Jobs of the Week: Basic Books, Norton, Knopf Doubleday.




lKEd92R1Editorial Assistant – Basic Books

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, is seeking an editorial assistant to support the Publisher and History Editorial Director. This is an entry-level role in our editorial department, but one with opportunities for learning and growth.

Essential job responsibilities include:
• Interact professionally with authors and their agents as well as all departments at Basic and the Perseus Books Group, including art, publicity, marketing, production, sales, and rights, to relay messages; follow up on requests/information; and in general, anticipate when to act and with the requisite urgency.
• Fielding calls and emails.
• Draft and circulate contract materials, process check requests, and send out payments and executed contracts.
• Draft all sales and marketing copy, catalog copy, galley copy, and flap copy.
• Attend editorial, marketing, and sales meetings, and other meetings as required
• Maintain internal database with up-to-date editorial and publicity copy.
• Prepare text and art manuscripts for copyediting and production; draft transmittal memos; and serve as liaison between editorial and production departments, and authors.
• Draft blurb and buzz mailing letters, research appropriate recipients, and perform mailings.
• Proof jacket copy and cover mechanicals.
• Review book proposals and write reader’s reports.
• Researching book sales using internal and external databases.
• Schedule author meetings and handle all author reimbursements.

• Must demonstrate the potential to grow into a successful editor at Basic
• Must demonstrate a passion and commitment to publishing based on experience
• Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Must be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and detail-oriented.
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions.
• Must have a professional demeanor on the telephone.
• Must be able to work effectively with colleagues at every level of seniority.
• Must be comfortable in a fast-moving environment and able to adjust with a can-do attitude.
• Must be self-directed and able to work independently.
• Must be able to work full business hours in our NYC office.
• Must demonstrate imagination, creativity and original thinking
• Must have a passion for sharing ideas. A passion for history is a plus.
• College degree required

Technical Skills Required:
• Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.
• Proficiency in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.

To Apply: 
Please submit cover letter with resume to



nortonDigital Media Editorial Assistant, Music – W. W. Norton & Company

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

W.W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support editors of online-learning contents for college textbooks in Music.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
• Content Management in all stages of production- Coordinating reviews by college instructors. Setting and adhering to schedules. Preparing content for copyediting and production.
• Telephone and Message Management- Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests, information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
• Documents Management- Faxing, copying, printing, emailing. Organizing and maintaining files
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities, and contract processing for authors and freelancers.
• Data Management- Extracting data from internal web based information portals. Aggregating data from various sources. Information gathering and following up.
• Project Management- Collaborating with and providing support to media editorial team to move numerous different projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines.
• Market Research- Assisting media editor with research on market trends in online learning.

• Bachelor’s Degree
• Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours in our New York City location.
• Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions
• Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information
• Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude
• Must be self-directed and independent
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing activities and projects
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to education and/or learning
• Must have strong research skills
• Must have a passion for learning new software programs and project management systems
• A background in college-level music history and theory is strongly preferred.

Technical Skills:
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficiency in both Window and Mac OS. Proficiency with audio and video editing and InDesign a plus.
• Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.
• Familiarity with online conference and communication platforms.

To Apply: 
Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: PLEASE BE SURE TO SPECIFY THE TITLE OF THE JOB YOU ARE APPLYING FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE.


Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 2.38.19 PMEditorial Assistant – Knopf Doubleday

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

We are currently seeking an Assistant to join the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group?s Editorial team. The position provides an opportunity to assist a VP and Executive Editor of the Vintage Anchor Editorial Department with daily editorial activities, including proposal/manuscript screening and project support. In addition to providing administrative support, the position also acts as a liaison between authors, agents and different departments within the company.

Our requirements
The ideal candidate will be able to efficiently manage a diverse set of responsibilities. We are seeking a strong writer who has a broad reading sensibility and an interest in general nonfiction, science, and genre-bending literary fiction. Additional requirements we are looking for include:

-Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize in a high volume environment
-Ability to pay close attention to detail.
-Strong communication skills, both verbal & written.
-Strong interpersonal skills, & ability to multi-task successfully.
-Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process here.