Internship Alert: Publishers Weekly

Intern Wanted


Publishers Weekly’s Book Review Department is looking for an intern for the Fall semester. The positions are part-time, but if you love books and are considering a career in book or magazine publishing, Publishers Weekly’s Book Review department is the best place to learn about these rapidly changing industries.

Interns will have the opportunity to:

• Work closely with review editors
• Write, fact-check, and edit reviews and short author interviews

Interns will also help staff our very busy bookroom, which receives hundreds of books a week. Your job will include:

• Unpacking books and trafficking them to editors and reviewers, and helping maintain a log of assignments
• Doing liaison work with publishers (requesting review copies, art, etc.)

You must:

• Learn tasks quickly
• Be organized and detail-oriented
• Follow through and meet tight deadlines

If you would like to interview for an intern position, e-mail Drucilla Shultz, Bookroom Editor, at, by Aug. 7th 2015, and put “Fall internship” in the subject line. Please attach a resume and a writing sample or link to one. (A class paper is fine.)

Jobs of the Week: Taylor & Francis, Metropolis Magazine, Glitterati Inc.



Editorial Assistant – Taylor & Francis

taylor and francisType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Taylor and Francis seeks an outstanding Editorial Assistant for its book publishing programs within the Focal Press and Routledge imprints. Subject areas may include Audio, Theater, Communications, and Broadcast Journalism/Technology.

The Editorial Assistant will support the Editor with all phases of the book publication process from the conceptual stage to the finished book and beyond. The Editorial Assistant should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as these are essential to collaborating with authors and different internal departments. Ours is a deadline-driven environment in an open office plan, so the candidate should be independent and assertive while also capable of working in and helping to create an enthusiastic, motivating, and productive work environment.

The Editorial Assistant is responsible for:
• Supporting editor in achieving agreed revenue and profitability targets
• Commissioning reviews for projects under consideration
• Project management of titles from contract through publication
• Preparing manuscripts for transmittal to production including checking and processing permissions and coordinating Library of Congress and copyright registration
• Keeping the publishing program on schedule through regular liaison with authors, and by maintaining and updating the front list plan for any given year
• Liaising with key stakeholders, both internal and external, including editorial, marketing, sales, accounting, and production – some remote from the New York office
• File and database management
• Drafting and proofreading book information copy
• Processing payment requests, including honorariums, advances, and grants
• Travel to key conferences, potentially about two or three per year with weekend conference attendance sometimes required

B.A. or equivalent educational experience and 1-2 years professional experience. Candidate must have exceptional organizational abilities, strong research skills, experience with standard computer programs (Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, etc.), impeccable language (grammar and spelling), and business communication (oral and written) skills. Candidates should be proactive and able to balance a variety of responsibilities and handle many projects simultaneously with a cheerful attitude. An interest or background in the media arts and technology is not required but is a plus.

To Apply: 
For consideration for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to the attention of Jessica Flores in the Human Resources Department.

Please state salary history, salary requirements, the position being applied for, and the source of the advertisement.

Please apply here.


Copy Editor – Metropolis Magazine

met-logo-newType: Part-time

Location: New York, NY

Metropolis seeks an experienced copy editor to work, 10:30 am to 6 pm with some flexibility to work until 7 if necessary, for approximately two weeks out of each month.

Using Adobe InCopy, this person will copy edit all of the stories in the issue. This includes checking for grammar, spelling, and style, as well as suggesting improvements in clarity and tone. The copy editor will also review the final stories before they go to pre-press and keep the magazine’s style guide updated.

The right candidate will be proficient in Adobe InCopy and familiar with Chicago style. Experience in architecture and design journalism is preferred.

To Apply: 
Apply online here.


Publishing Assistant – Glitterati Inc.

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 2.25.44 PMType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

We are a fast-paced, boutique art and illustrated book publishing company located in a luxurious midtown Manhattan office. We are looking for an entry-level Publishing Assistant who is eager to learn about book publishing, and ready to take on duties that include administrative, publicity, marketing, events, research, and sales-related tasks. We are looking for someone with 0-2 years of work experience.
The ideal candidate would be an enthusiastic self-starter and efficient multi-tasker who has a polished and professional demeanor. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail are also integral.

