What does a Director of Editorial 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.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience0-1 year

Director of Editorial Salaries

Average Base Pay

$97,977 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $98K
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Hudson (IL)Hudson (IL)
Legal Writer
Sep 1, 2021

“Innovative thinking is appreciated here and you will really learn how to think outside of the box.”

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”

Dec 29, 2020

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

Womens Wear Daily
Editorial Assistant
Sep 16, 2019

“The London office is fantastic if you want to learn the trade from some of the best journalists (the Chief Bureau and the European Editor).”

Legal Writer
Oct 6, 2020

“Large and friendly workforce with career development opportunities”

Writer's Relief
Publishing Assistant
May 3, 2019

“Some of the work is enjoyable and the employees are very nice.”

The River GroupThe River Group
Editorial Consultant
Nov 25, 2020

“I enjoyed working with this highly driven and creative team on a recent pitch project.”

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