Assistant Editor, Del Rey

Assistant Editor, Del Rey

Del Rey, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is the world’s foremost publisher of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction, as well as the premiere publisher of licensed media and pop culture titles. For over 40 years, Del Rey has published and nurtured the careers of countless of speculative fiction authors, including George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, Pierce Brown, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Katherine Arden, Robin Hobb, and Max Brooks.


The editorial team at Del Rey Books is seeking an Assistant Editor to report to the editor-in-chief and an executive editor. The position provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in a creative and hands-on department renowned by readers as the best-in-class publisher in/for science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction. The Assistant Editor will be responsible for daily editorial activities, including proposal/manuscript screening, copywriting, and giving feedback on manuscript drafts.  In addition to providing administrative support, the assistant will liaise with authors, agents, and different departments across Penguin Random House in support of the editorial process and the release of Del Rey titles.


 The Role:

  • Evaluate manuscripts and proposals and provide feedback to the editorial team on science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction manuscripts.
  • Research trends and competition, including comp titles (books that will compete with sales/reader interest)
  • Write catalog/flap copy (the synopsis/sell of the book) and fact sheets
  • Run and distribute reports on sales of comparative titles
  • Collaborate with all in-house departments (publicity, marketing, sales, production, design, etc.)
  • Point of contact between authors/agents and the editorial department
  • Provide administrative support, including calendar management, answering phones, and booking meetings.


The Essentials:

  • A strong writer who has a broad reading sensibility
  • Interest in working on science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction
  • Early adopter of fiction and pop culture trends
  • Able to apply organizational methods and strategies to meet deadlines and manage a busy inbox on Outlook.
  • Timely follow-up skills with the Del Rey editorial team, authors, agents and other departments and able to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a fast-paced and details-focused environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with the team when needed
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and an avid interest and ability to learn new applications
  • Proficiency in creative problem solving, decision making and time management


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program, kindly include your cover letter and resume in our application system.



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Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 127251

127251Penguin Random House LLC 

Date:  Feb 13, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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