What does an Editorial Assistant do?

Editorial assistants report to an editor and help plan, manage, and implement publication schedules. They work at magazine and book publication businesses, and their responsibilities combine editorial and administrative tasks including scheduling meetings, reviewing manuscripts for error, and planning publication deadlines. Editorial assistants work alongside editors to plan, implement, and manage the publication schedules. They meet with writers and agents to discuss the editorial and publication process and proofread manuscripts to identify grammatical or spelling errors.

Editorial assistants research facts and new features and maintain accuracy while collaborating with various departments to ensure smooth publication schedules. They perform administrative duties, including answering telephones, replying to correspondence, and setting up meetings. They review layouts and designs for publication covers, plan and manage monthly publication schedules, and perform fact-checking duties. Editorial assistants need a bachelor's degree in English, communications, or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Editorial Assistant jobs?
  • Responsible for editorial and story writing while designing and inputting content into software or systems.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate development and delivery of digital and print content that conforms to editorial style.
  • Execute against a vision via small, medium, and long-term projects.
  • Move finished material to proper locations as directed.
  • Contribute to the editorial vision and strategy that pushes forward growth, retention, discovery, and revenue generation.
  • Assist maintenance personnel in troubleshooting and making repairs to press.
  • Assist in producing a high-quality product according to customer specifications.
  • Follow established log/training manual to ensure consistent processes.
  • Create schedules, monitor deadlines, track assignments and workflows, prepare and communicate deliveries, resolve open queries, and lead status meetings.
  • Create, further develop, and maintain the accuracy of project guidelines, templates, checklists, metadata, and rights clearance, working closely with and manage vendors.
  • Oversee daily and weekly project workflows and meet critical adoption and partnership deadlines as directed by supervisors.
  • Effectively communicate with team members to accomplish content development goals and to ensure consistency of content implementation across product type.
What are the typical qualifications for Editorial Assistant jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in English, journalism, or communications.
  • Fluent in editing and loading process for materials.
  • Experience with content management software.
  • A natural collaborator with demonstrated sound work ethic.
  • Demonstrated fluency with product knowledge.
  • Can collaborate with many teams while paying attention to detail.
  • Has confidence during interactions with a variety of personalities.
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Editorial Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$42,996 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $43K
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Editorial Assistant Career Path

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Springer NatureSpringer Nature
Senior Editorial Assistant
Apr 3, 2021

“Everyone is passionate and interesting and I have made quite a few real friends here.”

Penguin Random House Penguin Random House
Editorial Intern
Feb 18, 2021

“I was able to read many cool manuscripts and book proposals from some influential people and amazing established authors”

Mango PublishingMango Publishing
Editorial Assistant
May 3, 2023

“It was so sad to see valuable and talented people let go in as little as a week.”

Dec 29, 2020

“Some exciting new projects depending on what team you're on and how well said team is performing.”

Caxton and CTP GroupCaxton and CTP Group
Sept 26, 2022

“No career path development or performance review and acknowledgement for those working hard and performing duties adequately.”

Legal Writer
Dec 22, 2020

“Too much manipulation in salary right from starting of the employment till end of the employment.”

Berkeley Pharma TechBerkeley Pharma Tech
Editorial Intern
Mar 2, 2023

“Everyone I worked with was helpful and respectful.”

Rupa PublicationsRupa Publications
Editorial Intern
Jan 2, 2022

“I am glad to have been given the opportunity to work and get trained at Rupa Publications.”

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