Duties include: maintain our events calendar and contact/RSVP lists; update social media and website; handle mailings, book inventory, office supplies, gifts/thank you notes; make travel arrangements; assist in coordinating author events; assist at book signing events, and answer phones. Occasional evening work at events will be required.

Applicants should have familiarity with Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (a must); knowledge of Microsoft Office and Photoshop. InDesign skills are a plus.

This position offers a great opportunity to learn about the publishing process in a collegial working environment, and the chance to work with A-list artists and authors. Knowledge of and/or interest in art and photography is a bonus.

To Apply: 

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to Ms. Gayatri Mullapudi:



Jobs of the Week: Norton, Berkley, Scribner, and Diversion Books



eBook Production Assistant – W. W. Norton

WWNortonType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

W.W. Norton is seeking an Ebook Production Assistant to assist our ebook staff with quality assurance, corrections to ebook files, distribution to e-retailers, help desk inquiries, egalley creation and distribution, writing and sending ebook conversion specifications and routine departmental tasks.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
• Perform quality assurance and tracking for all distributee clients, ensuring that schedules are adhered to and clients are informed of title progress.
• Make routine corrections to existing ebook files. Maintain an archive of reprint correction documentation, both fulfilled and planned.
• Transmit ebook specifications and files to ebook conversion partners.
• Assist the ebook distributor in tracking and distributing ebooks through our online distribution hub and help document the steps in database tracking.
• Assist the departmental manager in routine tasks.

• 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 NY office.
• 1-2 years of ebook production experience desired, though not required.
• Must be highly organized, disciplined, and self-motivated.
• Must have excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills.
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must be self-directed and independent.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing publishing industry.
• Proficiency in Word, Excel a must. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, including Indesign and Photoshop as well as Filemaker Pro a plus.

To Apply: 
Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: Please be sure to indicate the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line.


Editorial Assistant – Berkley (PRH)

BerkleyType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

We have an exciting job opening as an Editorial Assistant in our Berkley imprint at Penguin Random House! Reporting directly to an Executive Editor, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative support, write marketing sheets, read and evaluate manuscripts, and oversee the manuscript production process. This Editorial Assistant will focus on hardcover, quality commercial/commercial literary fiction.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Providing administrative support to the supervisor, which includes handling correspondences, answering phones, taking messages, making photocopies, filing, and keeping track of supervisors’ schedules and department projects’ due dates.
2. Liaising with authors and agents during the publication process.
3. Evaluating manuscripts by reading them, writing reader’s reports, and writing and sending rejection letters.
4. Overseeing entire production process from finished manuscript to bound book, and acting as a liaison amongst in-house departments during this process.
5. Writing marketing sheets for the sales department.
6. Preparing editorial letters and line editing manuscripts, once acclimated to basic duties.


  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Prior office experience
  • Interest in the publishing industry
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple assignments
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and follow-up
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Word

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process here, and please include your resume and cover letter.


Assistant Publishing Manager – Scribner (S&S)

1Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

-Work with Associate Publisher to schedule and follow-up on in-house meetings.
-Organize and disseminate background material for in-house meetings and sales conferences, and prepare follow-up material for those meetings.
-Liaison for Scribner’s publisher’s office and editors with marketing, ad/promo, publicity, and sales departments.
-Track and route catalog copy, galleys and ARCs, jackets and covers.
-Assist Scribner editors and editorial assistants in preparing materials for in-house meetings and sales conferences.
-Take minutes at weekly marketing meeting and weekly title-specific meetings and follow up on outstanding items
-Prepare weekly marketing update for Scribner.
-Schedule, track and curate content for the Scribner Magazine site
-Assist Associate Publisher with editorial work on 3 – 4 books/year – pass for press, changes to/from authors, blues, catalog copy, flap copy, etc.
-Routine clerical work: filing, answering phones, sorting mail, monthly expense report, attendance sheets, mailings, daily sales reports and bestseller lists, etc.
-Manage metadata for backlist and keep staff informed on metadata procedures.
-Request and track reading group guides
-Co-ordinate finished book mailings with editors and marketing department
-Manage Goodreads giveaways


  • College Graduate
  • Minimum 2 years publishing experience
  • Computer literate: WORD, Excel, Microsoft Outlook. Well-organized and able to work independently and to juggle a variety of tasks.
  • Social media and WordPress experience a plus

To Apply: 
Apply online here.


