Editorial Assistant, Avon

  • HarperCollins Publishers UK
  • London, UK
  • Jan 21, 2019
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HarperCollins is one of the UK’s foremost, diverse and innovative global, multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to block-busting thrillers, fantasy literature and children’s classics and best-selling non-fiction including history, biography, cookery, popular science, reference and education.

With 200 years of history, we publish some of the world’s foremost authors including G. R. R. Martin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cecelia Ahern, David Walliams and the classic works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Our Avon division is looking for an enthusiastic Editorial Assistant to facilitate the smooth running of the department and to provide administrative and editorial support for the team.

Avon is a division of HarperCollins, one of the UK’s most prolific, diverse and innovative multi-platform publishers. Specialising in commercial, high-volume fiction, Avon publishes a wide range of titles across crime, women’s fiction and saga, for a predominantly female readership. Selling through both the high street and the supermarkets, Avon is a leader in trend-setting commercial fiction, with million-copy bestsellers C.L. Taylor, Scott Mariani and Kitty Neale to its name. Avon titles are frequently seen at the top of the ebook charts, as well as in the Sunday Times bestseller lists.


  • Maintain the smooth running of the division, managing the division’s roster of meetings and collating minutes as required
  • Assist with desk editing
  • Liaise with external freelancers on bookings and purchase orders
  • Ensure that books meet critical path in conjunction with the Avon production team
  • Offer support to the Publishing Director as necessary, as well as providing an internal point of contact for the division’s Digital Senior Commissioning Editor (based remotely)
  • Reading submissions, submitting reader reports, managing the submissions log and updating it on a weekly basis
  • Shadowing editors on editorial work as necessary
  • Taking on responsibility for authors as arranged, with assistance from a designated managing editor
  • Writing copy as required
  • Cover administration and liaising with external designers as required
  • Responsibility for updating the Avon presentations with new jackets and info as necessary
  • Ensuring the Avon bookshelves are updated monthly around the building with new titles
  • Handling book orders and author orders on behalf of the team
  • Pulling together Powerpoint presentations as requested for the team

Skill Requirements

  • Significant administrative and organisation experience
  • An effective multi-tasker, with experience of coping in a pressurised environment
  • Digitally savvy
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Effective communicator at all levels
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Advanced MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Reliable, with the ability to use own initiative
  • Commercial
  • Confident
  • Enthusiastic and energetic
  • Passion for commercial fiction
  • Interested in digital publishing
  • Proactive
  • Flexible and happy to ‘muck-in’ whenever required
  • Team player

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate