Title: Communications Assistant, Adult Non-Fiction (Full time permanent)
Salary: £23,000 plus benefits
Reports to: Karen Stretch – PR Director – Bonnier Books UK (Adult Non-Fiction)
Location: London, Wimpole Street offices
Company: Bonnier Books UK
Application Deadline: 18th November 2020
An exciting opportunity has come up in the adult non-fiction communications team for a Communications Assistant working across a diverse list of non-fiction publishing. Assisting a small but dynamic team, the Communications Assistant will responsible for numerous tasks so will therefore be required to demonstrate good time management and organisation skills.
You will be responsible for helping all departments within the Blink Comms Team – assisting on campaigns and undertaking administration and support for PR, Marketing & Social Media.
Under the supervision of the PR Director and Senior Publicity Managers you will learn how to plan, organise and implement publicity campaigns for Kings Road Publishing non-fiction titles, from imprints Blink, John Blake, 535 and Lagom as required.
The candidate will also look after their own authors and campaigns under supervision.
The position is ideal for a someone keen to get a foot in the door in book publicity, a self-starter, ideally not entirely new to publishing but who has done valuable work experience or internships and is ready for their first role.
If you want to work for a publisher with a difference, we’d love to hear from you.
Summary of Position:
The five non-fiction imprints at Bonnier Books UK cover a varied list of genres including music, sports, showbiz, gift and humour titles, health, lifestyle, and best-selling real life/true crime. Under the supervision of the Publicity Director and senior publicists you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the department, as well as gradually planning, organising and implementing publicity campaigns for your own authors and books, gaining valuable experience as you go.
Our objective is to achieve the best possible media coverage and consumer awareness leading up to and beyond the publication of our titles and we work closely with editorial, sales, social media and marketing teams. Duties will include but are not limited to: creating media lists using Cision, sending out review copies, taking journalists queries, accompanying authors to interviews and assisting with travel for book signing tours and events associated with key titles. In addition, learning on the job to create campaign plans, writing press releases, building relationships with key journalists and arranging interview opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Book and coordinate travel for book signing tours when required, assisting publicists and helping as needed
- Assist with book launch events – i.e. invites/guest list/media coverage/food & drink etc
- Send seasonal updates to media for books for Summer Reads and Christmas Books Round Ups
- Compile and submit the monthly Bookseller non-fiction round ups
- Work closely with PR Director and support across campaigns when required
- Prepare book mail outs and ad hoc review copies. Liaise with ADT for book deliveries in central London.
- Attend Key Titles Meeting with sales
- Update Meltwater key words list for press cuttings and save daily cuttings
- Process PR related invoices – get the relevant person to sign them, scan and send to accounts
- PR Stock – keep an eye on stock levels and request gratis order when necessary
- PR and Office Stationary – keep an eye on stationary and order when necessary
- Stock signings – Coordinate stock with PR team, help with signings, arrange labels and courier collection and stock to be booked back in the GBS
- Learn to devise publicity campaigns across a range of non-fiction titles across Blink, John Blake, 535 and Lagom imprints as required.
- Draft press releases for trade and consumer media for book campaigns
- Read early copy/proofs of campaign titles to draw out key themes and create a PR plan
- Build relationships with Book Editors, Features writers, TV Bookers and Radio Producers
- Pitch for and secure author profile slots across Press, TV & Radio around publication
- Pitch for and coordinate author signings/talks/Q&A’s across retailers and/or Literary Festivals
- Provide media with relevant author and title information ahead of intvws
- Coordinate press days when relevant ahead of book publication
What we’re looking for:
A candidate that has ideally had some experience working in a communications team either for a publishing house or another entertainment industry. You are looking for a Communications Assistant role where you can assist on high profile campaigns and learn how book publicity teams work in commercial non-fiction publishing.
The ideal person will be self-motivated, a good communicator, steady under pressure and good at juggling priorities. Must have good communication skills, be organised and able to multi-task. You should be comfortable dealing with authors, agents, booksellers, journalists and bloggers as well as senior colleagues internally. A team player, you should be able to work independently, but always ready to support your colleagues and willing to think about the list as a whole, not only your assigned books.
In return we offer you the chance to work with and learn from some of the best publicists in the industry, in a dynamic fast-paced publishing house. Bonnier offers a competitive salary and benefits including health care and pension scheme.
If this sounds like your perfect role, we would love to hear from you.
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