An editorial assistant provides support to editors and their supervisors throughout various stages of the editing process. This can include everything from help commissioning work, communicating with writers and help with the final publication. Editorial assistants can work on books, magazines, journals and online publications.
The exact role of an editorial assistant will vary depending on the size of the company, but can also vary from day to day. One day you could be attending to simple administrative tasks such as answering phones, sorting mail, photocopying and taking notes in meetings. The next day could be spent making corrections to pieces of writing, setting up interviews with authors and updating publishing schedules. It is a great entry-level job for those looking to take on the world of publishing, but one that requires hard work and dedication and the ability to rearrange you daily schedule when deadlines and priorities change.
An editorial assistant can be seen as the linchpin in the editorial process, they play a key role in liaising with just about everyone. They provide valuable communication and organisation between editors, authors, marketing teams, proofreaders and more. A editorial assistant needs tone meticulous and work through manuscripts with a fine-toothed comb and be able to provide honest and tactful feedback.
- Excellent spelling, grammar and communication skills.
- The ability to work as part of a team.
- The ability to remain calm under pressure and be able to meet deadlines.
- A keen eye for detail and accuracy.