An exciting opportunity has arisen to provide day-to-day assistance to the creative team behind QED, our trade education list. The successful candidate will have experience editing and project managing children’s books and have a passion for children’s illustrated titles. QED is a vibrant, eclectic list of fun educational books for children by expert writers and fantastic illustrators from around the world. Our diverse range of beautiful reference and engaging activity books help children learn more about a subject – at school or at home – and develop their interests beyond the classroom.


      Key Results Areas


     1. Project manage and edit 15–20 titles, from concept stage to printed book.

  • Work with the Publishers to shepherd projects through the Acquisitions process.
  • Liaise with Production to obtain costings on books that aren’t on scale pricing.
  • Create schedules for authors and illustrators and ensure print deadlines are met.
  • Commission text and work with the designer to commission artwork if necessary.
  • Ensure high standards and editorial accuracy by giving feedback at every stage of the process, from roughs to final layouts.
  • Be the point of contact for authors and provide excellent author care.
  • Co-ordinate out-of-house editorial processes such as proofreading, Americanizing and indexing as necessary.
  • Carry out pre-repro editorial checklist ahead of files being sent to Production.


     2. Management of metadata and administration for each title.

  • Generate contracts for authors and illustrators and ensure they are signed and filed correctly on the system.
  • Create freelancer forms and get them signed when freelancers are being used.
  • Write metadata and keep Firebrand up to date.
  • Pass invoices to Accounts in a timely fashion.
  • Assist with Book Fair and Sales Conference preparation as needed.
  • Create sales material for each title.


      Position Specifications

     A.   Minimum Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


  • Excellent grasp of the English language including spelling and grammar.
  • Strong editorial skills including copyediting and proofreading.
  • Detail-oriented and efficient at juggling a large number of tasks.
  • Good understanding of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and Acrobat.
  • A passion for children’s illustrated books.
  • An excellent level of author care. 



  • Some knowledge of Indesign.


     B.   Education and Experience


  • A-level educated.
  • Experience of editing and project managing books for children, either as Editor or Junior Editor.
  • Experience of working in an office.
  • Knowledge of the standard industry proofreading symbols. 


  • Experience in a trade publishing house.


The preceding document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work required of people assigned to this job.  It is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of responsibilities, duties and skills.

To apply please send your CV and Cover Letter to Holly Willsher, Associate Publisher: