Editorial Assistant Position Available at Viking Publishing

Editorial Assistant – Viking

The Viking imprint of Penguin Random House is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support two Executive Editors. The Editorial Assistant provides administrative and editorial assistance on a variety of projects for a wide range of fiction & nonfiction titles. Viking is the home to distinguished titles such as The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan, The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman, What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen, and How Could She by Lauren Mechling.

The Editorial Assistant:

  1. Assists in managing submissions and acquisitions and prepares titles for production.
  2. Reads unsolicited manuscripts and writes reader’s reports.
  3. Coordinates with other internal departments including contracts, production, permissions, and marketing during the acquisition and production processes.
  4. Writes cover copy, catalog copy, and title information sheets for new titles and reprints. Updates metadata on a weekly basis for all titles, both frontlist and backlist.
  5. Communicates with authors and literary agents.
  6. Compiles sales figures, contract data, and other relevant information required during the acquisition process.
  7. Provides general support to supervisors and departments (i.e. answers phones, handles correspondence, files, photocopies, mails galleys and finished books, etc.).
  8. Provides assistance on other editorial projects as required.


  • Prior office experience; prior publishing internship is a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills with superb attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, especially in regards to managing the  flow of information
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple short- and long-term projects at once
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Proactive with the ability to problem solve creatively
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, as well as common database entry, and understands all social media platforms
  • Prior editorial experience including line editing and/or proofreading is a plus

Salary for this position is $40,000. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Please apply using our online application process.

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/.


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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: 51506

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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