Publishing Assistant – Diversion Books

UnknownType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Diversion Books, a fast-paced, innovative indie publisher, is seeking a dynamic and self-starting individual to join the team as an assistant to the vice president. Our small staff is enthusiastic, rigorous, and dedicated to the world of books and we are hoping for an A+ multi-tasker and team player that brings enthusiasm, incredible organization, a passion for great books, and unique vision to the workplace. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the executive staff and will be engaged in all things related to business operations and development.

What we’re looking for:
• A bachelor’s degree
• A great personality with the ability to confidently communicate at all levels
• Interest in business management and business development
• A self-starter with a keen eye for detail and planning

Responsibilities Include:
• General assistance the vice president and executive team, including scheduling, correspondence, and project tracking
• Some administrative duties
• Assistance with business systems and operations

The successful candidate must have the following skills:
• Ability to multitask and coordinate multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment; must be able to maintain a high level of responsibility; strong attention to detail and follow-through a must
• Excellent organization and project planning skills with flexibility and openness to new ideas
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a tight-knit team
• Excellent command of Microsoft Office
• Excellent mathematical and problem-solving skills
• Some familiarity with the publishing industry a plus
• Familiarity with Quickbooks a plus

To Apply: 

Submit cover letter and resume to Mary Cummings ( with the subject line: Publishing Assistant Application



Jobs of the Week: LBYR, No Starch Press, Dutton, Hay House



Editorial Assistant – LBYR Licensing Group

lbyrType: Full time

Location: New York, NY

The LBYR Licensing group is seeking an editorial assistant. The editorial assistant will provide administrative and editorial support to the Editorial Director and two senior editors in a bustling licensed children’s publishing group. Brands published by this group include Monster High, Ever After High, My Little Pony, Marvel, and many more! The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in media tie-in publishing, be able to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, possess outstanding organizational skills, and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a keen interest in further developing existing editorial skills.


Correspond directly with authors, agents, and licensors to route approvals, address queries, and help keep projects on track
Provide some data entry support as needed, and perform various administrative tasks in support of the licensing team
Prepare title fact sheets, catalog copy, and flap copy for assigned titles
Provide materials and information for sales, marketing, and publicity for assigned titles
Coordinate reprints and repurposing projects
Read and report on manuscripts, proposals and books submitted for publication
Work closely with the Editorial Director on middle grade fiction novels, assisting with all aspects of the editorial process

B.A. preferred, as well as 1 year of publishing experience (internships ok) in a professional environment
Solid knowledge of PowerPoint, Microsoft Office Word, Outlook and Excel on a Mac platform required
Ability to attend to details and juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
A familiarity with pop culture, and an enthusiasm for films and television
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail
Ability to work well independently or in collaboration with the rest of the team

To Apply: 
Apply online here.


Administrative Assistant – No Starch Press

nostarchType: Full-time

Location: San Francisco, CA

No Starch Press, a fast-growing publisher of quality books for geeks, seeks a Publishing Assistant. This is an entry-level position on the business side of the book business with the opportunity for advancement. We’ll make you part of our team and give you real work from day one.

We publish quality books (both print and electronic) on programming, security, hacking, LEGO, and science and math. Best-sellers include titles like Hacking: The Art of ExploitationPractical Malware AnalysisPython for Kids, and The LEGO Neighborhood Book.

This is a great opportunity if you don’t want to be just another cog in the wheel of some giant corporation and you like to think. We’re a small company with a close-knit environment and a staff that cares and an almost academic environment.

