EDITOR (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)

At Quarto, we have an exciting new opening for an Editor to work on our award-winning Frances Lincoln Children’s Books list, with a particular focus on our social impact strand of publishing and a chance to work across other areas of the list, including our bestselling picture books. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly, collaborative and talented team at an exciting stage of its growth and to help shape its future. The position will be based at our London office but can include a mixture of office (3 days) and remote working.

Who we are:

With a long heritage of books that celebrate the diversity of our world, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books boasts the global bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series and the #1 New York Times hit This Book Is Anti-Racist. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books is also home to an award-winning boutique picture book list including David Litchfield, Bethan Stevens, Lizzy Stewart and Joseph Coelho, and welcomes and supports new talent on the list each year, such as Rowan Ellis and Mariajo Illustrajo.

Who are we looking for:

Reporting to the Senior Commissioning Editor, the successful candidate will have at least 2 years’ experience working with children’s content. You should be highly organized and a good team player with excellent communication and empathy skills. You will work across a wide genre of titles with particular focus on our social impact strand of publishing; therefore, a keen eye for new and stand-out voices we can seek to publish is important. You should be commercially savvy and passionate about maintaining a high standard of editorial quality and integrity, with solid critical-thinking skills.

Experience of editing books is helpful although not essential, but demonstrable skills in developing successful children’s content will be important for this role. What we can offer you in a return is the chance to develop your editorial career in an inclusive, supportive and creative environment where everyone is encouraged to share their ideas and feedback.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Project manage, develop and edit 20–25 titles, from concept stage to printed book.
  • Work with the Publishers to take projects through Acquisitions process.
  • Liaise with Production to obtain costings on books.
  • Create schedules for authors and illustrators and ensure print deadlines are met.
  • Commission text and work with the designer to commission artwork if necessary.
  • Ensure high standards and editorial accuracy by giving feedback at every stage of the process, from roughs to final layouts.
  • Be the point of contact for authors and provide excellent author care.
  • Co-ordinate out-of-house editorial processes such as proofreading and Americanizing.
  • Carry out pre-repro editorial checklist ahead of files being sent to Production.
  • Create metadata and manage administration tasks for each title.
  • Generate contracts for authors, illustrators and freelancers and ensure they are signed and filed correctly on the system.
  • Work with Design to create blads (advance material) for each title according to the deadlines set in the repro doc and assist with Book Fair and Sales Conference preparation as needed.
  • Come to new ideas meetings and brainstorming sessions with concepts to contribute.
  • Stay on top of current trends in children’s publishing and the wider children’s entertainment space through independent research, store visits or consumer research.

 The Successful Candidate should:

  •  Have the ability to work collaboratively in a hybrid team environment, as well as independently.
  • Demonstrate empathy skills and be open to new and different ways of working to achieve team goals.
  • Contribute to the culture of Quarto Kids and the wider Quarto Group business through good communication, openness to sharing ideas and contributing to a sense of belonging for all colleagues.

Professional Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


  • Excellent grasp of the English language including spelling and grammar.
  • Strong editorial skills including copyediting and proofreading.
  • Numerate, detail-oriented and efficient at juggling a large number of tasks.
  • Good understanding of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.
  • A passion for children’s content.
  • An excellent level of author and/or stakeholder care.


  • Some knowledge of InDesign.

 Education & Experience


  • A-level educated. 
  • Experience of editing and project managing content for children.
  • Knowledge of the standard industry proofreading symbols.

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter to talent@quarto.com.

Closing date for applications: 1st July 2022


Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we only be able to respond to candidates selected for interview.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK in order to be considered for the vacancy.


Quarto Publishing plc. is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and treatment, ensuring an inclusive and diverse environment.

In order to create an equitable environment for all candidates invited to meet with us, the main interview questions will be provided at least 3 days in advance of your meeting.