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Marketing & publicity assistant (book publishing)

Marketing & publicity assistant (book publishing)

companyHurst Publishers
locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 10/08/2022
Comms / Marketing / PR
Permanent position

Closing date for applications: 5pm on 10th August 2022

Salary: £23,000 – £25,000, depending on experience

Interviews: 22nd August


This is an exciting entry-level opportunity for someone who wants to break into publishing and learn more about the areas of sales, marketing, and publicity.

Hurst is an independently owned and run non-fiction press based in London but publishing globally. We produce approximately 90 new titles per year in the fields of history, politics, sociology, war studies, and religion, building on our strengths in African, Asian, East European, and Middle East Studies. We aim to publish books that add meaningfully to conversations or start new ones. Although we are a small publishing house, we consistently achieve coverage for our books in mainstream outlets including the BBC, The GuardianFinancial Times, and The Sunday Times. In the past year, our titles have been shortlisted or won the following prestigious international awards: Orwell Prize (UK), Los Angeles Times Book Prize (USA), James Beard Award (USA), Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing (Canada), and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences non-fiction book award (South Africa).

We’re looking for an enthusiastic Marketing & Publicity Assistant to join our dynamic team at our offices in historic Somerset House in central London. The role is a varied one that would suit a graduate with a passion for global affairs. You will gain experience selling at book events, working with authors, strategising on social media campaigns, processing orders, managing bibliographic data, and much more. You will report to both our Sales & Marketing Executive and Publicist.



Marketing & sales

  • Contributing to Hurst social channels as necessary – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.
  • Attending and selling at book events
  • Managing website orders
  • Managing the general inbox and liaising directly with our readers
  • Updating bibliographic data with a specific focus on our Amazon listings
  • Liaising with our distributor


  • Writing compelling press materials and creating review lists
  • Managing paperback book campaigns
  • Overseeing and managing the digital filing of press reviews
  • Picking out pull quotes from review coverage and disseminating
  • Fielding media and author queries 
  • Coordinating book prize submissions
  • Sending out gratis copies


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • The successful candidate will be well-versed in current affairs and have a genuine interest in the books we publish
  • Excellent organisational skills, strong writing and proofing skills, creativity, and a positive attitude are a must
  • Experience with InDesign and/or Photoshop is a plus
  • We offer a friendly work environment and the chance to get hands-on experience with a range of publishing tasks

The role is a full-time permanent position based on a hybrid model of working from home and from our office in Somerset House (or fully office based if preferred). The working pattern and flexible hours can be negotiated. The job is best suited for someone based in London as attendance at book events is required. We can only consider candidates legally eligible for work in the UK as of 2022. 


To apply

  • Send your CV and cover letter via the apply button
  • Please send two separate application emails; one should have your documents anonymised (no names, no references to gender, age or contact details, no links to writing samples displaying your name)
  • State in your application that you found this role through Creative Access

Years of experience

  • Entry