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Editorial Assistant

Industries:
Publishing
Personality type:
Organiser
Departments:
Print and Media

The Lowdown

  • Assisting with the day-to-day running of a publishing house
  • Accomplishing various editorial and administrative tasks

Is this role right for me?

For this role, you will need to:

  • have extremely impressive English language skills
  • have a detail-orientated approach to work
  • able to assist in the copy-editing when necessary
  • be able to carry out administrative duties

What does an Editorial Assistant do?

An editorial assistant provides administrative and editorial support for a publisher, from the conception of a book or article to the eventual release. It is typically an entry level position, and gives valuable insight into how a publishing house works.

The actual specifics of an Editorial Assistant’s job would vary from company to company. A smaller publisher will generally have an Editorial Assistant do a lot of different jobs, while a larger one would have more focused tasks, with a focus on administrative work.

Will I need a qualification?

A degree in english or literature  would be incredibly helpful to securing a position as an Editorial Assistant. However, some publishers focus on certain categories like history, science or business, and any qualifications in the publisher's area of specialism will help you stand out.

What’s the best route in?

As an entry-level role, Editorial Assisting can be a very competitive job. While having a degree and a great CV helps, it’s best to try and stand out from the other applicants. Whether that’s by shadowing at a publishing house for a bit or showcasing your work online, the people who go the extra mile to show their passion are the ones that find success.

If you are considering taking a publishing course in higher education, the following courses have been rigorously assessed by the publishing industry and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of education they provide and the degree to which they prepare you for a career in publishing.

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Where might the role take me?         

Editorial Assistants can find themselves in any number of roles in a publishing house, from Copy Editor to Commissioning Editor and beyond. While working as an Editorial Assistant, it may be wise to start thinking about which aspects of the job you enjoy the most, and how can you take that into a more focused role.

Interested? Find out more…

For more information on job roles in the creative industries, take a look at Hiive's job roles.  

Websites

 

Publications

  • Publishing Executive is a quarterly magazine that takes an in-depth look at the innovations in the publishing industry
  • InPublishing reports on newspaper, magazine and online publishing communities

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