Associate Production Editor - Penguin Young Readers

Penguin Young Readers Group is seeking an Associate Production Editor to copyedit and proofread all stages of books, from electronically copyedited manuscripts through blues. This role will focus on young adult, middle grade, graphic novel, and picture book titles. The ideal candidate is up-to-date on conversations among editors and journalists on social media and in stylebook Q&As about which style and grammar choices are being questioned and why, and is open to thoughtful dialogue with the author about copyediting choices.


Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Copyedit manuscripts using Track Changes in Microsoft Word and closely review manuscripts when they are returned from authors, incorporating all responses and copyediting any new text.
  2. Prepare manuscripts for Design by styling text in Microsoft Word according to house guidelines.
  3. Review and collate first-pass pages, evaluating and incorporating changes and corrections from proofreaders as well as from authors; this work may include additional copyediting and fact-checking, as well as following up with queries to the editor/author and notes for the designer.
  4. Review and correct all subsequent passes (second, third, blues) as well as material often created at later stages, such as indexes and notes.
  5. Copy edit and review jacket stages, picture book proofs, and marketing materials.
  6. Fact-check text as needed.
  7. Liaise with Managing Editorial, Editorial, and Design, as well as freelance copyeditors and proofreaders.


Please apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years’ of copy editing/proofreading/fact-checking experience in any medium; book publishing a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, including Track Changes and other electronic editing skills
  • Solid organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize, meeting steady turnaround needs while continuing to maintain high quality
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Experience handling MSs that feature multi-cultural topics, or which require authenticity reads
  • Familiarity with current issues surrounding the use of inclusive language
  • Familiarity with children’s books for all age groups
  • Proficiency in a foreign language is a plus


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


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.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 91347



New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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