Publicity & Editorial Assistant

New York City, New York
Salary based on experience + extensive benefits package
Aug 14, 2019
Entry Level
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Liveright Publishing Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary and imprint of W.W. Norton & Company, is seeking an assistant to support the Director of Publicity and a trade Editor. This is a full-time, entry level position.

Essential job responsibilities include:

  • Assisting publicist on promotional campaigns for front list and paperback titles.
  • Coordinating press materials and review mailings.
  • Processing review requests.
  • Maintaining database of review and media coverage.
  • Processing invoices and expenses related to book tours and promotional campaigns.
  • Helping publicists compile tour schedules and booking arrangements.
  • Reading and evaluating manuscripts quickly and writing reader’s reports.
  • Drafting catalog and jacket copy.
  • Researching comparative titles and related media.
  • Organizing and executing blurb and editorial mailings.
  • Liaising with authors and agents.
  • Coordinating departmental deadlines for seasonal planning materials.
  • Tracking metadata on the W.W. Norton site and other booksellers to ensure promotional copy and publication details are up to date.Demonstrable interest in serious nonfiction and literary fiction encouraged.
  • Management of manuscripts in all stages of production – Sending manuscript to be reviewed by authors. Setting and adhering to schedules. Preparing manuscript for copyediting and production.
  • Helping authors complete art and permissions logs; act as a liaison between the Permissions department and the author(s) to ensure that all text and image permissions are cleared on a timely basis.

Please note - 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.
  • Experience with promotional copy is encouraged.
  • Strong interest in serious non-fiction and literary fiction.
  • Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
  • Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
  • Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Must be self-directed and independent.
  • Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
  • Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy, with minimal mistakes.
  • Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook.
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Interest in and familiarity with Twitter and Instagram strongly encouraged.
    • Employment eligibility to work in the United States is required.
  • Must be able to work full business hours from Norton’s New York City headquarters.

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 supplements that support teaching and learning. For more information about the Company, visit us online at:

W. W. Norton & Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.

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