Editorial Assistant, Editorial, Raven – London

Do you like stories that send shivers down your spine? Are you addicted to psychological suspense, obsessed with page-turning thrillers, love nothing more than a closed-room story, and are desperate to read detectives of the future?

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to help the Publishing Director of Raven Books print on their list of award-winning and best-selling books. Raven Books is the home of authors including Sunday time bestsellers, Stuart Turton and Rosie Andrews, as well as acclaimed writers such as Holly Watt, Laura Purcell, Femi Kayode and Katherine Faulkner. We are looking for a friendly, communicative and extremely organized individual who is eager to be part of a small, busy team who wants to be fully immersed in all aspects of the publishing process, from paying bills to proofreading covers to reading of the latest novelties. manuscript overnight.

The role

Your responsibilities will include

  • System administrator for all titles on the list – from title management systems to writing catalog copy to working with other departments internally to keep the list running smoothly
  • Maintain Raven Books publishing schedule and ensure all deadlines are met
  • Planning internal and external meetings and taking minutes
  • Logging, reading and reporting on submissions
  • Read key manuscripts alongside the editor and share thoughts
  • Support the Managing Editor in communications with the author and agent, especially when the Managing Editor is out of the office
  • Work with the publishing manager and production team on all aspects of the paperback edition, from writing the cover to collating corrections
  • Once fully established in the role, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn all aspects of the editorial process, from news covers to book editing.
  • Bloomsbury works remotely and from our central London offices, so you will need to be comfortable working with a variety of departments in person and on teams, depending on the circumstances.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • The successful candidate will be energetic, meticulous, curious, and genuinely passionate about the books on the Raven Books list.
  • Extremely strong communication skills are essential, as is the ability to adapt your communications to the circumstances and the urgency of the situation
  • Confident to work both independently and alongside others, manage time effectively and prioritize tasks when necessary. You must show initiative and autonomy
  • Publishing experience is not essential, but you should have a demonstrated interest in publishing and the types of books published on the Raven Books list. while many of our titles at Raven Books are award-winning, it is not a work of literary fiction
  • Clerical or administrative experience is essential, as is a willingness to learn new systems
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently while paying close attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation

Further information

The role is a permanent full-time position with a salary of £24,000 per year

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a 2 day in office / 3 day from home (or fully in office if preferred) hybrid work model. The office days allocated for this role are: Monday and Tuesday

As an assistant, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To help applicants who want to start and establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury is offering an interest-free rental deposit to help them find accommodation. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be repaid over 2 years.

Please apply with a CV and cover letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button, plus an additional document detailing in no more than 300 words an example of a recently published crime, thriller, suspense or gothic book that you couldn’t put down and that is do not published by Bloomsbury.

The deadline for this role is Monday, May 2, 2022.

Bloomsbury reserves the right to close the position early if we exceed the required number of applications

Benefits of Bloomsbury

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join an award-winning global organization, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive advantages:

working model

  • hybrid work model of: 2 days in the office / 3 days at home (or entirely in the office if you prefer)


  • 25 days vacation
  • 3.5 days Christmas company vacation
  • 2 days of personal well-being

Other benefits:

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an extra 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Subscription loan

Sharesave program

Home doctor

Eye Care Voucher Program

That day – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cooking classes, workshops, etc.

Corporate culture ! – Employee voice meetings, staff networks (BAME, disability, mental health, LGBTQ+ and parents, guardians and carers), 15 mental health first aiders trained in UK offices, publication events and access to resources free publications

For additional benefits, see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please report to the recruitment team if necessary

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial assistance to people who wish to enter the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org

The company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the original publisher and trustee of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic names. Read our story to find out how it all started.

Bloomsbury is committed to creating a work environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, respects difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are committed to nurturing and developing our people to reach their full potential, and we know that our success is built on the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognize the urgent need to attract and support candidates from all backgrounds and identities to be part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

Please learn more about our missions and values here.

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