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Volunteer Editors Programme

Remote Editors Programme looking for Aspiring Editors from Black, Asian and Global Majority Backgrounds who want to get into publishing

Indie Novella is extending the closing date for entries for our Volunteer Editors Programme specifically to encourage entries from aspiring editors from underrepresented backgrounds. Our programme has currently attracted wonderful applicants from outside London and the LGTBQ+ community, however Indie Novella wants to encourage editors of Black, Asian and Global Majority backgrounds who are best placed to work on fiction from diverse authors and have lived experiences they can share with their fellow editors so collectively we can champion authentic voices in literature. We would love to encourage interested applicants to send a short cover letter and brief CV to The details of the programme are below:

Indie Novella is a small press whose books and publishing ethos champion diversity in publishing and writing at grassroots levels. As such we are looking for individuals looking to embark on a career in publishing to be part of our Volunteer Editors Programme.

The programme is part of the Diversity in Publishing Partnership and offers individuals who are unable to access publishing opportunities the chance to receive monthly training from industry experts on how to develop their editorial skills and take manuscripts through the editorial and publishing process. Participants will gain the practical experience of working on live manuscripts and reviewing submissions. The Programme will run from July 2023 to June 2024, and has the flexibility to be managed outside a candidate’s full time job. The Programme is targeted at those who have obtained a degree in English Literature, Creative Writing or Publishing and are unable to find opportunities in publishing. The year long programme, with monthly training sessions outside standard office hours, is to provide practical experience of working with a publisher that will fit around another day job.

Training will be via Zoom and take place once a month on Tuesday evenings after 6pm. Sessions will be with experienced editors and industry professionals who will share their insights and experience from publishing. Additionally, you will be invited to join Indie Novella’s monthly publishing meeting, share your thoughts on our latest submissions and take on manuscripts to put into practice learning from the Programme.

Time Commitment: Two evenings per month but with flexibility if not all sessions can be made. Participants should also be prepared to dedicate time outside sessions for reading submissions and manuscripts.

By the end of the programme we hope participants will have a solid grasp of best practice in the editorial and publishing process and will be able to take forward that knowledge into a publishing career.

To apply please send us your CV and short cover letter telling us a bit more about yourself and why you are interested in the Programme to by 24th July 2023.

Way back in April we were extemely fortunate to host authors Abiola Bello, Rebecca Ley, Eithne Nightingale and John McMenemie and hear them speak about the importance of promoting writing at the grass

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