An Assistant Editorial Manager is required to manage the copy-editing and proofreading process – from manuscript to printed book – of allocated titles to schedule and to Penguin standards on the Michael Joseph list of fiction and non-fiction titles. The role involves working closely with the editorial managers, commissioning editors, designers, production controllers and the freelance editorial team.
manage the progress of titles to ensure they deliver according to schedule, Penguin standards and relevant editorial costs
work on both original manuscripts and takeovers – mainly mono titles but colour too
implement schedules for mono titles and complex colour titles
oversee titles from original manuscript through copy-editing and proofreading to final files
handle copy-editor queries, collate proofs and check revises
input text corrections into InDesign for colour titles
manage and coordinate allocation of work to appropriate freelancers
check jackets and covers and other relevant materials
balance editorial integrity and commercial pragmatism
ensure the editorial system data is updated appropriately (Biblio)
ensure marketing and publicity material complies with Penguin editorial standards
experience of copy-editing and proofreading work
the ability to manage a list and organize a team of freelancers
the drive to maintain tight schedules
a complete understanding of the processes through which a text passes from typescript to bound copy, and an appreciation of the cost implications of corrections
a good working knowledge of other departments, particularly design and production
strong Word skills
an understanding of InDesign
some knowledge of copyright law
strong organizational skills
We’re looking for someone who can work with enthusiasm, initiative and flexibility as well as being comfortable working independently. You will of course have strong written and verbal communication skills and be a natural team player.
If you have experience in copy-editing and proofreading, and working in-house on tight schedules, then we’d love to hear from you.
Please apply with a CV and covering letter, by 24th August.