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Little, Brown: Junior Editor/Editor (12 month FTC)

Apply by Sunday 2nd October 2022 for this full-time, fixed-term (12 months) position which can be based in Edinburgh, London or any of Hachette’s other regional offices.


What you’ll be doing

You’ll be looking after a range of commercial fiction including romcom, saga, historical and festive fiction. Working closely with the Editorial Director, you’ll take the lead on publishing for 8-10 frontlist authors as well as contributing to backlist strategy and some publishing support. Commissioning new authors and projects isn’t essential for this role but if the right project came along or if you had a standout original idea, you’d be fully supported in the acquisitions process.


Who we are looking for

You’ll be highly motivated and you’ll love learning. You’ll have experience editing manuscripts and, ideally, some author/agent-facing experience, too. You might not have single-handedly led a publication through from start to finish yet but you’ll have a clear idea about how to identify a strong pitch, an understanding of the retailer landscape and the ability to construct a well-informed publication vision. You’ll be fastidiously organised, an excellent communicator, familiar with the critical path and brilliant at writing copy and cover briefs. You’ll be a solutions-orientated team-player able to work well within your own team as well as with colleagues from every department in the company. Ideally, you’ll be well versed in the commercial fiction market, especially romcom, saga, historical and festive fiction.

NB Little, Brown has a managing editorial team so you will not be required to oversee freelancers or files beyond the editing stage but an understanding of these processes will stand you in good stead.


What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 community days per year, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, or Sheffield, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.


Who we are and what we do

Sphere is the commercial hub of Little, Brown (the largest company within Hachette and four-time winner of the trade’s Publisher of the Year Award). Sphere fiction is home to long-established brands Clare Mackintosh, Jenny Colgan, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Nicholas Sparks and more as well as recent bestsellers and brands of the future Ali Hazelwood, Ant Middleton and Colleen Hoover. Our ethos is to publish something for everyone.


How to apply

For more information and to apply, see the Hachette website.


Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.


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