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Editorial Assistant, Berkley (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)

Penguin Random House, New York, NY

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Duration: Full-Time


Editorial Assistant, Berkley (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)
Berkley, an imprint at Penguin Random House, seeks an Editorial Assistant to join its team. The assistant's role would be to provide administrative and editorial support for an Editorial Director and our Editor-in-Chief on an impressive list of commercial fiction focusing on mystery, thrillers & suspense. This position offers the opportunity for growth and to learn about the overall editorial process and the inner workings of a publishing office.
An industry leader in commercial and genre fiction, Berkley has a rich tradition of discovering new talent, defining emerging trends, and building authors and series into global franchises.  Many bestselling authors have grown into popular brand names with Berkley's dedicated focus and guidance. Berkley is proud to publish Simone St. James, Samantha Downing, Alexis Henderson, Tom Clancy, and Mark Greaney, among others.
Daily responsibilities include all-around project support for the editors, proposal/manuscript reading and editing, drafting cover copy, and brainstorming creative publishing approaches and solutions to help authors/books through the entire publication process. This position also acts as a liaison between authors, agents, and different departments within Berkley.
We are looking for a detail-oriented, meticulous self-starter who loves to read and is invested in learning about the publishing industry and being part of a collaborative team. The ideal candidate will manage a diverse set of responsibilities efficiently and effectively.
Please apply using our ATS system and include your Cover Letter and Resume for consideration.
The Role:
* Communicating between authors, literary agents, and internal departments to coordinate and keep track of the production process from finished manuscript to bound book (including trafficking of copyedited manuscript, pages, galley copy, cover copy, and cover mechanicals).
* Writing promotional copy including TIs, online retail copy, and package copy for supervisor’s approval. Also responsible for maintaining metadata for all editor(s) titles.
* Managing campaigns for endorsement quotes on various titles, including trafficking mailings (electronic and print) and revision approvals.  Drafting pitch letters.
* Preparing and routing P&Ls and contract information sheets for acquisitions.
* Evaluating manuscripts in conjunction with supervisors and writing reader reports.
* Begin training in editorial development of manuscripts in conjunction with the editorial team.
* Providing general administrative support by scheduling meetings, prepping for department meetings, managing expense reports, archiving, maintaining hard copy and electronic files, etc.

The Essentials:
* Exceptional attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, and strong follow-up skills
* Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask
* Strong communication skills, both verbal & written, used on timely follow-up over email and phone
* A team player with the ability to build internal & external relationships with departments, authors, and stakeholders
* Ability to work independently and collaboratively and meet deadlines
* Ability to take initiative and problem-solve creatively
* Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
* An avid reader who keeps up with reading trends and has a strong interest in commercial fiction
* Excellent writing skills, especially in writing promotional copy
* Solutions-focused when met with challenges and can comfortably adapt to changes and anticipate needs when needed and once familiar with the role of an Editorial Assistant

The salary for this position is $45,000.  Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

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