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Assistant, Editorial and Publishing, Ten Speed Press

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Date: Jan 11, 2018

Location: Emeryville, CA, US, 94608

Status: Open Position

Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Requisition ID: 14287 

Assistant, Editorial and Publishing

Ten Speed Press, Crown Publishing Group

Full-time, permanent

 

Ten Speed Press, based in Emeryville, California, is an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, the world's largest general trade book publisher. Based on the West Coast and one of the most innovative imprints in publishing, Ten Speed was an independent company for decades before becoming part of the Crown Publishing Group in 2009. We produce high-quality, beautifully illustrated books covering food and drink, art instruction and design, photography, gardening, gift, lifestyle advice, graphic art and novels, health and nutrition, career development, and writing.

We are seeking an assistant to join the publishing leadership team. The position provides an opportunity to assist executive- and senior-level professionals in the Ten Speed Press office in California, with daily editorial, publishing development, business development, and marketing strategy activities, including general administrative duties and book project support. The assistant will spend 60% supporting editorial function, 20% supporting marketing strategy, and 20% supporting publishing management. The position will report to the editor in chief, who will coordinate the team’s work allocation and prioritization.

 

The ideal candidate will be able to efficiently and thoughtfully manage a diverse set of publishing responsibilities and adapt to different work styles and fluid reprioritization. The assistant must be a strong writer and proficient in Excel and Powerpoint. The candidate will also have an interest in illustrated nonfiction books in the categories in which we publish and will be creative, curious, collaborative, and have a sense of humor.

 

Additional requirements 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 and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to multi-task successfully.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

 

Specific tasks include, but not limited to:

 

EDITORIAL: 70%

• Drafting topsheets, title information sheets, key words, competitive title cover surveys, reader notebooks, copy for galleys/dummies/catalog/back cover

• Coding text for design

• Updating, copying, distributing spreadsheets

• Acquisitions meeting support (scheduling, agendas, materials)

• Acquitisions brainstorm support

• Updating title information sheets and sales copy periodically

• Taking notes in meetings

• Booking coders/copyeditors/proofreaders/indexers for specific titles

• Facilitating/managing blurb solicitation and editing approval process

• Checking corrections and reconciling

• Organzing materials for projects

• New idea/talent research and development support

• Generating contract-worker agreements

• Gathering materials for meetings, presentations, pitch packages

• Single-task work on book projects (shot list drafting, spell-checking names, re-ordering or reformatting text)

• Support work on Pub Director’s fast-tracked publishing

 

MARKETING STRATEGY: 15%

• Create and maintain reports

• Prepare materials for dept meetings

• Assist with author visit preparation and hosting

• Assist with catalogs

 

PUBLISHING MANAGEMENT: 15%

• Drafting slide decks for presentation

• Gather and distribute materials for meeting and presentations

• Coordinate scheduling of large meetings

 

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.


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