Editorial Assistant

New York
Mar 29, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
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Full Time
Editorial assistant will assist three Editors with the acquisition, development, and publication of fiction and nonfiction titles. Candidates should be exceptionally well-organized, proactive, and able to multitask and prioritize effectively. Duties will include fielding author and agent questions and requests; maintaining strong relationships with authors and agents; writing preliminary jacket copy, catalog copy, tip sheets, launch sheets and online retailer copy; basic clerical work; processing book orders; drafting contract requests and payment requests; preparing P&Ls; transmitting manuscripts for copyediting; routing manuscripts through the production process, creating and maintaining records in company databases, researching comparative titles and blurb opportunities, updating submission logs. The candidate will also be asked to read and assess agented manuscripts, as well as maintain a good knowledge of published books in target areas and the state of the industry in general.

Major Responsibilities:
-Administrative support for three editors
-Maintaining a professional relationship with authors and agents
-Preparing and routing all manuscripts through the production process
-Drafting catalog copy, tip sheets, launch sheets, jacket copy and estimate requests
-Preparing P&Ls, contract requests, deal memos and payment requests
-Prioritizing and proactively executing a multitude of tasks including market research
-Tracking, reading and assessing submissions

Required Skills / Knowledge:
-Proficiency in Word and Outlook
-Must have the ability to organize and prioritize a large number of tasks, proactive and creative thinking, good problem-solving skills and good attitude, strong interpersonal skills
-Excellent writing and editing skills
-Knowledge of and enthusiasm for a broad range of fiction and nonfiction.

Experience Needed:
-Internship or previous publishing experience preferred (1-2 years), knowledge of a second language a plus

Educational Background Required:
-Bachelor’s Degree

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