Jobs of the Week: Gotham Ghostwriters, ICM Partners, and Penguin Random House



Gotham Ghostwriters

Junior Associate

Managing Director: Bookwriters Group

Manager Director: Thought Leadership Group


ICM Partners

ICMPartnersLogoTitle: Literary Department Administrative Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

ICM Partners, the prominent talent and literary agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and London, has an entry-level opening in the literary department of its New York office working primarily in domestic subsidiary rights.

This position affords an opportunity to learn the mechanics of publishing contracts, particularly in how books are licensed to magazines for excerpts and to third party publishers for audio book rights. The position would provide an introduction to the business side of publishing for candidates considering a future in the business. This particular position is working for an agent who is central to the department. In turn, the assistant’s exposure to multiple book agents, and the agency’s full list of ongoing and backlist book projects is large, so ability to work well with others and handle high-volume of tasks are must have qualities.

ICM Partners offers a competitive industry salary plus excellent benefits. ICM Partners is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

– Directing mail / answering phones
– Data entry / up-keeping central rolodex of editorial contacts in magazines and book publishing contacts
– Creating and up-keeping a master list of the book department’s upcoming literary projects with up-to-date information about each title and rights information
– Vetting contracts
– Acting as a liaison between authors, editors, producers
– Account receivable responsibilities include: tracking invoices, status of payments
– Compiling audio rights catalogs and serial rights catalogues
– Researching account details of both domestic and foreign publishing contracts
– Maintain filing system and ensure filing remains current
– Other varied administrative details

– Bachelor degree required
– At least one year of administrative experience or strong internship experience preferred
– Must be kept up to date on latest literary business news
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Negotiation skills strongly preferred
– Must have superb organizational, analytical, time management, and project management skills
– Outgoing, charming personality, and the ability to communicate professionally with colleagues, clients and buyers
– Exceptionally strong attention to detail
– Ability to handle confidential/sensitive information discretely and with diplomacy
– Ability to multi-task
– Unafraid to ask questions
– Proficiency in MS office, Excel and Outlook
– Must have a love for reading and a passion for books!

To Apply: 

All interested and qualified candidates please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to


Penguin Random House

Title: Editorial Assistant

penguin-random-houseType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Penguin Press editorial department is currently seeking an Editorial Assistant to support a Senior Editor and Executive Editor. This position will assist with the progress of book projects from acquisition to publication by coordinating schedules with internal departments.

Penguin Press is dedicated to publishing conversation-defining serious non-fiction and literary fiction; a list of Penguin Press authors can be found on its website,

The Editorial Assistant:

1. Provides administrative support (answers phones, takes messages, photocopies, files, helps with scheduling, keeps track of projects due dates, etc.)
2. Evaluates fiction and non-fiction manuscripts in whole or in part, writes readers’ reports, and writes and sends rejection letters
3. Oversees the entire production process from finished manuscript to bound book by working with authors and managing editorial
4. Fields questions from authors and agents
5. Writes first draft of copy and works on line editing as needed

Salary for this position is $35,250. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

– 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience
– Prior office experience; publishing experience a plus
– Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Strong follow up skills
– Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

To Apply: 
Please email your resume and cover letter to indicating the position for which you are applying in the subject line. No phone calls/agencies.


Title: Permissions Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

The Corporate Division of Penguin Random House is seeking a full-time Assistant for the Permissions Department.


  • Reading and correctly interpreting author/publisher contracts and entering contract terms into corporate data systems.
  • Processing permissions requests for use of Penguin Publishing Group and Penguin Young Readers Group material and issuing permissions contracts.
  • General office duties including processing/distributing department mail, processing checks, filing and general correspondence.

    Core computer skills required, including speed and accuracy. Candidates should have a basic familiarity with MS Outlook, Word and Excel.

Candidates must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high level of reading comprehension. Individuals must be self-starters, detail-oriented, with the ability to organize and prioritize assignments. There is high volume of requests and queries which must be responded to in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.

Education: 4 Year Degree
Experience: 0-2 Years
Travel: Little to None
Skills: not specified

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process.

Jobs of the Week

The Knot

Position: Features Editor
Type: Full Time
Location: NY, New York
The Features Editor is responsible for generating ideas, packaging stories & writing/editing. The ideal candidate will have at experience at a consumer magazine.

+Creating lineups for sections & identifying content that needs to be developed for the magazines and site
+Conceiving, writing & doing market work for FOB stories
+Owning honeymoon section—pitching ideas, assigning/writing stories & representing the company at industry events
+Reporting on wedding trends & wedding planning strategies/tips
+Updating evergreen pieces on


+Love weddings & all lifestyle topics, news and pop culture
+Have experience writing/producing content for the web
+Be able to work in a fast-paced environment
+Love all things techy
+Be extremely organized
+Bonus points to anyone who has their own blog!

Click here to apply. To view the original posting, click here.


MTV Digital

Position: Assistant
Type: Freelance, Full-time
Location: NYC, New York

MTV Digital is seeking a Freelance Assistant to join the digital production team. This position supports the VP, MTV Digital and will be dedicated to specific projects. Applicants should be comfortable balancing multiple tasks in a fast paced environment, be highly organized, detail-oriented and eager to take initiative. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must. This entry-level position is a growth opportunity for those candidates looking to embark upon a career in digital media and those who are fans of music, fashion, pop-culture and MTV.


