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Publicity Assistant

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY USA

Level: Entry Level

Duration: Full Time


W. W. Norton & Company, a distinguished book publishing firm, seeks an entry-level assistant for the trade publicity department based at its New York City headquarters. Founded in 1923, Norton is the oldest and largest publishing house owned entirely by its employees. Norton’s trade division publishes a wide variety of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Norton authors include Michael Lewis, Richard Powers, Neil Gaiman, Joy Harjo, Saidiya Hartman, Emily Wilson, Stephen Greenblatt, Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, and Nobel Prize-winning economists Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz. Over the years, Norton authors have received National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and Nobel Prizes among many other honors.

The Publicity Assistant position requires a bright, energetic, detail-oriented, highly organized person with superior writing and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills. This person must stay calm under pressure and prioritize quickly. The Publicity Assistant will report to the Executive Publicity Director and will work closely with one other senior publicist. They will help at every stage of the publicity campaigns.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting publicists on promotional campaigns for front list titles by researching appropriate press contacts and drafting pitch letters to be sent to reviewers, editors, and producers
  • Developing press materials and coordinating pre-publication review mailings
  • Executing email outreach throughout various stages of publicity campaign
  • Arranging author events and coordinating author travel
  • Ensuring author requests and media queries are promptly responded to
  • Maintaining an archive of review and media coverage
  • Creating and circulating departmental roundups and reports
  • Processing invoices and expenses related to book tours

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • An interest in following the news and interacting with the press
  • The ability to develop and maintain relationships with all levels of employees
  • An interest in history, business and general non-fiction books
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and database applications.
  • Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook
  • Must be able to work from Norton’s New York City Headquarters.
  • Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required

Currently available benefits*:

  • Annual compensation for this position is $48,000. All salaries and salary ranges posted by Norton may vary depending on experience, skills, location and like considerations.
  • Generous paid time off, paid holidays, and summer Friday afternoons beginning in July
  • Generous health benefits, including PPO and EPO medical insurance options, vision insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending accounts for healthcare, dependent care and commuter, gym membership reimbursement, and more. Coverage for spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children is available.
  • Profit-Sharing and 401(k) benefit plan with discretionary contribution matching by employer
  • Disability and life insurances
  • FMLA, parental and other leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (for mental health, financial planning, and other needs)
  • Company-provided laptop
  • Employee discounts on Norton books
  • Limited matching of employee donations to eligible non-profit organizations

All policies and benefits described are subject to change at any time.

About W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

About Norton:

W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to “publish books not for a single season, but for the years.” In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital resources that support teaching and learning. For more information about the Company, visit us online at: http://www.wwnorton.com.

W. W. Norton & Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment with W. W. Norton is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, age, color, sex, religion, veteran status, national origin, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the human resource manager.

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