Random House Children's Books - Associate Editor

Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: New York, NY, US, 10019

Year: 2019

Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Requisition ID: 29223 

Random House Children’s Books is hiring an Associate Editor to support a Senior Executive Editor whose focus is platform-driven books sourced from pop culture, celebrity platforms, and current events, in a wide age range from picture book through YA, both fiction and nonfiction. The Associate Editor will be part of a collaborative team that builds projects from the ground up, working with celebrities, journalists, athletes, digital stars, and other influencers who want to share their content and stories.


Essential Functions:
1.    Edit and oversee production of picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels.

  1. Stay on top of pop culture and trends as part of brainstorming new book concepts.
  2. Author care: maintain correspondence with authors and agents for all titles.
  3. Compose all copy for titles (jacket copy, sales materials copy, catalog copy, title information sheets, Launch materials, etc.)
  4. Read, evaluate and respond to all manuscript submissions from agents and otherwise.
  5. Oversee production materials for all titles, consulting with Production group.
  6. Proofread circulating materials, consulting with Design and Marketing groups.
  7. Track reviews, publicity, sales figures, and licenses for published books.
  8. Organize and file contract paperwork for titles, and process check requests.


·     4 year college degree or equivalent work experience

  • At least 3-5 years in the Publishing Industry (preferably in Children’s Books)
  • A keen interest in pop culture and an eye for cultural trends both domestic and global
  • Editorial experience (acquiring and overseeing titles)
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of copyediting skills or the ability to learn copyediting skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint.



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.


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Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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