Editorial Assistant - Knopf/Pantheon Books


Editorial Assistant - Alfred A. Knopf/Pantheon Books


The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a storied leader in commercial and literary publishing and home to some of the most iconic authors in the world, including Nobel Laureates Toni Morrison, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Alice Munro; Prize-winners Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Margaret Atwood, Robert Caro, Joan Didion, Yaa Gyasi, Jhumpa Lahiri, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje, Tommy Orange, Patti Smith, Anne Tyler, and Colson Whitehead; and global bestsellers Dan Brown, John Grisham, E L James, Erin Morgenstern, and Jo Nesbo, is seeking an Editorial Assistant.


The editorial team at Alfred A. Knopf and Pantheon Books is seeking an Assistant to report to three senior editors. The Editorial Assistant will be responsible for daily editorial activities, including proposal/manuscript reading, copy writing, art logs, and general project supportIn 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 Knopf and Pantheon titles.


The Role:


  • Evaluate manuscripts and proposals and provide feedback to the editorial team on a wide variety of books, including fiction, nonfiction, and cookbooks
  • Write catalog/flap copy (the synopsis/sell of the book) and fact sheets
  • Collaborate with all in-house departments (publicity, marketing, sales, production, design, etc.)
  • Coordinate details for the editorial and production process
  • Act as point of contact between authors/agents and the editorial department
  • Research trends and competition, including comp titles (books that will compete with sales/reader interest)
  • Provide general administrative support


The Essentials:


  • Highly organized and able to balance multiple projects for multiple editors
  • A strong writer and passionate reader, with a broad literary sensibility
  • Interest in working on a wide variety of high-quality fiction and non-fiction titles; enthusiasm for books on food and the arts strongly preferred
  • Able to apply organizational methods and strategies to meet deadlines and manage a busy inbox on Outlook
  • Timely follow-up skills with authors and agents and ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a fast-paced and details-focused environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience working remotely a plus 
  • Foreign language skills are a plus but not essential


Entry-level salary for this position is $45,000. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Kindly include your cover letter and resume in our application system.


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.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York City 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 141926

Date:  Apr 20, 2021

New York City, NY, US, 10019

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

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