Apply to be our new Publishing Assistant

Job title: Publishing Assistant

Application deadline: Wednesday 6 October 2021

Interviews: Week commencing 11 October 2021

Full-time position: (5 days, 35 hours per week)

Location: Manchester, Northern Quarter/Ancoats

Line manager: CEO

Starting Salary: £20-22k

Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading independent literary publishers, seeks a Publishing Assistant to support the delivery of its publishing programme, as well as its writer development work. The appointee will work closely with the Publishing Manager, Publicity Manager and CEO on all aspects of the day-to-day runni­­ng of the press. 

This position is now closed. 


Key responsibilities:

-       Assisting with all aspects of the publishing process, including proofreading and typesetting 

-       Maintaining production and print schedules (for frontlist and backlist titles), and liaising with printers  

-       Producing print and digital products (including eBooks), and making them available for distribution

-       Managing relationships with distributors, sales reps, libraries and bookshops, and ensuring that all metadata is up to date and accurate

-       Monitoring consumer demand and preparing sales reports and presentations

-       Creating sales and marketing materials, and ensuring that the company website is kept up to date with new titles, events and resources

-       Managing logistics for Comma’s short story courses (in person and online)

-       Managing the submission process for Comma’s annual short story prize 

-       Assisting with the planning of book launches and events, as well as Comma’s large-scale events programme


Full in-house training will be given for all aspects of the role (including aspects of book-production, design, editing and ebook conversion). We are looking for someone with well-developed communication skills and a high level of proficiency with the English language (for instance, they will often be expected to proofread texts to a high standard of accuracy). You must be able to work both independently and as a part of the Comma team, and have the resourcefulness to research and develop solutions unassisted. 



  A familiarity with all basic Microsoft Office packages (Word, Excel etc), and basic Google services (e.g. Google Analytics, Google Drive). 

  Meticulous attention to detail.

  Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to work to deadlines.

  An interest in contemporary world literature, and particularly the short story. 

  An interest in contemporary world current affairs and recent history. 

  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  A basic understanding of the way books are sold, marketed and promoted through bricks&mortar retail, online and as ebooks.

  Some experience in planning, delivering and marketing public events. 



  Experience of delivering public-facing projects in conjunction with other venues, shops, and partners

  Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, Survey Monkey.

  Familiarity with design and image software (such as Adobe InDesign).

  Experience of managing a website.