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Editorial assistant

Editorial assistants provide support at all stages of the publication process for books, journals, magazines and online content.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your job may involve:

  • being a point of contact for authors
  • keeping databases, spreadsheets and other records up to date
  • reading documents and making corrections
  • dealing with rights and permissions
  • acting as personal assistant to commissioning editors
  • working with images and page layout software

If you work online you could be:

  • proofing and editing online text, including social media
  • compiling and sending out newsletters using design and distribution software
  • uploading text and images to a website using a content management system (CMS)
  • editing text on apps

You could work in an office or from home.

With experience you could move into more senior editorial roles, or work on a freelance basis.

You can find out more about becoming an editorial assistant from:The Publishers Association; Society for Editors and Proofreaders

You can also get information on other publishing and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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