Editorial Assistant, Del Rey Books, Licensed Publishing

Editorial Assistant, Del Rey Books, Licensed Publishing

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 Del Rey is seeking an Assistant to report to the Deputy Publisher and Creative Director at Del Rey, handling licensed fiction and nonfiction for high-profile brands such as Star Wars, Stranger Things, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Minecraft, and more. The position provides the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a creative and hands-on department, dedicated to creating best-in-class licensed books. We are a highly collaborative team who love to bring our authentic style of nerdery to our favorite fictional worlds. The Editorial Assistant will be responsible for daily editorial activities and administrative support.


The Role:

  • Overseeing the scheduling and preparation of materials for departmental meetings
  • Writing catalog/flap copy (the synopsis/sell of the book) and fact sheets
  • Creating and maintaining departmental pub plans and schedules
  • Submitting various materials to relevant licensor approval systems
  • Assisting with author, licensor, and agent communications and requests
  • Taking and distributing minutes for recurring departmental meetings
  • Running and distributing sales reports by pulling data from internal systems
  • Representing the imprint at possible trade and consumer shows
  • Evaluating manuscripts, outlines, and proposals
  • Brainstorming new story ideas and book formats
  • Helping to track current and upcoming pop-culture trends across a variety of entertainment mediums


Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. Candidates should have demonstrated success in a fast-paced work environment that necessitates managing complicated schedules and attention to administrative detail.


Del Rey is a collaborative publishing environment, and candidates should be comfortable working as part of a team and willing to go the extra mile for authors and licensing partners.


The Essentials:

  • Genuine interest in licensed publishing and pop culture
  • Strong organizational, scheduling, and time management skills
  • Talent for creative writing and narrative development
  • Excellent attention to detail and communication skills
  • Strong ability to multitask and prioritize under pressure in a deadline driven environment
  • Collaborative and curious, willingness to take on additional projects for editors in-house
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Familiarity with SAP a plus


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: 10019 

Job ID: 122203

122203Penguin Random House LLC 

Date:  Feb 20, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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