Editorial Assistant - Penguin Press

Posted: 10/17/2019 | Expires: 10/24/2019

Location: New York, NY, New York
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Editor / Editorial, Publishing / Books
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

Editorial Assistant - Penguin Press
Penguin Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant to read and evaluate submissions, provide administrative support, and oversee aspects of the editorial process for two Senior Editors. The Editorial Assistant will work on a distinguished list of narrative nonfiction, history, politics, science, and literary fiction. The imprint’s award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors include Michael Pollan, Thomas Pynchon, Zadie Smith, Nate Silver, Celeste Ng, Salvatore Scibona, Ron Chernow, Carolyn Forché, Eric Schlosser, Steve Coll, Alan Greenspan, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Mary Oliver among others. Penguin Press is dedicated to ideas that matter and storytelling that lasts.

Specific responsibilities include:
* Working with supervisors on the progress of book projects from acquisition to publication by coordinating schedules with the Editorial, Managing Editorial, and Production departments.
* Preparing paperwork, including contract requests, profit and loss statements, estimate requests, and check requests.
* Acting as the in-house liaison between Editorial, Production, Design, and Managing Editorial departments, as well as the Sales, Marketing and Publicity teams.
* Assisting supervisors in the acquisitions process by reading and evaluating manuscripts and proposals, writing rejection letters, and researching and developing ideas.
* Liaising with authors and agents in all phases of process from acquisition to publication.
* Collaborating with supervisors on drafting catalog and cover copy for hardcovers and paperbacks.
* Providing administrative support by answering phones, scheduling, filing, handling mail, etc.


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:
* Prior office experience; publishing experience a plus
* Genuine interest in nonfiction books and current events
* Strong follow-up and organizational skills
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Ability to prioritize and excel in a deadline-driven and detail-oriented environment
* Excellent attention to detail
* Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook


Salary for this position is $40,000.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others. More information can be found at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.

Our dedicated team of publishing professionals is committed to helping authors realize their very best work and to finding innovative ways of bringing stories and ideas to audiences worldwide.

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