Ellen Simmons

Looking for Editorial Assistant roles

London, United Kingdom
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About me

I am a hardworking bookworm and English Literature graduate that wishes to dedicate my excellent written and oral communication skills in a creative environment. After working as a bookseller, publishing intern and illustration agent, I am keen to develop my professional career further in the copywriting and publishing sector.

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  • Creative Art Direction
  • Time Management
  • Copywriting
  • Communication Skills
  • Project Management
  • Organisation
  • Social Media
  • Writing
  • Microsoft Offic
  • Briefing

Companies I’ve worked with

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      Walker Books

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        Joosr Ltd.

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          Illo Agency

          Work history


          Head Illustration Agent

          Illo Agency

          Jan 2018 - Apr 2019
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Key responsibilities: - Business and sales maintenance and development. - Liaising with existing clients; taking a brief, commissioning artists, project managing - Developing existing artists to suit this purpose - Liaising with and molding existing artists to fit industry requirements and trends. - Collating work in portfolios for client presentations and assisting in the building of the library. - Raising orders - Validating new client relationships - Assigned admin tasks for General Agenting duties




          Sep 2017 - Jan 2018
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Worked as a Bookseller in the fiction department at the Foyles flagship store on Charing Cross Road. Key skills included; customer service, organisation, knowledge of literature. Key Responsibilities: - Replenishing fiction stock on shelves and updating promotion areas. - Dealing with customer enquiries over the phone, in person and over email. - Placing orders for stock and customers through wholesalers and publishers using Booksolve. - Sharing a knowledge and enthusiasm for literature with customers in order to sell books and increase company profit - but also to discuss and discover new titles to add to our growing selection of stock


          Events Assistant

          Joosr Ltd.

          Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Publisher, Joosr, produces eBook summaries from the world's leading books in under 20 minutes, for rapid mobile learning. Joosr was one of the finalists 2016 BookTech Company of the Year. This role helped me gain practical experience working in a digital startup environment. The role of this position included: - Researching for events, networking and speaking opportunities for the directors - Booking speaking events and making all related arrangements - Planning, organising, promoting and coordinating events run by Joosr - Following-up on contacts made through all the above touchpoints - Generating ideas with a problem-solving, forward-thinking perspective


          Marketing Assistant

          Walker Books

          Nov 2016 - Dec 2016
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Internship
          • Contributed to the Marketing Team in preparation for the release of Channel 4 and Walker Books’ film ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ which aired on Christmas Eve 2016. Responsibilties included: - Handling administrative duties such as: organising book donations, contacting online competition winners and posting prizes, arranging press kits and contributing content for social media accounts. - Creating press releases for upcoming children’s fiction titles; including 'Also An Octopus' by Maggie Tokuda-Hall. - Composing blog posts introducing readers to brand new releases and competition details - which were posted on the Walker Books website. - Working knowledge of Biblio system



          Sep 2013 - Jul 2016
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • BA in Media and English Literature (2:1)


          Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
          • London, United Kingdom
          • A-Levels: English Literature - A Sociology - B Media Studies - B Art and Design Technology: Textiles - B


          Sep 2006 - Jul 2011
          • London, United Kingdom
          • 12 GCSEs including: English Literature - A English Language - A Maths - B



          • I was proud to accept this award after only a couple months of working for John Lewis. The 'Roof Raiser' title has recgonised the contribution I make to my workplace and the efforts I make to always work beyond my normal duties. - Awarded with the 'Roof Raiser' title to represent the entire John Lewis Oxford Street flagship store. - Nominated by my manager for going above and beyond my duties as a partner. - Chosen in recognition for my efforts when working under my own initiative and direction to handle a fraudulent case.


          Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

          Duke of Edinburgh

          • Awarded Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award


          Gold Cheif Scout's Award

          The Scout Association

          • Awarded Gold Cheif Scout's Award