Editorial Assistant, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Penguin Random House, New York, NY

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Duration: Full-Time

Penguin Random House, the leading publishing house globally, is hiring an Editorial Assistant working in children’s and young adult books! Are you organized, detail-oriented, resourceful, and a voracious reader? If so, become part of Knopf Books for Young Readers, a team that’s passionate about putting great stories in the hands of young people of all ages! Previous experience in the field, either via internships or other work experience, is a plus but absolutely not required, though having a keen interest in children’s books is high up on the wish list.

You’ll support an Editorial Director and an Executive Editor. You will provide administrative support and editorial backup for a wide range of titles, gaining practical bookmaking knowledge while being mentored in how editors choose, nurture, and promote the authors they work with. It’s a great opportunity to see how your role will impact the final product – a book that thousands of children will love!

Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:
* Reading and evaluating manuscripts, then writing reader reports for both submissions and books under contract
* Attending editorial meetings and offering creative input for the whole team
* Drafting of cover/flap and online copy, front matter, and Title Information (TI) sheets
* Tagging and formatting manuscripts, and assisting in reviewing books at different stages of production
* Performing administrative and clerical tasks such as ordering books for authors, applying for CIP Data with the Library of Congress, preparing copyright notices, drafting contract and payment requests
* Research for special and ad hoc projects, including photo research, market research, illustrator research, etc.
* Managing the schedules and tracking due dates for both Editors you support and advising of upcoming deadlines

We’d love to see that you have:
* A passion for children's and young adult literature and are an avid and thoughtful reader
* Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, especially as you’ll be writing a lot of cover and flap copy and TI sheets!
* Excellent organizational skills, as you’ll manage and prioritize multiple projects at the same time
* Strong attention to detail and interpersonal skills
* Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
* Computer skills – MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
* Knowledge of the cultural landscape and the initiative to stay abreast of trends and conversations in the industry

This is an amazing opportunity for anyone looking to break into the publishing world working for a highly renowned imprint. Knopf has a list of 75 frontlist books a year, from bestselling and award-winning authors to debut writers and illustrators. We are dedicated to publishing stories that make kids laugh, feel, adventure, and learn. Our list includes books such as Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long, How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish, All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman; The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, The Blur by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat; Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell, Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

To be considered, please apply with both a resume and cover letter and tell us why you’d be great for the role. The salary for this position is $45,000. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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