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The Editorial Department manages the commissioning of new books, liaising with authors from the beginning of the project to publication. The Editorial team essentially project manages titles throughout the process to ensure it becomes a finished book published to a high standard of accuracy. 

Jobs in Editorial

  • Editorial AssistantAn Editorial Assistant provides administrative support to the editorial team.
  • Assistant EditorAn Assistant Editor assists the publisher and commissioning editor with the development and delivery of a manuscript.
  • EditorAn Editor commissions and publishes books.
  • Commissioning EditorA Commissioning Editor is responsible for identifying new authors, book titles or ideas for publication.
  • IndexerAn Indexer reviews documents and creates indexes to make information searches easier.
  • PublisherA Publisher oversees the publishing process and manages the Editorial Department.
  • Head of PublishingThe Head of Publishing is responsible for the day to day operation of the Editorial team.

What's it like to work in editorial?

  • Florence Reeves-White.jpg Work experience at Penguin Random HouseFlorence Reeves-White shares her lessons learnt from work experience at Penguin Random House. 25 June 2018
  • Philippa 3.jpg Production Editor"I'm able to organise my own work and decide what I need to prioritise each day. I also enjoy the problem-solving side of the job – each book brings... 21 November 2019
  • Heather 3.jpg Development editor"I am the author's point of contact when writing, and it brings me a great deal of satisfaction to be able to help assist with the writing process." 21 November 2019
  • Editorial Director"The people and the ability to work with ideas. Ideas are what matter to me. Not books, actually – I love ideas in all media." 26 November 2019
  • Elle McNicoll.jpg Publishing AssistantI love working in publishing not only because of my love of books but because of my beliefs and principles for a better and more inclusive world for... 16 December 2019