+ Responsible for managing meetings, including maintaining an accurate calendar, scheduling meetings, printing presentation materials and ordering large group meals
+ Reviewing and reconciling expense reports
+ Collecting and synthesizing research reports, creating PowerPoint presentations, drafting letters
+ Assisting in editorial research needs
+ Ordering office supplies
+ Running a variety of production errands
+ Answering phones, taking messages and overseeing communication requests
+ Assisting in the updating of various social media accounts
+ Supporting production requests for blog posts/Wordpress updates
+ Responsible for tape management, dub requests
+ Retrieving assets and processing production requests
+ Researching and writing blog posts as applicable

+ Highly organized and detail-oriented
+ Excellent communication and writing skills
+ Must have flexible hours (evenings and weekends as required)
+ Skilled in updating and creating content for various social media platforms
+ Proficient in creating PowerPoint presentations and reports
+ Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
+ Passion and knowledge of current entertainment, fashion, pop-culture and social media environment
+ Familiar with MTV brand, on-air programming and the MTV website

To apply: 

To be considered for this position, you must be a college graduate, have relevant experience and live in the NY metropolitan area. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Literary Agency Job Opportunity!

The Susan Golomb Literary Agency, a premier boutique literary agency, seeks an assistant with 1-3 years publishing experience. The candidate should be a motivated, extremely well-organized, and detail-oriented self-starter and have excellent writing and computer skills. Editorial or agency experience critically evaluating fiction and non-fiction work is necessary, as well as a love of books and a strong interest in the publishing business.

The Susan Golomb Literary Agency represents clients which include National Book Award winners, Jonathan Franzen and William T. Vollmann, as well as several New York Times and national bestselling authors, including Tom Rachman, Rachel Kushner, and Harry S. Dent. SGLA’s list includes literary and up-market commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, business, current events, and select prescriptive.

Duties include clerical work (i.e. answering the phone, filing, sorting mail), editing, drafting correspondence, reading submissions from potential clients, writing reader’s reports, research, and comprehensive office administration.

This is an excellent opportunity, with growth potential, to learn about all aspects of publishing (how books are discovered, polished, sold, and brought to market).

If you are interested in this job position, please send your resume and cover letter to Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at

Open Road Media is Looking for a Digital Marketing Assistant

Open Road MediaOpen Road is a digital content company that publishes and markets ebooks by creating connections between authors and their audiences across multiple platforms.

Financed by Kohlberg Ventures and led by CEO Jane Friedman and President Jeffrey Sharp, ORIM leverages its partners’ experience and relationships to enhance titles from literary giants and introduce new stars to readers. The company’s e-books offer a 360-degree world of existing and originally produced premium content that is marketed through a new online proprietary platform.

Open Road Media is seeking a full-time Digital Marketing Assistant whose responsibilities will include:

  • Crafting and executing ongoing marketing plans that include promotional placement, social media, advertising campaigns, and publicity elements
  • Generating publicity by sending review copies, press releases, and other materials to appropriate media/bloggers
  • Working closely with Associate Marketing Manager and Chief Marketing Officer to form retail strategies for major online retail outlets, and assisting with the management of those relationships
  • Assisting the Associate Marketing Manager with creating voice for ORIM website by writing video overlays, featured text, and curating highlighted assets
  • Working with Associate Marketing Manager to write copy for advertisements, retailers, blog posts, and other outreach
  • Engaging with and contributing to the voice of Open Road and Open Road authors on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Shelf Awareness
  • Aggregating media hits and promotional placement for marketing reports

Skills required:

  • Experience in the field of publishing or media, preferably in digital marketing, advertising/promotions, or publicity
  • Online experience or an equivalent facility with new media and social networking.
  • Strong writing background.
  • Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred.

Please send resume and cover letter to

A&E Seeking a Digital Media Assistant

This is a unique position for someone with strong computer skills who might like to enter the world of digital media:

A&E; Television Networks is looking to hire a NYC-based student for the following position.
Apply online at for
Job # 79489

Title: Digital Media Assistant
Department: Digital Media
Location: New York, NY
Type: Temporary
Position #: 79489

Description: Fall Assistant

This position will be based in Manhattan (Chelsea).

A pair of top-rated cable television networks are seeking a production intern looking for a hands-on industry experience. This position is designed for a college level student interested in utilizing what he/she has learned in college and applying it to a real world setting and gaining experience in the digital media departments of these major television networks.

Some key tasks include:

– Efficiently updating Web content for and (minor HTML editing, image sizing, etc. ), while maintaining high quality of execution

– Identifying trends in the digital marketplace, determining how best to apply them to and

– Writing synopses for programs as needed – Strong writing skills (and the ability to deliver copy on time) are a must

– Improving SEO for and

– Choosing videos to be promoted on YouTube and other external video outlets

– Working closely with Web Editor to complete tasks as assigned

Candidates should have skills in Microsoft Office, a familiarity with both networks and a passion for learning about digital media and the entertainment industry. Excellent proofreading and editing skills required. A proactive work style, sense of humor, creativity and pop culture knowledge will all be useful for this position. Knowledge of PhotoShop, TeamSite and Dreamweaver a plus.

Prerequisites: Majoring in a field related to the entertainment industry and/or digital media, an appreciation for television and the internet.