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Date: Oct 6, 2017

Location: New York, NY, US, 10014

Status: Open Position

Company: Penguin Random House US 

Requisition ID: 12073 

Have you ever wondered how cookbooks are shaped and published? Do you enjoy learning about the health and wellness categories?


The Avery imprint at Penguin Random House is seeking an Assistant to join their Editorial team! In this exciting role, the Editorial Assistant will provide general administrative support, read and evaluate submissions, and facilitate the production process from manuscript to bound book. Supporting the Publisher of Pam Krauss Books and the Executive Editor of Avery, this role provides an exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in the editorial process within a distinguished publishing house.


Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Supporting two supervisors with incoming submissions and acquisitions, tracking and reading submissions, writing readers reports, drafting rejection letters, preparing P&L statements, drafting contract requests, and requesting payments.
  2. Preparing manuscripts and art for transmission to production and ensuring a smooth production process, including managing digital art files.
  3. Writing book briefs and jacket memos, writing flap copy, reviewing catalogue copy, obtaining advance quotes, and connecting information and materials to other departments.
  4. Working with the Managing Editorial and Marketing departments to meet deadlines for title information sheets, jacket and catalog copy, audio scripts, etc.
  5. Communicating with authors and agents.
  6. Attending weekly editorial, art, and hot titles meetings.
  7. Providing general administrative support to the Publisher and Executive Editor including phone coverage, scheduling, booking conference rooms, calendar management, etc.


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Prior office experience preferred
  • Genuine interest in cookery, health, and lifestyle categories
  • Strong follow-up and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments in a deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple short- and long-term projects simultaneously
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, a plus


Salary for this position is $38,000. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter.


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.


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