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Publicist - Berkley

Do you regularly fall in love with a book and tell everyone you know to read it? Do you enjoy talking with people and forming lasting professional relationships? Do you thrive on the challenge of persuading media contacts to cover what you are promoting?


We are seeking a Publicist to join the Berkley Publicity team. The person in this role will develop creative publicity strategies for a variety of commercial fiction releases including women’s fiction, suspense/thriller, romance, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and horror. This role includes overseeing campaigns for a mix of high profile and debut authors. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with authors and the in-house publishing team on all aspects of publicity.


If you are a persuasive communicator, organized multi-tasker, strategic problem-solver, and creative self-starter who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same, this is the job for you!


An industry leader in commercial and genre fiction, Berkley has a rich tradition of discovering new talent, defining emerging trends, and building authors and series into global franchises. With Berkley’s dedicated focus and guidance many bestselling authors have grown into international brand names, including William Gibson, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher and Mark Greaney. Berkley is proud to publish New York Times bestselling authors Emily Henry, Jasmine Guillory, Jayne Ann Krentz, Karen White, Christine Feehan, Kristan Higgins, Chanel Cleeton, Simone St. James, Grady Hendrix, and Helen Hoang, among others. Known for being at the forefront of trends, Berkley continues to develop authors and acquire books on the cutting edge of commercial and genre fiction.


Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Plans and executes publicity campaigns for the Berkley imprint that will maximize exposure for authors and their books and manages the campaign budget.
  2. Pitches and secures top national and regional TV, print, radio/podcast, and online media.
  3. Develops and maintains close working relationships with members of the press and seeks out new media outlets.
  4. Executes successful virtual events and in-person multi-city author tours, including independently overseeing travel arrangements, confirming bookstore events, pitching local media and managing comprehensive tour schedules.
  5. Writes pitch letters, press releases, and other creative press materials.
  6. Works closely with the publicity team as well as authors, agents, booksellers and key in-house departments including editorial, marketing, sales, design and subsidiary rights.
  7. Performs general department responsibilities and represents the imprint at various meetings, functions, and industry events.
  8. Works closely with authors on all aspects of publicity including sending author regular updates, briefing authors on how to handle interviews and accompanying authors to publicity engagements when possible.


Please apply if you meet the minimum requirements: 

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in publicity 
  • A passion for fiction
  • Established national and regional media contacts including TV, radio/podcast, print and online media
  • Established relationships with bookstores a plus
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong public presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Must be a creative and strategic thinker, as well as proactive, and persuasive
  • Proven ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite


Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter with salary requirements.


Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off. 


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 City 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 170002

Date:  Sep 23, 2021

New York City, NY, US, 10019

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

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