As our Publishing Assistant you will be expected to:

  • Provide excellent customer support
  • Process reseller orders
  • Work with our shipping clerk to review and fill direct orders
  • Maintain inventory and supplies and keep the office in order
  • Coordinate mailings
  • Other supporting duties as assigned

This is not an editorial or writing position *but* you should be able to write and communicate clearly in English.

To Apply: 
Please reply with resume and cover letter to


Marketing Assistant – Dutton

DuttonType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

We are seeking a Marketing Assistant to join our Dutton imprint at Penguin Random House! The Assistant will report to the VP, Associate Publisher and the Director of Marketing, and will have the opportunity to learn about various marketing projects at a large publishing company. Dutton publishes both fiction and nonfiction titles, many of them by bestselling authors Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, among others.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Providing administrative support, such as answering phones, setting up meetings, and managing calendars.
2. Pulling marketing lists and handling mailings.
3. Updating and maintaining information about budgets, and keeping track of expenses.
4. Participating in brainstorming sessions for marketing initiatives for Dutton?s titles.
5. Assisting in marketing analysis and research for select authors and titles.
6. Preparing for sales meetings, including proofreading and updating title information sheets and reading materials.
7. Writing and proofreading select sell sheets for the Sales department.
8. Assisting with sales requests, such as providing marketing materials.
9. Contributing ideas for social media posts to the Dutton accounts.


  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven environment
  • Strong interest in marketing and book publishing
  • Ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Proficiency with social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

To Apply: 
Please apply using the online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.



Editor – Hay House

hh_logoType: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

This role is responsible for all areas of book development, including acquiring, editing, and liaising with design, production, managing editorial, marketing, and publicity. Strong personal interest in and professional knowledge of self-help, health/wellness, and spirituality categories required.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Acquire 5–8 titles per year
• Edit approximately 12–15 new books per year
• Take responsibility for all editorial aspects of book development, including editing and liaising with design, production, marketing, and publicity
• Write copy, including jacket, catalog, tip sheet, design memo, and other marketing copy as required
• Act as primary point of contact for authors throughout the editorial process

• Minimum 5 years’ experience in book editorial publishing
• Widespread knowledge of book publishing processes and functions (editorial, production, design, copyediting, marketing, sales)
• Excellent intra- and inter-departmental communication and collaboration skills necessary
• Excellent computer skills especially Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; experience with InDesign, InCopy, and Microsoft Word style sheets preferred
• Considerable current contacts (key authors, illustrators, agents, etc.) in the book publishing industry
• High level of skill in organization, analytics, and verbal and written communication
• Highly motivated, a self-starter, and results driven, with the ability to take appropriate steps to achieve goals

To Apply: 
Contact Email (

Link of the Week: Digital Disruption in Publishing



Most publishers seem to believe the worst is now over, that the industry has survived an inconvenient tsunami warning that turned out to be nothing but an unseasonably high tide.

That is, according to Gareth Cuddy, the founder and CEO of Vearsa, in a recent article on Digital Book World titled “Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started.” (Click here to read entire article; it’s long, but certainly worth your time.)

With ebooks settling down, I think it’s safe to say that publishers have regained hope in the production and profitable sales of print books, which is fantastic. But  consumption and distribution of content has been fundamentally changing, and so whether ebooks continue to make a considerable profit makes no difference. The fact is, publishing has changed. And another thing: it hasn’t stopped changing.

It’s easy to take a breath of relief when a particular threat has shown itself to be inconsequential, to lessen your guard when you know that obstacle is no longer an obstacle. But what about the unknown, unforeseeable obstacles that you haven’t prepared for?

Cuddy brings up an interesting argument and outlines a distinct pattern in disruption. Publishing falls somewhere in the middle of the pattern, which leads him to believe that “for anyone to think that the digital disruption book publishing has experienced in the last few years is over or receding would be foolish in the extreme” (Source).



What do you think? Has publishing gotten over its hump and can it look forward to smooth sailing, or is there still a lot of turmoil ahead?