Editorial Assistant, Crown

Editorial Assistant, Crown


Random House is the proud home of the world’s most acclaimed storytellers, thought leaders, and innovators. Our imprints include Ballantine, Bantam, Delacorte, Del Rey, The Dial Press, The Modern Library, Random House, One World, Hogarth, Crown, Currency, Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press, Harmony, Rodale, Convergent, WaterBrook, and Multnomah.


The editorial team at Crown is seeking an Assistant to report to two Executive Editors acquiring across the Crown, Currency, and Ten Speed imprints. The position offers the opportunity to contribute to and immerse yourself in a creative and hands-on department renowned by readers as the go-to publisher of narrative and illustrated non-fiction, gain experience in a broad range of categories ranging from pop culture to business/economics to memoir to idea-driven non-fiction, and get exposure to all aspects of the editorial process from proposal to published book. The Editorial Assistant will be responsible for daily editorial activities, including reading and providing input on proposals and manuscripts, drafting catalog and flap copy, participating in the development of new book ideas, and researching trends and competition.


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 Crown, Currency, and Ten Speed titles.


The Role:

  • Evaluate manuscripts and proposals and provide feedback to the editorial team.
  • Research trends and competition, including sales research on comp titles (books that may be comparable in terms of potential sales, audience, reader interest).
  • Draft catalog/flap copy (the synopsis/pitch of the book) and sales sheets.
  • Manage communication between authors/agents and the editorial department.
  • Track and log agented submissions, payment requests, and invoices.
  • Draft contract requests and production & financial estimates for book acquisitions.
  • Manage information flows between editorial and other internal departments such as production, managing editorial, art, and rights.
  • Provide general administrative support, including scheduling meetings and videoconferences.  


The Essentials:

  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and accurately complete multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong writer with excellent communication skills.
  • Motivated, eager to learn, and resourceful, with the ability to solve problems creatively and proactively.
  • Ability to follow departmental processes and keep track of deadlines.
  • Attentive to current events and popular culture, with a keen eye for/interest in cultural and publishing trends.
  • Interest in working on a variety of non-fiction topics including pop culture, memoir, business, popular history, and popular psychology.
  • The ability to maintain a professional correspondence with celebrities, business leaders, and other high-profile authors, as well as with their agents and teams.
  • A team player who can cultivate productive working relationships but also work independently when needed
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs and an ability to learn new applications


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 

Postal Code: 10025 

Job ID: 111433

111433Penguin Random House LLC 

Date:  Mar 1, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10025

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

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