Entry Level // Editorial Department
An Editorial Assistant provides administrative support to the editorial team (including writing minutes, invoicing and diary management) and throughout the editorial process from manuscript to publication.
This can include reading manuscripts, sending out proofs and finished copies, responding to authors and working with colleagues and freelancers (both in the UK and overseas) to ensure everything runs smoothly, organising files like cover artwork, and supporting the day-to-day running of the office by answering calls and emails.
They also support the editorial team by reading submissions, writing copy for catalogues, covers and title information sheets, creating PowerPoint presentations, desk editing and copy editing.
An Editorial Assistant reports to the Managing Editor, Publisher or Editorial Director, and they also work with the rest of the editorial team as well as colleagues in the marketing and publicity departments.
As an entry-level role, you don’t need any experience to become an editorial assistant. However, it helps to have done an internship, student placement or work experience.
You could take a proofreading or editing course, like the ones offered by the The Publishing Training Centre.