Editorial Assistant, Berkley (Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Historical Fiction)
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 Executive Editor on an impressive list of commercial fiction with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, and 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 Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, Ali Hazelwood, Simone St. James, Jesse Q. Sutanto, Rhys Bowen, Abbi Waxman, Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, Deanna Raybourn, 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.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume through our online application process.
- 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.
- 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
Salary for this position is $45,000. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.
Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off.
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/.
Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.
Company: Penguin Random House LLC
Country: United States of America
State/Region: New York
City: New York
Postal Code: 10019
Job ID: 231282