Senior Director, Publicity

HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY USA

Work at HarperCollins Publishers

Duration: Full-Time

Harper is currently seeking a Senior Director of Publicity. Reporting to the SVP, Publicity, the Senior Director will focus on publicity efforts for literary fiction.


  • Implement title-specific publicity plans for prominent house authors
  • Identify key titles, determine budgets, and execute publicity/media campaigns and author events. Personally handle major authors/title campaigns each season to ensure success.
  • Foster and maintain substantive relationships with key broadcast, print, and digital media contacts.
  • Participate in and contribute publicity perspective to key internal meetings, including senior staff meetings, acquisitions meetings, and marketing meetings.
  • Support program/departmental improvement initiatives, including continued cost and process efficiencies/integration.
  • Oversee the creation of press releases, pitch letters, promotional materials, and arrangement of special events, conferences, etc.
  • Attend author pitch meetings and strategy meetings.
  • Attend division meetings and events and have the opportunity to travel as part of author tours and conference participation.
  • Liaise with key departments such as marketing, sales, and editorial to ensure cohesive messaging throughout marketing/publicity initiatives.
  • Book national and local publicity in broadcast and print media and bookstore tours; schedule author travel.
  • Brief authors on how to handle interviews; develop media contacts; accompany authors on interviews.
  • Write press releases, pitch letters, and other promotional materials relating to tours.
  • Coordinate all publicity activities on assigned titles from the mailing of galleys to the development of proper angles and pitches; schedule and plan bookstore appearances and special events; coordinate publicity updates for division and sales force.


  • At least 10 years of hands-on book publicity experience, with increasing responsibility for campaign management and strategy.
  • Extensive media contacts.
  • Experience working on literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.
  • Demonstrate ability to work under pressure, to meet tight deadlines with budgetary constraints and changing priorities (must be highly flexible and versatile).
  • Must handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously and have superb written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be an independent and strategic thinker.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and can work with internal teams to achieve outstanding business results.

HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. That’s why cover letters are strongly preferred.

HarperCollins Publishers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This role is currently based out of New York, New York. You will need to commute to the office when it reopens.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter on our website:

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at


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