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Publicity Assistant, Berkley (Hybrid)

Publicity Assistant, Berkley (Hybrid)

Do you read across genres? Is falling in love with a book and convincing others to read it your superpower? Are you interested in publicity and the publishing process? If you answered yes to these questions, you could be the newest member of the Berkley Publicity team.


The Berkley imprint at Penguin Random House is seeking a Publicity Assistant who is a creative self-starter and passionate about books to support the Publicity Director and other department managers in implementing book publicity campaigns while maintaining their own campaigns for a diverse array of commercial and genre fiction. This is an opportunity to apprentice with experienced publicists.  Berkley Publicity is a thirteen-member department in which co-workers often collaborate on campaigns, projects, and media outreach. All team members have individual weekly meetings with their supervisors and a full department virtual weekly meeting to foster teamwork and morale.


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. Berkley is proud to publish New York Times bestselling authors Jasmine Guillory, Ali Hazelwood, Emily Henry, Karen White, Laurell K. Hamilton, Grady Hendrix, Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, Jesse Q. Sutanto, Mark Greaney, Carley Fortune, and Chanel Cleeton, among others. Known for being at the forefront of trends, Berkley continues to develop authors and acquire books on the cutting edge of genre fiction.


The Publicity Assistant should be highly motivated, enthusiastic about publishing, and enjoy reading broadly and often. We seek an individual ready to champion Berkley’s books from day one while working alongside a fun and fast-paced team. The Assistant should be a detail-orientated self-starter, a strong written and verbal communicator, and an organized multitasker. If you are comfortable asking questions, asking for help when needed, and being an active participant on a collaborative team, this may be the position for you!


This hybrid position has occasional in-office responsibilities, including but not limited to occasional in-office meetings, author visits or events, and ad hoc administrative projects. We will consider candidates who can work from a commutable distance to our offices at 1745 Broadway, which includes the tri-state area (NJ, CT, & PA).


Please apply using our ATS system by May 30, 2024, and include your resume and cover letter for consideration. Before applying for any role at Penguin Random House, we recommend you review our applicant resources page and look over our open-to-remote guidelines on our FAQs page.


The Role:

  • Providing extensive support with high-profile author campaigns, including tours (virtual or in person), media outreach, and creating press releases, pitch letters, and press kits
  • Seeking publicity opportunities across print, broadcast, and online media for assigned titles in a wide variety of genres and formats
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with relevant media contacts, including editors, producers, reviewers, and bloggers
  • Communicating with bookstores, libraries, and other partners to coordinate author events
  • Providing in-person support at local NYC area author events as needed
  • Working and communicating closely with authors, editors and other in-house colleagues throughout the publicity campaign
  • Performing general administrative duties such as coordinating mailings, monitoring media outlets, media database entry, performing online research to acquire publicity contacts, setting up meetings, etc.


The Essentials:

  • Strong interest in book publicity and commercial fiction
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle tasks from multiple supervisors/mentors
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and an interest in using social media to enhance book campaigns preferred


The salary for this position is $48,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results.


Penguin Random House job postings include a good faith compensation range for each open position. The salary range listed is specific to each particular open position and takes into account various factors including the specifics of the individual role, and candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

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 300 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 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 270547

Date:  May 14, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Media Publishing, Internet Research, Database, Publishing, Research, Technology

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