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Chess-Related Job Opportunity in Glasgow

Quality Chess is in need of an assistant editor to work full time with our team in the centre of Glasgow.
The job will mainly be editing of chess books, but other publishing-related tasks will be part of the job. It is important to note that the main part of the job is to edit writing by non-native speakers into high-quality English.
You would be working with a highly qualified team: GMs Shaw, McNab and Aagaard, IM Greet and our (untitled) part-time bookkeeper.
Some on-the-job training will be available, but a decent understanding of chess is necessary (a rating over 2000, preferably more), good English and decent typing skills are essential. A basic ability to operate Word and ChessBase are expected as well.
Working hours are: 9.30-18.00 Monday-Thursday and 9.30-15.00 Friday.
Holidays and holiday pay according to the statutory minimums, but with the chance to take extra time off if needed. We are especially understanding of the need to play chess tournaments!
If you are interested, please contact our MD John Shaw on john@qualitychess.co.uk to get financial details and possibly set up an interview, in Glasgow or by Skype.
Closing date: 21st February

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  1. Gilchrist is a Legend
    January 29th, 2014 at 00:13 | #1

    Last time that I visited Glasgow the QC office was right next to the train station. I wish I lived in Glasgow…

  2. January 29th, 2014 at 00:25 | #2

    I’ll take this opportunity to commend the editing in Pump Up Your Rating, which has probably gone almost unnoticed (as it should!). From Axel’s own site it is clear that he is not a native speaker, but the English in the book is flawless. It really makes a difference and it is appreciated. I’m sure similar effort has gone into other books but that was one where I was able to make an A-to-B comparison.

  3. Paul
    January 29th, 2014 at 00:48 | #3

    It’s also nice to see the business seems to be doing well enough to expand. Very well deserved.

  4. Jacob Aagaard
    January 29th, 2014 at 12:48 | #4

    Our office is now about 35 meters further away from the station, but it is considerably nicer. And yes, the editors work hard with the language. John did Pump and is indeed the master.

  5. brabo
    January 29th, 2014 at 13:46 | #5

    I am more and more convinced there is a (big) market for quality books. Not reading any books is a serious handicap for the ambitious player. This topic is also discussed in my most recent blogarticle: http://chess-brabo.blogspot.be/2014/01/the-sequence.html

    I write and speak every day English but as a non-native speaker it is for me impossible to reach the same standard as native ones. So I know that my English blog is not as well written as the Dutch original version.

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    January 29th, 2014 at 14:40 | #6

    Indeed. We need native speakers for this. I have lived here for 10 years and I am not allowed in the language “room”…

  7. February 1st, 2014 at 22:11 | #7

    It may be worth contacting Publishing Scotland (www.publishingscotland.org).

    There is a chance that they will advertise your job on their web site. This is, I believe, usually free to publisher members. They have advertised several jobs for us in recent years (and were the source of one of our editor recruits last year). The quality of applicants is generally high.

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