Publicity Assistant - Random House

Founded in 1925, Random House is the proud publishing house of many of the world’s most acclaimed storytellers, thought leaders, and innovators. Our host of imprints publish original fiction and nonfiction in all formats with the mission to entertain, educate, and inspire readers for generations.

We are currently seeking a Publicity Assistant to join the Random House publicity department. Supporting the VP Director of Publicity and the Associate Director of Publicity for Random House on publicity campaigns for both fiction and non-fiction hardcover and paperback titles. Authors these publicist work with include Ibram X. Kendi, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elizabeth Strout, Kurt Andersen, Chuck Wendig, Jeff Shaara, George Saunders, and Tara Westover, among others. This position provides an intensive education in trade book publishing in a fast-paced, exciting, and highly collaborative environment.


Responsibilities include:


Assistance in carrying out high-impact publicity campaigns, notably in literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, history, cultural exposé, and books that explore various aspects of social justice. This role is charged with aiding the Director of Publicity of the Random House, Dial Press and Modern Library imprints with administrative duties, high-profile project work, and media and event relations.  The role also supports the Associate Director of Publicity organizing the logistics of author tours, securing various media, crafting press materials, research for press outreach and mailings, and performing general administrative duties. The Publicity Assistant will work with a wide array of award-winning, bestselling books and novelists, journalists, and newsmakers, and is the ideal position for a curious, confident, self-motivated person who loves books across genres, has an understanding of the media, and is interested in learning how to execute publicity strategy. 


  • Responding to a variety of calls from media, authors, and booksellers, and communicating between related in-house departments.
  • Handling detailed tour and media schedules for campaigns.
  • Coordinating travel and other essential arrangements for major author tours.
  • Coordinating and executing review copy mailings.
  • Gathering and organizing press clips.
  • Drafting publicity materials, including galley letters, press releases, and pitches. 
  • Liaising with bookstores for author events.
  • Processing invoices, maintaining title budgets on supervisor’s campaigns, and helping with data entry related to department budgets.
  • Performing online research to acquire publicity contacts and updating media lists.
  • Coordinating logistics for meetings, including securing conference rooms, coordinating calendar schedules, preparing meeting materials, and taking notes.
  • Providing general administrative support, including answering phones, taking messages, photocopying, filing, expense reporting etc.


     Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:


  • Strong interest in book publishing, publicity and media relations, and in books across genres 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter who takes initiative  
  • Ability to juggle priorities in a deadlines-driven environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel, internet research  




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 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 98485

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New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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