Metro seeks Books Editor

View from train to Oban cr Judy DarleyMetro is looking for an experienced part-time books writer and reviewer to cover nine months’ maternity leave on the features desk of the London-based Lifestyle & Entertainment team.

The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and reviewing skills, established contacts in the publishing world and good organisational skills.

You will need experience in writing/editing/blogging or a related field; and the skills and tack to tackle interview-based profiles and features. You will be able to write about the 23rd Scandi-crime novel of the year as well as the latest political biography in a fresh, engaging and compelling way.

You must also be up on the latest debut novels, be commercially aware and have an eye for emerging talent and trends.

A knowledge of social media and the ability to leverage this to your advantage is essential. You must happy to work with the commercial team when required, and to work occasional evenings and weekends to cover embargoed releases and other events.

Duties of this media role

The successful candidate will manage and write original content about new releases, emerging and established authors and more across all Metro platforms (print, online and mobile). You will commission and edit freelance content, and work closely with the Arts and Features Editors.

You will be expected to produce clean, lively copy quickly and efficiently while meeting daily deadlines, cover major literary events, pitch books ideas to the Features Editor and Lifestyle&Entertainment team, and secure exclusive access to talent and content.

You will need to closely follow books-industry news and read all relevant media, effectively manage communications with PR agencies, contribute to’s audience and traffic growth through social media and make on-camera appearances as a books expert.

Sound good? Find out more here.

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