Jobs of the Week

Palgrave Macmillan: Editorial Assistant, Literature

Location: New York, NY
Position: Full-time
Experience: Entry-level

Palgrave Macmillan specializes in academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It publishes monographs, journals, textbooks, and professional work in a variety of subjects like Political Science, Economics, History, Literature, Linguistics, and Business. Its “mission is to publish high-quality original, peer-reviewed scholarly content for the humanities academic community.”

Palgrave is currently looking for an Editorial Assistant to provide support for the Commissioning Editor of Literature. This role involves building excellent working relationships with authors and day-to-day administration.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage editorial processes
  • Prepare final typescripts
  • Manage database
  • Write and edit cover copy and blurbs
  • Perform a wide range of administrative tasks
  • Correspond with authors
  • Work with colleagues in sales, marketing, production, design, and editorial

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a passion for academic and scholarly publishing
  • Have excellent team-working skills
  • Diplomatic and assertive, able to work with demanding stake-holders
  • Able to organise and prioritise numerous tasks
  • Resourceful and proactive in dealing with problems and queries
  • Demonstrate good publishing business awareness
  • Able to learn quickly
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have a sharp eye for detail

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The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group: Editorial Assistant and Publisher’s Assistant

Location: New York, NY
Position: Full-time
Experience: Entry-level

The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group is a publisher of Penguin Random House and consists of ten imprints, including Knopf, Doubleday, and Vintage Books.

Doubleday

Doubleday is looking for an Editorial Assistant to support its Vice President and Executive Editor. Doubleday is an imprint that specializes in publishing “an array of commercial fiction, literary fiction and serious nonfiction titles.”

Responsibilities:

  • Schedule meetings and jacket meetings
  • Track schedule/commitments and content for approval for imprint-wide titles
  • Provide general administrative support to supervisor
  • Work with authors, publishers, agents, and the managing editorial department
  • Evaluate manuscripts, write reader’s reports, and draft rejection letters
  • Provide needed content and assistance to marketing, publicity, rights, and sales departments

Requirements:

  • Prior office experience
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the book publishing industry
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to think analytically
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-up skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word & Excel
  • A keen liking and large capacity for reading

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Vintage Books

Vintage Books is looking for a Publisher’s Assistant to help the Executive Vice President and Publisher with running the imprint. This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of the publishing industry. Vintage Books publishes “a wide range, from the most influential works of world literature to cutting-edge contemporary fiction and distinguished non-fiction.”

Responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day support to the Publisher and the publishing office of Vintage Books
  • Write reader’s reports and fact sheets, evaluate manuscripts, and draft catalogue copy
  • Research and prepare sales and editorial reports
  • Compile consumer analytics
  • Assemble publishing presentations
  • Act as a liaison with agents, authors, media and industry contacts
  • Support the overall editorial and publishing efforts of the Division

For more information and to apply, click here.