edits, proofreads and ebook conversions
  • Assisting with cover briefs, cover copy and picture research
  • Proofreading jackets and covers
  • Communicating with art and production teams

Providing editorial support by:

  • Setting up titles on Biblio, the company database
  • Creating and maintaining up-to-date keywords, sales points and metadata
  • Setting up pre-acquisition costings
  • Writing copy for online listings and catalogues
  • Reading submissions from agents
  • Running the riverrun Twitter account
  • Taking minutes, ordering books, expenses and general administration
  • Sending out advance proofs for endorsements
  • Helping to launch titles internally with the Quercus team: liaising with Sales, Marketing and Publicity

Who we are looking for

The successful applicant will have at least one year’s editorial experience, a taste and passion for literary fiction and serious non-fiction, a keen interest in the marketing and packaging of books, excellent organisational skills, the ability to stick to schedules and to work on several projects simultaneously, be efficient and pro-active, and have the ability to communicate clearly.

What we offer

This role allows a chance to join an imprint that is still young and to be part of its development. For someone who cares about good-quality new writing and working with already established and prize-winning authors, this is a perfect opportunity. Being part of Hachette offers a wide range of benefits, including employee networks, healthcare and a rooftop staff cafe.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds. 

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to get in touch directly with shortlisted candidates. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please do let us know.

Salary: £24,000–£27,000, depending on experience

To apply: Please apply in writing with a full CV and covering letter to:

Closing date: 16th May 2019