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Job holders in this unit group write, edit and evaluate literary material for publication excluding material for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals but including scripts and narrative for film, TV, radio and computer games and animations; and translate spoken and written statements into different languages.


  • Determines subject matter and researches as necessary by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, observing etc.
  • Generates and develops creative ideas for literary material
  • Selects material for publication, checks style, grammar and accuracy of content, arranges for any necessary revisions and checks proof copies before printing
  • Negotiates contracts with freelance agents and with buyer on behalf of writer
  • Writes instruction manuals and user guides, technical reports, catalogues and indexes, prepares sales literature and writes technical articles for trade journals
  • Converts documents or spoken statements from original or source language into another language
  • Provides communication support for the hard of hearing or the visually impaired.

Entry Requirements

Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Postgraduate and professional qualifications are available and are required for some occupations.

Current Vacancies

Assistant Editor
Manchester - The Smartlist - 10 Feb 2018

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to be around

£35,000 per annum

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 5,824 employed Authors, Writers & Translators in the region.

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