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Full-time Editor/writer, London

We are looking for a new editor/writer to join Usborne’s friendly and talented in-house editorial team, working on all stages of our award-winning illustrated information and activity books for children.

The role includes:

  • Assisting other members of the editorial team with proofreading, fact checking and researching.
  • Writing new titles, or parts of titles, as well as updating text in existing titles. This is carried out under close supervision and with support from senior editors.
  • Collaborating with other editors, designers and production staff on the creation of new titles.
  • Writing back cover blurb and providing the sales and marketing teams with information and copy to assist with the promotion of new titles.
  • Coming up with ideas for new titles and series that will be commercial in a diverse, international market, and will appeal to children of all ages.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a meticulous eye for detail.
  • Be able to write with flair on a wide range of subjects, from science and history, to retellings of classic stories, and put together clear instructions for activities, games and puzzles.
  • Have a desire to learn new things – curiosity about the world is essential, as is the ability to think logically as well as creatively.
  • Be able to think visually, with a clear sense of how words and pictures can work together.
  • Be given training on the job, although some relevant experience – of publishing, writing and research, or using InDesign – would be an advantage.

Starting salary:

This varies depending on your previous experience, but typically ranges between £27,798 and £31,136.

Please send your CV and covering letter to:

Fiona Patchett,
Usborne Publishing, 

Usborne House, 83-85 Saffron Hill, 
London EC1N 8RT

Or email

Closing date: 15th June 2018

Children's Book Designer, London

This is an incredible opportunity to join Usborne's large, dynamic and diverse art and design department.

Usborne already employs more than fifty designers, each of whom plays a vital role in shaping the look and feel of the company's vibrant publishing programme.

We are now expanding and looking for fresh talent: designers with flair who can innovate and imagine as well they can draw; creative thinkers with excellent draftsmanship; people who can work quickly to a high standard; who understand the importance of colour and typography – and who are passionate about getting beautifully designed books into the hands of children. 

Experience of working with InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is also desirable.

Please write to us including your CV and printed samples of your work to the address below.

Children's book designer
Usborne Publishing Ltd
Usborne House
83-85 Saffron Hill

Please note that only candidates called for interview will be contacted.

Six reasons to work at Usborne

Make a difference to children's lives, be creative, give back to charity and more: read our Six reasons to work at Usborne.

Equal opportunities

Usborne is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Usborne offices

Usborne Publishing is based in London, near Farringdon Station. Our editorial, design, production, foreign rights and foreign language departments are all based in this office, as well as marketing, PR, sales, and accounts.

We have additional editorial and design offices in Wolverhampton and Eynsham, near Oxford, and our direct sales division, Usborne Books at Home, is also based in Eynsham.

Jobs for all locations are advertised on this page.

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