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Freelance Writer – London | The Bookseller Careers & Jobs

The Bookseller is recruiting for a freelance writer to compile The Bookseller’s monthly Paperback Preview. The article covers paperback books released in a particular month across fiction and non-fiction. It is written with high street booksellers in mind to aid with their buying decisions, and is also read widely by other journalists, publishers, agents and authors.

Key duties include:

  • Requesting advance information and reading material from publishers
  • Reading and selecting key titles for inclusion, and picking particular highlights eg Book of the Month, Editor’s Choice
  • Filing the preview each month to the sub-editors on a strict deadline
  • Attendance at publisher presentations, and representing The Bookseller as certain industry events, when appropriate
  • Taking part in judging at the British Book Awards

This would follow an experienced freelancer with a proven track record of writing about books. An extensive knowledge of the paperback book market is crucial and a background in bookselling and/or publishing is preferred.

The Bookseller’s previews, across fiction, non-fiction, children’s and discover, are key market information and essential reading for booksellers, journalists, and publicists. As such, this is an important and high-profile position both within The Bookseller and across the book industry at large.

The Bookseller is the leading trade magazine for the publishing industry in the UK. Founded in 1858, we are proudly independent. As well as the weekly print magazine, The Bookseller is available online via subscription, and runs The British Book Awards, The YA Book Prize, the Marketing & Publicity, Children’s and FutureBook conferences. It is now owned by The Stage Media Company Ltd.

The fee for this is £550 per calendar month, with additional scope for related paid freelancers, including author profiles. The official start date is 14th March, with a first submission deadline of 21st April.

The deadline to apply for the role is 25th February. The role reports into The Bookseller’s Books Editor, Alice O’Keeffe.

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