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Publishing Assistant

James Lorimer & Company Ltd Published: July 14, 2021
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James Lorimer & Company is seeking a publishing assistant. We are an independent Canadian publishing house established in 1970, publishing 20-25 new adult and children’s titles annually. We’re a small team of four, working in a contemporary office space with well-separated workplaces in the King-Spadina area.

This is a full time, entry level position that provides an opportunity for learning about all aspects of Canadian publishing. Applicants must have a university degree in the social sciences, existing knowledge and an interest in Canadian history, politics, and social issues, and have an awareness of Canadian news media. A post-graduate publishing certificate is an asset.

Reporting to the publisher, the publishing assistant undertakes tasks in editorial, sales, marketing, and publicity as well as general office administration tasks and industry events. The key aspects of this position are:

Editorial tasks and responsibilities

  • Support for acquisitions including author communications, scheduling meetings, market research, and ensuring project tracking is up to date
  • Copyediting, proofreading, checking indexes, compiling photo credits
  • Checking of page proofs
  • Obtaining permissions for the use of visuals, and some visual research

Marketing and promotion tasks

  • Updates to metadata and data clean up
  • Assisting the marketing team in advertising and social media projects
  • Website updates and other digital product tasks
  • Maintaining a promotional activities database and sending out copies of books to reviewers
  • Pitching books to the media and author liaison for publicity events, including author communication and scheduling around interviews and blog posts
  • Assistance in organizing trade shows and other events

The publishing assistant must be enthusiastic and willing to take on new tasks and projects as they arise.


  • Post-secondary education in the social sciences
  • Must be highly organized, efficient, and reliable
  • Must have close attention to detail and have exceptional communication skills
  • Must have an interest in Canadian publishing and an existing knowledge of Canadian books and media in Canada

Office hours are 9-5, Monday-Friday, and all staff are eligible to join our group benefit plan after completing an initial 3-month probation period. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@lorimer.ca. Due to applicant volume, only candidates being asked to interview will be contacted. An initial round of interviews will be done over videoconference, with the possibility of an in-person follow up being requested.