My Job In 5: Philippa Neville, Editor, Jolly Learning

My Job In 5: Philippa Neville, Editor, Jolly Learning

Describe your role

As an editor, I work closely with the rest of the editorial team to develop books and educational materials for primary schoolchildren and teachers. My daily tasks include structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading. At Jolly Learning the editors do a lot of the design work, so I also create layouts and front covers.

What do you like best about your role?

I love working with my colleagues and our authors to develop ideas for new titles. The buzz of creativity is something I thrive on.

What skills do you need to edit children’s educational content?

First and foremost, you need to be hot on your subject. In my case, this is grammar and spelling. An understanding of how to make material accessible to young children is also very important. The key is to capture a child’s attention and keep him/her interested.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on an American English edition of our Grammar 4 pupil and teachers’ books. We sell our titles all over the world, so we create several editions of each to cater for the different markets. What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?

Get as much experience in any area of the industry that you can. Meet people. Be enthusiastic about everything you do, even the less interesting jobs; they will lead you somewhere. Do anything you can to show how passionate you are about the industry, with particular emphasis on the area you’re interested in. For editorial, you might do a proofreading course, attend a reading group or edit a local magazine. It’s also a great idea to join the SYP.


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